Philippines Annual Conference East of the United Methodist Church

Monday, April 16, 2007


By Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero
Chair, PACE Commission on Archives and History

PACE Schedule:

Venue: Good Samaritan United Methodist Church
915 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City
Note: Local Church is celebrating its 50th Founding Anniversary during the conference year.

Date: April 16 - 20, 2007
1. Episcopal Address by the Presiding Bishop, Dr. Solito K. Toquero.
2. Laity Address by the PACE Lay Leader, Dr. Edna Flor de los Santos.
3. Reports of Boards, Commissions and Committees; and other conference-created bodies.
4. Reports of lay organizations, conference level.
5. Election of delegates -- Clergy and Laity -- to the General Conference 2008 and to the Central Conference 2008.
6. Reading of church appointments for church workers for CY 2007-2008. Three ordained elders are due to retire this year -- Rev. Geronimo Garong, Rev. Cirilo Kasiguran. Ordained deacon to retire -- Rev. Porfirio Ardales, Jr.

Other Gatherings:
Women's Society of Christian Service
April 14, 2007 -- Morning
Reports: Local WSCS Presidents; Conference Officers.
Election of Officers.

Forum for the Laity and Clergy
April 14, 2007 -- Afternoon
Agenda: Central Conference Issues and Nominees; Building Team Relationship. Facilitator: Dr. Andres "Joe" Sotto, professor, Union Theological Seminary. Coordinator: Dr. Edna Flor de los Santos, PACE Lay Leader.

April 16, 2007 -- Monday
UMM General Assembly
Coordinator: Arch. Antonio Naval, PACE UMM President
Reports: Local UMM Presidents, PACE UMM President.
Election of Officers.
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Sunday, July 16, 2006

Turgano - Silver Wedding at the Hyatt

By Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero
Chair, PACE Commission on Archives and History

A silver wedding anniversary is a once-in-a-lifetime event. If you missed the opportunity, that's it.

I'm reminded that when I was still a young unmarried man some decades ago, I assured myself that I will not let the opportunity go without a big bang. But when the time came some years ago, Claire and I deliberately had it pass by without that thought of big bang. However, together with our three sons we found ourselves in one of the malls in the city. I am sure, we did not miss the fun and moments of thanksgiving to our God. Only us, family, made it memorable. It we only had the resources there will be no reason to skip. Hmmmm. . . .

Obviously, whenever we are invited, we join the fun with those who have the resources to share during their anniversary. And we join them in thanksgiving in much better venues.

It was June 24, 2006 when many members of Fairview Park UMC troopped to Hyatt Regency at Roxas Boulevard and joined the relatives, friends, associates and peers of Judge Benjamin (Benny to church members and friends) and Mary Lou Turgano in thanksgiving for their 25th Wedding Anniversary.

It was one grand occasion. One former President of the Philippine Senate, Sen. Jovito Salonga, a sponsor, was in attendance. A retired justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, Justice Abraham Sarmiento, from Sevilla, Sta. Cruz, Ilocos Sur, was also around. Rufus Rodriguez, also a high ranking government official was also in attendance. No less than the former First Lady, Mrs. Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, better known as the wife of former president Ferdinand E. Marcos, was also in attendance. She sang two Ilocano songs -- "Dungdungoenkanto" and "Ti Ayat ti Maysa nga Ubing" to the delight of everybody, even some of her political nemesis who were around. She was just simply composed and happy. and she was openly invited for picture-taking by many admirers and well-wishers. For a moment, she was the center of attraction and she enjoyed it.

There were in attendance some of the groom's classmates at the U.P. College of Law and peers in the bench. Their "best man" twenty-five years ago was around and rendered an oldie song. One of their wedding sponsors twenty-five years ago was there to greet them and had also expressed a sort of another marriage advice. Church leaders -- UCCP, UMC, and others -- from different conferences were also present.

Two UMC bishops and two ordained pastors participated in the ceremonies. Bishop Emerito P. Nacpil, retired, solemnized and preached the anniversary message. He was the main celebrant during the Eucharist celebration. Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero, FPUMC administrative pastor, was co-celebrant in the Holy Communion celebration. Bishop Solito K. Toquero, incumbent presiding bishop of the Manila Episcopal Area offered the closing prayer and pronounced the benediction. Rev. Lagon, UCCP, president of Northern Christian College offered the Invocation. The "His Minstrels" (mostly from the FPUMC), Ms. Naomi Sison, UST voice and piano professor, and a Stringed Quartet provided classic music.

The whole affair was a brainchild of the Turgano children -- Maries (who prepared most of the details and particulars), Raffy (who served as liturgist), and Kathleen, (who was one of the bride's maids. It was one memorable night at the Hyatt -- Silver Wedding Anniversary and Renewal of Vows and Commitment of Judge Benjamin and Mrs. Mary Lou Turgano (a nurse by profession). Both are officers of the Church Council of Fairview Park United Methodist Church. To them, it was pure thanksgiving to the Lord!
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Thursday, June 22, 2006

Aldersgate PPTF at Lagro UMC

Prepared and edited by
Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero

PACE Chair, Commission on Archives and History

Aldersgate PPTF (Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving Fellowship) is celebrated every Wednesday morning at 6:30 a.m. The PACE United Methodist Men’s organization sponsors this weekly gathering in different local churches. On June 28, 2006, it was held at Lagro UMC.

Atty. Mar de los Santos, Lagro UMC Church Council Chair welcomed the 110 men and women from all over the annual conference. The LUMC Band led during the praise and fellowship time. Sister Erlinda Madrid, who was introduced as the oldest member of Lagro UMC and was never absent during all the services, gave a short testimony. The intercessory prayers were offered by Engr. Tomas Rizo, Jr., (for those who are sick, those who are depressed, those who are looking for a job, those who need financial help, those who are experiencing injustice and oppression, those who need comfort and spiritual strength, those who are grieving over the loss of loved ones), Mr. Jaime Tuazon (for the nation, peace and order, economic and political stability, administration and governance of leaders), and Mr. Amador Balla (for church leaders – bishops, district superintendents, pastors, deaconesses, lay leaders, church council officers, organization officers, and program activities). Two teachers – Rebecca Almazar and Norma Andres – sang “His Eye is on the Sparrow.” The Lagro UMM’s Choir led by the host administrative pastor (soloist) sang “Blessed Assurance.” Thirty-six church workers from the local churches sang two Tagalog hymns. In the absence of the three district superintendents of the annual conference, Rev. Anacleto G.Guerrero of Fairview Park UMC was requested to offer the closing prayer and pronounce the benediction. No one was assigned to preach that day.

The Ministerial Staff and Officers of Lagro UMC: Rev. Orlino M. Veron (Administrative Pastor), Pastor Hope Jordan D. Guerrero (Pangarap Mission Point) and Pastor Gilbert Cedillo (Spring of Life Mission Point) -- Mission Pastors, Ms. Pauline Juatco (C.E. Deaconess), Ms. Anitra Tiburcio (Pianist), Mr. Arnel Oroceo (Organist), Atty. Mar de los Santos (CC Chair), and Ms. Amelita Aguinaldo (Lay Leader).

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Rev. Ferdie Jose & Ms. Cel Velasco Tie "Knot"

Prepared by
Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero
PACE Historian
Chair, PACE Commission on Archives & History

On May 9, 2006, 3:00 p.m., at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church in Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, a Master of Divinity graduate from Union Theological Seminary, Philippines, Rev. Ferdinand Jose married Celeste Velasco from The Living Word UMC, Marikina City. Bishop Solito K. Toquero, DS Horacio Sison, and Rev. Hilario Carolino were the solemnizing officers. Reception was held at The Sulo Hotel, Matalino Road, Quezon City. Before the bride marched to the altar. the groom sang "Gaano Kita Kamahal." At the reception hall, advices and wishes were expressed--Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero on behalf of the "Ninongs"; and Mrs. Unida L. Bongcoon behalf of the "Ninangs".

Ferdie is the youngest child of Mr. & Mrs. Dionisio / Rosy Jose; Cel is the oldest child of Mr. & Mrs. Stanley/ Gloria Velasco. The Velascos are from San Miguel, Bulacan. The Joses are from Rizal Province.

The Entourage: The principal witnesses/sponsors: Ladies--Ms. Muriel F. David, Mrs. Flerinda C. Montevirgen, Mrs. Ofelia S. Enrique, Mrs. Carmelita L. Velasco, Mrs. Sherryl Lim-Fernandez, Mrs, Unida L.Bongco, Mrs. Josie S. Paz; and the male sponsors--Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero, Engr. Mariano S. Yanga, jr., Rev. Allan T. Asuncion, Pastor Marcelo R. de la Cruz, Mr. Rodolfo Pendre, Dr. Romeo del Rosario, Mr. Luis I. Clarin. Assisting the needs--Rev. Dexter Ceballos & Ms. Sherilyn R. Guib. Guiding them in their way ahead--Ms. Rebelyn R. Abat, Ms. Ma. Corinna C. Ramos, Ms. Michelle A. Mascarinas, Mr. Saimon Jael L. Supetran, Mr. Joseph C. Policarpio, Rev. mervin C. Montano. Secondary sponsors--Arch. Jonathan C. Velasco & Mrs. Mary Grace E. Samson (Veil); Engr. joel C. Velasco & Ms. Ellenor L. Velasco (Candle); Mr. Genghis C. Sybunsuan & Ms. Irene B. bautista (Cord). Ring bearer--Robin Rebustillo. Arrhae--Dean Vel S. Jose. Bible--Justin Paolo V. Pamintuan. Flower Girls--Ralyn Rebustillo, Jasha Micah Benito, Stephanie marie Velasco, Raiza janella de la Cruz.

Their verse: "Make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose." --Philippians 2:2.

Their declaration: "Let this be our destiny to share our lives together so that we may with one voice glorify God."
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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Report of Commission on Archives and History

The United
Methodist Church
Angono United
Methodist Church
Angono, Rizal

April 3-6, 2006

Commission on Archives and History Report
By Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero, Chair

Bishop Solito K. Toquero, D.Min.
Members of the Conference
Co-Workers in the Lord


On behalf of the Commission on Archives and History I am presenting my report for Conference Year 2005-2006. I am not reporting by power-point this time because I did not have much time to coordinate with our technicians. I am afraid that if I present this by power-point again it will not be spread in the Conference journal for this year, just what was done to my report last year.

I will give a brief summary of what we have done this year, particularly in the website we have created for our conference: We now have the following entries uploaded into our website:

1. 11th Annual Session: PACE CY 2002-2003.

2. Brief History: Philippines Annual Conference East

3. First PACE Cabinet

4. The Quezon City District, PACE, UMYF Christmas Institute 2004

5. Rizal District, PACE Update

6. Quezon City District Update

7. Update: PACE 13th Regular PACE Conference

8. Laity Address: 2005 PACE Conference

9. Website Update

10. Website Update

11. Directory of United Methodists at PACE

12. PACE Local Churches: Glimpses

I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to all of those who have visited our website and lifted from our data entries for their own website. Some of you have sent me stories of local churches and bio-data of clergy and lay members of the PACE United Methodist Church. Among others, I thank the Rev. Hermogenes Emmanuel “Joy” Cera, Jr. and Ms. Rosita Boquiren for sharing with me some facts and figures about churches and people. There were those who verbally provided me pieces of information; and I would like to thank them, too.

I would like to encourage you all to send me or submit to me stories and histories of your respective churches, so with the profile of our members within the Annual Conference.

Maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat. Shalom!

Respectfully submitted:
Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero
Chair, PACE Commission on Archives & History

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

PACE Local Churches: Glimpses

Gathered, Compiled and Edited
By Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero
Chair: PACE Commission on Archives & History
PACE Historians

