Celebrating the fifth founding anniversary of the Ecclesiastical District of Batac City, Ilocos Norte, Church members all over the district gathered for a two-pronged activity on April 23, 2023, held exactly five years later it was established, at the Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) grounds in Batac City, Ilocos Norte, Philippines.
The district supervising minister, Brother Erdy Aguilar, and assistant district supervising minister, Brother Cesar Cruz, were present in both activities as they led the brethren in commemorating this milestone anniversary.
In the noon of that day, families from all over the district began flocking at the MMSU covered court as they were welcomed by 10 interactive booths prepared and set up by various Christian Family Organizations (CFO) such as Buklod, KADIWA, Binhi, Christian Society for the Deaf (CSD), Christian Brotherhood International (CBI), and many more.
Few hours after, the brethren proceeded at the MMSU Teatro Ilocandia to witness a musical program featuring song and dance performances from select talented Church members with their renditions of Iglesia Ni Cristo original music.
“It’s exciting to see my fellow brethren coming from different local congregations to celebrate God’s blessings to our district,” expressed Renalyn Rodrigo, Children’s Worship Service (CWS) president from the Batac Congregation. “What I enjoyed the most was the musical event. I enjoyed every song performance which was applauded by many brethren.”
Throughout the activity, Brother Cruz observed, “The brethren’s participation was commendable. They tirelessly joined every activity as they expressed their unity with the Church Administration.” When asked about their vigor and enthusiasm, he declared what inspires them, “It’s the words of God continuously taught by the Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo. The brethren firmly believe that their works for the Lord are not in vain as it will lead them to salvation.” — With reports from INC News Section and Jake Torio of the District Multimedia