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Apollo Carreón Quiboloy
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Born (1950-04-25) April 25, 1950 (age 69)
DenominationKingdom of Jesus Christ (church)
ChurchKingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc.
Senior posting
Based inBuhangin National Highway, Davao City, Philippines
Period in office1985 – present
PredecessorNone (founder)

Apollo Carreón Quiboloy (Tagalog pronunciation: [ˈkɪbolɔɪ]) is the founder and leader of the Philippines-based Restorationist cult called 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", as well as being The Owner of the Universe.[4]

Early years

Quiboloy was born on April 25, 1950[5] in Davao City, and is the youngest of nine children of Kapampangans José Quibóloy y Turla and María Carreón y Quinto (born December 28, 1913).[6][7] 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.[citation needed]

Quiboloy was a member of the United Pentecostal Church[8], a Oneness Pentecostal denomination, until he established the Kingdom of Jesus Christ church. Apollo Quiboloy’s father, José, was already a Protestant (a member of the Christian and Missionary Alliance) but converted to Oneness Pentecostalism with four sons, who 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 repented, apologized, 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 attitudes towards other pastors. Rather than submitting to trial, he left UPCP with some 15 followers on September 1, 1985, and started his own denomination.[9]


Quiboloy is the founding leader and Executive Pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name founded on September 1, 1985.[10] 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".[11][12][13]

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.[7] 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.[7][14]

Media holdings

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.;[7] 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

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.[15]

Political involvement

Quiboloy (right) conversing with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte (left) while on board a 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.[16] 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?"[17]

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 running mate Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.[18][19] Quiboloy also lent his private jet and helicopter to be used in Duterte's presidential campaign.[20]


Quiboloy has been sued by a former member for allegedly brainwashing and holding her young daughter against her will.[21][22]

Dispute with the New People's Army

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.[23] Quiboloy, however, said the charges were "totally false and baseless, if not ridiculous."[24]

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 Gloria Arroyo administration's policies against the peasants and indigenous peoples."[25][26] 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 three times.[23]

See also


  1. ^ Cabreza, Vincent; Demetillo, Donna (August 26, 2005). "none". Philippine Daily Inquirer.
  2. ^ Dacanay, Barbara Mae (May 4, 2010). "Arroyo welcomes cult leader's poll support". 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". Archived from the original on 2011-02-24.
  5. ^ Official Website. "Pastor Apollo's birth and early years". Retrieved 26 July 2018.
  6. ^ Todd Cabrera Lucero. "The Pastor and the President". Retrieved 19 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b c d Who is Pastor Apollo Quiboloy?, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  8. ^ Hodgart, Kenny (7 October 2016). "The Messiah friend of President Duterte". Asia Times. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  9. ^ King, Johnny Loye (2016). Spirit and Schism: A History of Oneness Pentecostalism in the Philippines (PhD). University of Birmingham. pp. 192–194.
  10. ^ "The Exodus from Religious Bondage - Pastor Apollo exited his previous denomination, taking with him all those who had accepted his message". Official Website. Retrieved 16 July 2018.
  11. ^ Estremera, Stella A (January 30, 2005). "Of appointed sons and the second coming". Cebu Sun Star. Philippines.
  12. ^ Bagnol, Raquel C (July 23, 2005). "Couple charged with libel for branding Quiboloy's sect a 'cult'". Cebu Sun Star. Philippines.
  13. ^ "Who is Pastor Apollo Quiboloy". Pastor Apollo Quiboloy. 2019-02-02. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  14. ^ "Who is Pastor Apollo Quiboloy - An Advocacy for Children". Pastor Apollo Quiboloy. 2019-02-02. Retrieved 2019-03-19.
  15. ^ "Spiritual Leader Apollo Quiboloy Launches 'Revolution Excelence'". Davao Breaking News. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  16. ^ Pastor Quiboloy anoints Teodoro, Philippine Daily Inquirer Archived May 6, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  17. ^ Quiboloy: Where did our votes for Gibo go?, Philippine Star
  18. ^ Regalado, Edith (February 8, 2016). "Evangelist Quiboloy backs Duterte". The Philippine Star. Retrieved February 9, 2016.
  19. ^ "Quiboloy endorses Duterte-Cayetano duo". ABS-CBN News. March 28, 2016. Archived from the original on March 28, 2016. Retrieved March 28, 2016.
  20. ^ "Duterte using Quiboloy private jet; Davao bizmen funding rallies". ABS-CBN News. 28 April 2016. Retrieved 20 February 2018.
  21. ^ Lawyers sue cult to get custody of Baguio girl, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  22. ^ Cult probed for disappearance of teenrs, Philippine Daily Inquirer
  23. ^ a b Why did they kill the Bagobo datu?, Philippine Daily Inquirer Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  24. ^ Killings, land dispute turn tribal village into virtual ghost town GMA News
  25. ^ Slay of tribal leader stirs Pastor Quiboloy-NPA word war, Philippine Daily Inquirer Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ Preacher, rebels exchange harsh words over killing Philippine Daily Inquirer Archived October 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

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