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Subject: INC Honored
A very interesting article written by Emil Jurado, a Filipino journalist for
the Manila Standard and a devout Catholic.
The days of mourning for Iglesia Ni Cristo's Executive Minister, Ka
Erdie Manalo tell us a lot about the second-largest religious sect in the
country (INC is next only to the Catholics which make up 85 to 90 percent of
I watched the long lines of mourners numbering to two million's
Kapatid here and abroad, who traveled to pay homage to the INC spiritual
head. These members truly respected and admired their late leader. They came
rain or shine in solemn remembrance of Ka Erdie.
All these say a lot about the sect: its members are disciplined and
they love their leader.
There they were, dressed well. The Barong Tagalog-clad deaconosâ
lined up to guide the mourners. All these added to the solemnity of the
Santa Banana, would you believe that during the samba or the
gathering of the faithful every Saturday in all the Iglesia churches
nationwide, members are dressed properly with nary a noise? There are no
children loitering. How unlike what goes on inside Catholic churches where
the faithful are in slippers, sandos and shorts. The women wear sleeveless
dresses or shirts with plunging neckline.
I envy the discipline of the Iglesia members. I can't say the same
for us Catholics, whose in spite of advisories on the dress code plastered
all over churches ?dress as they please, forgetting that they are in the
house of God.
My gulay, 0r when they can't stand the heat inside the church, these
Catholics go out and chat with each other. Children are allowed to play
during the sacrament. And yet these are the same people who dress very well
If we Catholics who dominate the country could have the same
discipline and respect for our bishops and priests as the INC members do, we
would have national discipline and moving the country forward wouldn't be
Unfortunately, we don't.
The faithful are not entirely to blame since many priests, nuns and
bishops have forgotten what they are. Instead they have blurred the thin
line separating the Church and State.
I have gone to many countries in Europe and have noted the solemnity
and discipline of churchgoers.
Why are we Filipino Catholics different? I have no answer to that.
(By Emil Jurado, Manila Standard, 09-10-09)
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Arroyo declares Sept. 7 and 21 as non-working holidays
09/04/2009 | 07:08 PM
President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on Friday declared September 7 and 21 as non-working holidays.
Malacañang said September 7 will be observed as a "national day of mourning" in honor of Iglesia ni Cristo's executive minister Bro. Eraño Manalo, who passed away last Monday due to cardiopulmonary arrest.
Mrs. Arroyo said flags in government offices will be flown at half-mast for the spiritual leader's burial.
The declaration of September 21 is in observance of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Both Sept. 7 and 21 are Mondays. - Aie Balagtas See, GMANews.TV
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Senate resolution honors Bro. Eraño Manalo
By Maila Ager, Michael Lim Ubac
INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 14:11:00 09/01/2009
Filed Under: death notices, Religions
MANILA, Philippines ? A resolution honoring Iglesia Ni Cristo leader Erano Manalo for his ?steadfast commitment? and ?unwavering dedication to spreading the message of God? has been filed at the Senate.
Senate Resolution 1331 was initiated on Tuesday by Senator Manuel ?Mar? Roxas II.
?Responding to the call of God, Ka Erdy left his law studies to serve as a minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo,? said the resolution.
?Ka Erdy Manalo fulfilled his vocation with passion and determination and remained true and steadfast to his mission of sharing the faith to all his brothers and sisters in Christ all over the world,? it said.
Throughout his life, the INC leader also enabled more and more people to have a deep personal bond with the Creator, the resolution noted.
?For all the members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, who will forever be grateful for the leadership Ka Erdy Manalo provided, he served as a guiding light, as a father who cared for both their material and spiritual needs? it further said.
In a statement, Roxas said Manalo?s passing was a great loss not only to his followers but to the entire nation as well.
The senator said Manalo?s ?inspirational leadership? and ?great vision? has brought together millions of Filipinos here and abroad through a dedicated ministry of faith and worship
?Ka Erdy has made the Iglesia Ni Cristo to what it is today: awe-inspiring in number, influence, and strength. His contributions to his religious family?s presence and influence in the national firmament will always be remembered dearly,? he said.
Born on January 2, 1925, Manalo served as the executive minister of the INC after the death of his father Felix Manalo on April 12, 1963.
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It is truly a sad day for all our brethren in the church, as we learn of the news of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Bro. Erano G. Manalo's death.
Today, Bro. Eraño Manalo, head of the Iglesia Ni Cristo of Philippines died in his home. The news was delivered by one of the religious groups officials, Bro. Bienvenido Santiago, through the television network Net 25.
Eighty four years old Bro. Erano G. Manalo passed away on 31st of August, 2009 at 3.53 p.m due to a cardiac arrest. Bro. Erano G. Manalo was an influential leader of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) and provided constant guidance to the organization throughout his life time. The burial date of Bro. Erano G. Manalo has not yet been announced by the INC group and his remains lie with the INC Central Temple in the city of Quezon.
Bro. Erano G. Manalo also known as Ka Erdy was the Executive Minister of the INC. The INC on the other hand is a religious organization in Philippines in which Bro. Erano G. Manalo not only held an official position but was one of the guiding stars to the organization.
Bro. Erano G. Manalo got involved in the affairs of the church from the year 1963 after his fathers death and had served various posts in the Church. After taking charge of the church it had become Bro. Erano G. Manalo's ambition to expand the Church to various parts of the world.
At the death of Bro. Erano G. Manalo all the brothers of the Church have expressed deep sadness and the officials of the INC have said that they sincerely pray to the Almighty that Bro. Erano G. Manalo continues to guide the organization in the right path. It has been reported that under the leadership of Bro. Erano G. Manalo, a man of great philosophies, the INC was able to reach its 95th anniversary and therefore after his death it remains the duty of the INC to adhere to the rules set by Bro. Erano G. Manalo and respect the dedication which Bro. Erano G. Manalo had towards the Church.
