C-5 extension leads to the new El Shaddai Church

August 20, 2009 9:47 am 

MANILA, Aug. 20 — Cutting through two SM stores in Sucat, Paranaque, the C5 Extension Road that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo inaugurated this afternoon leads right through the vast empty lot that could very well serve as the parking lot for numerous jeepneys hired by faithful followers of Bro. Mike Velarde of El Shaddai.

It took the President only 10 minutes to listen to the briefing of the C-5 Extension by Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, cut the ribbon opening the alternative route to Cavite and South Luzon Expressway and to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and drive through in an open pick-up.

The 390-meter flyover along President Carlos P. Garcia (C5) Extension cuts across Sucat all the way to SLEX and cuts travel time by half.

The Presidential convoy then proceeded swiftly to the Amvel Compound, heading straight to the newly-built College of Wisdom and El Shaddai International House of Prayer. Thousands of faithful followers assembled for the special day of prayer in honor of the 70th birthday of Bro. Velarde, whom they call their servant-leader and founder.

Chants of healing and well-being and shouts of “Amen” “Praise the Lord” echoed through the magnificent and massive indoors of the newly-built temple, where thousands of followers will celebrate their weekly masses and prayers.

Among those who joined the President’s party from the C-5 Extension to the El Shaddai temple were Ebdane, Paranaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe, Cynthia Villar of the lone district of Las Pinas, and Barangay San Dionisio Chairman Mael de Leon.

The newly-built temple is worth P1 billion and its cross-shaped design (personally executed by Velarde) is shaped like Noah’s Ark.

It is the biggest place of worship in Asia and has a capacity of 15,000 but with standing room capacity of 25,000.

The total surrounding area of six hectares was designed to accommodate the overflow crowd.

Temple officials said the estimated temple attendees total 300,000. (PNA) LDV/OPS/ssc


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