The Ecclesiastical District of Laoag City, in Ilocos Norte, Philippines, held consecutive activities on October 7 and 8, 2023 as a way, among others, of celebrating its 85th anniversary.
A blood donation activity organized by the Christian Medical Dental and Paramedical Society (CMDPS) officers was held at the covered court of Brgy.1 San Joaquin, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte on the first day.
Bearing in mind the importance of such charitable act, many brethren from various local congregations volunteered as blood donors. They first underwent health screening process to determine if they were qualified to donate blood. A total of 30 blood bags were collected.
“By donating blood, I was able to fulfill God’s command to help people who are in need,” said Cielo Joy Lomongo from the Local Congregation of Postor. “That is why I participated in this activity because I want to be of help to our fellowmen and to give glory and honor to God,” she added.
“Today the brethren here in the District of Laoag City participated in a blood donation activity. It is part of our unity with the Church Administration,” said Brother Mark Gabatino, resident minister of San Nicolas Congregation. “We are very happy to see our brethren actively participating in the said activity,” he added.
The highlight of the anniversary celebration happened the next day. The brethren gathered with their guests at the Centennial Arena, also in Laoag City, to attend a musical evangelical mission.
To formally start the program, Brother Rodolfo Espino, district Light of Salvation (LOS) overseer, led the opening prayer. Brother Lexer Malonzo, assistant district supervising minister, then gave the opening remarks. Afterwards, select brethren performed their rendition of Iglesia Ni Cristo original songs, which expressed not only the brethren’s faith in upholding God’s commandments but also the blessings that God has bestowed on the Church.
“It’s a meaningful event. I was so amazed by the brethren’s performances. It has inspired me to continue examining the doctrines that the Church upholds,” said Angela Mae Molina, a guest of the Columbia Extension.
Kimberly Althea Glee Reyes, an organist from Vintar Congregation, said, “I was so happy because I was able to inspire the brethren and guests. I’m hoping to further be of help in informing the attendees about God’s will, as well as uplifting them, especially during our worship of God.”
“We thank the Lord God for the success of our activity, we hope that this has given glory and honor to Him,” said Brother Eugenio Corpuz Jr., district supervising minister, who led the activity. — With reports from Frazell Sahagun and Joyce Ann Lucas of INC News Section