---Laguna-Quezon District. In CY 1996-1997 it was a part of Quezon City District. Pastor, CY 1996-1997: Hernan Chavarria.
---Rizal District. Daughter church of Taytay UMC.
---Fiscal Year 2006-2007: Administrative Pastor - Rev. Ana Liza L. Cabangan. Ms. Dinia Francisco - Lay Leader. Mr. Mark Gonzales - UMM President.
---Host: Aldersgate Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving Fellowship, August 23, 2006. Speaker: Mr. Mark Gonzales.
Quezon Avenue, Angono Rizal. Tel. No. 451-0018.
E-mail address:
Rizal District. Approximate date started by pioneers: October 1952. Pioneering Church: Taytay UMC. First worship service: 1955. Organized as a local church: April 1955.
CY 2004-2005 Entries: (Lifted from the Church Bulletin & Liturgy on January 9, 2005)
...Ministerial Team: Rev. Osias L. Dungalen (Administrative Pastor); Rev. Minerva V. Amable (Associate Pastor); Pastor Francisco N. Pera (Mission Pastor); Mrs. Eden V. Barbacena & Ms. Hanna V. Cantor (Deaconesses). Sunday activities: 8:30 a.m.---Sunday School for MYF, MYAF, & Adults; 9:30 a.m.---Worship Service; 10:00 a.m.---Junior Worship and Sunday School for Children. January 27-29, 2005--UMWSCS Retreat Fellowship, La Union. February 6, 2005--Charge Conference. Offering for January 2, 2005: PhP72,966.25.
... Schedule of Bible Studies: Monday--Bless St., Tolentino Residence, Graceville Subdivision; Sitio Manggahan, Alsado Residence; Graceville, Pascual Residence; Exodusville, Doroin Residence; Pag-asa, Villamayor, Lorna. Tuesday--San Clemente 1 Chapel; Gardenville II; Guido St., Asuncion Residence; Graceville Subd., Paner & Tadeo Residence. Wednesday--Kalayaan (Dulo), Liwanag Residence; Bloomingdale, Santos Residence. Thursday--Darangan (Rotaryville); San Carlos, Mesa Residence; Bilibiran, De Gracia Residence; Aurora Subdivision, Ferrer Residence. Friday--MEDNA; Binangonan, Aragoncillo & Blanquisco Residence; Javier Residence; ABRC Resort; Kalayaan, Maniego Resort; Graceville, Antipolo and Nicolasa Residence; Villanueva & Delovino Residence. Saturday--Bible Clinic; Guido St., Bautista Residence; Montevista Subdivision, Quirong Residence; Sabiniano Residence; Ibanez-Poblete Residence. Sunday--Villaluz St., Villamayor & Serote Residence.
... OFFICERS OF THE CHURCH COUNCIL: C.Y. 2004 - 2005 --- Chair: Engr. Raniel Atieza. Vice Chair: Mrs. Marissa C. Noble. Recording Secretary:Ms. Maritess Santos. Lay Leader: Mr. Joselito “Lito” Yanga. Associate Lay Leader: Mr. Juanito Paner. Lay Member of the Annual Conference: Vice-Mayor Aurora Villamayor. Reserve Lay Member: Mr. Joselito "Lito" Yanga.
... N.O.W. Chair: Mr. Roseller Trajano, Sr. N.O.W. Vice Chair: Ms. Lyn Ramos. NURTURE: a. Christian Education Chair--Ms. Christie de Guzman; Vice-Chair--Ms. Amie de Castro. b. Stewardship: Ms. Grethel Javier. c. Worship Chair--Vice-Mayor Aurora Villamayor; Vice-Chair--Ms. Ampie Hernandez. OUTREACH: a. Christian Unity & Interreligious Concern--Mr. Ruben Roan (Ecumenical Affair). b. Church and Society--Mrs. Alice Atienza; Vice-Chair--Mrs. Lina Mendoza. c. Health and Welfare Ministries--Dra. Aida Ruth del Prado; Vice-Chair--Ms. Ethel Serote. WITNESS: a. Evangelism Chair--Mr. Dante Ward, Sr.; Vice-Chair--Mr. Eller Tadeo
b. Mission Chair--Ms. Adelia Florenosos; Vice-Chair--Ms. Emilia Villamayor.
... SPECIALIZED MINISTRIES: Atty. Myrna "May" Directo (Coordinator) . AGE-LEVEL, FAMILY: a. Children Ministry Chair--Ms. Imelda Doroin; Vice-Chair--Ms. Luzvi Cruz. b. Youth Ministry Chair--Mr. Jonathan Paner; Vice-Chair--Ms. Helen Malicdem. c. Young Adult Ministry Chair--Engr. Danilo Ward; Vice-Chair--Ms. Lyn Ramos. d. Adult Ministry Chair--Mr. Juanito Paner; Vice-Chair--Mrs. Gloria Cristobal. e. Family Ministry Chair--Ms. Ampie Hernandez; Vice-Chair--Ms. Flora de Guzman.
...Superintendent of Church Sunday School: Ms. Dorish Joy Paner
...District Steward: Ms. Grethel Javier
...Church Historian Chairperson:.Mr. Apolonio Lipio. Committee on Records & History Members: Ms. Beth Villamayor, Ms. Ampie Hernandez, Mr. David Yanga, Ms. Maritess Santos, Ms. Beth Gonzales, Ms. Gloria Cristobal, Ms. Isabel Soto, Ms. Delia Ocliaso, Ms. Ligaya Culanay, Ms. Helen Malicdem.
... Membership Committee Members: Ms. Anita Simpao, Ms. Ason Malicdem, Ms. Ampie Hernandez, Ms. Delia Ocliaso, Ms. Salve Trajano, Ms. Ligaya Culanay.
... Finance Chair: Ms. Doris Yanga. Financial Secretary: Ms. Aileen Santiago. Church Treasurer: Mr. Alex Villamayor. Church Auditor: Mrs. Lina Mendoza. Assistant Auditor: Mr. Celso de Guzman.
... Administrative Committee: Nominations & Personnel: Class A (2003-2005)--Engr. Jonathan Eugenio, Sr., Ms. Anita Simpao, Mr. Bob Villamayor. Class B (2003-2006)--Ms. Joyce Tamondong, Ms. Ason Malicdem, Mr. Ranier Kid Atienza. Class C (2004-2007)--Ms. Phebe Rojas, Ms. Emilia Villamayor, Mr. Ruben Roan.
... Pastor - Parish Relation Committee: Class A (2003-2005): Ms. Adora Yanga, Ms. Tessie Ward, Mr. Dino Tamondong. Class B (2003-2006): Ms. Adelia Florenosos, Ms. Lina Mendoza (Chair), Mr. Celso de Guzman. Class C (2004-2007): Mr. Jonathan Paner, Ms. Beth Villamayor, Dra. Sarah Baisas. Ex-Officio – Chair of the Church Council. Automatic Members: Lay Leader & Lay Member of the Annual Conference.
Board of Trustees: Class A (2003-2005): Ms. Christie de Guzman, Mr. Clemente Hernandez, Mr. Juanito Paner. Class B (2003-2006): Mr. Kit Ocliaso, Mr. Roseller Trajano, Sr., Ms. Lorna Villamayor. Class C (2004-2007): Mr. Vic Mendoza, Ms. Lea de Guzman (Chair), Mr. Ramon Salgado.
... *Consultants: Mr. Andres Villamayor & Mr. Apolonio Lipio. Member Emeritus: Pastora Santos
Honorary Member: Mrs. Priscilla Esquerra
... Lay Speakers: Juanito Paner, Raniel Atienza, Ason Malicdem, Anita Simpao, Joselito "Lito" Yanga, Tessie Ward, Marvin Paner, Allan Serote, Leo Malicdem, Aiza Salgado, Emilia Villamayor, Alex Villamayor, Maritess Santos, Profetiza Manijayme, Grethel Javier, Adelia Florenosos, Ruben Roan, Beth Gonzales, Doris Yanga, Sarah Baisas, Dante Ward, Sr. Danilo Ward, Earlene Gonzales, Aurora Villamayor, Lyn Ramos, Phebe Rojas, Lito de Castro, Priscilla Esguerra, Alice Atienza, Jonathan Pannier, Josefino Francisco, Emie Doroin, Eller Tadeo.
Antipolo-Teresa National Road
Barangay Dalig, Antipolo City
Tel. # 697-46-33
---Rizal District. Approximate date started by pioneers: 1930. Pioneering pastor: Rev. Francisco Galvez. First worship service: 1935. Organized as a local church: October 1961. Start of construction of present sanctuary: May 1961. Area of lot: 1,600 sq. m.
CY 2005-2006:
- Administrative Pastor: Rev. Zosimo T. Mabuti. C.E. Deaconess: Ms. Eden Anda. Student Pastor: Pastor Anthony Tapucar. Chair, Church Council: Mr. Winston Cac. Lay Leader: Ms. Lita J. Arroza. UMM President: Mr. Sammy Camba. UMM Officers -- President: Sanny Camba; Vice President: Red Negre; Secretary: Chat Cacanindin; Treasurer: Rey Apan; Auditor: Rico Perez.
- Host: PPTF, July 6, 2005. Speaker: Rev. Zosimo T. Mabuti.
---Originally part of Quezon City District. Pastor in CY 1996-1997: Steven Bunyi. Now part of Laguna-Quezon District. Pastor: Rev. Joe Vicente (2004-2005)
145 Lilac Street, Republic Avenue, West Fairview, Quezon City
---Established on March 17, 1987. 2002 Figures --- Membership: 225 (2002). Number of families: 51 (2002). 2002 Budget: PhP288,656.90. One worship service on Sunday. Four Sunday School classes. Three SSC teachers. Mission point: Sauyo Road. CY 1996-1997 Deaconess: Eden Macanlalay.
CY 2005-2006:
Pastor: Pastor Edwin C. Abugan. Deaconess/Choir Director: Ms. Maricel Magsino. Chair, Church Council: Mr. Bernie L. Dungca. Lay Leader: Mr. David Santos.
- Host: PPTF - August 24, 2005. Speaker: Pastor Edwin Abugan. Liturgist: Mr. Dave Santos.
---2002 Figures --- Budget: PhP292,000.00. Two preaching places: Phase 2 & Phase 3. Mission extension: 8. Sunday School classes: 4. Sunday School teachers: 5. Bible study groups: 8. Total members: 198. Families: 70. Pre-school with 12 pupils.
---Aragoza Street, Batingan, Binangonan, Rizal. Part of Rizal District. Daughter church of Angono UMC.
February 20, 2005---17th Church Founding Anniversary. Theme: "Pakikinig, Pananampalataya at Pagtugon." Text: Philippians 4:8-9. Church Council Chair: Elizabeth Ramos. Church Historian: Aida Urbi. Administrative Pastor: Reynaldo B. Hernandez. Anniversary Guest Speaker: Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero (one of the former pastors of the local church). Fellowship lunch, potluck, after the anniversary worship service inside the sanctuary.
---"96:036 VOTED To recognize the following Newly Organized Local Churches and as part of the Philippines Annual Conference East: Binan UMC, Laguna; Kings of Kings UMC, Quisao, Pililia, Rizal; Palmera United Christian Fellowship UMC, Palmera II Homes, Taytay." ---PACE Official Journal, 1996, p.49.
---Mother church: Pacita United Methodist Church. It was organized on September 17, 1995 when Rev. Arsenio Ullo was the administrative pastor. According to the report of Rev. Toribio Cajiuat, then the DS of Rizal-Laguna District, a "200 square meter lot for Church site was purchased at P2,000.00 per square meter, with P100,000.00 from Bishop Nacpil's funds and P20,000.00 raised by the District." [PACE Official Journal, 1996, p. 46.]
---Rizal District. Daughter church of Angono UMC.
#41 Fabian Street, Robles Subd.
Cainta, Rizal
Tel. # 656-65-61; 0915-3232021
---Rizal District. Sponsoring church: Kamuning First UMC.
CY 2005-2006:
- Administrative Pastor: Rev. Prudencio Peralta. Mission Worker: Michael Dona. Student Deaconess: Elen Valmonte. Chair, Church Council: Mr. Abilio Donor. Lay Leader: Ms. Carol Garcia.
- Host: PPTF, July 20, 2005. Reflection: Mr. Ernesto Mendoza. Testimony through Song: Ms. Ruby Dona.
Formerly part of Quezon City District. Workers in CY 1996-1997: Dionisia Villegas and Nedelia Orido. Laguna-Quezon District. "96:051 VOTED---To accept recommendation no.2 of the Quezon City District Superintendent's report; to wit: "That CALAUAG UNITED METHODIST CHURCH be recognized and become part of the Philippines Annual Conference East. This is the first daughter church of Kalinangan UMC (formerly Calauag First UMC), and it was organized on January 15, 1996 by the DS. The following are noted: No. of Families: 25; No. of Preparatory Members: 34; No. of BS Groups: 5; Average Monthly Income: P3,000.00; No. of Full Members: 48; No. of Tithers/Pledgors:11; Average Attendance of Sunday Worship Service: 40." [PACE Official Journal, 1996, p.61.]
Part of Rizal District. CY 1996-1997 Pastor: Ariel Basas.
Approximate date started by pioneers: 1959. Pioneering local church: St. Luke (Marikina, Rizal). First Worship Service: 1959. Organized as a local church: 1969. See: San Mateo UMC.
Part of Rizal District. CY 1996-1997 Pastor: Adorable Peralta.
CURUM (Church Upon the Rock UMC)
(Data lifted from an article by Atty. Antonio C. Ravela & from materials submitted to compiler.)
---Approximate date started by pioneers: 1937. Pioneering pastor: Pastor Bonifacio Bautista from Paombong, Bulacan. He was appointed as the local pastor of the local church on March 28, 1938, during the third session of the Philippines Annual Conference on March 23-28, 1938, held at Mexico, Pampanga. First worship service: 1937. Organized as a local church: March 23, 1938. It was first known as "San Francisco del Monte Methodist Church of Rizal."
---Appointed pastors: Bonifacio Bautista (1938-1943); Geronimo Yabut (1944-1945); Gavino del Rosario (1945-1946, 1949-1950); Catalino Guansing (1946-1947); Leopoldo Manglicmot (1947-1948); Pedro Bautista (1950-1951); Paul Locke A. Granadosin (student-pastor--1951-1952); David Santiago (1952-1953); Pablo Cabotaje (1953-1954); Jose Gamboa, Jr. (1954-1955); Benjamin Reyes (1956-1957, 1987-1988); Danilo Sanchez (1958-1960); Jose Dancel (1961, 1965); Alberto T. Sison (1962-1963); Miqueas Serafica (1964); Dionisio Dizon (1966); Eli J. Remolona (1967); Daniel del Rosario (1968); Nathaniel C. de Pano (1969-1970); Josias Guinto (1971-1973); Isagani Lazaro (1973-1974); Esteban Calma (1975); Julian Santos, Jr. (1974); Sonito Serafica (1975-1976); Ignacio Bautista (1976-1979); Benjamin Nicolas (1980-1981); Deogracias Angeles (1982); Meynardo Jose (1982); Horacio Sison (1982); Guidomer Manuel (1983-1986); Jose Umali, Jr. (1986); Noel Legaspi (1989-1990); Cirilo Kasiguran (1991- ...)
---From 1937 to February 1952 the garage portion of Pastor Bonifacio Bautista's house served as the church sanctuary. Atty. & Mrs. Nicolas/Genera de Guzman donated the present location through the efforts of Bishop Jose L. Valencia, Rev. Charles Mosebrook (field treasurer of the Board of Missions in the Philippines), and Rev. John Holt (of Knox Memorial Church). Two of the former pastors became bishops---Paul Locke A. Granadosin and Jose Gamboa, Jr. Others have been appointed district superintendents---Danilo Sanchez and Benjamin T. Reyes.
---CY 2002 Figures: Total budget: PhP591,400.00. Two Sunday worship services. Six Sunday School classes. Seven Sunday School teachers. Four Bible Study groups. Eight BS leaders. Three extension classes with six teachers. There is an organized cooperative. Livelihood church project: Masaganang Pamumuhay. Church vehicle worth PhP277,000.00
---The local church is also called Zuniga Memorial UMC. Susano Road, Deparo, Caloocan City. Telephone No. 936-00-18. Organized in 1919. Pioneer families: Francisco, Pascual, Esteban, Mojica, Zuniga, Bernal. Pastors who worked with the early group of believers: Vicente Amos, Jose Gamboa, Sr., Jose Reyes, Cirilo Kasiguran, Sr., Raymundo Zuniga, Clemente Zuniga, Sr., Leoncio V. Cruz, Domingo Antonio, Max Flores. Members who entered the ministry: Armando Arellano (pastor, appointed in the USA), Manuel Jose, Gloria Ramos and Mercy Rivera.
---Data as of November 21, 2004.:[Data lifted from the history of the local church read during the 83rd Founding Anniversary on November 21, 2004]:
---Ministers who were appointed as Administrative Pastors of Deparo UMC: Francisco Bote (1975-1977); Odon Agustin (1977-1978); Bernie Colorado (1978-1980); Hemesias Ares (1980-1986); Alex Saclayan (1986-1987); Ramoncito Flores (1987-1991); Romeo Solabo (1991-1992); Benjamin Reyes (1992-1994); Hermogenes Emmnanuel C. Cera, Jr. (1994-1998); Simeon Latonero (1998-1999); Conrado Gonzaga (2002-2003); Danilo Pedracio (2003-2005). --- Ministers who had served as Associate or Assistant Pastors: Edward Padama (1994-1998); Mercidita Rivera (1994-1998); Anacleto Castillo (1998-1999); Abcede Barbero (1998-1999); Romeo Bolgado (1998-1999); Emmanuel Adviento (2001-2002); Elmer Arroza (2003-2007); Romeo Diaros (2003-2005); Hope Jordan D. Guerrero (2005-2006). --- Deaconesses who had served in the local church: Elizabeth Reyes (1975-1978); Heronia Umipig (1977-1978); Blesilda Sagun (1978-1980); Olive Asis (1980-1981); Elizabeth Bautista (1981-1982); Philina De Pano Absalon (1982-1988); Cleanor Casabar (1982-87); Roma Ramirez (1987-1988); Nelia Soriano (1988-1989); Gloria Ramos Degras (1989-1991); Raquel Del Rosario (1991-1993); Mila Cabrera (1993-1998, 2002-2005); Eden Macanlalay (1998-1999).
---Ministerial Team, 2004-2005: Administrative Pastor--Rev. Danilo Pedracio; Associate Pastor--Pastor Elmer Arroza; Assistant Student-Pastor--Pastor Romeo Diaros; Deaconess--Mrs. Mila Panlaqui-Cabrera.
---83rd Church Founding Anniversary--- [One] Month Long Celebration. November 21, 2004---Joint worship service (9:00 a.m.). Guest Preacher: Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero. November 28 will be the "Huling Hagupit" with Taytay UMC Chancel Choir for a Thanksgiving Concert in the evening. Mr. Allan Vadil is the chair of the Anniversary Committee. Choir Conductor: Jeffrey Santos. Accompanist [Pianist/Organist]: Jonalyn Dimson. November is also Mission Month for DUMC. Franville Mission Church--"Anak ng Deparo UMC" in Caloocan City. Officers of Franville Mission Church: Precy Bangtuan--Chairperson; Geronimo Ortiz--Vice Chairperson; Madonna Alog--Secretary; Vicky Ortiz--Treasurer; Mario Calsetas--Auditor; Mrs. Lopez--Worship Coordinator; Zenaida Calsetas--Social Concerns Coordinator; Germogenes Paraino--Special Projects Coordinator.
---Daughter churches of DUMC: John Mark UMC (Buenamar, Novaliches), Llano Vista UMC.
[Excerpt from the Administrative Pastor's (Rev. D. Pedracio) greetings as published in The Cornerstone]:
---"Pinasasalamatan natin ang Panginoon na hanggang sa ngayon ay patuloy nating itinataguyod and layunin at mithiin ng ating mga magulang sa pananampalataya na ang iglesyang ito ay maging buhay na patotoo sa Ebanghelyo ni Jesu-Cristo, patuloy na pagsikapan ang pamumuhay ba nat kabanalan at tunay na magmalasakitan sa isa't-isa bilang tunay na magkakapatid kay Cristo."
---The Cornerstone: The Official Publication of the Deparo United Methodist Church. Anniversary Issue (Vol. 1, No.3) was published in November 2004. Editorial Staff: Gretchen Marie H. Callang (Editor-in-Chief); Eric de Leon (News Editor/Photojournalist/Lay Out); Eloisa de Castro-Arroza (Features Editor); Mary Anne Sunga (Features); Mel Alog (Lay-out/Graphics Design); Aldrin Gersalia (Cartoonist); Rev. Danilo Pedracio, Pastor Elmer Arroza, Moonlita Nerpio (Advisers).
---Deparo UMC Educational Arm: Galilee Christian Values Educational Foundation, Incorporated (GCVEF), known at first as the Kiddie College, then as Christian Development School, is one of the educational arms of Deparo UMC. It was established in 1976 and acknowleged as the first kindergarten school in Novaliches. It offers preparatory courses, primary and intermediate education. Computer education is offered in all levels. The GCVEF Officers are the following: President--Isabelo Espero, Jr.; Vice President/Principal--Erlinda Naoe; Administrator--Nestor De Gras; Assistant Administrator--Milagros B. Jacinto; Registrar--Aida Latonero; Treasurer--Benjie Bangit; Auditor--Ruben Pajarillo; Building Supervisor--Eugenio Jacinto; Members of the Board--Dan Dumlao, Betty Zaragoza, Juaning Ramos; Chaplain--Rev. Danilo Pedracio.
---Local Church Organizations: Samuel Barcial: UMM President. Imelda Refuerzo: UMYAF President. Mrs. Moonlita Nerpio: WSCS President. Marneil Bibat: UMYF President. Ma. Theresa Victoria: President, DUMC Chancel Choir. Eric de Leon: President, DUMC Youth Ministry. Music Ministry: Youth [Senior] Band, Junior Band, Tambourine Dancers. Gretchen Callang: Director, Teatro Deparo.
CY 2001-2002 Figures: Celebrated its 80th Church Founding Anniversary in November 2001. Total membership to date: 1,588. Weekly services: 4 (English, Tagalog, Junior, Midweek). Six Sunday School classes. 15 SSC teachers. 43 Bible study groups with 5 BS teachers. One mission point. Two extension classes. Operates a pre-school with 23 pupils; Grades I-VI with 72 students. Operates a Multi-Purpose Cooperative.
M. Gabriel Compound, Lilac St.
West Fairview, Quezon City
Tel. No. 939-22-10

