In an Inquirer special report, we learn that the national government has allotted P165 million for the reconstruction of 10 churches in Bohol and one in Samar. The churches were either damaged or destroyed by the last earthquake. Initially, the government balked at the notion in view of the “doctrine of separation of Church and State.” However, when advised of laws on preservation of cultural heritage, it agreed to fund the project (Front Page, 10/17/14).
By Conrado de Quiros
Our report put it this way: There may not be room at the inn when Pope Francis visits Tacloban in January.
By Randy David
The most fascinating thing about the “Philippine Arena,” billed as “the world’s largest indoor multipurpose venue,” is probably not that it stands on Philippine soil but that it has been built by the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). Known for the distinctive architectural style of its churches, the INC usually builds small replicas of its central cathedral in nearly every town in which it has gathered a sizeable flock. But a gigantic dome to accommodate its occasional humongous gatherings seems, at first glance, excessive and out of character even for a church that is proudly marking its centennial year.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Just as the first of the planned impeachment complaints was being filed in the House of Representatives—complete with color-coded photo ops—P-Noy was in Bulacan, the main guest of the Iglesia Ni Cristo inaugurating the 75-hectare “Ciudad de Victoria.”
I am intrigued by recent news reports disclosing that the government, through the Philippine Postal Corp., has authorized a special issue of commemorative postage stamps to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).