Eduardo V. Manalo

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Eduardo V. Manalo
Manalo in 2018
TitleExecutive Minister
Eduardo Villanueva Manalo

(1955-10-31) October 31, 1955 (age 68)
ReligionIglesia ni Cristo
Lynn Ventura
(m. 1982)
Parent(s)Eraño G. Manalo
Cristina Villanueva
Senior posting
Based inINC Central Office Complex, Quezon City, Philippines
Period in officeSeptember 7, 2009 - Present
PredecessorEraño G. Manalo
OrdinationMay 9, 1980, at Locale Congregation of Tondo (Manila)
Previous post
  • Deputy Executive Minister
  • Coordinator of Metro Manila Districts
  • Assistant Dean of Evangelical College (EVCO)
  • Resident Minister

Eduardo Villanueva Manalo (Tagalog pronunciation: [ɛˈdwaɾdo mɐˈnalɔ]; born October 31, 1955, in Quezon City, Philippines) also known as Ka Eduardo is the current Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC). He is the third generation of the Manalo family to lead the church following his father, the late Eraño G. Manalo, and his grandfather, Felix Y. Manalo.

Personal life[edit]

Eduardo Villanueva Manalo was born on October 31, 1955, in Quezon City to Eraño G. Manalo and Cristina Villanueva. His name means "guardian"; his grandfather Felix Y. Manalo named him. He was married to Babylyn Ventura on January 2, 1982, whom he met when studying at the University of the Philippines, and had three children.[1]


Eduardo Manalo graduated high school from Jose Abad Santos Memorial School, Quezon City. He took his college education from the University of the Philippines Diliman with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. While pursuing his undergraduate studies in UP, he undertook his ministerial studies at the Evangelical College, the predecessor of the New Era University- College of Evangelical Ministry (now Iglesia ni Cristo School For Ministers). He graduated from UP in 1978, and from EVCO in 1980.[1]

Early years in the ministry[edit]

After graduating from EVCO, his first assignment was in the INC's Local Congregation of Cubao in Quezon City. He was ordained as a minister on May 9, 1980, at the INC house of worship in Tondo, Manila. After a brief assignment in the Local Congregation of Project 4, Quezon City, he was appointed Assistant Dean of EVCO. He hosted a religious radio program over DZEC and was one of the first panelists on the TV program, Ang Iglesia ni Cristo. His administrative capability was further honed as a Coordinator of the Metro Manila Ecclesiastical Districts (at the present, Metro Manila was divided into eight (8) districts) beginning in 1984:[1]

  • Caloocan North
  • Camanava
  • Central
  • Makati
  • Maynila
  • Metro Manila East
  • Metro Manila South
  • Quezon City

Information and communication technology involvement[edit]

Eduardo Manalo founded the Society of Communicators and Networkers (SCAN) for INC members with a common interest in radio communication to help and assists the community during emergencies. He also began and maintained a popular Bulletin Board System (BBS) and further developed his programming skills. He organized the Data and Network Management (DNM) office, which oversaw the computerization of the entire INC Central Office. He sponsored Internet seminars for ministers in various ecclesiastical districts of the church. In an article "RP marks 7th year on the Internet" in the March 2001 edition of the magazine Computerworld Philippines, Filipino information technology enthusiasts recognized Eduardo Manalo as belonging to the "group of pioneers that brought the nation into the Internet Age".[1][2]

He contributed to the founding of an organization within the INC called The Association of Christians in Information Technology, an organization consisting of INC members in the Information technology field who perform computer-related assistance to the church.[3] This organization was renamed and became the Association of Computer Technologists and Information Volunteers (ACTIV) on 2012.

