A KADIWA Heritage Tour for members in the Ecclesiastical Districts of Kalinga, La Union, Palawan South, and Mamburao, Mindoro Occidental, all in the Philippines, was held on September 20 and 21, 2023.
“We thank our beloved Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo and our Christian Family Organizations (CFO) Coordinator, Brother Angelo Eraño V. Manalo, for supporting this event. We are physically far from them but we never feel left out. This event is so remarkable as the youth needs to be informed about the Church’s landmarks,” said Brother Efren Bag-Oyen, minister of the gospel and CFO overseer of the Ecclesiastical District of Kalinga.
On the first day, delegates made their way to Ciudad De Victoria in Bocaue, Bulacan. They toured around the complex, especially the 55-000-seater Philippine Arena, and The Garden, a botanical and zoological park within which is the Candy Land Café that served as the venue to conclude the day’s events.
On day two, the KADIWA brethren first attended a worship service at the house of worship of the Local Congregation of Templo Central, which is also among the heritage sites they visited. “It’s my first time to attend a worship service here. It’s awe-inspiring to be here. I feel so edified,” shared Princess Mae Molejon from the Ecclesiastical District of Palawan South.
Their next stop was the marker of Brother Felix Y. Manalo’s birthplace, which is situated in Tipas, Taguig City. Afterwards, they went to the Church’s museum in Punta, Sta. Ana, Manila, which used to be the house of worship of the Church’s first congregation, the Local Congregation of Punta; then to the house of worship of the Local Congregation of F. Manalo, San Juan, which is in the vicinity of what used to be the Church’s Central Office (1923-1930, 1948-1968).
Lastly, the young delegates toured the EVM Convention Center and the adjacent INC Museum, where they enjoyed a farewell dinner.
“It was really meaningful to be part of the delegation. Aside from being reminded of how the Almighty God helped and continues helping the Church, we bonded as Christian youth striving towards achieving spiritual maturity,” said Janriel Sacopon, an organist from the Ecclesiastical District of La Union. — With reports from Ashlyn Sulit of INC News Section