Fairview Park UMC Church Workers--CY 1979-2006

Compiled by Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero
FPUMC Administrative Pastor
Conference Year: June 2005-May 2006

*Data lifted from the Souvenir Program of the 25th Founding Anniversary of FPUMC.
Administrative Pastors:
1. Avelio S. de Leon -- 1979-1981
2. Nathanael Cortez -- 1981-1982
3. Bernabe Colorado -- 1982-1984
4. Remigio Panlaqui --1984-1986
5. Limerio Garibay -- 1986-1989
6. Abelardo Ibasco -- 1989-1991
7. Horacio Sison -- 1991-1998
8. Manuel Cruz, Jr. -- 1998-2000
9. Reuel Talapian -- 2000-2002
10. Alexander Pomegas -- 2002-2003
11. Roger Gutierrez --2003-2005
12. Anacleto G. Guerrero -- 2005-2007

Associate Pastor (Elder):
1. Glicerio M. Ferrer -- 2005-2006
2. Medardo C. Rasing -- 2006-2007

Assistant /Student Pastors:
1. Cleto Peta -- 1991-2000
2. Edwin Abugan -- 2000-2005
3. Nazzer Oliveros -- 2000-2003, 2004-2005

Deaconesses/Student Deaconesses:
1. Rebecca del Rosario -- 1979-1980
2. Dorie Cuevo -- 1984-1988
3. Flordeliza Ramos -- 1991-1993
4. Asuncion Ayo -- 1996-1998
5. Heronia Esman -- 1999-2005
6. Laarni L. de Jesus -- 2005-2007
Woman Worker:
1. Vida Sison -- 1992-1999
....(Minister's spouse)
Ministerial Staff: 2005-2006
Administrative Pastor: Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero
Associate Pastor: Rev. Glicerio M. Ferrer
Deaconess: Ms. Laarni L. de Jesus
Ministerial Staff: 2006-2007
Administrative Pastor: Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero
Associate Pastor: Rev. Medardo C. Rasing
Deaconess: Mrs. Laarni L. de Jesus
Regular Sunday Ministries:
Tagalog Service: 7:00 a.m.
Sunday School: 9:00 a.m.
Children's Worship: 9:00
English Service: 10:00 a.m.
Vesper Service: 6:00 p.m.
Montalban Mission: 3:00 p.m.
Praying Hands Ministry: 2:00 p.m.
Church Council Officials: 2004-2005
...Chair: Gloria Dimalanta; ...Vice Chair: Demetrio Famorca; ...Treasurer: Rafael Peter Fernando; ...Asst. Treasurers: Marilou Turgano & Raymar Famorca ...Auditor: Warlito Rodriguez; ...Recording Secretary: Ma. Carmelita Ramota; ...Asst. Recording Secretaries: Victoria de la Cruz, Layla Tal Medina; ...Lay Leader: Victoria Fe Medina; ...Associate Lay Leaders: Roberto Amador (Tagalog Congregation), Prisciliano Alapan, Jr. (English Congregation), Carlos Moran (Vesper Congregation); Delegates to the Annual Conference: Benjamin Turgano & Rafael Peter Fernando (Principal delegates), Eduardo Gonzalez, Gloria Dimalanta (Alternate delegates); ...Finance Committee: Chair--Ruth Amador; Vice-Chair--Grace Olores; Members of Finance Committee: Lay leader, AC chair, BOT representative, Stewardship chair, Financial Secretaries, Fernando de Guzman, Arnold Galapia, Leticia Abenojar, Mia Suavardez; Treasurer, Bienvenido Lim; ...Money Counters: Yvonne Maglaya, Ceres Regala, Lilet Serrano, Alice Cantre, Annie Gato (Tagalog); Susan Lim, Raymar Famorca, Josefina Rodriguez, Rose Marilou Turgano, Victoria Fe Medina (English); Josie Golberg, Jacinta de Guzman (Vesper); Rose Ramos (Montalban).
Board of Trustees:
...2002-2005: Francis Matthew de Guzman, Arnold Galapia, Josefina Rodriguez; 2003-2007: Fernando de Guzman (Chair), Jose Manacop, Rolando Ubaldo; 2004-2007: Dan Abenojar, Joaquin Regala, Onesimus Gato.
Pastor Parish Relations Committee:
...2002-2005: Angel Flores, Jr., Victoria de la Cruz, Georgina Ubaldo; 2003-2004: Roberto Amador (Chair), Rebing Ugay, Demetrio Famorca; 2004-2007: Benjamin Turgano, Leticia Abenojar, Joel Manacop.
District Steward: Mila de Guzman (Principal); Carlos Moran (Associate).
Choir Directors:
...Mary Jane Bruno-Valenzuela, Ralymar Tongson, Jeannette SD Vidal, Jeanette Nacpil, Romeo Matulac.
...Romeo Matulac, Carlos Moran, Jeannette SD Vidal, Herrie Esman.
Lay Speakers:
...Prisciliano Alapan, Jr., Cresencia Alapan, Bert Amador, Ruth Amador, Gerardo Cabacaba, Concepcion Cabacaba, Mila de Guzman, Francis Matthew de Guzman, Victoria de la Cruz, Gloria Dimalanta, Demetrio Famorca, Rafael Peter Fernando, Angel Flores, Jr., Perla Flores, Joy Flores, Fraancis Flores, Onesimus Gato, Eduardo Gonzalez, Nora Gonzalez, Paula Lim, Thelma Lazaro, Jose Manacop, Joel Manacop, Serapio Martillano, Edita Martillano, Victoria Fe Medina, Ivvah Yael Medina, Carlos Moran, Jeannette Nacpil, Nieves Osorio, Carlos Ramota, Carmelita Ramota, Marc Ramota, Warlito Rodriguez, Cherylene Rodriguez, Victoria Toledo, Luin Tongson, Ralymar Tongson, Benjamin Turgano, Ma. Estrella Turgano, Mary Jane Valenzuela.
Members Emeritus: Thelma Lazaro, Gertrudes Rosete, Atty. & Mrs. Domingo Ferrer, Samson Binag, Vicente & Trinidad Sucion.
Committee on Lay Leadership:
...2002-2005: Chair: Pastor; Members--Pearl Flores, Dantes Abenojar, Cherylene Rodriguez; 2003-2006: Prisciliano Alapan, Jr., Raymar Famorca, Ivvah Yael Medina; 2004-2007: Ma. Carmelita Ramota, Zorayda DC Mercado, Mila de Guzman.
Ex-officio Members in all ministries and committees:
...Pastor, lay leader, Church Council chair.
Ministerial Staff: CY 2004-2005:
...Roger E. Gutierrerz, Administrative Pastor
...Edwin C. Abugan, Associate Pastor
...Nazzer M. Oliveros, Mission Pastor
...Heronia U. Esman, KE/CE Deaconess
...Robelyn Lampa, Student Deaconess
...Victoria B. de la Cruz, Secretary
...Lizbeth Ann Calagui, Outreach Coordinator
Mother's Day --- May 8, 2005--Speakers:
...Mrs. Ruth Amador--Tagalog Service, 7:30 a.m.
...Mrs. Grace Choa Olores, English Service, 10:00 a.m.
...Mrs. Mila R. De Guzman, Vesper Service, 6:00 p.m.
Activity: Mothers were honored and given memento.
Church Council Meeting: After the English Worship Service.
Host to the following activities:
1. Aldersgate PPTF, October 26, 2005. Speaker: Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero. Liturgist: Mr. Rafael Peter Fernando.
CY 2006-2007
Administrative Pastor: Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero
Associate Pastor: Rev. Medardo C. Rasing
C.E. Deaconess: Mrs. Laarni L. de Jesus.
Chair, Church Council: Mrs. Gloria B. Dimalanta
Lay Leader: Mrs. Victoria Fe O. Medina.
915 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City, 1104 Philippines.
Telephone Nos.: 372-47-95; 415-70-44. Fax No.: 410-1404
---CY 2001-2002: Good Samaritan at 45: Alive, Alert and Active. Pastoral Team: Hermogenes Emmanuel C. Cera, Jr. (Administrative Pastor); Romulo Acebedo (Associate Pastor); Lyn dela Rosa (Assistant for Mission Work); Mervin Montano (Assistant for Mission); Rosalie Laylo (Christian Education Deaconess); Cleanor C. Ladia (Kindergarten Education Deaconess); JessicaMabuti (Kindergarten Education Deaconess).
---Administrative Staff: Sarah Tuando (Secretary); Lyn Domingo (Bookkeeper); Ida Paparo (Cashier); Eduardo Gadiano, Alexander Famisan and Gelly Cabrito (Temple Keepers); Yolando Soriano (Driver).
---Church Council: Roland I. Pattugalan (Chair); Dorothy Castro (Vice Chair); Feliciana C. Villa (Lay Leader); Vicky Paras, Epie Acosta, Sherry Baet, Leonila Balles, Gina Nastor (Associate Lay Leaders); Roland I. Pattugalan, Dorothy Castro, Daniel N. Miranda (Lay Delegates to the Annual Conference); Vicky Paras, Lavinia Fererr, Fe C. Villa (Reserve delegates to the Annual Conference).
---Chairpersons of the different ministries: Aurora M. Pattugalan (Nurture); Grace Valdez (Outreach); Dan Miranda (Witness); Eireen B. Villa (Finance); Bienvenido Cabotaje (Treasurer); Liza Villaviza (Council Secretary).
---Church Organizations: UMYF: Melvin Jay D. Guerrero (President); UMYF Staff: Cheremyn M. Pattugalan, James Labuguen, Jennifer Ladia, Josephine Vadel, Ria Angela Pinlac. UMYAF: Liza Villaviza (President); Marlene Guanio (Vice President); Shermee Tamano (Secretary); Lyn Domingo (Treasurer); Jun Villaviza (PRO). WSCS: Virgie Ladia (President); Erlinda Agustin (Vice President, Ilocano); Vicky Paras (Vice President, Tagalog); Raquel Cabanilla (Vice President, English); Josie Zamora (Secretary); Lolita Cabungan (Treasurer); Cleanor Ladia (Spiritual & Worship); Illuminada Quinones & Florida Labuguen (Service and Projects); Mrs. Nenita Cera & Mrs. Perla Angeles (Advisers).
---GSCS School Board: Florida Labuguen (Chair); Portia Palma (Secretary); Aurora Pattugalan, Feliciana Villa, Vicky Potes, Leticia Lomibao, Dorothy Castro, Hermogenes Emmanuel Cera, Jr., Romulo Acebedo, Cleanor Ladia, Jessica Mabuti, Rosalie Laylo.
---Schedule of Services: Ilocano Service (7:30 a.m.); Tagalog Service (9:00 a.m.); English Service (10:30 a.m.); Vesper Service (6:00 p.m.); Wednesday Midweek Service (7:30 p.m.).
---45th Anniversary Guest Preacher: Bishop Emerito P. Nacpil, Manila Episcopal Area.
CY 2004-2005---[Lifted from Sunday Bulletin issued on Jan. 30, 2005 in all Services. January 30, 2005--Pastors' Appreciation Sunday.]
A. Theme: "Strengthening Our Church By Supporting our Pastors."
...Objectives: (1) To be able to work in partnership with our Pastors to help strengthen our church; (2) To gain life changing principles, insights and understanding of the roles and responsibilities of our Pastors; (3) To help develop a strong lay ministry, one of the keys to success of the church; and (4) To make a significant difference within the life of the church especially of the leaders and the congregation.
B. Program: Strengthening Sessions--Mrs. Eppie Acosta, Facilitator.
...Session 1: 1:30-2:15 p.m. Speaker: Dr. Ma. Victoria Valdez Potes---"Thought-Provoking Insights on the Life of a Pastor" and "Making a Difference in Your Pastor's Life."