Message of Bro. Bienvenido Santiago said:
Hinihiling namin na patnubayan ang buong Iglesia sa panahon ng matinding dalamhati (We request that the entire Church be guided during this time of severe grief.
A public wake for Bro. Eraño Manalo is set for tomorrow, Tuesday. If you haven?t heard about the Iglesia Ni Cristo, it is a religious group but also a strong political force, during elections they vote as a bloc.
Public Viewing will cease at 4pm today (Wednesday) to give way for the preparation of the Worship service tonight. It will resume at 10pm and will close again at 12mn. Since there are Worship services tomorrow (Thursday), the public viewing will resume at 10pm tomorrow.
The funeral of Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister "Ka Erdy" Manalo is set on 12 noon Monday.
The interment will be held at the Tabernacle located near the Central Temple along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City, announced by Bro. Bienvenido Santiago.
Ka Erdy Manalo's remains will eventually be transferred to a mausoleum that will be built near the monument of his late father, Bro. Felix Y. Manalo, also located within the grounds of the Iglesia ni Cristo Central Complex. Santiago said.
Malacañang has announced that September 7 will be a non-working Holiday
You can now watch LIVE feed from Ka Erdy's wake at INC Central Temple on Net 25 (Skycable Ch.10) or GEM TV (Skycable Ch. 12).
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It was in July 27, 1914 when the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) was registered to the Philippine government as an independent religious Christian organization. The Church around the world shall comemmorate its 95th founding anniversary on July 27, 2009.
Since its founding, ninety fifth (95) years ago, it is the Hand of God that has wondrously borne testimony to this Church of His Omnipresence. From its humble beginnings, Iglesia Ni Cristo is now being propagated in 90 countries and territories in the 6 inhabited continents of the world, with over 5, 400 local congregations grouped into 104 ecclessiastical districts in the Philippines with membership consisting of at least 102 different nationalities.
In the Philippines, a mammoth gathering of tens of thousands of brethren are expected to assemble on July 27, Monday, at 14 designated venues in each of the regions across the country to celebrate "IGLESIA NI CRISTO DAY".
Iglesia ni Cristo Central Temple in Diliman, Quezon City
The event is one of a kind where a 5-hour special and huge celebration shall be a sight to behold. Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal - Arroyo even declared July 27 a special working holiday.
The 14 identified venues of Iglesia Ni Cristo Day are the following:
Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City
Rizal Memorial Complex
Butuan City Sports Complex (Agusan del Norte)
Bicol University Sports Complex and Commencement Grounds (Legazpi City, Albay)
Cebu Sports Complex (Cebu City)
General Santos City Oval Plaza (SOCSARGEN)
Davao Agro-Industrial Institute Football Field (Davao City)
Quirino Stadium (Bantay, Ilocos Sur)
Central Integrated Terminal (Santiago City, Isabela)
Ashton Field Subdivision Grounds (Calamba, Laguna)
Panaad Stadium (Bacolod City, Negros Occidental)
Villa Del Sol Subdivision-Olongapo-Gapan Road (San Fernando City, Pampanga)
Narciso Ramos Sports Center (Lingayen, Pangasinan)
Ipil Sports Complex (Zamboanga City, Zamboanga-Sibugay)
Anniversary gatherings shall also be observed at Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C.; HP Pavilion in San Jose, California, USA; Central Hall Westminster in London, United Kingdom; Parco Esposizioni Novegro in Milan, Italy; and Hills Center in Sydney, Australia.
The usual Mid-Year Thanksgiving through a special worship service is set on July 25 and July 26 in the respective Houses of Worship worldwide.
Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) has indeed come a long way. It has persevered amidst various persecutions and tribulations.
The Iglesia Ni Cristo members unerring faith embrace the Word of God:
Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.? (Isaiah 41:10, King James Version).
Iglesia ni Cristo is global. It's amazing growth has continued through its indefatigable responsibility to evangelize all over the world.
The Presence of the Lord Almighty is indeed evident and awesome. Iglesia Ni Cristo's triumph is a clear manifestation that God?s Presence is within this Church. This is the sole reason behind its story of success.
Iglesia Ni Cristo brethren have never wavered in their faith. They have always known that all their labor and sacrifice are never in vain in the service to the Lord.
As the Bible says:
"Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain". (I Cor. 15:38, NIV).
To all members of Iglesia Ni Cristo, Happy 95th Anniversary!
PRAISE BE TO GOD!
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INC - CELEBRATES 95TH ANNIVERSARY WORLDWIDE
JULY 27, 2009
When the clock ticked at 4 p.m. in the Philippines last July 27, members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in the country and around the world simultaneously started the grand celebration of the church's 95th anniversary.
Brethren at Villa del Sol, San Fernando Pampanga
There were 14 regional celebrations all over the country with the biggest at the Araneta Coliseum and Quirino Grandstand at the national capital region. Second among the largest could be the celebration of INC brethrens at Villa Del Sol, City of San Fernando Pampanga where members from the provinces in Region 3 all participated.
More than one thousand balloons were released during INC 95th Anniversary celebration at Villa del Sol, Pampanga
The celebration was highlighted by a message from no less than the INC Executive Minister Brother Erano G. Manalo. A special grand concert led by our very own Miss Saigon Lea Salonga at the Central Tabernacle was also shown all over the world during the simultaneous celebrations. In Pampanga alone, the local government and police estimated the attendees at 200,000.
The main roads of the city were closed to regular traffic, particularly the Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo road. Hundreds of buses and private cars were parked along GSo, Lazatin Avenue, Dolores, San Agustin and at the Capitol Compound due to the huge number of INC members who joined the celebration in Central Luzon.