This day in 1914, the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) was officially registered by Felix Manalo, a Catholic who became dissatisfied with theological teachings he grew up with.
Manalo came up with new-found doctrines that have become the foundation of a new church which he initially established in Sta Ana, Manila.
From its humble beginnings in Manila, the INC has gained a nationwide, and even worldwide, following.
After 99 years, INC has remained alive, and has become a significant part of history. Its large following has become a vital part of the country’s social and political life through the years.
It has been known to lobby for government posts for members of its church. Among its members who were appointed to various posts are Land Transportation Office chief Virginia Torres, former Justice secretaries Serafin Cuevas and Artemio Tuquero, former Court of Appeals Justice Nicolas Lapeña Jr, former National Bureau of Investigation chiefs Reynaldo Wycoco and Magtanggol Gatdula, and former Philippine National Police chief Edgardo Aglipay.
Political leaders and even presidential aspirants have sought audiences with the Manalos, seeking their endorsement.
Debate over whether the INC has remained influential continues, but most political strategists prefer to err on the side of caution, still opting to seek the blessing of the INC head.
The group is now headed by the founder’s grandson, Eduardo Manalo – the 3rd person to have become the groups’ leader.
In commemoration of their anniversary, Rappler has put together an infographic displaying some information about the Iglesia ni Cristo. - Rappler.com