The Iglesia Filipina Catolica in Maragondon, Cavite

The Iglesia Filipina Catolica in Maragondon, Cavite

One historic event that occurred in Cavite but is not known by millions of Filipinos was the establishment of the Iglesia Filipina Catolica (Philippine Catholic Church) in Maragondon in early 1900, about two years ahead of the Philippine Independent of Aglipayan Church.

Technically speaking, the IFC was the first Philippine independent church to be established by Catholic Riego de Dios, a general of the Philippine Revolution, set up the IFC after the Archbishop of Manila failed to heed the public clamor for the removal of an anti-Filipino priest assigned in Maragondon.

To this day, the IFC survivors as a testimonial to the religious devotion of the Riego de Dios family and others in Maragondon; but it shed its purely Catholic identity when it affiliated with the Philippine Independent Church founded by Isabelo de los Reyes and Fr. Gregorio Aglipay.



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