Philippines Singles Hold Action-Packed Summer Event

PHILIPPINES—Twenty-five singles from the Quezon City congregation of the Philadelphia Church of God came home exhausted but elated on May 2 after an action-packed singles activity

The group gathered at San Miguel Bulacan, a two-hour drive north of Manila, on April 30 for the two-day event. Singles hiked two scenic mountains, went caving, crossed a river, had lunch on a manned bamboo river raft, attended a Bible study, practiced archery, played table tennis, butchered chickens, gathered beside a bonfire, played games, sampled delicacies and went fishing.

The five-hour hike early Sunday morning led to panoramic views of the Sierra Madre range under pleasant skies. That afternoon, Preaching Elder Broderick Tongco gave a Bible study on living an abundant and adventure-filled life as a single for God.

Member Dexter Rosario flew more than 300 miles to attend: He called the weekend “a jam-packed experience, both physically and spiritually.”

“It was truly a once-in-a lifetime adventure to have a [youth camp]-like event,” said Esther Velasquez. “It was ‘how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity’ in action, live.”