New Cathedral in the Philippines


For almost 40 years, the Cathedral of the King (Manila, Philippines) has been engaged in a pilgrimatic odyssey from place to place: hotel to theatre, warehouse to warehouse; always seeking for the city made without hands, and yet knowing our inheritance from God included a tangible demonstration of His glory. In a country controlled by oligarchs and a city owned by developers, it has proven a long and often disappointing process, but every step of the way Jesus Christ has always proved that He is, indeed, Lord.

In March 2016, a piece of property was unequivocally acquired, a property that the Church can feel free to build upon in any way the Lord leads. And finally, the Architects and Engineers’ Group, a ministry formed and active since 1991, was freed to finalize plans for just that building. On August 27, 2016, Bishop Ariel Santos signed the proposed plans, which are now undergoing submission of application for building permits and government clearances.  A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for November 2016, with Patriarch Craig Bates and other international clergy involved.

As the third generation of Cathedral members prepare to join with their mentors in the leadership of the Church and the construction of this building, all our CEC brethren are encouraged to pray the prayer of King David: “Surely I will not enter my house, nor lie on my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyelids; until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”