The biggest gatherings in world history

A few months after the four-day nonviolent uprising, known as the EDSA Revolution on February 22-25, 1986, worldwide gatherings are:

  • the anniversary celebration of Evangelical Charismatic Christian group “Jesus is Lord” and the birthday of their founder Bishop Bro. Eddie Villanueva at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila in October. Bro. Eddie turns 50 and the group turns 8 years old.

On October 5, 1978, Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva invited his listeners for a Thanksgiving Catholic Holy Mass and Worship and Healing Prayer Rally that was held at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines Santa Mesa Campus on the Thursday nearest his birthday party, Friday, October 6. About one thousand people attended the affair and experienced the miracle-working power of God!

Encouraged by the success of the rally, Bro. Eddie scheduled a monthly Roman Rite Holy Mass and Worship and Healing Prayer Rally at the DWRV Compound in Quezon City. Some time later, as more people came to be led back to the Lord Jesus Christ, the rally was held weekly. A monthly Catholic Life-in-the-Spirit Seminar (CLSS) and a weekly fellowship were also held at the 22nd Floor, Strata 2000 Building, F. Ortigas Jr. Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig, Metro Manila.

After a while, Bro. Eddie decided to air his program three times a week and began thinking of a new title and theme song for it. At this time, a friend gave him a magazine entitled “Jesus is Lord,” which quickly aroused his interest.

He made a study of the meaning of the term and discovered that it was one of the seven Covenant Names, by which God the Father revealed Himself to Israel.

Jesus is Lord, the motto of the World Council of Churches. The most popular and briefest was “Jesus is Lord” found in 1 Corinthians 12:3; Romans 10:9 and probably in the baptisms referred to in Acts 8:16; 19:5 and 1 Cor 6:11 since their being described as “in the name of the Lord Jesus” certainly seems to imply that “the formula ‘Jesus is Lord’ had a place in the rite”. The phrase might be extended as “Jesus Christ is Lord” as in Philippians 2:11. Shortly, he heard the song “Jesus is Lord” over Radio DWRV 860 itself:

“Jesus is Lord” by Keith Getty and Stuart Townend

Jesus is Lord

The cry that echoes through creation

Resplendent pow’r eternal Word our Rock

The Son of God

The King whose glory fills the heavens

Yet bids us come to taste this living bread

Jesus is Lord

Whose voice sustains the stars and planets

Yet in His wisdom laid aside His crown

Jesus the man who washed our feet

Who bore our suffering

Became a curse to bring salvation’s plan

Jesus is Lord

The tomb is gloriously empty

Not even death could crush this King of love

The price is paid the chains are loosed

And we’re forgiven

And we can run into the arms of God

Jesus is Lord,a shout of joy a cry of anguish

As He returns and every knee bows low then every eye and every heart will see His glory the judge of all will take His children home.

Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the weekly fellowship came to be called the DWRV Prayer Partners Jesus the Healer, since Radio DWRV was the broadcast medium, he and his first listeners became prayer-partners, and Jesus is Lord was the Divine Name revealed to him by God. Every week, God added thousands of new prayer-partners to this community by means of the Good News aired over the radio DWRV and the Mass and Healing Rallies held all over Metro Manila and nearby provinces. As the community grew, they voluntarily gave their tithes and miracle-seed-of-faith offerings to support the radio program “Jesus the Healer” and the Roman Rite Holy Mass and Worship and Healing Prayer Rallies. Some prayer-partners even volunteered to serve without compensation.

Inspired by the outcome of events, Bro. Eddie thought it was time to formally organize the community. Thus, the Jesus is Lord Fellowship, Inc. was established, which in due time was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It was organized, primarily, as an institution where Bro. Eddie could channel his tithes and donations derived from his real estate business and other companies to support the religious activities of various Roman charismatic renewal groups and some projects of charitable organizations. These however were not enough to support the expenses of the newly-founded Evangelical Charismatic Christian prayer community, especially the radio programs of DWRV Radio Veritas 846 kHz and the Roman Rite Holy Mass and Worship and Healing Prayer Rallies. And so, he had to continue shelling out funds from his own personal earnings. For him, though, it was a great enough blessing from Jesus is Lord that his radio listeners came to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour and was receiving answers to their prayer-requests.