...Session 2: 2:15-3:00 p.m. Speaker: Mrs. Eireen B. Villa---"The Power of Partnership, How to Connect with Your Pastor."
...Session 3: 3:15-4:15 p.m. Speakers: Gen. Roland I. Pattugalan and Dr. Fe M. Valdez---"The Power of Priorities" and "The Winning Team."
...Session 4: 4:15-5:00 p.m. Recap. Mrs. Eppie C. Acosta. Closing Remarks: Mrs. Dorothy T. Castro. Presentation of love gifts to Pastors.
C. Luncheon Fellowship: Fellowship Hall.
D. 5:00 p.m. -- Church Council Meeting.
E. The Pastors:
...Rev. Hermogenes Emmanuel C. Cera, Jr., Administrative Pastor (English)
...Rev. Cleto Pera N. Pera, Associate Pastor (Tagalog Service)
...Rev. Hilario Carolino (Ilocano Service)
...Pastor Melvin Jay D. Guerrero (Vesper, Midweek, Youth)
...Pastor Ernesto Agcanas (Mission Points-Payatas, Victoria)
...Seminary Students: Daniel N. Miranda, Artemio Baliao, Freda Baliao, Mervin Montano (Internship at Calauag).
...Retired: Ireneo Simon.
F. The Speakers: ...Ilocano Service: Mr. Alex Fabian, ...Tagalog Service: Atty. Jose Manacop, ...English: Mrs. Lydia Aherrera, ...Vesper: Pastor Melvin Jay D. Guerrero.
Note: Inserted in the church bulletin was a 16-page write up/pamphlet--"Special Feature for Pastors' Appreciation Sunday" and a love-gift envelop with "We Love Our Pastors" print offered during the worship services.
* CY 2004-2005: [Lifted from 48th Founding Anniversary Souvenir Program, March 13, 2005.]
.....Church Council---Chair--Dorothy Castro; Vice-chairpersons--Glenn V. Paraso, Ma.Victoria V. Potes, Tom Maceda. Secretary--Feliciana Villa. Assistant Secretary--Sheree Tamanu. Financial Secretary--Norma Balingbing. Auditors--Remedios del Rosario & Francis Pascuall. Committee Chairpersons: Portia Palma--Worship; Ma. Victoria V. Potes--Christian Education; David Valdez & Alma Calo--Membership; Care; Roland I. Pattugalan--Discipleship; Glenn Paraso & Grace Anne Valdez--Outreach; Gemini Paraso & Elaine Grospe--Finance & Stewardship; Tom Maceda--Mission/Evangelism; Grace Anne Valdez--Social Concern; Glenn Paraso & David Valdez--Organization; Genevieve P. Matias, Elaine Grospe & Dan Cantiller--Communications/Records/History; Genevieve P. Matias--Nurture. Flor de Lys Paraso--Head of Prayer Warriors. Music Director--Elaine Grospe. PPR Chair--Lavinia Ferrer. BOT Chair--Alfredo Ravelo. Treasurer--Bienvenido Cabotaje. Lay Leader--Fe Maddela Valdez. Associate Lay Leaders--Alex Fabian, Mike Corpuz, Beth Acebedo, Marlene Guanio, Flor de Lys Paraso, Leonila Balles, Joy Pinlac, Cheremyn P. Guerrero.
.....Administrative Staff: Secretary--Sarah Tuando. Bookkeeper--Lyn Domingo. Cashier--Lolit Cabungan. Temple Keepers--Jelly Cabrito, Eduardo Cadiano & Alex Famisan.
.....GSCS School Board: Chair--Florida Labuguen. Secretary--Portia Palma. Members--Aurora M. Pattugalan, Leticia Lomibao, Feliciana Villa, Cleanor Ladia, Iluminada Quinones, Dorothy Castro, Rev. Hermogenes Emmanuel C. Cera, Jr., Rev. Hilario C. Carolino & Rev. Cleto N. Pera.
.....Church Organizations: WSCS: President--Fe Maddela Valdez. Vice-Presidents--Nenita Cera, Shirley Ravelo, Raquel Cabanilla, Nymfa Bautista, Rosalyn Asuncion, Mina Taguim. Secretary--Virgie Ladia. Treasurer--Lolit Cabungan. Worship Coordinator--Lavinia Ferrer. Service & Project--Herminia Pangaen. Program and Study--Beth Acebedo & Fe Manuel. Advisers: Aurora Pattugalan, Kathy Haceta, Flor de Lys Paraso & Feliciana Villa. . . UMYAF: Presidents--Plaridel Mateo & Dr. David Valdez. Vice Presidents--Tess Cubero & Sheree Tamanu. UMM: President--Alfredo Ravelo. Vice Presidents--Alex Fabian, Ismael Cabungan, Eduardo Labuguen. Treasurer--Epifanio Mito. PRO--Jonathan Florendo, Eduardo Labuguen, Carlos Villar & Tito Eustaquio. UYMF: President--Ria Angela Pinlac. Secretary--Jennylene Labuguen. Dept. Head--Naddin Montano; Information Dept. Head--Jonathan Labuguen; Socio-Cultural Dept. Head--Myke Magbanua.
.....48th Anniversary Theme: "Panatilihin: Alab ng Pusong Kristiyano." Text: Romans 12:11. Guest of Honor and Speaker: Hon. Justice Reynato S. Puno, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the Philippines.
.....TGSUMC Summer Camp 2005---May 16-19, 2005, Asian Mission Center, Union Theological Seminary, Sampaloc 1, Dasmarinas, Cavite. Theme: "Servanthood: He must become greater, I must become less." Title: "Spice Youth: Serbisyong Totoo." Text: Matthew 20:26-27; John 3:30. Writers: BS Materials--Engr. Oliver Villa; Cell Group Materials--Pastor Melvin Jay D. Guerrero. Speakers: Rev, Hermogenes Emmanuel C. Cera, Jr., Dr. Victoria Valdez-Potes, Pastor Lyn dela Rosa. UMYF President & Overall Director: Ria Angela D. Pinlac. Youth Pastor: Pastor Melvin Jay D. Guerrero. Staff: Technical & Program--Jonathan Labuguen; Secretariat--Nadine Montano & Mikki Miranda; Camp Artist--Karlo Ladia; Promotions--Powie Cantiller; Finance--Myke Magbanua, Kiko Matias, Tina Faustino, Ime Ladia, Jernalyn Parallag; Dean of Men--Pastor Melvin Jay D. Guerrero; Dean of Women--Esther Joy Herradura; BS Leaders: Pastor Hope Jordan D. Guerrero, Julie Ann Soriano, Christine Joy Pinlac, Aileen Abrera, Jeremie del Rosario, Oline Villa, E.J. Herradura. [Lifted from printed program.--Ed.]
UMM Officers - CY 2005-2006
- President: Ambassador Josue Villa; Executive Vice President: Mr. Mariano Mirasol; Ilocano Service: Dr. Bienvenido Cabotaje; Tagalog Service: Engr. Alfredo Ravelo; English Service: Director Hermogenes Mateo; Secretary: Engr. Tito Eustaquio; Treasurer: Mr. Epifanio Mito.

90 Calbayog-Kanlaon Sts., Mandaluyong City.
Tel. #533-91-41; 533-49-23.
---Approximate date started by pioneers: 1962. Pioneering pastor: Rev. N. de Pano. First worship service: February 3, 1963. Election of first set of officers: May 5, 1963. Organized as a local church: April 4, 1964. Start of construction of sanctuary: 1965. Approximate floor area of sanctuary: 220 sq. m. Approximate area of lot: 575 sq. m.
CY 2005-2006
- Administrative Pastor: Rev. Ednor F. San Juan. Comembo Mission Pastor: Pastor Steven D. Bunyi. Deaconess: Mrs. Eden M. Macanlalay. Bookkeeper/ Secretary: Mrs. Rose M. Bunyi.
- Host: PPTF, January 4, 2005. Speaker: Dr. Alfredo I. Plano.
Camden St., Brookside Hills Subd.
Cainta, Rizal. Tel. #656-79-09.
---Action 93:064 --- Recognize the transfer of Holy Grace UMC, Cainta to PACE.
---Historical Highlights (1984-2000): In 1984, Mrs. Mary Byrne, an American Methodist retired teacher who came to the Philippines and lived with Rev. & Mrs. Marcelino Casuco, opened her house at Camden Avenue, Brookside Hills Subdivision, Cainta, Rizal. In 1986, Mrs. Byrne initiated medical missions for the place with the assistance of medical doctors employed by the government. "Mama Mary" died in 1989, but the work of mission continued.
---In 1990, Dr. & Mrs. Fedicerio Camarao offered their residence for worship services after the death of Mrs. Byrne. The name, "Brookside Mission Extension" was changed to "Shekinah Christian Fellowship" which was changed later to "Holy Grace UMC." December 9 was officially approved as the local church's foundation day. Sun Duk Methodist Church (Korea) sponsored the purchase of a lot and erecting a church building. On the other hand, Muzon UMC in Malabon (PAC) subsidized the salary of the pastor. The 1st Church Founding Anniversary and Thanksgiving Service was conducted on December 22, 1991 in the newly constructed church building. It was in 1992 that the new church building was dedicated and consecrated, with Arch. Riolito Regala as guest speaker. In 1993, during the Philippines Annual Conference East session, Grace UMC was officially transferred to PACE from PAC. The local church was host to the Cluster III Joint Easter Sunrise Service on April 4, 1999.
---Church Workers who had served with the local congregation---Pastors: Alfonso Briones and Bro. Gonzaga (1984, volunteers); Maximo Gabriel, Jr. (1985), Carlos Onilla (1986), Enrique Rodriguez (1987), Jeptha Aniceto (1988, 1989), Aristedes Balatan (1990), Rachab Cunanan (1991), Delfin Romero (1992), Alfredo Velunta (1992, volunteer), Salde Sandy Bolus (1993, 1994), Conrado San Pedro (1995, 1996), Herminio Ramos (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000). Deaconesses: Rhodora Garcia (1984, 1987), Analyn Palma (1985), Russel May Nano (1986), Jacquelyn Guarin (1986, 1987), Alma Mercy May Gaspar (1988, 1990), Analyn Siocon (1988, 1989), Norelie Cruz (1991), Jocelyn Cunanan (1992, 1993), Jinky de Leon (1994), Rose Santos (1995), Wendy Villegas (1996, 1998), Imelda Decano (1996), Candace Cayat (1997), Madelyn Vibar (1998), Rina Tolentino (1999), Clarissa Rivera (1999), Laila Victoria (2000).
---After 2000, Pastor Daniel Dolores and Ms. Joan Tangonan (student deaconess) served as local church workers
CY 2005-2006:
- Administrative Pastor: Rev. Fernando V. Jose. Student Deaconess: Ms. Mira Caniedo. Lay Leader: Ms. Norma Kaiyod. Chair, Church Council: Mr. Robert Dolde.
- Host: PPTF, July 27, 2005. Speaker: Rev. Fernando Jose.
29 Petronia St., Buenamar Subdivision,
Novaliches, Quezon City
Tel. #272-42-43; 417-14-98.
Some of the Pastors who have served the congregation: Rev. Maximo Flores (D), Pastor Serote, Rev. Benjamin Manuel, Rev. Orly Veron, Rev. Glicerio Ferrer, Pastor Emmanuel Adviento.
CY 2006-2007:
- Administrative Pastor: Rev. Roger E. Gutierrez. Chair, Church Council: Mr. Johnny Vertrudez.
Host: PPTF on March 1, 2006. Speaker: Rev. Roger E. Gutierrez. Liturgist: Ms. Maila Peralta.

