30 June 2018 Manager of the Moscow Patriarchate parishes in the countries of Eastern and South-East Asia, the Archbishop Solnechnogorsky Sergy has made the divine Liturgy in the Church of the Iberian icon of the Mother of God in Manila. The Hierarch was co-served by the senior priest of the assumption Church in Singapore hieromonk Pitirim (Dondena), seconded for service in the resurgent Iberian arrival in Manila cleric Shuya diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, hieromonk Alexy (Lapshin), the administrator of the Philippine mission of the Russian Orthodox Church, hieromonk Philip (Balingit) and a cleric of the Moscow Church of the Holy Trinity in Ostankino Hierodeacon Yuvenaly (Lapshin), reports patriarhiei.
Worship, followed by praying the Russian Ambassador in the Philippines I. A. Hove, associate of the Department for external Church kwazamokuhle Patriarchate Dmitry Petrovsky, the Orthodox Filipinos and countrymen, was committed in Church, Tagalog and English.
In memory of common prayer his Eminence Archbishop gave the community the Iveron icon of the Mother of God, and the many parishioners presented gifts from Russia and the icon of Mother of God with the blessing of his Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill.
After the service, Archbishop Sergius performed the sacrament of Baptism of baby Alexandra.
On the same day the delegation of the Russian Orthodox Church headed by Archbishop Sergius of Solnechnogorsk flew to Singapore. In the Manila airport, Ninoy Aquino’s delegation accompanied by the head of the Russian diplomatic mission in Manila I. A. Hove and the third Secretary of the Russian Embassy in the Philippines, D. M. Karenin.