A distinctive feature of the Manila skyline, the green-and-white gothic spires of the churches of this powerful and ... More
Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ)
A distinctive feature of the Manila skyline, the green-and-white gothic spires of the churches of this powerful and influential religious group are as familiar a sight to Filipinos as McDonald's golden arches. Iglesia ni Cristo (also known as INC) has a big following in Manila and throughout the country. The churches, unlike the humbler structures of other Christian denominations, always sport a fresh coat of paint.
I was lucky that I have a friend who was a member of this church and he invited me to visit it. And here is my comment.
Not just the ever fresh coat of paint. Not just its well designed Filipino-Gothic facade, if I may say, the astounding look especially when illuminated at night. Not just the magnificent massive chandeliers inside the high ceiling and high security/safe interiors... These are just like side dish to the full course meal. Its the teachings and words of God shared by this church to everyone with an open heart what makes this place amiable and distinctive.
What makes this place special in ambiance term? This house of worship (much like in any other INC churches) evokes the feeling of inner peace and order. This is what I've experience there.
If you absolutely would like to pay a visit inside, you would have to follow their clothing code (semi-formal or semi-casual-formal): Women has to be in skirt (not above the knee)and not in sleeveless and Men in polo-shirts. They have a patio above and a museum inside. But if you find it restrictive, admiring it from the gates is still enjoyable. The Photo did not give justice to the grand house. It looks better when your there. So, if your a type of tourist who's into visiting temples, pagoda's etc.. Its a good destination in the Philippines to get a feel or experience the deep Filipino spirituality aside from visiting old Spanish catholic churches. The thing is no Photo's allowed inside the premises to give respect to the worshipers but still a good experience.
i don't have the exact words to say how i felt and feel everytime i think of my visit, seating in the first row of the balcony...where you feel like you're on the center of it all,like floating and right up front with the majestic choir, under the grand gigantic crystals of light...and with a clear view of the right and left wings and their balconies,the main hall and...just be there...the feeling is up for you to experience...
I can't wait to bring our children to see such magnificent structure. But most of all how big the Church organization in the mother land. The churches are practically in every corner, similar to Starbucks in Seattle. All Church of Christ chapel beautifully stands with pride in every block. Unlike the deteriorating Catholic chapel.
I LEFT PHILLIPINES LAST MAY OF 1989. THE LAST TIME I VISTED THE CENTRAL TEMPLE I THINK IS MORE THAN 18 YEARS AGO.I CANT WAIT TO GO BACK THERE AND ATTEND THE WORSHIP SERVICE THERE.I GOT BAPTIZE IN THAT LOCALE I STILL REMEMBER HOW SOLEMN ITN WAS
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