From October 1981 to present, other chapters were formed in Abkhazia, Afghanistan, Akrotiri and Dhekelia, Åland Islands, Anguilla, Armenia, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bonaire, British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Cambodia, China, Christmas Island, Clipperton Island, Cocos Islands, Cook Islands, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Curaçao, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Egypt, Estonia, Federal Dependencies of Venezuela, Finland, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Gambia, Gibraltar, Greenland, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guernsey, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Madeira, Malawi, Malaysia, Mali, Malta, Maldives, Martinique, Marshall Islands, Mayotte, Mauritania, Mauritius, Melilla, Federated States of Micronesia, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nagorno-Karabakh, Nauru, Navassa Island, Nepal, Netherlands, North Korea, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Cyprus, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Nueva Esparta, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Palestine, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Réunion, Russia, Rwanda, Saba, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Andrés and Providencia, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Sint Eustatius, Sint Maarten, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, Somaliland, South Korea, South Ossetia, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Transnistria, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vatican City, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe and the US states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. These were formed by Filipino and foreign prayer-partners working abroad, who were motivated by the desire to bear witness to the love and goodness of Jesus Christ our Lord. With the emergence of the religious chapters abroad, the corporate name registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Department of Finance, Republic of the Philippines was amended in 1995 to “Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide – DZRV (846 khz) Prayer Partners Foundation, Incorporated”.

It was the second religious organization was formed by former activist Villanueva after Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry (JMCIM) founded by Pastor Wilde Almeda on February 14, 1975, two years, five months after President Ferdinand E. Marcos declared Martial Law on September 21, 1972.

Later in 1993, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) realized that the growth of the Foundation, particularly since it was affecting Catholics, could not be taken for granted any longer.

Most Rev. Teodoro C. Bacani Jr., DD, then-Auxiliary Bishop of Manila and Overall Spiritual Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement (CCRM) in the Archdiocese of Manila, invited Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry spiritual director Pastor Wilde Almeda, El Shaddai Leader Bro. Mike Z. Velarde and Jesus is Lord founder Bro. Eddie C. Villanueva to the CBCP Conference on January 24, 1993, to shed light on what was going on in the Foundation. On that occasion, Bishop Bacani was beside Pastor Wilde, Bro. Mike and Bro. Eddie, not to defend him, but to bear witness to what God was doing through the Foundation. The result of the meeting was satisfactory because most of the questions asked were clearly and humbly answered by Bro. Eddie.

At 6:18 p.m. local time (17:18 UTC), the white smoke rose from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning that a new pope had been elected. As the senior Cardinal Deacon, a visibly excited Pericle Felici gave the traditional Latin announcement for Wojtyła’s election on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica. “Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum: Habemus papam! Eminentissimum ac reverendissimum dominum, dominum Carolum, sanctæ romanæ Ecclesiæ cardinalem, Wojtyła, qui sibi nomen imposuit Ioannis Pauli.” (“I announce to you a great joy: We have a pope! The most eminent and most reverend Lord, the Lord Charles of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal Wojtyla, who took the name of John Paul.”)

John Paul II appeared on the balcony at 7:15, and while gripping the balustrade, broke precedent by delivering a brief speech before his first Urbi et Orbi blessing in Italian: “Praised be Jesus Christ! Dear brothers and sisters, we are still all very saddened by the death of the very dear Pope John Paul I. And now the most eminent cardinals have called a new bishop of Rome. They called him from a far-away country… far, but always near in the communion of faith and the Christian tradition. I was afraid in receiving this nomination, but I did it in the spirit of obedience to Our Lord and with total trust in his Mother, the Most Holy Madonna. I don’t know if I can express myself well in your – in our – Italian language. But if I make a mistake, you will correct me. And so I introduce myself to you all, to confess our common faith, our hope, our trust in the Mother of Christ and of the Church, and also to begin again on this path of history and of the Church with the help of God and with that of men.”

In February 1979, thousands of people received deliverance from sin, vices and ailments during the DWRV Healing Rally at the DWRV Studio Compound in Fairview Park, Quezon City, with Bro. Eddie Villanueva as speaker. On the second quarter of 1979, the Foundation held Catholic Life-in-the-Spirit Seminars and fellowships in the following places: Cabuyao Parish, Cabuyao, Laguna; Concepcion, Malabon; Balagtas, Bulacan; and Abucay Catholic Church in Bataan.

