The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), or Church of Christ, held its grand anniversary celebration yesterday, July 27, 2009 Monday, marking the 95th year since the church was founded in the Philippines in the year in 1914. As a church, the Iglesia ni Cristo has extended six continents, establishing over 5,000 Missions in 100 countries, making it truly a worldwide church. In the grand celebration of its Anniversary yesterday, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed into law and declared it a special national workingholiday mandated by Republic Act 9645 enacted last July 12, 2009. The members of Iglesia ni Cristo faithfully and humbly celebrated the phenomenal enlargement of the church that has surpassed all other denominations and testifies to the zeal of its leaders in pursuing its mission.
There are 5,400 congregations in 90 countries and territories and a membership composed of 102 nationalities celebrated yesterday and dubbed Iglesia ni Cristo Day with simultaneous worship services will be held in 14 venues in the country and five other sites in four other countries: “Iglesia Ni Cristo Day” celebrations was held simultaneously with the gatherings in the following areas: In Metro Manila, Araneta Coliseum (Cubao, Quezon City) and Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (Malate, Manila); In the rest of Luzon, the Quirino Stadium (Bantay, Ilocos Sur), the Central Intergrated Terminal (Santiago City, Isabela), the Narciso Ramos Sports Center (Lingayen, Pangasinan), Villa Del Sol Subdivision-Olongapo-Gapan Road (San Fernando, Pampanga), the Ashton Field Subdivision grounds (Calamba City, Laguna), and the Bicol University Sports Complex and Commencement grounds (Legaspi City, Albay). In the Visayas, the Panaad Stadium (Bacolod) and in Cebu City Sports Center (Cebu City) will be the center of a huge gathering; And in Mindanao, the Ipil sports Complex (Zamboanga Sibugay), the Davao Agro-Industrial Football Field(Davao), the General Santos City Oval Plaza (Cotabato), and the Butuan City Sports Complex (Agusan del Norte).
Huge crowds came to the said event, as INC delegates and supporters from neighboring towns and provinces joined in the celebration of the “Iglesia Ni Cristo Day”. They also conducted all necessary preparations to guarantee the success of the celebration, which includes transporting INC congregations, first-aid measures, prayers for the success of the anniversary celebration, and security. Traffic advisories have also been issued by local authorities to avoid congestion of public roads on that day, particularly from afternoon to evening.
The Iglesia ni Cristo assembled with its leaders and members in humble thanksgiving for the Lord for his goodness and blessings. The celebration was purely spiritual gathering, there are preaching and singing of hymns of praises. It was truly God’s will that the church has reached its present splendor.
Congratulations to Iglesia ni Cristo and to its Executive Minister Eraño G. Manalo, Officers and Members, on the successful celebration of its 95th anniversary and more power.
Iglesia ni Cristo 95th Anniversary Fireworks at Quirino Grandstand Vigan City
For more list of news article online on the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s 95th Anniversary visit the following:
• ABS-CBN News
• Philippine Star
• Manila Bulletin
• Business Mirror
• Philippine Information Agency
Bloggers in who are Congratulating the Iglesia Ni Cristo members around the globe: