MANILA, July 27 — Malacanang extended its greetings to the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) which marked its 98th anniversary on July 27.
Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte extended the greetings during the regular press briefing on Friday in Malacanang. July 27 is Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Day, a special national working holiday, pursuant to Republic Act 9645, which was signed on June 12, 2009.
The law recognizes the exemplary feat of INC in leading its members towards spiritual enlightenment and good citizenry.
INCs activities for its 98th Anniversary were designed to prepare millions of its followers for its centennial celebration in 2014.
Established by Ka (Brother) Felix Y. Manalo in Sta. Ana, Manila, on July 14, 1914, INC has grown to become one of the countrys biggest religious denominations.
The church has millions of members in its more than 5,400 congregations in the Philippines and in 90 countries worldwide.
Aside from organizing local and foreign congregations that started way back in 1916, INC also put up the Ministerial Institute of Development (now New Era University) in 1974.
When Ka Felix Manalo passed away on April 12, 1963, his post was taken over by his son, Ka Eraño G. Manalo. Upon Ka Eraños demise on August 31, 2009, his eldest son, Bro. Eduardo Ka Ed V. Manalo succeeded him to become INCs current Executive Minister. (PNA) CTB/PCOO/rsm