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INC centennial event sets world record: crowd at Bocaue said to have reached 2M

Iglesia ni Cristo followers flock in thousands at the Philippine Arena during the Centennial Anniversary celebration, Sunday. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Residents here were told what to expect, but they were still amazed by the multitudes from all over who assembled at the newly opened Philippine Arena at the vast corner of their town to celebrate the centennial of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) on Sunday.

Posted: July 27th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

3,000 cops deployed for July 27 launch of INC arena


The Central Luzon police command is deploying close to 3,000 policemen to secure and control traffic for the July 27 inauguration of the Philippine Dome Arena built by the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) in Bocaue town.

Posted: July 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Safety goes with devotion in Bocaue fluvial parade

BACK AFTER 21 YEARS  The Inquirer mascot Guyito rides on the three-story pagoda as it crosses the Bocaue River before the fluvial parade celebrating the Feast of the Mahal na Krus sa Wawa in Bocaue, Bulacan province. The event returns 21 years after a similar pagoda sank, killing 300 devotees.  RICHARD A. REYES

It was no ordinary fiesta in this riverside town in Bulacan province on Sunday. Excitement was palpable as residents, many in their Sunday best, trooped to Bocaue River to relive—or maybe forget—a tragedy that has haunted the town since 1993.

Posted: July 7th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Town revives pagoda 21 years after tragedy

A THREE-STORY-HIGH pagoda rises over Bocaue River, as residents of the Bulacan town revive the colorful fluvial parade for the Feast of the Mahal na Krus sa Wawa.  CARMELA REYES-ESTROPE/INQUIRER NORTHERN LUZON

Like the mythical phoenix, a new pagoda will rise to ferry Catholic devotees and a venerated wooden cross along Bocaue River during the grand fluvial parade of the annual Feast of the Mahal na Krus sa Wawa here next week.

Posted: June 27th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Fire destroys school, spares historic Aguinaldo office


A six-hour fire believed caused by faulty electrical wiring on Friday gutted the 77-year-old Immaculate Conception School for Boys here but spared the adjacent Convent of the Malolos Cathedral, which had served as the office of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo shortly after the proclamation of Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898.

Posted: June 13th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »