Demonstrating unity at its best, especially as the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) reaches 109th anniversary on July 27, its ecclesiastical districts in Central Visayas, Philippines, namely, Bogo City, Cebu; Bohol; Carcar City, Cebu; Negros Del Norte; and Negros Oriental converged for the INC Unity Games KADIWA and Binhi Regional Finals on July 1, 2023.
“We woke up very early and traveled by sea but it’s all worth it because we were so excited for this occasion to come. That it was held on the first day of the Church’s anniversary month further inspired us to take part in this event,” said Bhea Despi, a badminton player from the Local Congregation of Doong, Bogo City, Cebu District.
The participants gathered at the open grounds of the Naga City Oval, Cebu for the opening ceremony. They took the oath of sportsmanship. The song and dance numbers of Iglesia Ni Cristo original music that the KADIWA and Binhi members from the Ecclesiastical District of Carcar City, Cebu, the host district, followed.
“I thank the Lord God for providing me good health, enabling me to participate in this activity,” said John Resca Maramara, from the Local Congregation of Catmon, Bogo City, Cebu District. “During activities like this, as what is always reminded to us before the sports begin, the players are competitive but the love of brotherhood and unity prevail among us.”
Brethren-athletes competed in both outdoor and indoor sports, such as basketball, volleyball, bowling, track and field, dodge ball, speed cubing, speed stacks, darts, and chess. Declared winners will soon compete in the international level of the said sporting event. — With reports from Queendelle Boctoc of the INC News Section