Apollo Quiboloy

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Apollo Carreon Quiboloy
Religion Christian Restorationist
Born (1950-04-25) April 25, 1950 (age 67)
Davao City, Philippines
Senior posting
Based in Buhangin National Highway, Davao City, Philippines
Title Executive Pastor
Period in office 1985 – present
Predecessor None (founder)

Apollo Carreón Quiboloy is the founder and leader of the Philippines-based Restorationist church, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc.[1][2][3] He has made claims that he is the "Appointed Son of God".[4]

Early years[edit]

Quiboloy was born on April 25, 1950 in the foothills of Mt. Apo in Davao City, and is the youngest of nine children of Kapampangans José Quiboloy y Turla and María Carreón y Quinto (born December 28, 1913).[5][6] Both his parents were natives of Lubao, Pampanga, and had migrated to Davao following the end of the Second World War to find better jobs.

Quiboloy was a member of the United Pentecostal Church[7] until he established the Kingdom of Jesus Christ church.


Quiboloy is the founding leader and Executive Pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name founded on September 1, 1985.[citation needed] He began preaching in the slums of Villamor, Agdao, Davao City with only 15 members.[citation needed] He has received critical responses to his claims of being the "Appointed Son of God".[8][9]

The sect's main Cathedral is located along Buhangin National Highway in Davao City.

His followers refer to their community as a "Kingdom Nation." They claim about 2 million "Kingdom citizens" abroad and 4 million in the Philippines.[6] On weekdays, members hold bible sessions and prayer services. On Sundays, a "Global Worship" is held at the Cathedral in Buhangin District. In 2000, Quiboloy founded José María College, named after his parents.[6]

Media holdings[edit]

His ministry has a global television channel, the Sonshine Media Network International (President and CEO), and 17 radio stations in the Philippines. It also has two newspapers, Pinas and Sikat.;[6] the Pinas is circulated weekly for followers in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Asia.

Involvement in sports[edit]

In June 2014, Quiboloy founded Sonshine Sports Management, the newly created sports management group based in Davao City. SSMI organized different boxing and basketball events within the city.[10]

Political involvement[edit]

Quiboloy anointed Gilbert Teodoro as the next president in the 2010 Philippine presidential election. "Tonight let it be known to all Filipinos that the Almighty Father has appointed the president of this nation. He is no other than Gilbert 'Gibo' Teodoro," Quiboloy told thousands of cheering followers.[11] Teodoro finished fourth in the election with 4,095,839 votes (or 11.33%) to which Qui-boloy responded, "I myself am a little bit disturbed with the reports of fraud and cheating in the last elections. Even I am asking where did the votes of the Kingdom go? What happened to our votes when we were supposed to be solid for Gibo?"[12]

In the 2016 national elections, Quiboloy and the members of Kingdom of Jesus Christ endorsed the presidential candidacy of the pastor's close friend, Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his runningmate Alan Peter Cayetano.[13][14]


Quiboloy has been sued by a former member for allegedly brainwashing and holding her young daughter against her will.[15][16]

Dispute with the New People's Army[edit]

The communist New People's Army (NPA) has accused Quiboloy of being behind the massacre of K'lata-Bagobos leader Datu Domingo Diarog and his family on April 29, 2008 for allegedly refusing to sell two hectares of their property for ₱50,000 to Quiboloy and his sect. The property is within the 700-hectare ancestral domain claimed by the Bagobo people in Tugbok and is adjacent to Quiboloy's walled "prayer mountain" in Tamayong. Diarog's widow said followers of Quiboloy had threatened to evict them from the land and her relatives were even offered a ₱20,000 bounty for Diarog's head.[17] Quiboloy, however, said the charges were "totally false and baseless, if not ridiculous."[18]

While Quiboloy has branded the rebels "mga anák ni Satanás" (Satan's offspring), the NPA has declared him a "warlord in the service of the Gloria Arroyo administration's policies against the peasants and indigenous peoples."[19] Quiboloy also said on his television program that he "could arm 20,000 of his followers with M16 rifles to fight the communist New People’s Army (NPA)".[20] Police investigator Ireneo Dalogdog, head of the Tugbok police, said he had been receiving reports that Diarog was being harassed by armed men associated with Quiboloy, and that Diarog’s farmhouse had earlier been razed thrice.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cabreza, Vincent; Demetillo, Donna (August 26, 2005). "Couple who tried to free daughter from cult jailed". Philippine Daily Inquirer. 
  2. ^ Dacanay, Barbara Mae (May 4, 2010). "Arroyo welcomes cult leader's poll support". gulfnews.com. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Padillo, Maya M (March 20, 2010). "Villar is my mother's choice, says Quiboloy". The Mindanao Daily Mirror. Retrieved January 20, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Kingdom of Jesus Christ FAQ". 
  5. ^ Todd Cabrera Lucero. "The Pastor and the President". Retrieved 19 May 2016. 
  6. ^ a b c d Who is Pastor Apollo Quiboloy?, Philippine Daily Inquirer[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ Hodgart, Kenny (7 October 2016). "The Messiah friend of President Duterte". Asia Times. Retrieved 9 December 2016. 
  8. ^ Estremera, Stella A (January 30, 2005). "Of appointed sons and the second coming". Cebu Sun Star. Philippines. 
  9. ^ Bagnol, Raquel C (July 23, 2005). "Couple charged with libel for branding Quiboloy's sect a 'cult'". Cebu Sun Star. Philippines. 
  10. ^ "Spiritual Leader Apollo Quiboloy Launches 'Revolution Excelence’". Davao Breaking News. Retrieved 18 December 2015. 
  11. ^ Pastor Quiboloy anoints Teodoro, Philippine Daily Inquirer Archived May 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  12. ^ Quiboloy: Where did our votes for Gibo go?, Philippine Star
  13. ^ Regalado, Edith (February 8, 2016). "Evangelist Quiboloy backs Duterte". The Philippine Star. Retrieved February 9, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Quiboloy endorses Duterte-Cayetano duo". ABS-CBN News. March 28, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2016. 
  15. ^ Lawyers sue cult to get custody of Baguio girl, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  16. ^ Cult probed for disappearance of teenrs, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  17. ^ a b Why did they kill the Bagobo datu?, Philippine Daily Inquirer Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  18. ^ Killings, land dispute turn tribal village into virtual ghost town GMA News
  19. ^ Slay of tribal leader stirs Pastor Quiboloy-NPA word war, Philippine Daily Inquirer Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ Preacher, rebels exchange harsh words over killing Philippine Daily Inquirer Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.

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