On 100th year of Iglesia ni Cristo

SPONSORSHIP SPEECH
On Declaring July 27, 2014 as a Special Nonworking Holiday to Commemorate the Founding Anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo

Senator Pia S. Cayetano
Chairperson, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture
June 4, 2014

Mr. President, esteemed colleagues,

Iglesia ni Cristo was founded in the Philippines in 1914 under Felix Manalo. [1] A century later, it has expanded to become the third largest religious denomination in the country. [2] Their church responds to the needs of the less fortunate, especially those afflicted during calamities and disasters. Notably, their outreach programs such as the Lingap sa Mamamayan was awarded three Guinness world records: largest dental health check, biggest number of blood pressure readings taken in eight hours, and most numerous blood glucose level tests in eight hours.

More recently, INC’s Walk for Yolanda, the proceeds of which were used for housing and livelihood projects for survivors of Typhoon Yolanda, won another two Guinness world records. Iglesia ni Cristo also runs New Era University, an educational institution that has been granted university status by the Commission on Higher Education, for both INC members and non-members alike.

Owing to the prominent role of Iglesia ni Cristo in the lives of many Filipinos, I rise to sponsor Committee Report No. 48, seeks to declare July 27, 2014 as a special nonworking holiday to commemorate the Founding Anniversary of Iglesia ni Cristo, as they celebrate their historic centennial year.

I ask for the swift passage of this measure. Thank you.

[1] Palafox, Q.A. “122nd Birth Anniversary of Ka Felix Manalo.” Naitional Historical Commission of the Philippines. As cited in Wikipedia.org
[2] “Demography.” Philippines in Figures. Manila: National Statistics Office. 2011. As cited in Wikipedia.org

Related links: Committee Report No.48

Photo courtesy of: http://readmeiglesianicristo.blogspot.com/

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