---"96:051 VOTED To accept recommendation no. 1 of the Quezon City District Superintendent's report; to wit: 'That the name CALAUAG FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH be changed to KALINANGAN UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. CFUMC was organized, recognized, and became part of the Philippines Annual Conference in 1991. The following are noted: No. of Families: 21; No. of Preparatory Members: 39; No. of BS Groups: 6; Regular Monthly Income: P1,800.00 - P2,000.00; No. of Full Members: 84; No. of Tithers/Pledgors: 12; Average Attendance of Sunday Worship Service: 37.'" ---PACE Official Journal, 1996, p. 60.
[By: Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero, KFUMC Administrative Pastor CY 1993-2000]
...July 21, 1994 marks the 53rd founding anniversary of the Kamuning First United Methodist Church (KFUMC), now a part of Quezon City District, Philippines Annual Conference East. The local church bears the marks of a rich history and struggle to attain its present status. It has its brave beginnings and determined background through men and women who have dedicated themselves and committed their lives to the Almighty Lord, their Guide and Strength.
Through the Years
...Almost three years after the National Assembly enacted Commonwealth Act No. 502 creating Quezon City on October 12, 1938, Mr. Benjamin Tuason, a Methodist Christian living in Barrio Obrero in Diliman moved around the community alone in 1941 looking for fellow Christian evangelicals and protestants. He was able to find members of different protestant denominations, notably the Cabacungan family (Disciples of Christ), Carbonel family (UCCP), Navarro, Perchardo, Maatubang and Santillan families (Baptist), Shia family (Presbyterian), and the Soriano and Tuason families (Methodist). These families formed the nucleus of the local congregation. Other families which moved from the provinces and later joined the congregation through the untiring efforts of Mr. Tuason included the Tignos, Ganaciases, Tanajeros, Baculis, Reyeses, Dagumis, Tamayos, Pascuals, Almontes, Aherreras, Bides, Garcias, Encarnacions, Alcantaras, Faralans, Bellos, de Panos, Vivases, Raralios and others.
...The first wave of families met together for worship and fellowship without the benefit of a beautiful church edifice except their homes. The Soriano residence at #82 K-1st Street was one of the first venues of Sunday worship activities. Mr. Tuason, the initiator, oftentimes led the group in praising and worshiping the Lord in the absence of a minister. It was at this point in time that Rev. Guillermo Manuel was designated as their pastor, in addition to his work in Marikina and other places in Manila. On July 21, 1941, the first Quarterly Conference was called and was presided over by the Rev. Francisco Galvez, district superintendent of Manila and suburbs, Philippines Annual Conference. The Japanese occupation in 1941 did not stop the congregation to worship. Mr. Tuason continued to take care of the members who were left behind in Quezon City when others have evacuated to the provinces.
...In July 1942, DS Galvez appointed Rev. Leonardo Fileo as the pastor-in-charge. It was at this time that Rev. Galvez conducted the second Quarterly Conference that elected Mr. Vicente Tigno as chairman of the Official Board, and Mr. Tuason as Lay Leader. When Rev. Prudencio Tuason, father of Mr. Tuason, arrived from Pampanga, he took over the pastor of the congregation. In February 1943, during the Philippines Annual Conference session at Knox Memorial Methodist Church, Rizal Avenue, Manila with Bishop Dionisio D. Alejandro as presiding officer, Kamuning Methodist Church was formally recognized as a local congregation. Rev. Prudencio Tuason was appointed as the pastor and he served without any designated salary. Through the financial assistance of the Llenado and Tigno families, the left back wing of the Tuason residence was turned into a better worshiping venue. Mr. Geronimo Yabut and his family provided wooden benches for worshipers. Mr. Andres Encarnacion contributed to the fencing and plastering of the adobe fences of the place.
The Name Issue
...There was a question of name before the local church is known as it is today. Among others, names like "Christian Fellowship Church" and "Cosmopolitan Christian Church" were mentioned until "First Methodist Church of Kamuning" (FMCK) was seriously considered. After April 23, 1968, when the United Methodist Church (composed of The Evangelical United Brethren and The Methodist Church) was created by an Enabling Act or a General Conference action, the name Kamuning First United Methodist Church came into being and it is carried on to this day.
Further Developments
...When Rev. Tuason was appointed to another local church, the Kamuning congregation received Rev. Donato Capuli as their minister. It was during the term of Rev. Ruben Candelaria as district superintendent when the church lot was transferred to the Methodist Church under the name of Rev. Tuason. In 1956, when Rev. Guillermo Manuel was reassigned to Kamuning (1954-1957), a philanthropist businesswoman by the name of Magdalena Lapuz sold a lot to the congregation for P18,000.00. The same amount was donated back to the local church to build the parsonage and some building extensions. This is where the present parsonage and junior chapel are located. In July 1957, the cornerstone of the present church sanctuary was laid with Bishop Jose L. Valencia, Sr. and DS Esteban Cruz in attendance. Construction of the main sanctuary started when Rev. Eduardo Cajiuat was the administrative pastor. A great help from Rev. and Mrs. Carlos Manacop completed the edifice. Major expenses for the altar was generously contributed by Dr. and Mrs. Tito Acuna and family who now reside in America. The pews, the pulpit, the lectern and other facilities were donated by numerous members who expressed their love for the Lord by their love-gifts. Church founding anniversary date was set July 21, 1941. Nearest Sunday to this July 21 is celebrated now as Anniversary Sunday.
...During the 25th founding anniversary of the church, when Rev. Hermogenes Cera, Jr. was the administrative pastor, the 400-square meter lot behind the parsonage and Junior Chapel was acquired with Engr. & Mrs. Pacifico Pinili contributing the biggest share. In 1967, when Rev. Clemente Zuniga, Jr. was the administrative pastor, the educational building annex was started. It was dedicated on the 28th Foundation Day of the church. By 1970 the walls of the church were moved to accommodate more worshipers. Rev. David L. Rodriguez holds the distinction of having the most number of years served as pastor of the church (13 years: 1972-1985). It was during his term in 1980 that Kamuning First UMC hosted for the first time the sessions of the Philippines Annual Conference. At about the same time the deaconesses' quarters, mini-gym, church kitchen and the custodians' quarters were built.
...A local church scholarship program or help scheme became one of the vital ministries of the local congregation. Successful scholars and/or recipients include Rev. Stanley de Pano (the first Filipino DS based in California, USA), Rev. Jose Movido (a practicing lawyer now in California, USA), Ms. Concordia Rimando Richwell (a kindergarten deaconess), Mrs. Clara Mina (CE deaconess), Rev. Homer Refuerzo (UTS professor), Rev. Ernesto Lorenzo (now in America), Rev. Adiel de Pano (based in the USA), and Rev. Dante Eleazar Simon (now studying at Fuller Theological Seminary, USA). Today, the local church and some families help seminary students (UTS and other seminaries), and student-deaconesses (enrolled at Harris Memorial College).
Cross Section of the Congregation
...The congregation had grown into different worshiping groups: Tagalog 1 (7:00 a.m.); Tagalog 2 (8:15 a.m.); Ilocano (8:00 a.m.); Junior Worship/Children (9:00 a.m.); English (10:30 a.m.); Praise & Worship/Youth Worship (3:30 p.m.); English Vesper (6:30 p.m.); and Midweek/Wednesday Worship (7:00 p.m.). Sunday classes are conducted for all age and peer groups. Bible study groups and devotions are conducted everyday, Monday to Saturday, in homes and offices and in the church. Saturday extension classes are also held in different barangay areas of the city. Campus ministry is held at the Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School the whole day every Friday.
...Members come from different walks of life: lawyers, engineers, pilots, architects, writers, psychologists, trainors, insurance and pre-need executives, politicians (former mayors and governors), certified public accountants and accountants, professors and teachers, opthalmologists and eye specialists, radio broadcasters and commentators, consultants, veterenarians, medical representatives, soldiers, businessmen, doctors and physicians, nurses, vendors, drivers, laborers, labor leaders, optometrists, dentists and orthodontists, scientists, philantrophists, account executives, bank tellers and bankers, artists, actors, actresses, singers, musicians, composers, students, employees, printers, public servants, justices and judges, deans of schools, fishermen, government officials, OCWs, proprietors, sculptors, painters, contractors, and many others.
...Among those who have distinguished themselves in their fields are the following: Justice Nathanael de Pano, Jr., Presiding Justice, Court of Appeals; Dr. Narciso Albarracin, former DECS Secretary; Atty. Manuel Molina, Constitutional Convention delegate; Mrs. Lydia Aherrera, Director, Director, Board of Global Ministries and CFA Chairperson; Mrs. Betty Molina, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Phil. Christian University; Miss Ma. Belen Pascual, Acting Dean of Graduate School and Dean of College of Arts and Sciences, P.C.U.; Judge Pablo Inventor, RTC, Caloocan; Judge Florendo-Lorenzo, RTC, Manila; Nanette Inventor, Singer-Actress; Mrs. Aurora de Pano, Department Head, Ramon Magsaysay (Cubao) High School; Engr. Cromwell Refuerzo, Magnolia Executive; Engr. Brilly Bernardez, Building Contractor; Mrs. Rebecca Ganacias, Dean, College of Nursing; Dr. Gregorio Almonte, President, VCP Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; Col. Lysias Cabusao; Pastor Bernardo Agaloos, Sr., former DENR Assistant Secretary; Pastor Maximo Dumlao, Jr., PMA Graduate, Salutatorian, and former General Manager of the Philippines Port Authority; Capt. Solomon Aherrera, pilot; Pastor Ramoncito Mison, former fiscal and senior State Prosecutor; Pastor Dr. Trinidad Abenojar, GSIS Training Officer; Dr. Lamcel Yraola, eye specialist; Arnel de Pano, artist, composer, arranger, singer; Eugene Cabusao, West Point cadet; Dan Raralio, sculptor and UP Fine Arts professor; former Governor Pineda (Bulacan); former Mayor Pascual (Nueva Viscaya); Loida Abellera, Budget Officer; Leopoldo Nicolas (a.k.a. Nick Tolentino), radio broadcaster and commentator; and many others.
Developments in the 90's
...The 90s saw great stride in all phases of church activities and ministries. The local church cancelled its 50th Founding Anniversary dinner on July 24, 1991 and the allocated budget for this purpose to the tune of P20,000 together with P7,500 contributions from two families were donated to Cabangan UMC which church building collapsed, a Mt. Pinatubo lahar victim. In addition to this, the church paid the church workers P1,500.00 a month for the whole conference year. Also, some P40,000 worth of assorted relief goods -- food, clothes, medicines, groceries, tents, rice and others -- were personally brought by church leaders to Cabangan. During these years many have come to ask assistance for whatever church project they have or for some urgent needs.
...Evangelism and Mission programs were focused to the two mission points -- Cainta (Rizal) and Pansol (UP Balara, Q.C.). Continued allocation for Cainta mission (started during the term of Rev. Nonato Vengco) was P1,500 a month. Pansol Mission (which was started during the term of Dr. Meynardo Jose and was continued during the term of Rev. Remigio Panlaqui, now DS of Quezon City District) got an appropriation of P6,000 a month rentals for a worship center and for other religious activities like Bible study sessions and fellowship. It was in March 1994 (within the term of Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero) during the Philippines Annual Conference East sessions at Taytay, Rizal that Pansol UMC was recognized as a new organized and established congregation.
...In 1993, Oplan KFKm-5 (Operation Plan, Kamuning First Kilometer 5 Radius) was launched by Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero. It led to a series of seminars and workshops conducted by the administrative pastor and supportedly espoused by the local church leaders.
...The Philippines Annual Conference sessions in March 1994 witnessed a VERY FIRST in the history of Kamuning First UMC (and perhaps in the history of the whole United Methodist Church in the Philippines, or even in the world): SEVEN ACTIVE LEADERS DECIDED TO BECOME LOCAL PASTORS -- Bernardo C. Agaloos, Sr. (Retired Assistant DENR Secretary and Chairperson of the Administrative Board), Maximo S. Dumlao, Jr. (PMA Graduate, Retired General Manager of the Philippine Ports Authority and KFUMC Lay Leader), Edgar O. Refuerzo (Manager of a business venture and Chairperson of the Council on Ministries), Ramoncito C. Mison (Senior State Prosecutor and Chairperson of the Commission on Evangelism and Mission), Reuben M. Abenojar (a retired insurance executive and Chairperson of the Livelihood Program of the annual conference and the Quezon City District), Trinidad O. Abenojar (a GSIS Training Officer, a Ph.D. in Psychology and a UTS graduate in Religious Education), and Francisco Florendo (a CPA and in charge of Mission and Evangelism at Pansol). In 1994, all of them, except Pastor Florendo who is assigned at Pansol UMC, serve as assistant pastors at Kamuning UMC and in charge of worship services.
