Philippines Central Conference

Central Conferences
Bishop Ruby-Nell M. Estrella of the Manila Area speaks during the Philippines Central Conference’s Board of Laity forum Sept. 2 at Knox United Methodist Church in Manila. Estrella, who spoke on behalf of the incumbent bishops, expressed their commitment to preserving the unity of the church. Photo by the Rev. Edgardo L. Quinsayas.

Filipino lay leaders call for autonomy

The Board of the Laity in the Philippines held a forum to seek clarity on compounding church issues and called for autonomy, but the three newly elected bishops in the country emphasized their commitment to preserving the unity of the church.
Disaster Relief
United Methodist pastors and disaster management team leaders evaluate a rainwater-harvesting tank that was installed a month earlier in the Novele community in the Davao Area of the Philippines. The United Methodist Church distributed the drums to more than 30 households and three community centers in the region. Pictured (from left to right) are the Rev. Marlyn N. Nabatilan, an unnamed neighbor, recipient Janeth Erandio, the Rev. Jerson Sanggo and team leaders Eddie Danglapen, Fe Tomas and Maurice Bigaran. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Dan Reuben L. Sison.

Water project improves lives in the Philippines

Davao Area Disaster Management Office disaster management team distributes drums to harvest rainwater to more than 30 families and three community centers in neighborhoods that don’t have a reliable source for clean water.
Disaster Relief
Members of the Aetas community pose for a photo with a team from The United Methodist Church in the Philippines, including Phine M. Cedillo (left of the sign in green shirt), Rommuel S. Flores (to the right of the sign) and the Rev. Willie Tolentino (in yellow shirt in back). The group participated in Community-based Contingency Planning at Mawacat United Methodist Church in Florida Blanca, Pampanga. Photo courtesy of the Rev. Willie Tolentino.

Climate issues connect church, Indigenous communities

Through Community-based Contingency Planning, The United Methodist Church in the Philippines is working with Indigenous peoples to prepare for disaster, address climate change.
Bishops
Retired Bishop Leo A. Soriano (back right) prays for episcopal candidates as Bishop Rodolfo A. Juan lays hands on them during the third Revive event held Nov. 23 at the newly inaugurated Wesleyan University-Philippines Chapel in Cabanatuan City, Philippines. The event was designed to spiritually prepare delegates and other United Methodists before the election of three new bishops during the special session of the Philippines Central Conference. Photo by Gladys P. Mangiduyos, UM News.

Revive event lifts up servant leaders in the Philippines

Before electing three new bishops, delegates gathered for song, dance, prayers and messages about fulfilling God’s holy work.

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