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The Right Reverend
Salvador Ballesteros


The Most Reverend
Rhee Millena Timbang


News & Updates

Published: March 24, 2023


It is our hope therefore that the ECP-IFI Concordat, through the constant dialogue, conversation and meeting facilitated by the Advisory Council, will lead and bring the two Churches live-out, among others, the lesson in last Sunday’s gospel. We heard from John’s gospel yesterday that the Lord Jesus restored the sight of the person who was blind since birth when he passed by in his place and saw him begging along the way. We pray that this ECP-IFI Concordat shall be enabled by the Lord’s Spirit to “see” our people’s misery and work together to “restore” wholeness of our people’s lives.

Published: January 31, 2023

IFI PANDACAN Twin Celebrations: Sto. Niño Fiest & Altar Rededication

"The more you honor Me [Jesus], the more you will be blessed," summed up the essence of the grandiose dual celebrations at the IFI Pandacan Parish with the rededication ceremony of its newly renovated beautiful Altar coinciding with the annual feast of the beloved Santo Nino on January 14, 2023, Saturday. The Rt. Rev. Vicente Salvador Ballesteros, diocesan bishop, and the Rt. Rev. Warlito Baldomero, OIC parish rector, led the well-attended festivities, starting at 8:30 A.M. with the blessing of the Altar and the concelebrated Holy Eucharist. The 2023 Fiesta Hermano Mayor, main contributor to the major fiesta expenses, was Mr. Joel Cruz, business owner of the famous "Afficionado" perfumery in the Philippines.

Published: January 27, 2023


This horrific incident happened on Monday, January 23, 2023, at 8:30 A.M., in Barangay Apolonio Samson, Quezon City, where the Cathedral is located. After the beautiful celebration of the Santo Nino festival the day before climaxed by an evening procession, the exhilarated community woke up unaware, and then in shock swiftly witnessed the Cathedral ceiling burning. In just five minutes, the ceiling fire above rapidly spread like an inundated river of burning inferno and quickly started spewing downwards droplets of burning hot plastic paint. The Rev. Severino Ismael II, canon of the Cathedral, explained, “It was literally raining droplets of fire from the ceiling!” Bishop Buddy, Father Severino, and Rose Madrelejos (office secretary) suffered skin burns akin to cigarette-stub wounds on their arms.

Published: November 25, 2022

IFI Women Clergy Celebrate Silver Anniversary

The Silver Anniversary Celebration has featured two major gathering of women clergy: the Kick-Off Gathering in June 2022 in DCENT, Bulua, CDO and this week’s Culminating Activity. Earlier, the IFI held the Second Decade Celebration of Women Ordination in 2018 at the National Cathedral.
To date, there are around sixty-six (66) women clergy all over the Church and their ministry have immensely blessed the IFI.

Published: November 8, 2022

13th SCL Convocation
Launched in Sta. Cruz Laguna Cathedral

Some 188 clergy participants of the South-Central Luzon trooped to the Cathedral of the Birhen Maulawin to re-start the face-to-face activities of the annual 11th clergy Convocation; interrupted by the pandemic lockdown for two consecutive years. Hence, today, this resumed event is the 13th gathering of the clergy people for worship, fellowship, study, and recreation.

DGMA Features

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: April 28, 2022


Sa aming pagpapatotoo, kami ay ginagabayan ng kahulugan ng IFI: “Ang IFI ay isang kalipunan ng mga panibagong tao na nahasik at pinalaya ng katuruan ni Kristo, itinalaga sa pagsamba sa Diyos sa espiritu at katotohanan, hinubog at binuhay ng Eukaristiya, at itinalaga upang magpatunay (magpatotoo) sa pag-ibig ng Diyos sa mundo.”


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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