...In November 1993, Rev. Guerrero started the Ilocano Worship Service. The worshiping congregation celebrated its first anniversary in November 1994 at the second floor of the on-going multi-purpose building. Interim leaders were appointed among themselves to take care of some activities. Mrs. Lorna Andres was elected associate lay leader for the Ilocano Service during the February 1994 Charge Conference. Attendance on Sunday Services averages 70-85 worshipers. Since November 1994, together with the administrative and associate pastors, Pastors Reuben and Trinidad Abenojar took charge of most of its plans and activities.
...[Note: The latest news from members of Kamuning First United Methodist Church---the Ilocano Service and the Tagalog 1 Service were removed by local church's Church Council and the Ministerial Staff led by Rev. Dr. Simeon Latonero, administrative pastor, in September 2004. -Ed.]
...A 12-Million-Peso multi-purpose five-storey building project envisioned some years back by the local church was started on April 4, 1994. The ground breaking on March 20, 1994 was conducted by the Rev. Guerrero, the administrative pastor. After eight months a three-storey shell is already intact, the second floor used now by the Ilocano service, the UMM Sunday School and some church activities. The project is going on smoothly. In a couple of years the church hopes to use all floors as intended. The Building Committee is composed of Brilly Bernardez (Chairperson), Jose Ma. Tugas (Vice-Chairperson), and the members are: Samuel Aherrera, Maximo Dumlao, Jr., Manuel Molina, Dan Raralio, Ben Hur Refuerzo, Bonifacio de los Trinos, Jet Villanueva, Bernardo Agaloos, Sr., Marcelino Bautista, Generoso Vivas, Ricardo Manaloto, Ernesto Serote, Cromwell Refuerzo, Sheila Bernardez, Nathanael de Pano, Jr., and the administrative pastor as ex-officio member. The Fund-Raising Committee Chairpersons are Virginia Tugas and Olive Bernardez.
They Who Were Called
...Since the first Quarterly Conference on July 21, 1941 which was presided by the Rev. Francisco Galvez, District Superintendent of Manila and suburbs, Philippines Annual Conference, KFUMC has journeyed with thirteen administrative pastors; four associate pastors; nine assistant pastors; three student-pastors; nineteen women workers -- deaconesses and the like; one parish visitor; one non-deaconess KE teacher; four church office secretaries; and three bookkeepers.
...Those who served as administrative pastors: Rev. Guillermo Manuel (1941, 1954-1957); Rev. Leonardo Fileo (1942-1943); Rev. Prudencio Tuason (Feb. 1943-1952); Rev. Donato Capuli (1952-1954); Rev. Eduardo C. Cajiuat (1957-1964); Rev. Emmanuel Alojipan (1964-1965); Rev. Hermogenes E. Cera, Jr. (1965-1967); Rev. Clemente S. Zuniga, Jr. (1967-1972); Rev. David L. Rodriguez (1972-1985); Rev. Nonato U. Vengco (1985-1990); Rev. Dr. Meynardo R. Jose (1990-1992); Rev. Remigio P. Panlaqui (1992-1993); and Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero (1993 to date).
Those who served as associate pastors: Rev. Reuel Talapian (1985-1986 as student-pastor; 1986-1990 as associate pastor); Rev. Nelson L. Castorillo (1990-1992); Rev. Armando C. Arellano (1992-1994); and Rev. Joe A. Vicente (1994-1996).
Those who served as student-pastors: Pastor Homer O. Refuerzo (1982-1983); Pastor Horacio Sison (1983-1984); Pastor Dante Eleazar L. Simon (1984-1985).
Those who served as assistant pastors: Pastor Emmanuel Tabelisma (1970-1972); Pastor Estanislao J. Cueto (1972-1976); Pastor Isagani Lazaro (June-November 1973); Reuben M. Abenojar (June 1994 to date); Pastor Trinidad O. Abenojar (June 1994 to date); Pastor Bernardo C. Agaloos, Sr. (June 1994 to date); Pastor Maximo S. Dumlao, Jr. (June 1994 to date); Pastor Ramoncito C. Mison (June 1994 to date); and Pastor Edgar O. Refuerzo (June 1994 to date).
Those who served as women workers/deaconesses: Miss Damaso, Mrs. Reyes-Villalon, Miss Liwanag Manalastas, Ms. Celeste Paraso (1941-1952, inclusive); Mrs. Isabel Soriano-Albarracin, Mrs. Naomi Santos-Garcia, Mrs. Paciflor Pinili-Rivera (1957-1967, inclusive); Mrs. Concordia Rimando-Churchwell (KE, 1970-1973); Mrs. Rosalinda Manacop-Flores (KE, 1973-1975); Miss Rosita V. Boquiren (CE, 1973-1976); Miss Nida de los Reyes (KE, 1975-1976); Mrs. Olivia Santos-Abrazado (CE, 1976-1977); Mrs. Norlina Natividad Cruz (CE, 1977-1981); Mrs. Elvie Marie Tamang-Lazaro (KE, 1976-1982); Mrs. Thelma Pechardo-Miguel (KE, 1982-1983); Mrs. Aurora Bote-Manimoi (CE/KE, 1979-1986); Mrs. Gloria Ramos-Degras (KE/CE, 1985-1989); Mrs. Eden Morales-Macanlalay (KE, 1989 to date); and Miss Cynthia C. Espiritu (CE, 1989 to date). The Parish Visitor: Mrs. Benita M. Esteban (1967-1986); and a non-deaconess KE teacher: Miss Teresita Capulong (1982 to date).
Those who served as church office secretaries: Elvie Perez-Melegrito (1960-1964); Paz Encarnacion-Alcantara (part-time, 1964-1965); Aura Vina Gray-Cajiuat (1965-1966); and Mae Ravelo-Esguerra (1967 to date). The bookkeepers: Noel M. Estrabo (1983-1986); Ruth La Verne M. Custodio (1986-1988); and Ruth Pearl M. Custodio-Punzalan (1988 to date).
As of Conference Year 2006-2007 --- Administrative Pastor: Rev. Dr. Simeon L. Latonero. Associate Pastor: Rev. Rosalinda R. de la Rosa. K.E. Deaconess: Mrs. Alleluia K. Samson. C.E. Deaconess: Mrs. Alicia O. Jasareno. Chair, Church Council: Atty. Manuel T. Molina.
--Host: Aldersgate Prayer, Praise & Thanksgiving Fellowship: June 15, 2006. Speaker: Rev. Dr. Simeon L. Latonero.
---PACE Action 93:063 --- VOTED -- Recognize the organization of Kasile UMC and accept it as a part of PACE.
---"96:036 VOTED To recognize the following Newly Organized Local Churches and as part of the Philippines Annual Conference East: Binan UMC, Laguna; Kings of Kings UMC, Quisao, Pililia, Rizal; Palmera United Christian Fellowship UMC, Palmera II Homes, Taytay." ---PACE Official Journal, 1996, p.49. It was reported that "it was a product of the District Mission. Sponsored by Mrs. Dalisay King, it was organized on March 3, 1993. Mrs. King constructed a beautiful marble, semi-cathedral sanctuary. Mrs. King died on March 11, 1996 at age 83." ---DS Toribio Cajiuat's Report, PACE Official Journal, 1996, p. 46.
---Founded in February 1982. Part of Quezon City District.
35 Lilac Street, Hacienda Heights Concepcion Dos
Marikina City
CY 2005-2006:
- Administrative Pastor: Rev. Geronimo Garong. C.E. Deaconess: Ms. Hanna V. Cantor. Chair, Church Council: Mr. Ely Enrique. Lay Leader: Mr. Stanley Velasco.
- Host: PPTF, August 3, 2005. Speaker: Dr. Arceli A. J-Chavez (Director, Technical Education & Skills Development Authority, PAMAMARISAN (Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, San Juan)
---PACE Action 97:022 --- VOTED -- To recognize the newly organized local church, Lucena United Methodist Church and be a part of the Philippines Annual Conference East. Missionary appointed by Bishop Emerito P. Nacpil: Ms. Loma del Rosario.
Blk 13, Lot 9, Maligaya Park
Novaliches, Quezon City
...CY 2005-2006:
- Pastor: Pastor Noeme C. Credo (UTS Intern). Student Pastor: Pastor Emilio Manaois, Jr. Chair, Church Council: Ms. Lynnette Mamangon. Lay Leader: Ms. Mila Garcia.
- Host: PPTF, August 10, 2005. Speaker: Pastor Noeme Credo. Liturgist: Joseph Ocampo.
[Data lifted from Souvenir Program: A Century of Methodism in Marikina, 2002]
---It started unexpectedly in February 1902 at the yard of a man named Felipe Valentin at Labasan (now Tan[i]ong). Pastor Candido Magno preached the first sermon to those who have gathered there. Persecution that included being jailed "for disturbing peace" was experienced. Governor Arturo Dancel was gracious enough to keep them out from the prison house. When membership grew they transferred to Niyugan (now Barangay Jesus de la Pena) in a 150 sq.m. lot. After seven year, on February 28, 1909, when Rev. Nicolas Zamora (then the pastor of St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church) left the church and founded the Iglesia Evangelica Metodista En Las Islas Filipinas (IEMELIF), many members of the congregation of Marikina joined Zamora's group and established a new church in Tan[i]ong.
...Those who stayed with the church continued their evangelistic efforts that led them to Taytay (Rizal); to San Mateo (Rizal). The church was renamed "Marikina Methodist Church" following the union of three Methodist churches at the General Conference in 1936. In 1956, the church was renamed "St. Luke Methodist Church." In 1993 the local church was named "Marikina United Methodist Church." The church supported mission work in Congeo (Antipolo), Parang (Marikina), Subay (Talim Island, Cardona, Rizal) and Boso-Boso (San Jose, Antipolo, Rizal).
...The pastors who served with Marikina UMC: Candido Magno, Victoriano Mariano, Valeriano Villanueva, Roque Bautista, Lorenzo Magno, Teofilo Dominguez, Balbino Gatdula, Agaton Pascual, Esteban Cruz, Cirilo Kasiguran (Sr.), Eladio Reyes, Lucio Angeles, Angel Viloria, Regino Martin, Benjamin Guansing, Mateo Cruz, Quirico Santos, Gregorio Fernando, Deogracias Angeles, Ismael de la Rosa, Crisostomo Bartolome, Guillermo Manuel, Prudencio Tuazon, Santos Adriano, Eliseo Espinola, Silvino Pascual, Doroteo Villarica, Salvador Capuli, Simon Reyes, Julian Santos, Jr., Eli Remolona, Ramoncito Flores, Benjamin Roque, Guidomer Manuel, Sonito Serafica, Hermogenes Emmanuel Cera, Jr., Simeon Latonero, Geronimo Garong, Danilo Pedracio, Romeo Solabo, Arturo Mendoza, Allan Asuncion. Others who had served with the congregation: Rafael Macabuag, Dennis Laguardia, Zofronio Sonio, Conrado San Pedro, Ariel Basas, Enrique Gondra, Avelina Ongkiko, Celso Tiamzon, Aser de la Cruz, Dionisio Padel, Armando Perez, Joe Salazar, Milo de Vera, Luisa Santos Garcia, Magdalena Tiamzon-Jocson, Benjamin Tayabas, Gwendolyn Villegas, Eden Limon, Teodosia Cruz, Pastora Santos, Rhodora Garcia, Margarita Darcarey-Barba, Cathy Canlas, Violeta Solangon, Myra Salapang, Belen Manabat, Felicidad Villalon, Lucing Yambao, Juliana Macaraeg, Ana Benitez, Ester Graza, Luningning Santos, Lily Lopez-Vengco, Edna Castillo, Concepcion Gorospe, Luningning Galang, Lolita de Pano, Cristeta Danao, Constancia Garcia, Ligaya Cruz, Rosalina Saldana, Rosario Pascual, Consejo Mazo, Ruth Bunyi.
---PACE Action 97:023 --- VOTED - To recognize the other newly organized local church, Mission for the World United Methodist Church and be a part of the Philippines Annual Conference East. Pastor: Francisco Florendo. Sponsoring Church: Pansol UMC. Pastor: Rev. Salde Sandy Bolus.
Mark cor. Riyal Sts., Phase 8, North Fairview, Quezon City. Tel. # 452-86-58.
- Daughter Church of Fairview Park UMC.
- Some of the pastors who were appointed to this local congregation: Rev. Cleto N. Pera, Rev. Orly Veron.
...For FY 2006-2007 -- Administrative Pastor: Rev. Florenio H. Herradura, Sr. First term in the local church. He was previously appointed at Lagro UMC. - Student Deaconess: Miss Irish Cabacungan.
- Host: PPTF: Sept. 7, 2005. Speaker: Rev. Orlino Veron.
- Host: Aldersgate Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving Fellowship. Ms. Tess Lagazon welcomed those who attended. Speaker: Mr. Renato Amador. Liturgist: Dindo Diaz.
Diamond Avenue, Palmera Homes 2, Dolores, Taytay, Rizal. Telephone #660-52-66.
---"96:036 VOTED To recognize the following Newly Organized Local Churches and as part of the Philippines Annual Conference East: Binan UMC, Laguna; Kings of Kings UMC, Quisao, Pililia, Rizal; Palmera United Christian Fellowship UMC, Palmera II Homes, Taytay." ---PACE Official Journal, 1996, p.49.
...Mother Church: Taytay UMC. It was organized on March 17, 1996. On September 13, 1995 fifty adults and young people were baptized by immersion. They were the "founding members" of Palmera UMC.
--As of Conference Year 2006-2007 --- Administrative Pastor: Rev. Steve D. Bunyi. Assistant Pastor: Pastor Larry Santos. Mission Pastor: Pastor Norly Natividad. Church Council Chair: Atty. Carlos Cao, Jr. Lay Leader: Mr. Peter Soberano.
-- Host: Aldersgate Prayer, Praise & Thanksgiving Fellowship, June 28, 2006. Speaker: Atty Carlos Cao, Jr.
---PACE Action 94:039 --- Recognize Pansol United Methodist Church as an organized local church and part of the Philippines Annual Conference East. Sponsoring Church: Kamuning First UMC under the administration of Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero.
---PACE Action 93:062 --- Parang UMC which is transfering from the IEMELIF, and recognize it as part of the Philippines Annual Conference.
...PACE Action 97:030 --- VOTED - To accept recommendation No.4 in the report of the Rizal-Laguna District Superintendent; to wit: "To confirm the renaming of Christ Church to San Mateo United Methodist Church."
[Lifted from submitted and available materials] [By: Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero]
[SJUMC Administrative Pastor, 2001-2003]
... This historical presentation is from the perspective of the administrative pastor.
Nuggets of History