On October 13 to 14, 1979, during its First Anniversary Celebration of Jesus is Lord Fellowship at the DWRV Compound in Pasig, Metro Manila one year after the founding of Jesus is Lord Fellowship on October 5, 1978, about five thousand people witnessed and experienced the miracle touch of Jesus is Lord.

In 1980, monthly Catholic Life-in-the-Spirit Seminar (CLSS) of the Foundation was moved to the Folk Arts Theater (FAT) at the CCP Complex, Pasay City, because the venue on Strata 2000 Building could no longer accommodate the increasing number of participants. About twelve thousand people witnessed and experienced the tremendous outpouring of the Holy Spirit during the first CLSS held at FAT. Following this, even more people attended the succeeding seminars, so they had to be conducted in three shifts until the FAT itself could no longer hold the crowds. Consequently, the CLSS was held at the Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City, wherein close to twenty-five thousand people participated.

Some eight thousand people gathered together on the Second Anniversary of the Jesus is Lord Fellowship at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) at Vicente Sotto Street, Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex, Pasay City, Metro Manila on October 12, 1980. Even the seemingly indifferent PICC staffs were surprised because the affair lasted one whole day and it was the first time that it’s Reception and Plenary Halls were filled to capacity.

Martial Law would officially end on January 17, 1981 with Proclamation No. 2045. President Marcos, however, reserved decree-making powers for himself.

Ahead of the Pope’s visit on February 17, 1981, President Ferdinand Marcos declared that he had “lifted” martial law.

On this visit, Pope John Paul II’s first agenda was to celebrate Mass at Manila Cathedral, after which he expressed to Cardinal Sin his wish for Manila Cathedral to become a basilica. The Pope next visited the Our Lady of Perpetual Help church in Baclaran where he met with religious women, and the archbishop’s residence, Villa San Miguel, where he met with the Philippine Episcopate and Asian bishops.

The following day, the Pope delivered a message at Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City. He next addressed the Filipino youth at the University of Santo Tomas (UST), telling them that “[t]he Church is not frightened at the intensity of your feeling. It is a sign of vitality. It indicates pent-up energy, which of itself is neither good nor bad, but can be used for good causes or for bad.”

The Pope also addressed the poor in Tondo and later proceeded to Manila’s Rizal Park where he beatified Lorenzo Ruiz and other martyrs who were persecuted in Japan in the 17th century. It was the first beatification outside of Rome in history.

The Chinese Catholic communities in Asia and later, the Diplomatic Corps, had an audience with the Pope as well.

On Feb. 19, 1981, the Pope flew to Cebu City, where he met with the priests and seminarians of the Sacred Heart before celebrating a Mass for families at the old Lahug airport.

The following day, the Pope celebrated Mass for the community of Davao City before meeting with representatives of the Muslim community at the Davao airport. On the same day, he met with landowners and workers of sugarcane plantations in the reclaimed area of Bacolod City, as well as with representatives of Catholic organizations in the Cathedral of Jaro in Iloilo province.

On Feb. 21, 1981, the Pope visited a refugee camp in Morong town, Bataan province, and met with Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian war refugees. He then met with a group of lepers in Tala at Radio Veritas in Manila. Over Radio Veritas, the Pope addressed the other Asian nations that have never had a pontifical visit, among them China, North Korea and Vietnam. His message was a prayer for peace in these nations’ quest for prosperity.

The Pope later met with representatives of mass media and of other Christian churches in the Philippines and with the labor committees in the Apostolic Nunciature in Manila.

Pope John Paul II’s last day in the Philippines on Feb. 22, 1981, began in Baguio City with a Mass for indigenous tribes after which farewell ceremonies were held at Manila International Airport.

The Third Anniversary Thanksgiving Celebration of the Jesus is Lord Fellowship was celebrated with an Overnight Roman Rite Holy Mass and Worship and Healing Prayer Rally at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Vito Cruz, Manila, from October 10 to 11, 1981. It rained heavily throughout the affair, but the estimated two hundred thousand attendees stayed until it ended in the morning. The Yellow Revolution started in 1983; religious organizations in the Philippines were founded.

