Apollo Quiboloy

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Apollo Quiboloy
TitleExecutive Pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ
Born (1950-04-25) April 25, 1950 (age 71)
Dumanlas, Buhangin, Davao City, Philippines
ChurchKingdom of Jesus Christ
Senior posting
Based inBuhangin, Pan-Philippine Highway, Davao City, Philippines
Period in office1985 – present
PredecessorPosition established
SuccessorNone (founder)

Apollo Carreon Quiboloy (Tagalog pronunciation: [kɪboˈlɔɪ]; born April 25, 1950) is a Filipino pastor and church leader of the Philippines-based Restorationist church called the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.[1][2][3] He has made claims that he is "The Appointed Son of God" as well as being "The Owner of the Universe".[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Quiboloy was born on April 25, 1950 in Buhangin, Davao City, specifically in the area of Dumanlas, and is the youngest of nine children of Pampangans José Quiboloy y Turla and María Carreón y Quinto (born December 28, 1913).[6][7][8] Both his parents were natives of Lubao, Pampanga, and had migrated to Davao City following the end of the Second World War to find better opportunities.[9] Quiboloy spent his formative years in Pampanga before moving back to Davao.[9]

Quiboloy was a member of the United Pentecostal Church, a Oneness Pentecostal denomination, until he established the Kingdom of Jesus Christ church.[10]Quiboloy's father, José, was already a Protestant (a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance) but converted to Oneness Pentecostalism with his four sons. They all became preachers and leaders in the United Pentecostal Church of the Philippines (UPCP), the largest Filipino Oneness Pentecostal Church, which is affiliated to the U.S.-based United Pentecostal Church International. Apollo became president of the powerful UPCP youth organization in 1974, but was expelled from UPCP in 1979 for unorthodox teachings. He came back and was accepted back into the fold in 1980 as pastor of the Agdao Church in Davao City, one of the historical UPCP churches. In 1985, Apollo was put again under investigation by UPCP for his arrogant attitude towards other pastors. Rather than submitting to trial, he left UPCP with some 15 followers on September 1, 1985, and started his own denomination, later known as the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.[11]


Quiboloy is the founding leader and Executive Pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name founded on September 1, 1985.[12] 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".[13][14][15]

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.[8] 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.[8][16]

Quiboloy has claimed to possess divine powers, claiming to have stopped the 2019 Cotabato earthquakes at his command and said that the public should thank him for the act.[17] He has publicly said that he did not do the same to stop the onslaught of Typhoon Kammuri (Tisoy) in response to those critical of his earlier claim in stopping the Cotabato earthquakes.[18]

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.;[8] 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.[19]

Political involvement[edit]

Quiboloy (right) conversing with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) while on board a PAL plane bound for Davao City.

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.[20] Teodoro finished fourth in the election with 4,095,839 votes (or 11.33%) to which Quiboloy 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?"[21]

In the 2016 national elections, Quiboloy and the members of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ endorsed the presidential candidacy of the pastor's close friend, Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte and his running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.[22][23] Quiboloy also lent his private jet and helicopter to be used in Duterte's presidential campaign.[24]


Allegations of brainwashing by a former church member[edit]

Quiboloy has been sued by a former church member for allegedly brainwashing and holding her young daughter against her will.[25][26]

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-Bagobo 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.[27]

Quiboloy, however, said the charges were "totally false and baseless, if not ridiculous."[28]

While Quiboloy has branded the rebels "mga anak ni Satanas" ("Satan's offspring"), the NPA has declared him a "warlord in the service of the Arroyo administration's policies against the peasants and indigenous peoples."[29][30]

Police investigator Ireneo Dalogdog, head of the Tugbok police office, 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 three times.[27]

2020 ABS-CBN shutdown[edit]

In November 2019, Quiboloy was made fun of by Vice Ganda on It's Showtime! for his claims of stopping the series of earthquakes in Mindanao just by exclaiming, "Stop!". Hilariously amazed, Vice jokingly challenged Quiboloy to also stop the country's longest running television series Ang Probinsyano, which had been airing on ABS-CBN for at least 5 years already.[31] Quiboloy responded by confidently accepting the challenge and declared that in 4 months, not only might 'Ang Probinsyano' stop but also the network's operations as well.[32][33]

True enough on May 5, 2020, the National Telecommunications Commission legally ordered ABS-CBN to cease its TV and radio broadcasting operations after their 25-year broadcast franchise expired the previous day, May 4. The station then officially signed off at 7:52 pm local time the same day.[34] More than 2 months later, on July 10, 2020, the House of Representatives of the Philippines junked the new ABS-CBN franchise bid after a 70-11 vote prevailed.[35]

Salvation revelation[edit]

Quiboloy, on May 6, 2021, was met with ridicule and outrage online after he proclaimed himself as mankind's saviour by being the last person to sign everybody's supposed 'clearance' for salvation. Without the so-called 'clearance' signed by him, everybody would be denied of redemption from their sins come Judgment Day and would accordingly "perish in hell".[36][37]

He was then dealt with mockery by Filipino netizens in his post's comment section, and even regarded with the sobriquets, "fake messiah" and "false prophet", with many of the opposing netizens professing mainstream Catholic and Evangelical Christian beliefs in opposition to Quiboloy's self-declaration.[38][39][40]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Dacanay, Barbara Mae (May 4, 2010). "Arroyo welcomes church leader's poll support". gulfnews.com. Retrieved January 20, 2011.
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  4. ^ "Kingdom of Jesus Christ.... FAQ". Archived from the original on 2011-02-24.
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  6. ^ Official Website. "Pastor Apollo's birth and early years". Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  7. ^ Todd Cabrera Lucero. "The Pastor and the President". Retrieved 19 May 2016.
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  9. ^ a b Gavilán, Jodesz (2018-02-15). "Who Is Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the "Appointed Son of God"?". Rappler.
  10. ^ Hodgart, Kenny (7 October 2016). "The Messiah friend of President Duterte". Asia Times. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  11. ^ King, Johnny Loye (2016). Spirit and Schism: A History of Oneness Pentecostalism in the Philippines (PhD). University of Birmingham. pp. 192–194.
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  21. ^ Quiboloy: Where did our votes for Gibo go?, Philippine Star
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  25. ^ Lawyers sue cult to get custody of Baguio girl, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  26. ^ Cult probed for disappearance of teenrs, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  27. ^ a b Why did they kill the Bagobo datu?, Philippine Daily Inquirer Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ Killings, land dispute turn tribal village into virtual ghost town GMA News
  29. ^ Slay of tribal leader stirs Pastor Quiboloy-NPA word war, Philippine Daily Inquirer Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  30. ^ Preacher, rebels exchange harsh words over killing Philippine Daily Inquirer Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  31. ^ Severo, Jan Milo (November 5, 2019). "Vice Ganda challenges Quiboloy to stop 'Ang Probinsyano,' EDSA traffic". The Philippine Star. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  32. ^ Severo, Jan Milo (November 11, 2019). "Quiboloy accepts Vice Ganda's challenge, praises 'Eat Bulaga'". The Philippine Star. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
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  34. ^ "'Premonition' of Pastor Quiboloy about ABS-CBN closure resurfaced online". www.msn.com. Retrieved 2020-07-03.
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