LIVE BLOG AND LIVESTREAM: #IglesiaNiCristoCentennial Celebration at the #PhilippineArena (Ciudad de Victoria) - July 26 to August 2, 2014



The Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) is celebrating its centennial year this year. Its members gather at the Ciudad de Victoria where the newly-constructed Philippine Arena stands.

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Here are the events that will be held in the newly inaugurated Ciudad de Victoria to mark the 100th anniversary of the Church:

AUGUST 2: Iglesia Ni Cristo Centennial celebration culminates with evangelical mission

The INC invited non-member guests to an evangelical mission. Activities began at 3PM with musical entertainment followed by the study of God's words that the Church has been firmly upholding for the past 100 years.

AUGUST 1: Young brethren from Northeastern Seaboard, Connecticut win first Tagisan Ng Talino International


The Bible quiz “Tagisan ng Talino” was held on August 1, wherein INC youths representing various countries around the world vie for championship.

Precious Antinew from Northeastern Seaboard bagged the first place for the PASUGO Quiz for Binhi (12 to 17 years old). It includes Bible, INC history and current events. Elizabeth from Connecticut grabbed the first place for the Tagisan Ng Talino PNK (4 to 11 years old).

JULY 31: INC celebrities join "Ang Sugo" stage play

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"Ang Sugo" portrays the life and works of Brother Felix Y. Manalo, the God’s Messenger in these last days.


Gladys Reyes, Janice de Belen, Ejay Falcon, Xyriel Manabat, Anthony Taberna, Rossel Taberna, Mike Magat, Apple Chiu, Chadleen Lacdo-o and Snooky Serna were the narrators of the play.


Kapuso star Ruru Madrid was the young Felix Y. Manalo. Kapamilya star Regine Angeles also joined the cast.



JULY 29: INC stages "Ang Bayan Mo'y Nagpupuri" Musical

Another musical, Ang Bayan Mo’y Nagpupuri (Your People Give Praise), was staged at the Philippine Arena. It relives significant events in the INC’s history, charting its growth and spread around the world. It features at total of close to 500 singer-actors and dancers and a 1,100-member chorale.

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JULY 27: INC bags new Guinness world records for largest Gospel choir, Philippine Arena

Brother Eduardo V. Manalo officiated a special worship service at 6AM at the Philippine Arena. The special worship service is the first ever event that was held in the Philippine Arena following its inauguration on July 21. The Philippine Stadium, as well as five huge tents served as venue for the worship service. Hundreds of thousands more of INC members gathered in over 100 additional sites in the Philippines and abroad through satellite link to join in the sacred gathering.


After the worship service, the Oratorio, an original musical opus performed by various INC chorales accompanied by the INC Orchestra, immediately followed. Its theme is inspired by the fulfillment of biblical prophecies concerning the true Church of Christ today.


The INC broke two Guinness records. A representative from Guinness World Records announced that the INC has broken world records for "largest mixed-use indoor theater in the world," the Philippine Arena, and "largest Gospel choir in a single event," which sang during the special worship service.

Guinness World Records recognized the Philippine Arena for accommodating up to 51,919 spectators during its July 27 event.


Some 4,745 members sang during INC's worship service. The previous record-holder had 1,171 Gospel singers.




Guinness World Records said the INC now holds 8 record titles.


JULY 26: 25 minute pyromusical exhibition kicks off INC centennial 

A 25-minute show featuring a wide array of lights, fireworks and sounds kicked off one of the most anticipated events of the year: The 100th anniversary of the INC.

Various Christian songs including the much-hyped “Sasapit Na Ang Sentenaryo”, blasted over the speakers and were part of the highlights of the pyromusical.


JULY 24: Philippine government installs “national historical marker” in INC central office grounds

In view of the INC’s historic Centennial, the Philippine government, through the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) installed a “national historical marker” inside the INC Central Office grounds.

With the historical marker installed inside the INC Central Office, the site has now become part of “historical ground” recognized by the Philippine government which mandates its preservation.


INC Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo and NHCP executive director Ludovico Badoy unveiled the marker that served as the government’s official recognition of the church’s contribution to national history and nation building.

