Philippines Central Conference

Social Concerns
United Methodists and others join in a prayer rally in front of the Department of Foreign Affairs in Pasay City, Philippines, on July 17, to seek repatriation of Filipino overseas workers stranded due to COVID-19. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Mariesol Villalon.

Filipino pastor aims to bring stranded workers home

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rev. Mariesol Villalon has sustained an online ministry with Filipino workers stranded overseas, including a man who is United Methodist.
Local Church
The Rev. Noel Alfonso honors fathers during a Father’s Day service June 21 at Munoz United Methodist Church in Nueva Ecija, Philippines. Churches in North and South Cotabato in Mindanao and Nueva Ecija in Luzon were among those allowed to reopen under modified guidelines to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Noel Alfonso.

Churches adapt to ‘new normal’ in Philippines

United Methodists set up hand-washing stations, checked temperatures and required masks as churches welcomed back members after months of quarantine.
Human Rights
Protesters in Manila raise placards calling on legislators to scrap the anti-terror bill that has drawn concern from human rights activists who fear it could be used to suppress free speech and harass those who challenge President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo by REUTERS/Eloisa Lopez.

Filipinos speak out against anti-terrorism bill

Manila Area Bishop Ciriaco Q. Francisco called the bill oppressive, while others spoke out against red-tagging and human rights abuses.
Local Church
United Methodists, led by the Rev. Recto Baguio, superintendent of the Mindanao Central East District, distribute food to communities struggling during the coronavirus pandemic in the Philippines. The relief packs include rice, canned goods, noodles, sugar, salt, dried fish and soap. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Recto Baguio.

Filipinos on the margins hurt by COVID-19

United Methodists from the three episcopal areas have come together to provide food and other assistance during the pandemic.

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