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Felix Manalo Ysagun

Also Known As: "Félix Ysagun y Manalo"
Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Barrio Calzada, Tipas, Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
Death: April 12, 1963 (76)
Veterans Memorial Medical Center, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines (Stomach cancer)
Place of Burial: San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
Immediate Family:

Son of Mariano Ysagun and Bonifacia Manalo
Husband of Tomasa Sereneo de Manalo and Honorata de Guzmán-Manalo
Father of Gerardo Sereneo Ysagun; Pilar de Guzman Manalo; Avelina Manalo; Dominador de Guzman Manalo; Salvador Manalo and 2 others
Brother of Práxedes Ysagun
Half brother of Baldomero Mozo; Simeón Mozo; Tiburcio Mozo; Fausta Mozo; Catalina Mozo and 1 other

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About Felix Manalo

Félix Ysagun Manalo was the first Executive Minister of the religious organization Iglesia ni Cristo, and incorporated it with the Philippine Government on July 27, 1914.

He was born in the Philippines to Mariano Ysagun and Bonifacia Manalo, but later had his last name changed to Manalo after his mother's death, in reverence for his mother, historians claim, and also to fortify his ministry, the name Manalo meaning 'to win' in Tagalog. Others claim the change was an attempt to leave obscurity, Manalo being a more prominent name than Ysagun.

Manalo joined and left many religious organizations as a young adult. He was baptized a Roman Catholic, but at a young age went through a succession of faiths. He joined the local spiritist cult, and was an atheist at one point, but later joined the Methodist Episcopal Church after witnessing a debate. He attended their seminary and became a pastor. He later joined the Christian and Missionary Alliance, attracted to the way their converts were baptized, which was by immersion.

His ministry led him into a debate with L.V. Finster of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He was defeated, and convinced into joining the Adventists. He then left the Adventist church after a disagreement regarding scripture.

After he finished reading the Bible in-depth (for what sources say was three days with neither food nor rest from sunrise to sundown only), he proclaimed God gave him a mission to preach the gospel and reestablish the first church founded by Jesus.

Manalo propagated his message within his local area, growing the Iglesia ni Cristo and converting members of other religions. As membership increased, he delegated others to spread the teachings of the INC and it eventually spread throughout the Philippines and to other countries.[citation needed]

It has been reported that the INC's considerable political clout began under Felix Manalo's leadership, when Manuel Quezon, the former president of the Philippines, referred to him as "bishop" and sought support from the church. [6]

Manalo was married to Tomasa Sereneo,[citation needed] with whom he had a child who died in infancy.[verification needed] Tomasa herself was afflicted with tuberculosis and died as well. He later married Honorata de Guzman, a fellow former Adventist. Felix Manalo was afflicted with an intestinal disease and died on April 12, 1963.


  • 'Biography Of Felix Y. Manalo - Fallacies Of The Iglesia Ni Cristo'. N. p., 2015. http://bit.ly/1XIf9CU. Date accessed: 1 Nov. 2015.
  • Iglesia ni Cristo Wiki,. 'Felix Y. Manalo'. N. p., 2015. http://bit.ly/1XI8loX. Date accessed: 1 Nov. 2015.
  • "Philippines, Manila, Civil Registration, 1899-1984," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKJG-Y554 : accessed 1 November 2015), Honorata De Guzman in entry for Salvador Manalo, 05 Dec 1922; citing Birth, Manila, Metropolitan Manila, Philippines, Civil Registry Office, City Hall of Manila; FHL microfilm 1,494,922.
  • Wikipedia,. 'Felix Manalo'. N. p., 2015. http://bit.ly/1XI8tVi. Date published: 20 October 2015. Date accessed: 1 Nov. 2015.
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Felix Manalo's Timeline

May 10, 1886
Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
May 18, 1886
Taguig, Metro Manila, Philippines
March 10, 1914
Age 27
Manila, Paranaque, Metro Manila, Philippines
February 7, 1917
Age 30
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
May 9, 1920
Age 33
December 5, 1922
Age 36
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
January 2, 1925
Age 38
San Juan, Metro Manila, Philippines
August 28, 1935
Age 49
Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
April 12, 1963
Age 76
Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines