PHLPost issues Iglesia ni Cristo centennial stamps-A A +A
Friday, May 9, 2014
QUEZON CITY -- The Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) will issue stamps to commemorate the Centennial Anniversary (100 years) of Iglesia ni Cristo in the Philippines.
Postmaster General Josefina Dela Cruz will present the Centennial Commemorative Stamps to Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo today (May 10) at the Iglesia ni Cristo Central Temple in Quezon City.
Brother Felix Y. Manalo, the first executive minister, founded the Iglesia ni Cristo on July 27, 1914 in Punta, Sta. Ana Manila.
The postage stamp features its founder, Bro. Felix Y. Manalo (1886-1963), the logo of the INC centennial anniversary, and its sprawling Central Temple at the background located in Quezon City. The stamp is in black and white (monochromatic), except for the centennial logo, providing a nostalgic view of the INC from past to present.
This is the first time that PhlPost will issue a bigger stamp measuring 50 mm x 35 mm in size. A regular stamp measures 40 mm x 30mm.
The phenomenal growth of Iglesia ni Cristo was attributed to its founder, Brother Felix, his wife Honorata and children who had continued his legacy in serving God and the Church.
From a handful of believers gathered in its pioneering years to the millions now scattered across the country and in many parts of the world are indications of a vibrant faith – a living testament to the spiritual leadership of Bro. Felix which passes on to his son Eraño and grandson Eduardo, the current Executive Minister.
“We are proud to issue the centennial commemorative stamps of Iglesia ni Cristo and to Bro. Felix, its first Executive Minister whose adherence to the teachings of the Bible and untiring care for the Church members is remarkable”, said Postmaster General Josefina Dela Cruz.
The stamp was designed by Bro. Bienvenido Santiago, Jr. of Iglesia ni Cristo while the layout was provided by Vic Serevo. PHLPost has produced 1.2 million pieces of P10 denomination of the stamps. The commemorative stamp will be sold starting today at the Manila Central Post Office in Liwasang Bonifacio. (Joel P. Mapiles)
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 10, 2014.