The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has opened a world-class museum that features the religious organization’s 105 years of development as a homegrown church set amidst historical junctures in the Philippines’ history.
The church organization announced on social media over the weekend it’s opening the doors of the INC Museum to the public. The museum is housed in a more modern five-storey building on 25 Central Avenue, Brgy. Culiat in Quezon City after it transferred from its former site set up in the 1980s in front of the Templo Central along Commonwealth Avenue.
The state-of-the-art INC Museum is designed by Philippine National Artist for Architecture, Francisco ‘Bobby’ Mañosa. The interior of the museum features columns from the Ground to 4th floor. The “walkalator” covers and hand railings at the center of the building are wrapped with a special kind of rattan lamination called “Permacane” manually wrapped strip by strip and polished.
Among the features of the new museum, that sits on a total area of 46,098.54 square meters, are scale models of huge worship buildings constructed by the INC, an early Philippines era car, and a state-of-the-art system that manages the building’s safety features.
“I’m in awe with this very important institution, a place where I think our fellow Filipinos should visit” … to “see the history not only of this religion but also the culture of our nation, how it blossomed not only here in our country but also across the globe. That is very important. And this museum is such a valuable instrument to make our fellow Filipinos all the more understand our culture,” said Tonisito M.C. Umali, Department of Education Undersecretary, in an INC Museum report about its inauguration on August 26.
The INC Museum is a non-profit cultural and educational institution owned and operated by the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, the socio-cultural and environmental arm of the religious organization.
The INC Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday (9 AM to 6 PM).
The Iglesia ni Cristo has figured in the headlines when it broke several Guinness World Records for its human formation, fireworks display, and box office receipts for a film about its founder, Felix Manalo.
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