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CTK in the early stages of construction

On November 25, 1979, at the Feast of Christ the King, in a mass officiated by His Eminence Jaime Cardinal L. Sin, then the Archbishop of Manila, a new parish composed of Bgy. Libis, Bgy. Bagumbayan, the gated villages of White Plains and St. Ignatius, and the newly-opened Corinthian Gardens and Greenmeadows was formally established, out of the original territory that used to belong to Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Parish, Project 4. This new ‘Christ the King Parish’ was placed under the vicariate of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH). The White Plains chapel served as the temporary parish convent and Fr. Victorio Antonio Lanuevo was installed as the new parish priest. It was under Fr. Lanuevo’s administration that the plan to build a new parish church was started.

In early 1980, through the intercession of then Vice-Governor Ismael Mathay and Director Mauro Calaguio, Don Paco Ortigas  of Ortigas & Co. donated the 7,225 sqm lot where the new parish church was going to be built. The turnover ceremony was solemnized with a concelebrated mass at the White Plains chapel, officiated by Bishop Leonardo Legazpi, Bishop Ted Buhain, and Bishop Lopez. With the new location, the parish name was slightly modified to ‘Christ the King Parish Greenmeadows’. A construction committee was formed and Architect Angel Abad agreed to design the church, free of charge. Ground breaking ceremonies was held on April 27, 1980, in a mass officiated by Cardinal Sin together with Fr. Tony Lanuevo.

In May 1982, Fr. Tony Lanuevo was reassigned. Msgr. Antonio Tobias took over as parish priest but stayed for less than a year when he was named Auxiliary Bishop of Zamboanga. The construction of the church proceeded with the generous contributions of parish residents, their friends and business associates. Several fund raising projects were undertaken by the Construction Committee including movie premieres and car raffles, in addition to funds raised from sponsorship of novena masses and the Misa de Gallo by the parishioners. On February 15, 1983, Cardinal Sin installed Msgr. Jaime T. Mora as the new parish priest. Funds were still not enough to finish the church so Msgr. Mora solicited individual benefactors for each of the needed structures in the church, like the main altar table, each of the 14 stations of the cross, the Our Lady of Perpetual Help frame on a side altar, the statue of Christ the King in the main church, the carillon bells and the air-conditioners of the main church. To raise additional funds, Msgr. Mora built a crypt starting with 500 units each at P5,000 per unit. Sales started slow but picked up in the mid 80s when cremation soon became a more common way of burying the dead. Msgr. Mora then built phase 2 of the crypt with 1,000 units, sold at P25,000 each, followed by Phase 3 with another 1,000 units at P50,000 per unit. The church was finally completed in June 30, 1988 and consecrated by Jaime Cardinal Sin on October 30, 1988.

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The church nearing completion

Msgr. Mora saw the need for more space for formation and spiritual growth of the parish so plans were drawn up for a parish center. The cornerstone of the Parish Formation Center was laid in July 2, 1995 and finished and blessed on June 22, 1996.  Soon after, the Perpetual Adoration Chapel was built. Then Msgr. Mora added the mortuary consisting of two chapels then extended it to add a third chapel. In addition, the original centerpiece statue behind the altar, a sitting Christ the King, had been deemed too small compared to the size of the church so it was replaced it with the current standing Christ the King with arms opened wide. The pipe organ was installed in 1997.

On August 28, 2003, the Archdiocese of Manila was split to establish five new dioceses – Caloocan, Novaliches, Cubao, Pasig and Paranaque. His Eminence, Most Rev. Honesto F. Ongtioco, was installed as the new bishop of the Diocese of Cubao, in the presence of the Apostolic Nuncio Antonio Franco and Manila Archbishop Jaime L. Cardinal Sin. Msgr. Mora retired in August 2004 after turning 75 years old. Bishop Ongtioco took over for one and a half years as acting parish priest while planning the reshuffle of the clergy of the Cubao diocese. Bishop Ongtioco started the Stewardship as a Way of Life program in the parish during his two-year term, in 2005.

Msgr. Daniel Sta. Maria was installed on April 2006 as the 5th parish priest of CTK Parish Greenmeadows. Several facilities improvement projects were mounted by Msgr. Dan Sta. Maria during his first three-year term, including: the St. Therese garden extension in 2006, that allowed a spillover area for the function rooms; the three-fold increase in parish office space in 2006; replacement of the sound system in 2007; the weekend market space in 2007; the new baptistry with the Rafael del Casal oil painting in 2007; expansion of parking area and installation of covered walkways in 2008; and left and right wing church extensions in 2009.

After completing his term, Msgr. Dan Sta. Maria was transferred to the Parish of the Heart of Jesus and Mary in West Triangle and Fr. Jose ‘Bong’ Tupino III was appointed CTK parish priest. During his first term, Fr. Bong focused on community participation and involvement,  making extensive use of the village parishioners by assigning them specific duties and responsibilities during Novena Masses, Flores de Mayo, Lenten Season, and October Rosary Month. He instituted ‘Dinners with My Parish Priest’, where village coordinators would gather several tables of village parishioners each night to chat and dine with him. Major infrastructure renovations and repairs were undertaken – roofing, electrical, sound system replacement, and repainting of the Main Church; repainting, replacement of sacristy, altar and ambo, installation of the crucifix and icons of Mary & Joseph, and the image of Divine Mercy; construction of the bridge to connect the Main Church with the Social Hall; and repainting of the parish convent and Parish Formation Center. He also instituted the Jubilee of Mercy Formation Series of talks as well as the Thursday Holy Hour in honor of the Divine Mercy. In his second term that began in 2015, Fr. Tupino formalized the Parish Pastoral Council processes, including the appointment of PPC officers and members with three year-terms that started on the second year of the parish priest’s term and staying in place for a year after the new parish priest’s appointment, the rationale being to give the new parish priest a full year to get to know the PPC and parishioners before needing to form a new PPC team.