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Iglesia buys Wild West town

What could Iglesia executive minister Eduardo Manalo be thinking when he approved the purchase of a desolate Old West town in the United States?

According to the Rapid City Journal, the Iglesia Ni Cristo has acquired the 46-acre (18.6-hectare) town of Scenic, South Dakota for $700,000, taking a $99,000 discount from the earlier quoted price of $799,000.

The town, on the edge of Badlands National Park, has two houses remaining with a population of nine.

Records name Filipino church as buyer of SD town

The Rapid City Journal says documents show that a Filipino church called Iglesia Ni Cristo, or Church of Christ, paid $700,000 for the property.

The church's website shows congregations in dozens of countries and 42 states, with U.S. offices in a San Francisco suburb.


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Filipino church buys Scenic property

 Filipino church called Iglesia Ni Cristo, or Church of Christ, is the buyer of 59 parcels of land in Scenic, paying $700,000 for the properties, Pennington County records show.

What the church plans to do with the nearly empty Old West town on the edge of the Badlands remains a mystery. The church hasn’t said anything about its plans for the property, and calls seeking comment from church offices were not returned.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom and county Planning Director Dan Jennissen each said their offices have had no contact from the church.

Volunteers help shores sparkle in Vallejo

Among the largest group of volunteers were the members of Iglesia Ni Cristo, which drew 140 people like 15-year-olds Jomari and Jeremiah.

After hours of plucking junk from the Mare Island shoreline Saturday, Jesse Bethel High School sophomores Jomari Mayo and Jeremiah Tanca were ready for a shower.

"We picked up a lot of cigarette butts," Jomari said.

And they weren't alone.

About 600 volunteers scoured the shores and waterways of Vallejo during the 25th annual Coastal Cleanup, collecting more than 43,000 pounds of trash and recyclables.

Volunteers give streets of Montclair a facelift

Volunteers from a local congregation of the Iglesia ni Cristo or Church of Christ worked in partnership with the city's Department of Community Development to complete six enhancement that will help beautify the city's image and help business overall.

During the day of service, volunteers completed hands-on projects - around a 1-mile radius of 4159 Holt Blvd. - like refurbishing the exterior of a senior citizen's homes to prevent further upkeep violation citations, painting over graffiti and restoring the property of a vandalized private business and its surrounding area.

On the RH Bill

Apart from the Catholic church, all other major religions in our country support RH, namely: Iglesia ni Cristo, National Council of Churches in the Philippines, Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches, the Interfaith Partnership for the Promotion of Responsible Parenthood, and the Assembly of Darul-Ifta of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

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Nueva Vizcaya board declares July 27 as INC Day

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, September 14 (PIA) -- The provincial board here recently declared July 27 each year as Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Day in the province as a special working holiday.

The ordinance NO. 2011-072 known as An Ordinance Localizing the Implementation in the Province of Nueva Vizcaya of Republic Act 9645, Declaring July 27 as INC Day was authored by board member Maybelle Blossom Dumlao and sponsored by board member Lambert Galima.

County board applauds changes to church plans with exceptions

WAILUKU - The Maui County Urban Design Review Board recommended approval of plans for a new Iglesia Ni Cristo, or Church of Christ, on Tuesday and decided the changes made after an earlier meeting were mostly acceptable.

Board members forwarded the designs to the Maui Planning Commission, from which the church will seek county special use and special management area permits for the up to $3 million demolition and rebuilding project tentatively scheduled for 2014.

World's largest indoor arena to rise in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED/CORRECTED) - The world's largest indoor arena will rise in the Philippines soon, courtesy of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), TIME.com reported Thursday.

Design of the 50,000-seat stadium at Ciudad de Victoria in Bulacan province has already started, according to Populous, a US architectural company firm behind the project.

The $213-million facility, dubbed by Populous as the "world's largest indoor arena," will be built in time for the Iglesia ni Cristo's centennial celebration in 2014, according to the architectural firm.

Iglesia ni Cristo building massive indoor arena

MANILA, Philippines—Politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo said Thursday it had started building one of the world’s biggest indoor arenas with a seating capacity of 50,000.

The 74,000-square-meter (796,000-square-feet) mega-structure called the Philippine Arena is part of the Christian sect’s Ciudad de Victoria, a sprawling complex being built just outside the capital Manila.


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