Senator Benigno Aquino Jr., fondly called “Ninoy” by those closest and dearest to him, arrived at the Manila International Airport from Taipei on board CAL Flight CI-811, at 1:04 o’clock in the afternoon of August 21, 1983. While he ought to have been met with flowers, laded with leis, and carried over the shoulders of his admirers and friends as a returning patriot, he was, instead, treacherously and brutally shot at the back of the head after being fetched by military men from inside the plane and led out surreptitiously through an aerobridge door and down into a bridge stairs. The foremost opposition leader, the most malignant thorn at the side of the then ailing strongman, President Ferdinand E. Marcos, fell dead, his face kissing at last the soil of his native land.

In 1984, John Paul became the first Pope to visit Puerto Rico. Stands were specially erected for him at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, where he met with Governor Carlos Romero Barceló, and at Plaza Las Americas.

First World Youth Day instituted by Pope John Paul II celebrated in Rome in 1984. Celebrated between Rome and a different city in alternating sequence every year.

Indira Gandhi was brought at 9:30 AM to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS-New Delhi), where doctors operated on her. She was declared dead at 2:20 PM. The postmortem examination was conducted by a team of doctors headed by T. D. Dogra. He stated that as many as 30 bullets struck Gandhi, from two sources, a Sten gun and a pistol. The assailants had fired 33 bullets at her, of which 30 had hit; 23 had passed through her body while seven were trapped inside. Dogra extricated bullets to establish the identity of the weapons and to correlate each weapon with the bullets recovered by ballistic examination. The bullets were matched with respective weapons at CFSL Delhi. Subsequently, Dogra appeared in the court of Shri Mahesh Chandra as an expert witness (PW-5). The testimony lasted several sessions. The cross examination was conducted by Shri P. N. Lekhi, the defense counsel.

The fraudulent result was not accepted by Aquino and her supporters. International observers, including a U.S. delegation led by Senator Richard Lugar, denounced the official results. General Fidel Ramos and Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile then withdrew their support for the administration, defecting and barricading themselves within Camp Crame. This resulted in that peaceful 1986 EDSA Revolution that forced Marcos into exile in Hawaii while Corazon Aquino became the 11th President of the Philippines on February 25, 1986. Under Aquino, the Philippines would adopt a new constitution, ending the Fourth Republic and ushering in the beginning of the Fifth Republic.

Two month after the February 22-25, 1986 EDSA People-Power Revolution led to the downfall of President Ferdinand E. Marcos, the station’s official call letters has changed to DZRV on April 25, 1986.

1987 WYD was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Because of the phenomenal growth of the Foundation, the 10th founding anniversary thanksgiving celebration of Jesus is Lord Fellowship was held on October 2, 1988 at the Araneta Coliseum, Cubao, Quezon City and attended by H.E. Corazon C. Aquino, President of the Republic of the Philippines, the guest of honor for the celebration. She was joined by H.E. Salvador H. Laurel, Vice-President of the Republic of the Philippines, Mel Lopez, Mayor of the City of Manila, H.E. Brigido Simon, Mayor of Quezon City and H.E. Jejomar C. Binay, Mayor of the Municipality of Makati. The Mass concelebrants are: Jaime Cardinal L. Sin, Archbishop of Manila and Ricardo Cardinal J. Vidal, Archbishop of Cebu.

As early as 9:00 a.m. of October 8, 1989, members and followers of the Jesus is Lord Fellowship began trooping to the Rizal Memorial Track and Football Stadium in Vito Cruz Street, Malate, Manila to participate in its Eleventh founding anniversary thanksgiving celebration. By midnight of Monday, October 9, 1989, the entire stadium was jammed with over half a million people from all over the Philippines to take part in an overnight activity of praise and worship dedicated to Jesus Christ our Lord, our Savior. Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, together with some Roman Catholic priests from the different parishes in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila, Lipa, Nueva Caceres, San Fernando, Jaro, Cebu, Palo, Zamboanga, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato and Davao, led the Holy Mass.

From October 13 to 14, 1990, the Twelfth Anniversary of the Jesus is Lord Fellowship was held at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila. In attendance were thousands of its members and followers, who experienced the wonderful works of the Holy Spirit as they praised and worshipped to Jesus and listened to His Word despite a storm which flooded some parts of the venue with knee-deep water.

The scenario of the Thirteenth Anniversary of the Jesus is Lord Fellowship held at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila, from October 12 to 13, 1991, was identical to that of its 12th Anniversary. Nevertheless, the almost half a million attendees braved the monsoon rains and knee-deep flood to give thanks, praise and worship to God.

On the occasion of the Fourteenth Anniversary Celebration of the Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide held at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila, from October 17 to 18, 1992, more than one-and-a-half million prayer-partners attended the affair. His Excellency, President Fidel V. Ramos, gave his greetings to the congregation.

On October and November 1992, the Foundation had a relief operation for the Mt. Pinatubo victims in Zambales and Tarlac. Before the distribution of relief goods, a religious fellowship was held amidst the heavy downpour of rain.

On November 7, the first Roman Catholic Diocesan Holy Mass and Worship and Religious Healing Prayer Rally in Pampanga was held at the Pampanga Sports Complex in San Fernando, Pampanga, where Kapampangans filled the venue to the rafters.

On February 25, 1993, for the first time, the Foundation, along with other religious groups participated in the 1986 EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary.

Close to two million people gathered to praise, worship, and give thanks to God for His love and goodness on the Fifteenth Founding Anniversary Thanksgiving Celebration of the Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide held at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila from October 10 to 11, 1993. The crowd filled the Rizal Park from Taft Avenue to Manila Bay at the back of the grandstand. The affair featured the mass wedding of two hundred thirty couples who had previously lived together without the blessing of the Church.

For the first time in the history of Rizal Park and the whole of Metro Manila for that matter, about three million people joined the Sixteenth Founding Anniversary Thanksgiving Celebration of the Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide at the national park from October 8 to 9, 1994. The participants crowded the 61-hectare national park and adjacent areas-Roxas Boulevard, Taft Avenue, UN Avenue, T.M. Kalaw St., Port Area, and Jones Bridge. Some of them came to the venue as early as three days before the event. They came not only from Metro Manila, but also from Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, the Ilocos Region, Quezon, the Bicol Region, Sorsogon, Leyte, and other distant provinces. Also present were members from different overseas chapters of the Foundation.

At the start of the year 1995, the Foundation participated in two events-the First National Congress of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Movement in the Philippines, whose various Charismatic member groups gathered for unity in the spirit, and the 10th World Youth Day, during which close to one hundred fifty thousand young members of the Foundation joined as delegates.

His Excellency, President Fidel V. Ramos was the guest of honor during the Eighteenth Annual Founding Anniversary Thanksgiving Celebration of the Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide (JiLCW) at the Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila on October 13, 1996. In line with the anniversary theme, which is unity, leaders from the different charismatic groups and religious groups were invited to speak in a CLSS. During the Thanksgiving Mass officiated by Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin, a mass wedding took place, in which 5,000 couples who had been living together as common-law spouses finally tied the knot.

On January 1, 2001, the 21st century and the new millennium begin. The Church solemnizes the start of the third Christian millennium by extending into part of the year 2001 the jubilee year that it observes at 25-year intervals and that, in the case of the year 2000, it called the Great Jubilee.

At 12:20 p.m. of January 20, 2001, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo takes her oath of office in the presence of the crowd at EDSA, becoming the 14th president of the Philippines.

At 2:00 pm, Estrada releases a letter saying he had “strong and serious doubts about the legality and constitutionality of her proclamation as president”.

On February 2001, Brother Eddie received the EDSA People Power Freedom Award for ZOE TV 11 for its fair coverage of the People Power II. He founded and owns ZOE Broadcasting Network Inc. and operates Channel 11 on Filipino television. Bro. Eddie hosts three ZOE programs, Diyos at Bayan, PJM (Philippines for Jesus Movement) Forum and “Jesus the Healer”.

“If constitutional change is necessary to bring about economic and political reforms and a strong republic, the people must unite,” President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo told a huge gathering of the “Jesus is Lord” Church Worldwide religious group, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last October 5, 2003 at Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park.

Accompanied by some members of her Cabinet, Mrs. Arroyo heard mass celebrated by Jaime Cardinal Sin, former archbishop of Manila.

In his homily, Sin prayed that Mrs. Arroyo have the strength to “fight off forces seeking to divide the country.” Sin, who has earlier opposed changes in the Constitution, made no comment.

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake was an undersea megathrust earthquake that occurred at 00:58:53 UTC on Sunday, 26 December 2004, with an epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The quake itself is known by the scientific community as the Sumatra–Andaman earthquake.

