Evolving from the tradition of the craft guilds in England, the Odd Fellows was founded over 250 years ago. The Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) from which the Philippine Odd Fellows trace its roots first spread in the Philippines in 1872 with numerous military lodges, Odd Fellows Clubs and Odd Fellow Associations established across the islands.
When the Spanish-Filipino-American war ended, IOOF officially chartered the Philippine Odd Fellows as Manila Lodge No. 1 in Manila on January 29, 1903. Its membership is composed of government officials, military men and prominent businessmen of the time. The lodge owned a building and accounting of its resources are healthy and in sound condition. Manila Encampment No. 1 and Luzon Lodge No. 2 followed when it was chartered on June 12, 1912 and October 8, 1917.
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows aims to improve and elevate every person to a higher, nobler plane; to extend sympathy and aid to those in need, making their burdens lighter, relieving the darkness of despair; to war against vice in every form, and to be a great moral power and influence for the good of humanity.
In 1985, a group with similar intent, The Watchdog Committee was formed. The Watchdog Committee was soon revived the ideals of IOOF in the Philippines. Eventually, the Watchdog Committee merged with the Odd Fellows and was chartered by the Sovereign Grand Lodge as Watchdog Lodge No.1 on November 21, 2009. The goal of the newly re-established fraternity was to promote brotherhood without the practice of violent initiation rites and adopt tradition initiation rites that involve dramatic plays and teaches ethical lessons. A fraternity that is non-elitist and focuses on community service projects. Soon, several other lodges were instituted in other parts of the country.
On October 23, 2015, the Grand Lodge of the Philippines, became an official IOOF charter; a first step in attaining greater unity among lodges, growth, expansion, and sustainability. The Grand Lodge of the Philippines also seek to unify all lodges in the country, promote the best practices in the organization, and improve its organizational structure.
On November 30, 2018, the Quezon City Odd Fellows Lodge No. 10, lead by Noble Grand (President) elect Charles Andrew Amoroso will hold its 1st Public Installation at the Amphitheater at Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife in Quezon City. If you are interested to attend the installation, please RSVP by visiting their face book page Odd Fellows Quezon City and leave a message or send an email to email@example.com.