NHCP director Badoy said the “history of the Philippines would never be complete without mentioning the Iglesia Ni Cristo”, which was registered in the country on July 27, 1914, simultaneous with the start of the first World War, a time period considered very significant in the INC doctrinal teachings.

In his speech, the NHCP chief even likened how the INC had survived intense persecutions and criticisms at its start, to the biblical story of the young “David” who had faced a formidable foe, “Goliath.”

Ang kasiglahan ng Iglesia Ni Cristo ay maihahalintulad sa batang si David na pinatumba ang higanteng si Goliath. Hindi naging hadlang ang pagiging maliit o payak ng Iglesia Ni Cristo dahil napagtagumpayan nito ang malalaking unos, gaya ng pag-uusig at mga pagtutuligsa na hinarap ng mga kaanib nito simula nang una itong naitatag hanggang ngayon.

Badoy said the Philippine Arena as well as the various “palatial” buildings of worship of the INC symbolized the hardiness and strength of the INC and its members whose faith could not be knocked down by the intense “storms” that they encounter.

He said that the victories of the INC showed that being a minority is not an excuse to achieve great goals, especially if the “intentions are good,” as he cited the immediate help extended by the church to victims of calamities and strong  typhoons like “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) in November.

Ipinakita nito ang pagmamahal sa kapwa kahit saan man relihiyon nabibilang

JULY 21: INC inaugurates Philippine Arena, Ciudad de Victoria

The INC inaugurated Ciudad de Victoria (City of Victory), a 140-hectare tourism enterprise zone in Bocaue, Bulacan which also houses the “world’s largest indoor stadium.”

President Benigno Aquino III and Vice President Jejomar Binay, together with Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado and Vice Governor Daniel Fernando, joined the momentous event.


Philippine President Aquino and INC Executive Minister Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo unveiled the marker in front of the arena after which the two proceeded inside the arena for a short program.


Aquino said this was a proud moment for the Philippines and expressed admiration for the INC which he said seriously takes care of its flock.

Angkop nga po ang pangalan ng lugar na ito — na may kahulugang ‘Lungsod ng Tagumpay’ — lalo pa’t sinasalamin nito ang mga nakamit na tagumpay ng Iglesia sa nagdaang siglo (The name of this place, City of Victory” is just fitting, especially since it mirrors the victories achieved by the Church in the last century),” President Aquino told a jam-packed Philippine Arena in a speech following the inauguration ceremony.

President Aquino noted that a lot of organizations pay a great deal of respect to the INC as an institution, not only in the Philippines but throughout the world, since its establishment in 1914.

He said the completion of the magnificent Philippine Arena meant that the Church has the capacity to be among the world’s best.

Aquino even tried to read biblical verses in his speech which amused the packed crowd inside the fully-air-conditioned arena.


INC celebrities were among those that witnessed the inauguration.


Present at the event, based on their Instagram posts, were Gladys Reyes, Kristel Fulgar and model Regine Angeles.


Meanwhile, TV host-broadcaster Anthony Taberna covered the event for the morning program “Umagang Kay Ganda.”


Jaclyn Jose was also present during the event.


Apart from Reyes, Fulgar, Angeles and Taberna, other celebrity members of the religion are Kathryn Bernardo, Ariella Arida, Ejay Falcon, Yasmien Kurdi, Snooky Serna, Xyriel Manabat, Janice de Belen, Antonio Aquitania, Ruru Madrid, Gus Jun Abelgas and Bugoy Carino.

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He was a Lussoc National High School 'The Sring' and 'Ang Batis' news editor. A radical visionary leader, he has led organizations of the Supreme Student Government, Science Club, Youth for Environment in Schools Organization, Interact Club, Math Club, Philippine National Red Cross and other organizations in their institution. He was also awarded as a distinguished student leader as a former officer of the Supreme Student Government and received President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo Campus Journalism Award. He attended two National Leadership Training for the Student Government Officers, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, Youth for Environment Summer Camp, Science Leaders Congress and Schools Press Conference. Joined and won in the several contests from their school to the national level.

He is an organist and an officer of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo).


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