Rev. Dr. Filemon L. Lagon was born in San Fernando, La Union on June 28, 1933. He finished his elementary education at La Union Elementary School, and his high school at La Union Christian College. He earned his Bachelor of Divinity degree at the Union Theological Seminary, Manila in 1962 and his Bachelor of Arts major in Social Science, minor in English at the Philippine Christian College, and Northern Christian College, Laoag in 1964. He was a graduate of Master of Sacred Theology at the Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. in 1969 and was conferred Doctor of Philosophy major in Educational Administration and Planning, cognate in Behavioral Science (Anthropology-Counseling) at Centro Escolar University, Manila in March 1976.
Dr. Lagon has been involved in various professional organizations and institutions. In 1963-1972, he was the College Chaplain and Dean of the College of Theology at Northern Christian College, Laoag City. He became the Administrative Minister of the Cosmopolitan Church, Manila in 1972-1974, then a Consultant in Counseling at the Union High School in 1973-1974 and a part-time lecturer on Moral Philosophy from 1973-1975 of the Philippine Christian College, Manila and in Mariano Marcos State University, Batangas in 1976-1978. He was also an active member of the associations like the Philippine Theological Society and the Psychological Association in the Philippines from 1973-1975. He was also involved in civic organizations. He served as Vice President of Kiwanis Club, Laoag City in 1985-1986, life member of YMCA, Chaplain of Laoag Masonic Lodge 79, Laoag City; a Board Member of the Philippine National Red Cross and the Boy Scouts of the Philippines Laoag Chapter.
As a person with leadership skills he was awarded with various citations and recognition. He received the citation the “Capitol Christian Leadership Awards” in Quezon City last 1974, and the “Leadership Award in Religion” imposed to him by the International Leadership Institute, Manila also in 1974. He was given the “Plaque of Recognition” during the Northern Luzon Jurisdiction Convention at the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Alicia, Isabela on May 23, 1980. The Centro Escolar University, the school where he acquired his Doctoral degree had given him the “Certificate of recognition for the Special Field Endeavor” on May 10, 1982.
Dr. Lagon served as the President of Northern Christian College in Laoag City from 1978-1987 prior to his coming to SCC. He assumed leadership as the third President of Southern Christian College from 1987-1994. He launched the Ecological Balance and Research Center, started the Computer Education Program in 1990 to fast track the development of information technology in SCC. The Project Hillfast was initiated and the Feed mill operation was improved. During his time as president of SCC, the Action Plan HOPE merged development education to career education.
He has participated to the different conferences and seminars mostly on theological and education topics in regional, national and international levels such as in Jamaica and Thailand. Dr. Lagon is married to Letecia Garde Lagon and they have six talented children namely: Gape, Filemon, Jr., Fe Charito, Jethro, Israel and Sarah Joy.