Deputy Executive Minister (1994-2009)[edit]

On May 7, 1994, Eduardo V. Manalo assumed his responsibility as Deputy Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo after being elected unanimously by the Church Executive Council at the Central Temple. As a Deputy Executive Minister, he will be the successor of the Office of the Executive Minister and also has the task to temporarily assume the duties of Executive Minister during the latter's absence. He was entrusted with the task of registering the INC officially in Rome, Italy, in 1994. In 1996, along with 11 ministers, he joined the then Executive Minister Eraño G. Manalo in establishing the INC's local congregation in Jerusalem, Israel. In 1997, he also accompanied on establishing the congregation in Athens, Greece.[4]

Over the months of July to August 1998, he conducted a pastoral visitation to Hawaii and the US in commemoration of the 30th year of the INC in the West. Another major pastoral visitation took place over the months of April to May 2006, to the local congregations in Europe, Middle East, and Asia.[5]


In fourteen years (2009-2023) of leadership of the Church since Eduardo V. Manalo assumed the office as the Church's Executive Minister on September 7, 2009, INC has ordained 4,796 ministerial workers to become new ministers [from January 2, 2010, in Templo Central to October 29, 2023, in Templo Central] with almost 6,000 ministerial students to become future ministers in Iglesia Ni Cristo School For Ministers for Academic Year 2022-2023. 19 New Extensions of the School For Ministers added (12 in the Philippines and 7 abroad). INC has ordained 29 Head Deacons to become new Bishops assigned in the Locale Congregation [from May 23, 2015 in Las Piñas (Metro Manila South) to January 15, 2023 in Paco (Manila)]. Opened 1,228 new local congregations with 1,434 new extensions being groomed to become local congregations, 63 additional countries and territories reached by the Church, 84 ecclesiastical districts. There are 187 Ecclesiastical Districts of INC in this current.[6] and 3 main offices:

  • Burlingame, California, USA [US West Office]
  • Washington D.C., USA [US East Office]
  • Heathrow, London, United Kingdom [Europe Main Office]

18 administrative infrastructure projects were inaugurated within thirteen years from the time he assumed his office (September 7, 2009, to March 15, 2022).[7] On January 2, 2010, he ordained 202 newly ministers at Central Temple to commemorate the 85th birthday of Eraño G. Manalo. In the worldwide, where INC Engineering and Construction Department undertakes the church's construction projects was dedicated, total of 3,852 from September 7, 2009 to July 23, 2023, to spreadout the Dynamic Leadership of Eduardo Manalo (591 new houses of worship dedicated since the Covid-19 pandemic to the present). The biggest house of worship outside the Philippines can be found in Barcelona, Spain which can accommodate 1,360 worshipers at a time. INC bought the property from Jehovah's Witnesses and it was dedicated in July 2012. The most expensive house of worship of the INC can be found in Washington DC. Acquisition and renovations costed more than US$10.6 million. The property includes a school building which was formerly owned by Helen and Constantine Greek Orthodox Church. The house of worship was dedicated in December 2012.

Philippine President Benigno Aquino III (left) receives a commemorative coffee table book from Executive Minister Manalo during the inauguration rites of the Ciudad de Victoria.

On July 21, 2014, Philippine president Benigno Aquino III and Manalo led the inauguration of Ciudad de Victoria,[8] a 140-hectare tourism zone in Bocaue and Santa Maria, Bulacan, where the Philippine Arena is also located. The Philippine Arena, a 55,000-seater multi-purpose structure, touted as the world's largest indoor domed arena (by seating capacity), was constructed for the INC's centennial celebration on July 27, 2014.[9]

On March 14, 2014, after conducting a worship service in Tacloban, Leyte, INC Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo, led the groundbreaking ceremony of EVM Self-Sustainable Community Rehabilitation Project in Sitio New Era, a 3,000-hectare property of the church in Brgy. Langit, Alangalang, Leyte. The project which could cost more than one billion pesos includes at least 1,000 housing units for the survivors of super typhoon Haiyan. Garments and dried fish factories, and eco-farming project are also included to provide livelihood to the community. More than 150,000 hunger relief packages were also given which contained 3 kilos of rice, canned goods and instant noodles aside from the free medical and dental services conducted that day.[10]

He was the Executive Minister who visited the continents of:

  • Africa > 2014, 2016 and 2017
  • Australia > 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017
  • South America > 2017

He was the Executive Minister who officiated the Ordination of New Ministers outside the Philippines; in the Local Congregation of Humble (Texas), USA last December 28, 2011.

He was the Executive Minister who officiated the International Conference of Ministers, Ministerial Workers and Ministerial Students outside the Philippines in the Continent of America; in the Local Congregation of Sacramento (Northeast California), USA last December 30, 2013.

He was the Executive Minister who officiated the Holy Supper Worship Service outside the Philippines; in the Local Congregation of Seattle, Washington (Washington State), USA last February 28, 2015.

Manalo was appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte as Special Envoy for Overseas Filipino Concerns, succeeding Roy Cimatu who held the position. Manalo's tenure lasted from January 30, 2018 to January 29, 2019.[11]

Manalo is reappointed by President Bongbong Marcos as Special Envoy for Overseas Filipino Concerns again. Manalo's tenure began on September 2, 2023, and will end on September 1, 2024.[12][13]

Media portrayal[edit]

Family Tree[edit]

Bonifacia ManaloMariano Ysagun
Tomasa Sereneo
(Died 1912)
Felix Manalo
Honorata de Guzmán
Gerardo Manalo
(Died 1912)
Pilar Manalo Danao
Avelina ManaloDominador ManaloEraño Manalo
Cristina Manalo
(Born 1937)
Bienvenido Manalo
Babylyn VenturaEduardo Manalo
(Born 1955)
Lolita ManaloErlinda ManaloLiberty ManaloFelix Nathaniel II Manalo (Detained)Marco Eraño Manalo

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Joel Pablo Salud (November 5, 2012). "Family Life of Bro. Eduardo Manalo". Philippine Graphic (magazine). Makati City, Philippines: T. Anthony C. Cabangon. 23 (23): 27. OCLC 53164818.
  2. ^ Wong, Chin Wong; Valdez, Melba-Jean "RP marks 7th year on the Internet Archived 2005-08-12 at the Wayback Machine", Computerworld Philippines, March 26, 2001
  3. ^ Mangahas, Malou; "A Most Powerful Union", Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, April 29, 2002
  4. ^ Gemma Minna V. Manalo (October 2009). "A Biographical Account on Bro. Eduardo Manalo". Pasugo: God's Message (magazine). Quezon City, Philippines: Iglesia ni Cristo. 61 (10): 11–14. ISSN 0116-1636.
  5. ^ Pasugo: God's Message (magazine). Quezon City, Philippines: Iglesia ni Cristo. 61 (9). September 2009. ISSN 0116-1636. {{cite journal}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ Velez, Freddie (July 28, 2014). "More than 1 million INC members mark centennial". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved July 30, 2014.
  7. ^ Cornelio, Jayeel (July 27, 2014). "INC, Philippine Arena, and religious worlding". Rappler. Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  8. ^ Archangel, Xianne (July 21, 2014). "PNoy, Ka Eduardo Manalo unveil marker for Ciudad de Victoria". GMA News. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  9. ^ Donna, Cueto-Ibanez (July 20, 2014). "Iglesia opens world's largest indoor arena for centennial rites". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  10. ^ Gabieta, Joey (March 16, 2014). "INC in full force in aid, relief plans in Tacloban". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved March 16, 2014.
  11. ^ "INC head appointed special envoy for Filipinos abroad". CNN Philippines. February 14, 2018. Retrieved January 4, 2019.
  12. ^ "Marcos reappoints Eduardo Manalo special envoy for overseas Filipinos concerns". Rappler. September 2, 2023. Retrieved September 30, 2023.
  13. ^ "Marcos appoints Iglesia leader as special envoy for OFW concerns". CNN Philippines. September 2, 2023. Retrieved September 30, 2023.

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Religious titles
Preceded by Executive Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo