Sunday, August 1, 2010

Eraño Manalo on Stamps

On April 23, 2010, The Philippine Postal Corporation issued a stamp of Eraño G. Manalo, Executive Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC). It is classified as a “Special” kind of issue with a denomination of P 7.00 and quantity of 100,000 pieces.

Eraño de Guzman Manalo (January 2, 1925 – August 31, 2009), who is also known as Ka Erdy, was the second Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo, serving from 1963 until 2009. He took over the administration of the church after the death of his father, Felix Manalo, in 1963. He was instrumental in the propagation and expansion of the church internationally. He previously held office as the General Treasurer of the church, and as a District Minister of Manila.

He was the fifth child of Felix Y. Manalo and Honorata de Guzman. His name came from the word "New Era" which his father described as a "New Christian Era" when the Iglesia ni Cristo was established. On January 17, 1955, Ka Erdy married Christina Villanueva with who he has six children- Eduardo, Felix Nathaniel, Marco Eraño, Lolita, Erlinda and Liberty.

Manalo passed away on August 31, 2009 at the age of 84.