... A spiritual cornerstone was planted along Aurora Boulevard, Cubao, Quezon City some fifty years ago, in 1952 to be exact, by the Knox Memorial Methodist Church in Sta. Cruz, Manila. Upon the recommendation of Mr. Rufo Fabregas to the Official Board of Knox Memorial Methodist Church, the local congregation led by its minister, Rev. Juan Nabong, approved a mission work to be extended to the Protestant settlers of Quezon City, particularly those located at the housing projects of the late Philippine President Elpidio Quirino in Projects 2, 3 and 4. One of those who responded favorably to the efforts of Knox Church was Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Lorenzana who, in May 1952, negotiated to purchase a lot along Aurora Boulevard, Cubao area. The family paid P1,500.00 as down payment (sort of an earnest money) for the lot which is now the present site of St. John UMC. More than four years after, on December 20, 1956, the local congregation paid the full amount required.
The Beginning of a Journey of Faith
... A month after Knox Memorial Methodist Church approved the mission extension project in May 1952, a quonset hut believed to be the Cordero Chapel at Knox was transferred to Aurora Boulevard in June to be the place of worship of the Quezon City settlers. On the 13th of July that year, the local congregation was founded. Pastor Federico Sarenas preached the first sermon in Tagalog for the first Sunday worship service. Included among those who worshiped that day were the following families: Lorenzana, Velasco, Gacula, Lizano, Verzosa, Vinluan, Tovera, Espiritu, Silva, Quiocho, Delayon, Maghanoy, Tan, Balderama, and other unnamed families. The Lorenzana family donated the first church piano.
Rev. Mariano Berbano organized the first Sunday School class on July 27, 1952. Within the first month after its founding date, English Worship Service was conducted by a part-time pastor, Rev. Roman Quisol. He later became a full-time pastor for the Tagalog worship in 1953-1957, a good one quadrennium. (Note: Please see Annex list of church workers, pastors and deaconesses from 1952 to date.)
St. John: An Independent and Growing Church
... Six months after its founding, on January 4, 1953, St. John Methodist Church became independent from the direct supervision of Knox Memorial Methodist Church. An English worshiping congregation was established with Rev. John B. Holt as pastor. He had handled and conducted English services for five solid years, 1953-1958. A deaconess, Ms. Esperanza Cuisia, was appointed in June 1954 to give assistance to the work of the local church. It was also during those years that fundraising schemes were done to build a pastoral residence or a parsonage. It was in 1988 that the parsonage was renovated.
A new and bigger sanctuary was needed to accommodate the growing number of worshipers, so in January 1956, groundbreaking was done through the leadership of Mr. Rufo Fabregas, chairperson of the Official Board. Architectural designs were prepared by Arch. Samuel Garcia and construction was supervised by Mr. Manuel Lorenzana. With construction going on in 1958, the time for worship services were adjusted — English in the morning with Rev. John Holt, Tagalog in the afternoon with Rev. Leonardo Fileo, and Ilocano in the evening with Rev. Cenon Gacutan. It was also during 1958 that a Gideon Sunday was held.
During the 13th Founding Anniversary of the local church on July 11, 1965, the new and bigger sanctuary, new pews, together with a new Hammond organ were dedicated and blessed. It was on May 9, 1982, 17 years after, when the new Yamaha Portasound organ was dedicated. Major and Mrs. Andres C. Liberato brought home in 1968 from Basilan, Mindanao, pieces of almaciga lumber which was made into an altar cross and conference table, and kalantas wood made into a lectern. The preparations of these items were supervised by Mr. Manuel Lorenzana with the watchful eyes of appointed pastors — Rev. Meynardo Jose and Rev. Isaac Colorado.
Educational Building and other Projects and Donations
... Additional space was needed to cater to the spiritual and educational needs of members. Through the leadership of Ms. Laura R. Gorospe, chairperson of the Commission on Education and the assigned pastor, Rev. Meynardo R. Jose, groundbreaking ceremonies were conducted on April 30, 1967. The newly constructed educational building was dedicated on May 17, 1971 led by Rev. Nathaniel Cortez, administrative pastor. Two days after, the 61st Philippines Annual Conference session was held at St. John UMC. Repairs and renovations were done in 1981, so with the construction of the 3rd floor. It was in 1989 when the Music Room at the 3rd floor, conceptualized by Arch. Chona Elvas-Ponce, was completed, courtesy of concerned church members and the choir members themselves. In January 1994, the 4th floor roof deck, windows and doors were completed. In March 1996, to enhance worship time, the Church Tambourine Group was organized.
On March 22, 1982, the first church vehicle was acquired. A brand new Besta Van was bought on June 21, 1996, partly from the sale of the old church vehicles. A P50,000.00 seed money was contributed by the Lorenzana family to start the church canopy on July 15, 1984. New church comfort rooms were constructed with marble-tiles through the leadership of the WSCS led by Mrs. Ruth Manaois and Mrs. Remedios Aquino, supervised by Mr. Moises Tovera in November 1985. Some 136 New International Version Bibles were donated by the WSCS in 1986. On that same year, 100 copies of the Tagalog Version Bibles were donated by the Manaois family. Eight narra pews donated by the Adult Choir led by Mrs. Norma Mapanao were dedicated on July 1, 1986. The Highway Pulpit, donated by Mr. & Mrs. Victorino Ramos and family was installed in 1988, together with the wall electric fans and chandeliers for the main sanctuary. In 1994, new Bibles were donated by Col. & Mrs. Glen Rabonza and Mr. & Mrs. Dominador Vinluan, Jr. In 1998, 300 Devotional Study Bibles donated by Mr. & Mrs. Victorino Ramos and family were dedicated. These bibles were distributed to member-families of St. John UMC.
The SJUMC Kiddie Center was established in June 1984 as St. John Christian Pre-School, a brainchild of Mrs. Remedios Aquino. Ms. Alegria Alapan was the first teacher assisted by Ms. Pearl Enciso and Ms. Denia Maulion. The first Kiddie Board was composed of Mrs. Remedios Aquino, Atty. Teodoro Pascua, Mrs. Virginia Udaundo, and Mr. Porfirio Ardales, Jr. The present name of the school came about in 1985. Originally intended as an outreach program of the church, it accepted children regardless of race, religion, social and economic status. St. John Kiddie Center underwent some expansion and improvement of its physical facilities in May-June 1988 under the watchful eye of Ms. Laura Gorospe, the Kindergarten Committee chairperson. Two airconditioning units were donated by Mrs. Ruth Manaois and Mrs. Aurora Lorenzana. A landmark was started by Dr. Lorlyn Travinia, past chair of the Kiddie Committee, in producing and preparing school policies, rules and regulations, and now continued by the present chair, Mrs. Merlita M. Estrellas. Mrs. Adora Fe M. Apostol is designated as registrar-cashier of the school.
Renovations of the church office and the conference room were done from October 1999 to July 2000 through the close supervision of Arch. & Arch. Jose Francisco Aquino, Engineer Wilfredo Cabalce and Engr. Arnuel Cruz. New office pieces of furniture and other needs of the church staff were purchased. The newly renovated office and conference room are located at the 2nd floor of the educational building. These church facilities were dedicated and blessed during the 48th founding anniversary of St. John UMC, with Bishop Emerito P. Nacpil and Congressman Luis Taruc as special guests.
In time for the Advent season celebration in 2001, the main sanctuary, the pews, the facade and canopy were applied new coats of paint, under the supervision of Arch. & Arch. Sonny Aquino. Buckets of paint needed for the project were all donated by Engr. & Engr. Danilo Tuazon. The painting projects were spearheaded by the United Methodist Men headed by Mr. Victorino Ramos and the Church Council chaired by Atty. Jose Javier. Church members shared their blessings to finish the project before the 2001 advent season.
Historical Landmarks during Church Anniversary Celebrations
... Yearly, a joint worship service of all worshiping congregations in the morning and musical concerts in the evening were very distinct features in the celebration of the local church’s founding anniversaries. St. John UMC, for that matter, is widely known as "The Singing Church." To mention some, a goodwill concert tour to the Cagayan Valley with Dick Mazo as choir director and Vicente Velasco as accompanist was done. Two anniversary concerts were performed at the Philamlife Auditorium in July 1972 and July 1974, respectively. The Silver Jubilee Concert was held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines with no less than Noel Velasco and Ed Dimangondayao with the Chancel Choir. The Chancel Choir was a participant in the International Chorale Fest at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Fork Arts Theater and Makiling on January 12-25, 1979. Noel Velasco conducted the Chancel Choir in all instances. Noteworthy was the success of the Chancel Choir in the Loyola Memorial Park choir competition on April 1, 1979. They were awarded first prize, a trophy, and P5,000.00. The cash prize was used to purchase a piano for the music room. On the other hand, Jerry Mazo conducted the "Chancel Sounds" held at the Philamlife Auditorium during the 35th founding anniversary. In 1998 choir concert tours were held at Wesleyan University Philippines, Good Samaritan UMC, Cosmopolitan Church, and Sanchez Mira and Claveria, both in Cagayan province.
Significant Church and Congregational Programs
... Since its founding as a local congregation in 1952, evangelistic crusades and mission activities have become the lifeblood streams of St. John UMC. Known national and local evangelists and preachers were invited to share the message. Bible study groups and clusters in different barangays were organized and maintained to date. Medical-Optical-Dental-Evangelistic (MODE) mission programs were undertaken, both on campus and in mission points, with the able assistance of Mary Johnston Hospital coordinated by Mrs. Lydia Venzon. Funds from Hope United Methodist Church, USA, were significant contributions for these projects.
Upon the initiative of Alex and Estela Ponce, Bible study sessions were conducted in 1966 at the GSIS Village, Project 8, Q.C. by Rev. Isaac Colorado and Rev. David Santiago. Eventually, a house-church was organized with Rev. Colorado as preacher. It was Pastor Drod Hizona who was assigned as part-time pastor after Rev. Colorado. Pieces of chair and a musical organ were donated by SJUMC. It was on May 20, 1967 that Village Methodist Church was recognized as a worshiping congregation by the Philippines Annual Conference.
In 1978, Rev. Benedicto de Guzman, conducted Bible study sessions at the residence of the Grospe family, SSS Village, Marikina, Rizal. Evangelistic activities were undertaken by Mr. Pat Espiritu and Mr. Apolinar Maghanoy in 1982. Two pastors of SJUMC alternated in going to preach to the believers at SSS Village — Rev. Abelardo Ibasco and Rev. Bernabe Colorado. A 409-sq.-meter lot was bought for P169,000.00 to construct a new church which was named The Church of the Living Word, a daughter church of SJUMC.
Another satellite mission church of SJUMC, which eventually named as "The Way Fellowship" was organized, blessed and dedicated on August 16, 1992 under the leadership of Rev. Abelardo Ibasco & Rev. Alejandro Canete with the close participation of Atty. Rachel Espiritu.
An ongoing mission extension of the church is Pinyahan. It was started as a Bible study group in 1994 by Pastor San Pedro in a motorshop owned and operated by Mr. Tito Estrada. Mr. Estrada and his family and some of his workers were the first attendees. When Mr. Estrada was ejected from the place in 1966, the group met in the street with Rev. Simeon Latonero and Rev. Arsenio Ullo leading. The group returned in 1998 in the motorshop. The pastors who alternated in leading them were Dr. Meynardo Jose, Rev. Nathaniel Cantor, Pastor Porfirio Ardales, Jr., and Pastor Emmanuel Adviento. From 2000-2001 the spiritual and religious activities of Pinyahan were supplied by Pastor Roger Gutierrez, seminary student-pastor. In 2001-2002 Pastor Hope Jordan Guerrero, a student-pastor, joined Pastor Gutierrez in the Pinyahan mission, alternating in preaching and teaching the brethren. This conference year, Pastor Gutierrez and Bro. Edgar Capili (who took the place of Pastor Jordan), and some lay people like Mrs. Nelia Tarasona and Mrs. Maria Mercado are lending their assistance, especially now that the worship and Sunday School time are held in the morning.
On March 27, 1974, SAGIP, a children’s project sponsored by the World Vision International and St. John UMC was started. It intended to assist and sponsor children and families in depressed areas in the field of education and livelihood. Atty. Augusto Cabral was the chair of the Board of Governors, with Mrs. Caridad Puzon, Mr. Josue Florendo, Mrs. Ruth Manaois, and Ms. Virgie Udaundo as members. It was voluntarily dissolved after several years believing that the objectives were already accomplished.
Other projects included "Operation Tuli" spearheaded by Atty. Rachel Espiritu and the medicals team of Atty. & Mrs. Jose Javier, Jr. Fire and flood victims at Project 4 and other places were provided assistance to the tune of P25,000.00 and sacks of rice and boxes of used and brand new clothing. Spiritual and moral support were extended by SJUMC to churches in Polomolok (Cotabato), Magsaysay (Mindoro), Lubao (Pampanga), Makuto (Aklan), and San Mateo (Rizal). Financial help for the pastor and funds for the purchase of a church lot in Cogeo, Antipolo were also extended.
