The Songs of Faith, Love, and Hope KADIWA International Edition culminated at the Philippine Arena, the world’s largest indoor arena situated within Ciudad de Victoria Complex, Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines, on November 26, 2023.
The said friendly competition is among the highlights of commemorating the 50th anniversary of the KADIWA, the organization in the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church Of Christ) for its single members 18 years old and above. The grand finalists consisted of a multi-national roster of brethren from ten ecclesiastical districts.
“It’s been quite a journey since I first entered as a participant of this event. It’s more than I ever expected to be part of the grand finals,” said Kate Rebibis, the finalist representing the Ecclesiastical District Western Europe. She had to travel 14 hours by plane from Belgium to reach the finals’ venue.
“All the troubles are worth it. Knowing that such effort is in unity with the Church Administration. Above all, the experience edified my faith and strengthened my resolve as a Church member,” Kate added.
Brother Eduardo V. Manalo, the Executive Minister, highlighted the objective and significance of this event in his letter read by Brother Edwil Zabala, minister of the gospel, at the start of the event.
In between sets of the finalists’ presentations, brethren from the Iglesia Ni Cristo Production Company (INCPC) serenaded the audience with the Church’s original music, several of which were accompanied by dance numbers.
Von Caljur, who represented the Ecclesiastical District of Cavite, Philippines, was declared the grand champion, with his rendition of God’s Love.
“The winner is just one, but all of us who participated consider ourselves blessed to be part of this event. It has helped us grow as members of the Church, and has given us a lot of memories to look back to, moments when God indeed helped us,” said Marcial Distor, a finalist from the Ecclesiastical District of Orange County, California.
“We are thankful to our beloved leader for launching this activity. Truly it has served as an avenue for the brethren to not only showcase their God-given talents and express through music the resilience of the Christian faith but also share the true faith to nonmembers,” said Brother Zabala on behalf of the brethren. — With reports from Anne Febie Kathleen Maranan of the INC News Section