Iglesia Ni Cristo sets 2 Guinness records-A A +A
Monday, July 28, 2014
THE centennial or 100th anniversary of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) at the Ciudad de Victoria in Bocaue, Bulacan yesterday has set two new Guinness records.
INC spokesman Edwil Zabala said the 55,000-seat Philippine Arena in Ciudad de Victoria was certified as the world’s biggest mix-used indoor theater, while the INC’s 4,745-member choir was declared the world’s largest by an adjudicator from Guinness Records.
Ciudad de Victoria is a 50-hectare tourism enterprise zone established by the INC in time for its centennial celebration.
Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino estimated that at least two million INC members participated in the celebration at Ciudad de Victoria yesterday.
The INC welcomed its 100th founding anniversary through a special pyro-musical presentation at midnight.
Two hours later, INC members with tickets entered the Philippine Arena to hear the worship service of INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo at 6 a.m.
Millions of INC members nationwide and in more than 100 countries watched Manalo give his homily at the centennial celebration via live video streaming.
Manalo’s worship service was considered the highlight of the celebration.
He told the faithful that the swift completion of the new Philippine Arena was proof of the group’s divine support.
“The Philippine Arena was finished in two years and nine months when it should have taken five years. This is the work of God,” he said.
Manalo also hailed the INC’s phenomenal growth in the last 100 years.
From 2009 to 2014, a total of 603 new INC churches were built— 552 in the Philippines and the rest abroad, he added.
Wide screens, chairs and tents were set up to cater to other members who were not able to enter the Philippine Arena.
Some of the faithful waited overnight in the pouring rain to attend the centennial celebration in an event designed to showcase the religion’s stunning success at home and abroad. (With Sunnex report)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 28, 2014.