It was on the 18th founding anniversary on July 11, 1970 that a layman’s award was given. Mass wedding of ten couples was witnessed by the local congregation on June 4, 2000. On July 1, 2001, the publication of a church newsletter, The Forerunner, was started, prepared and edited by the administrative pastor, Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero. First issue was launched on the 49th founding anniversary of St. John UMC in 2001.
Scholarship Grants
... In 1963 a scholarship committee was organized which was called Scholarship Society headed by Atty. Sancho Niedo as chair. The Society had assisted future pastors and deaconesses in their studies either at Union Theological Seminary, Harris Memorial College, Mary Johnston Hospital School of Nursing. Scholars included the following: Romy del Rosario, Bernabe Colorado, James Ling (from Malaysia), Ester Cabacungan, Donna Quiroz, and Madel Esposo. The society was dissolved after several years.
The Lorenzana Scholarship was born in 1991 with Mr. Dominador Vinluan as chair. It was organized in memory of Mr. Manuel Lorenzana. Mrs. Aurora Lorenzana continued the efforts as the chief donor. Eventually, the endeavor became the SJUMC-Lorenzana Scholarship Committee which invited other donors to contribute. Recipients of the Committee’s scholarship grants include the following: Remedios Keyda (Union Theological Seminary), Rodolfo de la Cruz (Union Theological Seminary), Cleto Pera (Union Theological Seminary), Roger Gutierrez (Wesley Divinity School), and Mizpah Ramos (Harris Memorial College). Today it has a lone grantee, Edgar Capili (Philippine Christian University, Dasmarinas, Cavite).
Lay Organizations
... The disciplinary lay organizations were duly organized in the local congregation. Records have shown the different organizations with their beginnings and their worthy projects.
United Methodist Men (UMM) was organized in 1957 with Mr. Vicente Velasco, Jr. as president.
... In 1979 a project called the Chancel Renovation Project (at the main sanctuary) was undertaken. Mr. Orlando Aguilar was then the "acting president" and Mr. E. M. Aseron was the treasurer. In a partial report of the UMM as of February 4, 1979, a total of P30,997.00 was cited, which includes cash, checks, and pledge cards. On that same document, Mr. I. G. Domingo, Financial Secretary, received P7,301.00 for the project on February 25, 1979. A master list of donors and their respective contributions from January to May 1979 is intact, with total donations amounting to P18,422,47. On July 8, 1979, Mr. Aseron was citing in his letter the turning over of P336.94 and his resignation as UMM treasurer. He resigned on June 7, 1979. In that same letter, Mr. Victorino Ramos was mentioned as the UMM president. In the list of officers in 1979 there were three people directly involved in the implentation of the project — Edwin Makil, Demetrio Carino, Sotero Angelito, Jr., and Manuel Lorenzana. Filled up "Pledge Cards" for this purpose are kept in the UMM file deposited in the church office. In an undated solicitation letter, the UMM through the leadership of Mr. Orlando Aguilar had a hand in the plans for the acquisition of a 2,000 square meter lot worth P320,000.00 for a church to be put up at the SSS Village. On May 25, 1980 a UMM Fellowship Luncheon was held and 39 people contributed P15.00 each. This was reported by then UMM treasurer, Mr. Felix M. Silva. A UMM Retreat at the Calderon’s place was noted on October 9, 1982. Some 14 men attended this. In a resolution submitted by Mr. Moises G. Tovera, UMM President in 1985,dated June 2, 1985, the UMM expressed their "sincere and heartfelt gratitude" to Atty. & Mrs. Rodolfo Manangan who hosted the UMM’s "recreation and Christian fellowship" at their "Happy Beach Resort" located at Sta. Cruz, Zambales. An undated record also shows that a Prison Ministry Project at the Quezon City Jail was undertaken by the UMM sometimes in the early 80s. The United Methodist Women (UMW, a.k.a. Women’s Society of Christian Service) on the other hand, was organized in 1952 with Mrs. Visitacion Gacula as president.
The Methodist Young Adult Fellowship(MYAF) started with with Ms. Dottie Mandac as president.
... The Methodist Youth Fellowship (MYF) started with Mr. Dominador Vinluan as president. All of these lay organizations were organized from as early as the start of the local congregation. Throuqh the years, they have grown and have passed the leadership to others. They had their own projects, activities, and significant contributions to St. John UMC in its journey of faith through the years.
A group inspired by older women was organized — the Senior Citizens Prayer Cell (SCPC). The Senior Citizens Prayer Cell (SCPC) was organized on December 13, 1998 led by Mrs. Myrna Javier. With the group were Mrs. Eliza Fontanilla, Mrs. Concepcion Cabacungan, Mrs. Julie de Jesus, Mrs. Teresita Hipe, Mrs. Soledad Tovera (incumbent president), Mrs. Pacita Badillo, Mrs. Vicky Viduya, and Mrs. Ester Bernardo. Today the members call themselves "The Golden Girls." They assemble for an hour every Sunday at 7:30 in the morning for devotion, meditation and prayer. They prepare a week-long guide for their individual and corporate prayers.
Golden Anniversary, 2002: A Glimpse
... It was a month-long celebration, a twelfth of a year-long golden anniversary landmark, It started with a Medical-Optical-Dental-Evangelistic (MODE) endeavor within the church campus on June 22, with the assistance of Mary Johnston Hospital through the able arrangements made by Mrs. Lydia Venzon. Optical attention was rendered led by Dr. Alma Libano, associate lay leader of the Tagalog service. Medical and dental doctors together with able nurses were around to serve.
Four evangelistic night-services mostly on Wednesdays were conducted by the church during the anniversary month engaging the services of three evangelists — Rev. Allan Asuncion (May 22 & 29), Rev. Jose Umali, Jr. (June 26 & 27), and Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero (June 28). Personal testimonies of members were heard; and each evangelistic night called for sincere commitment and full surrender to the Lord.
From June 23 to July 14, in all services, morning and evening, invited speakers shared Sunday messages. Invited speakers were Rev. Rodolfo de la Cruz (former SJUMC student-pastor), Rev. Lito Tangonan (QCD DS), Rev. Hermogenes Cera, Jr. (former SJUMC administrative pastor), Rev. Anacleto Castillo (former SJUMC associate pastor), Bishop Emerito P. Nacpil (retired bishop), Bishop Benjamin Justo (Baguio Episcopal Area presiding bishop), Rev. Pedro Torio, Jr. (former SJUMC student-pastor), Dr. Meynardo Jose (former SJUMC administrative pastor), Rev. Simeon Latonero (former SJUMC administrative pastor), Rev. Alejandro Canete (former SJUMC associate pastor), Pastor Cleto Pera (former SJUMC student-pastor), and Pastor Emmanuel Adviento (former SJUMC assistant pastor). Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero (incumbent administrative pastor) preached during the Golden Anniversary Sunday joint worship service on July 14. The SJUMC choirs together with the "balikbayan choir members" (choir alumni from here and abroad) led in the Worship Through Music during the service with Dick Mazo, Esterlee Nasayao and Vicky Pascua on the forefront. A fellowship Unity Dance followed the service, and a fellowship lunch was served to those who came for the anniversary celebration.
Awards in different categories were given during the Anniversary Sunday Joint Worship Service: to Charter Members, Golden Legacy Award (Aurora Lorenzana), One-Generation Family Award (Mr. & Mrs. Victorino/Consorcia Ramos), Col. & Mrs. Tomas/Encarnacion Quiocho, and Mr. & Mrs. Herman/Remedios Aquino), to pastors who had served the church for 50 years (Rev. Benedicto de Guzman, Dr. Meynardo Jose), and the Goldden Jubilee Baby Award (Mrs. Victoria P. Gabutan, Mr. Herman Aquino, Mr. Theodore Negre).
A Homecoming Fellowship Night was held at the CVJ Clubhouse in Marikina City to have closer fellowship and renewal of friendship time with old and new members of the church, here and abroad. Activities were ably directed by Ato Ponce and Lilli Ann Alba.
Tree-planting of special-bred coconut seedlings donated by the Philippine Coconut Authority through the initiative of Atty. Arturo Liquete, anniversary chair, was undertaken at Harris Memorial College and Kaytikling Mission Center, both located in Taytay, Rizal. Some key leaders of the church and the administrative pastor were there to put the coconut seedlings in place.
...This material is not a finished work. It has more to tell. Time and space limit the reality of a complete account, for if we mention all the things we wanted to include, volumes must be tenaciously prepared. The years ahead should allow someone or a group to dig more into the pages of St. John UMC’s life for a more comprehensive and exhaustive presentation. The writer’s less than a couple of years’ exposure with St. John UMC as administrative pastor is obviously wanting. This has to be done, anyway, since its circulation is much overdue. The writer claims inadequacy to present what every member expects of this material. Charge it to some inevitable events and experiences since its inception. However, with its shortcomings, we can still praise and thank our Almighty God for His guidance and blessing.
San Isidro, Taytay, Rizal
Bayan, Taytay, Rizal
... Approximate date started by pioneers: 1910. Pioneering pastor: Pastor Agaton Pascual. First worship service: June 15, 1914.
...Host: 10th Regular Session of the Philippines Annual Conference East, May 15-18, 2002.
[Data lifted from Third Year Anniversary Souvenir Program, September 2000]
... Mission point of St. John UMC under the leadership of Atty. Rachel Espiritu. Blessing of the Mission Church known as "The Way Christian Fellowship" --- August 23, 1992. Worship services started at the Jurado Building, Imelda Avenue, Cainta, Rizal. On January 10, 1993, the venue of worship services was transferred to the residence of Col. & Mrs. Reynato Quintos, Village East Executive Homes, Cainta, Rizal. On September 5, 1999 worship services moved to Village East Clubhouse. The officers of the local congregation: Jess Tamang, Willy Agustin, Rey Quintos, Roman Nilo, Joy Goco, Carol Quintos, Joey Napoles, Pearly Acao, Jess Napoles, Lina Nilo, Joy Napoles, Mila Agustin, Alfonso Acao, Zol Tamang.
In 1998, the Philippines Annual Conference East Journal has this entry: "98:035 VOTED To recognize the newly organized local church, THE WAY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, and be a part of the Philippines Annual Conference East." Rev. Alejandro Canete had served the church for about six years. Pastor Ricky Gondra was the next church worker. Ms. Patricia Tamang served as deaconess. Mrs. Eunice Canete de Castro was appointed as Choir Conductor in 2000. Pastor Alvin Alcantara started his term as pastor in June 1999.
CY 2000-2001: Highlights
... Church Workers: Rev. Alvin P. Alcantara (Administrative Pastor); Maria Vilma Runas, Rio Ann Balbin (Student-deaconesses, 2000-2002).
... Church Council Officers: Jess Tamang (Chairperson); Joyceline Goco (Secretary); Joy Napoles (Treasurer); Roman Nilo (Auditor); Jessie Napoles (Chairperson, Board of Trustees); Roman Nilo (Chairperson, Church lot and building); Cesar Dizon (Chairperson, Pastor Parish Relations Committee); Susan Dizon (Chairperson, Nominations and Personnel); Jessie Napoles (Lay Delegate to the annual conference); Carol Quintos (Chairperson, Finance Committee). Coordinators: Zol Tamang (Christian Education), Vangie Nilo (Worship), Pearly Acao (Stewardship), Jack Sia & Mila Agustin (Outreach), Nemia Pecones and Vangie Nilo (Witness), Joy Napoles (Children), Vangie Nilo (Adult and Women), Felix Dolot (Youth and Men), Zol Tamang (Families). Lay Organizations---WSCS President: Zol Tamang; UMM President: Jessie Napoles; UMYF President: Michelle Goco.
... Third Church Founding Anniversary: September 17, 2000. Guest Preacher: Rev. Cecilio S. Basan, Jr., District Superintendent, Rizal-Laguna District. Concert, September 22, 2000---"Dakilang Katapatan" featuring N. Arnel de Pano and The Emmanuel Singers, and The Way UMC Flute Ensemble, held at the Bishop Jose L. Valencia Chapel, Harris Memorial College, Barrio Dolores, Taytay, Rizal at 6:00 o'clock in the evening.
...Velasquez St., Bangiad, Barangay San Juan, Taytay, Rizal. Rizal District.
--As of Conference Year 2006-2007. --Administrative Pastor: Rev. Salvador G. Crisostomo. Assistant Pastor: Pastor Robert Calina. Lay Leader: Mr. Cesar Bonza. Abner Inis: Chair, Church Council.
--Host: Aldersgate Prayer, Praise and Thanksgiving Fellowship, September 6, 2006.
12 Pugad Lawin Drive
Project 8, Quezon City
Tel. No. 928-2176
...CY 2004- 2005 Update:
Administrative Pastor: Rev. Rolando c.Martinez.
K.E. Deaconess/C.E. Director: Ms. Marites J. Biscaro
Church Lay Leader: Mrs. Rexy Tiangco
Church Council Chair: Atty. Daniel Cleto
Choir Director: Mrs. Arlene Orencia
Holy Week Activities: March 25, 2005---Seven Last Words Meditation---One Speaker: Rev. Anacleto G. Guerrero, Professor, Union Theological Seminary. Time: 9:00 o'clock in the morning. Venue: Inside the Church.
CY 2005-2006 Update:
- Administrative Pastor: Rev. Rolando C. Martinez. K.E. Deaconess/ C.E. Director: Mrs. Marites B. Dagismol; Church Lay Leader: Dean Edna O. Imperial; Chair, Church Council: Engr. Daniel L. Najos.

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