IPMS Philippines was established in June 1968 by Alberto “Bert” Anido. Bert was a Reservist in the Philippine Air Force and corporate executive. He was also a member of both IPMS-UK and IPMS USA and served as the first president of IPMS Philippines.
The club attracted Filipinos who had a passion for scale models. First “headquartered” at the Philippine Columbian Association (PCA) which was originally located along Taft Avenue. This would become the regular venue of its meetings and other activities, such as contests and exhibits. IPMS would hold activities here until the PCA moved to its present site in Paco, Manila.
In 1982, IPMS-Philippines was tapped to provide model kits in what would be dubbed the “First Philippine Modelers Show” sponsored by the Alumni of Ateneo de Manila University. During the launch of the show, it was attended by no less than by then Presidential Daughter Imee Marcos.
In light of the events during Operation Desert Storm, IPMS-Philippines held an exhibit dubbed “Plastic Storm” at the Ayala Museum in 1992. From then on IPMS Philippines became more active and held more regular meetings.
In 1995, thanks to the valuable contribution of one of its members, Mel Silvestre, IPMS-Philippines has found a new home at the Bartlett Hall of the UP College of Fine Arts in Diliman, Quezon City.
Through the efforts of Bert Anido, two IPMS-Philippines members, were able to participate in competitions sponsored by IPMS-USA. Hermie Landayan won first prize with is 1/48 Aloutte Chopper and Jim Gonzales’ 1/48 Grumman Skyrocket won 2nd Place in its category. The works of Jim and Hermie are a testament to Filipino modelers that are at par with the best scale modelers in the world
On May 27, 2003, IPMS Philippines suffered a great loss. Its past club president and founding member Bert Anido passed away. His departure was mourned not only by his family and friends but by the entire scale modeling community in the Philippines. In commemoration for his efforts, dedication and valuable contributions, IPMS-Philippines was renamed IPMS Philippines – Bert Anido in honor of the man who started it all.
Bert inspired us to be creative, innovative, shared his knowledge of building scale models but will be remembered most especially for being such a great friend and mentor to all of us.