On 2 April 2005, Pope Saint John Paul II died in his private apartment at 21:37 CEST (19:37 UTC) of heart failure from profound hypotension and complete circulatory collapse from septic shock, 46 days short of his 85th birthday and seven months before the movement’s 27th anniversary.

The prayer gathering marks the 29th anniversary celebration of the Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Worldwide Ministry, founded by evangelist Bro. Eddie Villanueva, who celebrated his 74th birthday on October 6, 2007.

Novaliches Bishop Antonio Tobias is expected to read the message of Ricardo Cardinal Vidal and that of Archbishop Angel Lagdameo, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, who could not attend the event because of previous commitments.

Villanueva said they will seek God’s grace for the Filipino people during this occasion. “Only His divine intervention can avert any Myanmar-type of turmoil,” he said. “We want to remind our leaders, let’s all seek God first so that His grace and blessings will flow in our nation.”

Senators and congressmen are also expected to attend the special prayer gathering for unity, peace, prosperity, justice and righteousness.

Villanueva stressed the importance of commitment to truth, justice and righteousness in achieving freedom from the evils of corruption, poverty, injustices and immoral governance. “These evils bring a curse on nations,” he said. The prayer gathering will be followed by a healing crusade to be led by international evangelists Dr. Gary Greenwald of the United States-based Eagle’s Nest Ministries and Dr. Dexter Low of the Latter Rain Malaysian Church.

The organizers of the event appealed to the public for understanding because of the heavy traffic caused by the celebration.

It was the biggest gathering before the January 8-9 feast of the Black Nazarene and the concluding mass of Pope Francis at the same park 87 days later on January 18, 2015.

But, the Philippines has 13 geographical regions:

  1. Region 1 – Ilocos Region
  2. Region 2 – Cagayan Valley
  3. Region 3 – Central Luzon
  4. Region 4 – Southern Tagalog
  5. Region 4A – Metro Manila
  6. Region 5 – Bicol Region
  7. Region 6 – Western Visayas
  8. Region 7 – Central Visayas
  9. Region 8 – Eastern Visayas
  10. Region 9 – Western Mindanao
  11. Region 10 – Northern Mindanao
  12. Region 11 – Southern Mindanao
  13. Region 12 – Central Mindanao

And 85 provinces by 2019:

  1. Metro Manila
  2. Ilocos Norte
  3. Ilocos Sur
  4. Abra
  5. Benguet
  6. Mountain Province
  7. Pangasinan
  8. La Union
  9. Batanes
  10. Cagayan
  11. Isabela
  12. Ifugao
  13. Kalinga
  14. Apayao
  15. Nueva Vizcaya
  16. Quirino
  17. Bataan
  18. Zambales
  19. Pampanga
  20. Bulacan
  21. Nueva Vizcaya
  22. Aurora
  23. Rizal
  24. Cavite
  25. Laguna
  26. Batangas
  27. Quezon
  28. Marinduque
  29. Palawan
  30. Occidental Mindoro
  31. Oriental Mindoro
  32. Romblon
  33. Camarines Norte
  34. Camarines Sur
  35. Nueva Camarines
  36. Albay
  37. Catanduanes
  38. Sorsogon
  39. Masbate
  40. Capiz
  41. Antique
  42. Aklan
  43. Iloilo
  44. Guimaras
  45. Negros Occidental
  46. Cebu
  47. Negros Oriental
  48. Siquijor
  49. Bohol
  50. Leyte
  51. Southern Leyte
  52. Samar
  53. Northern Samar
  54. Eastern Samar
  55. Zamboanga del Norte
  56. Zamboanga del Sur
  57. Zamboanga Sibugay
  58. Basilan
  59. Sulu
  60. Tawi-Tawi
  61. Misamis Occidental
  62. Misamis Oriental
  63. Camiguin
  64. Bukidnon
  65. Agusan del Norte
  66. Agusan del Sur
  67. Dinagat Island
  68. Surigao del Norte
  69. Davao del Sur
  70. Davao del Norte
  71. Davao Occidental
  72. Davao Oriental
  73. Samal Sub-Province
  74. Compostela Valley
  75. Surigao del Sur
  76. South Cotabato
  77. Sarangani
  78. Sultan Kudarat
  79. North Cotabato
  80. Maguindanao
  81. Shariff Kabunasuan
  82. Maranaw
  83. Lanao del Norte
  84. Lanao del Sur
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