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The Right Reverend
Salvador Ballesteros


The Most Reverend
Joel Ocop Porlares


News & Updates

Published: January 17, 2024

DGMA-WOPIC Annual Thanksgiving Party at the Cathedral of the Crucified Lord

November 25, 2023, Saturday; 112 pax; 16 clergy persons. Commenced by Holy Mass: Bp. Buddy Ballesteros as main celebrant & preacher; clergy as concelebrators. Priests gifted with grocery packs -- thanks much!. Mass followed by business meeting, lunch, & program of songs & dances. Camaraderie, gift-giving, and merry-making as prelude to the forthcoming holiday season. Thanks and glory to God for the bountiful blessings!

Published: July 13, 2023

Sama-samang Sumamba at Magsaya Tungo sa Pagkakaisa, Tara Na!

By empowering individuals, fostering fellowship, and providing a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences, the Diocesan Laymen's Fellowship will undoubtedly pave the way for a brighter future within the diocese. As participants gather this Saturday, hearts will be filled with hope, and the spirit of unity will flourish, leaving a lasting imprint on the diocesan community for years to come.

Published: May 18, 2023


Bishop Porlares won over the lone opponent candidate, the Rt. Rev. Felixberto L. Calang (Cagayan de Oro), for the office of the Supreme Bishop (Chief Pastor and Chief Executive Officer); while Bishop Ranojo edged out the Rt. Rev. Carlo A. Morales (Ozamis) for the position of General Secretary (Chief Operations Officer). Only one ballot-casting, individually done for each position, was sufficient to determine the outcome winners for both offices.

Published: April 28, 2023

Covenant Partnership Celebration and Fellowship

Members of three covenant churches, the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP), and the Iglesia Unida Ekyumenical (IUE), together gathered at the IFI Conference Center on Tuesday, April 11, 2023, in fellowship and celebration of their covenant partnerships. These three churches are also member-churches of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines.

Published: April 28, 2023


Led by the diocesan bishop, the Rt. Rev. Vicente Salvador Ballesteros, and the domestic prelate, the Msgr. Cesar Emmanuel Ballesteros, the 14-member diocesan clergy and four select clergy relatives, embarked at 6:30 am on their trip towards the Villa Resurreccion in Tanay, Rizal. Arriving at 9:00 am, they helped themselves to a hearty breakfast at the venue, and then sat down to a collective study of the DGMA Clergy Rule of Life for review and revision of outdated policies.

DGMA Features

Published: April 13, 2023

The Obispo Maximo's Message
on Easter April 9, 2023

Truly, “the resurrection is at the core of our beliefs as Christians. Without it, our faith is meaningless” (Joseph B. Wirthlin). But as we celebrate this joyful season, may it be clear to us as God’s people that Easter is not simply the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, it is largely our living out with him being the resurrected Lord so that we shall persist and endure to proclaim life and live out hope in our day to day living. Hence, in both gospels we heard the divine imperative to go and to tell others about the life that conquers death and the hope that defeats despair and the love that overcomes evil...

Published: December 31, 2022


THE CELEBRATION OF CHRIST'S MASS, abbreviated as Christmas or Xmas (X = “chi” [“kai”] in Greek, meaning “Christ” or the “Anointed One,” or “Messiah” in Hebrew) is done by Christendom worldwide at this time of the year. The Philippines has the longest season of this celebration in the world - from the start of the “Ber” months (September, October, November) and finally to December and into Epiphany (The Magi), January 6...

Published: April 28, 2022


Magkaroon ng mga pag-aaral na ginagamit ang mga materiales na ipinagkaloob ng IFI na bunga ng Konsultasiyon noong Nobyembre 8-9, 2022. Tiyakin na ang mga kandidatong lokal at national ay daraan sa pagsusuri ayon sa alituntunin o gabay na napapaloob sa mga dokumento at Pastoral Letter ng IFI...

Published: April 28, 2022

IFI Botong May Dangal sa Mayo 2022

Ang Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) ay may lakas at paninindigan na lumahok sa Halalan 2022 na may kampanyang sawikain: “IFI Boto na May Dangal sa Mayo 2022” (“IFI Vote for DIGNITY in May 2022”). 

Published: April 28, 2022


Ang PCOS machines ang bumibilang ng boto buhat sa pangalan ng kandidatong nasa balotang minarkahan ng itim [shaded by black].  Ang VCMs (Vote Counting Machines) ang humalili sa pagkuha ng suma-total ng bawat kandidato mula sa precinto at ito’y ipinapadala sa pangkalahatang Centro para maitala ang kabuuang boto ng kandidato.  Bagamat ito’y mga makina, hindi pa rin nakatitiyak na walang maaaring dayaang magaganap....


Published: November 13, 2020

KAPIT-BISIG Humanitarian Mission

The South Central Luzon Bishops Conference (SCLBC) appeals to your compassionate heart for donations in order to bring relief to the victims of the recent calamity. We request your kind support in making sure that we provide immediate relief to the victims by donating relief goods, most importantly medical supplies, clothes, blankets and other basic necessities.

Published: November 8, 2020

SCL Virtual Clergy Convocation


November 9, 2020 I 8:00am - 5:00pm I via Zoom app
Speaker: Bishop Reuel Norman Marigza | NCCP General Secretary

Official Church Statements

Published: February 19, 2021

Create and Make in us New and Contrite Hearts

We ask then all members of the IFI community to take the Season of Lent as an opportunity to contemplate on what our Lord Jesus really did and continue to do for us through his passion and death on the cross and eventually through his resurrection. We need to see his work of salvation wrought for us and the way he is leading us towards the unity and presence of God almighty, the Father in heaven.

Published: December 14, 2020

Celebrate His Life and Ministry, remember His Contribution

OM’s Message to the Church On the 43rd Death Anniversary of past Obispo Maximo Bishop Santiago Fonacier; December 8, 2020; TO THE BELOVED PEOPLE OF GOD In the Iglesia Filipina Independiente

Published: December 4, 2020

RED-TAGGING by NTF-ELCAC amid Pandemic

The Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) clergy and laity were shocked and appalled when on October 30, 2020 a video clip proliferated in social media claiming the IFI and other Churches in the Philippines to have “15% membership as members of CPP-NPA-NDFP.

Published: October 17, 2020

Concordat Anniversary between Church of England and the IFI

OM’S MESSAGE TO THE CHURCH On the Occasion of the Concordat Anniversary between the Church of England and the Iglesia Filipina Independiente

Published: October 2, 2020

He Walked While He Had The Light

OM’s Message on the Celebration of the Life of Bp. Gregorio Aglipay: On the Occasion of his 80th Death Anniversary.

"Our celebration today is therefore about his life, not about his death; a kind of life that Bp. Gregorio Aglipay..."

DGMA Gospels
Readings and Reflections

January 1, 2023

Matthew 2:13-23
“Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”

by Rev. Victoria S. Esguerra

Christmas Message 2022

Called to be Salt of the Earth
"You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored?"...

by The Rt. Rev. Vicente Salvador R. Ballesteros

November 13, 2022

Luke 21: 5-19
"Everyone will hate you because of me. But not a hair of your head will perish. Stand firm, and you will win life."

by Rev. Fr. Ryan Bores

November 1, 2022

A Reflection for All Saints' Day

by Rev. Erahvilla Maga-Cabillas

October 30, 2022

Lucas 19:1-10
Magmamadali ka at bumaba, dahil kailangan kong manatili sa iyong bahay ngayon.

by Ref. Fr. Albert Dacera

October 23, 2022

Luke 18: 9-14
"God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

by Rev. Fr. Nixon T. Jose

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