Legends and folk tales abound in most towns in the Philippines and Olongapo is no different. There are a number of stories of how the city got its name. According to one version, there lived in these parts a long, long time ago, an old rich man. Olongapo was described then a vast rice field and this old man was said to own every square inch of the land. He was gentle and generous, and was respected and loved by all.
One day, the people found out that the old man was missing, which was a bit odd since it was his practice to be up and around, especially during the harvest season. Three days after, there was evident apprehension among the people and the fate of the old man became the talk of the town. His disappearance remained unexplained, but the greater mystery was the appearance of his body without a head; the old man’s head was never recovered.
From then on, residents of the village referred to the place as “Ulo ng Apo,” which in Tagalog means “old man’s head.”
The Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals traces its beginnings to the Ang Ligaya ng Panginoon Covenant Community as well as to the community movement and Charismatic Renewal from which it sprang.
In July 1980, 24 men met at the Makati Sports Club in what was to be the first Men’s Breakfast of the soon-to-be Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen & Professionals. The initial breakfast flourished with more and more businessmen and professionals attending. This signaled the start of the first Life in the Spirit Seminar, the forerunner of the present Brotherhood Christian Life Program (BCLP). In a span of two years, the first BCBP chapter was established right from where it all started, Makati. By 1984 the fledgling organization split into two chapters with the boundary being the Pasig River. The North Chapter was based in Greenhills, San Juan, the South Chapter remained based in Makati. With this milestone, the BCBP continued to spread its wings the following years with Alabang, south of Metro Manila, being established, followed by Dagupan up in the northwestern Luzon region in 1986.