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Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Erano G. Manalo 88th Birthday

Manila, Philippines – Today, members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) observe with great respect and warm regard the 88th Birth Anniversary of the late INC Executive Minister Eraño de Guzman Manalo. “Ka Erdie” as he was fondly called passed away on August 31, 2009, and left a sterling example of zeal and sincerity in service, humility, and word of honor.

Born on this day in January 2, 1925, he was the fifth child of Felix Y. Manalo and Honorata de Guzman. He received his elementary education from the St. James Academy in San Juan, Metro Manila. He started attending the church’s ministerial classes at the age of 16 and was ordained minister on May 10, 1947, at the age of 22. He held various positions in the INC, including general treasurer and circulation manager of the Pasugo magazine (now known as God’s Message).

INC gears up for centennial with movie

MANILA, Philippines -- Three big-name actors will topbill the retelling on the big screen of the founding and legacy of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), as it gears up for its centennial anniversary in 2014.

Directed by Tikoy Aguiluz and written by Arlyn dela Cruz, "Ang Sugo (The Last Messenger)" spans three generations of INC leadership. Touted as a historic project -- local cinema's "movie of the century" -- by virtue of its subject and scope of production, the film will retrace the beginnings of INC, when it was founded in 1914.

Philippines-Based Megachurch Rallies in Times Square for Superstorm Sandy Relief

In the devastating wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) hosted an International Aid for Humanity event in New York City on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012.

The Philippines-based church's charitable arm, the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, made a total donation of $150,000 to the New York City Police Foundation, the FDNY Foundation, Bellevue Hospital Center and Coney Island Hospital – all of which were adversely affected by the huge storm.

The event was attended by noted local and international dignitaries and an estimated 3,000 volunteers from the Church. The volunteers also handed out "goodwill bags" containing survival essentials to the homeless and others in need.

FYM Foundation conducts relief effort in Staten Island

The FYM Foundation (International Aid for Humanity) of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo) conducted a Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort and distributed tote bags with blankets, canned goods and water to residents of Cedar Grove Beach and Midland Avenue near Miller Field.

Janice de Belen out of election campaign

Actress Janice de Belen explains why she cannot actively support former partner Aga Muhlach or fellow ABS-CBN contract artist Joey Marquez in their bids for congressional seats next year:

“I’m not allowed to campaign because of my religion. (She is a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo.) Also, I’m not from Bicol—although I have known descendants there—and I don’t vote there so I can’t campaign for Aga (who is running for representative of the fourth district of Camarines Sur).

San Fernando City officials greet Iglesia executive minister on his birthday

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Local executives here extended birthday wishes to Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) executive minister Brother Eduardo Manalo, as he celebrated his 57th birthday Wednesday.

Brother Manalo, also known to the faithful as “Ka Ediboy,” was born on October 31, 1955. He is currently the head of the INC following the death of former late executive minister Eraño G. Manalo.

Governor Lilia Pineda, in her greetings, wished and prayed for good health and more blessings to “Ka Ediboy” and the INC.

Dawn of the new guard

IGLESIA Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo appears on the cover of the Philippines Graphic in one of his pastoral visits abroad. 

Seven new ecclesiastical districts, or large administrative units that can comprise anywhere from 10 to a hundred local congregations, have been put up in other countries.

These new districts are Northeast Asia (August 31, 2010), Southeast Asia (July 28, 2011), Eastern Canada and Western Canada (June 16, 2011), and Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Kingdom (July 9, 2012).

INC buys Miracle Temple Church of God property

Iglesia Ni Cristo purchased the industrial property located at 7100 42nd St. S in Seattle, WA for $4.3 million, or about $176 per square foot. The building was used by Miracle Temple Church of God in Christ for religious and community events for more than ten years.

INC re-opens a former Baptist church in UK

A 100-YEAR-OLD former church in Newport that served as a performing arts academy has been returned to its use as a place of worship after a £1.6 million project.

The Philippines-based Iglesia Ni Cristo, which translates to Church of Christ, has renovated the Grade I-listed Burleigh Hall in Llanthewy Road, Newport, to be a base for its congregation stretching from West Wales to the West Country.

INC buys Park Avenue Christian Church building

Iglesia Ni Cristo purchased a 7,000-square-foot church building, formerly Park Avenue Christian Church, at 4635 S. Park Ave., from Arizona Christian Missionary Society. Rob Tomlinson of PICOR Commercial Real Estate Services handled the $380,000 transaction.

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