Once a rough landscape up in the highlands, the Prayer Mountain has been transformed into an 8-hectare garden of plants, waterways and flowers. Amazing landscape and restoration is spearheaded by Pastor Quiboloy, at the same time that he strives to make the mountain community benefit from surrounding developments. This was where he grew up, where he was called and chosen, and finally anointed. Tamayong is said to have an ambience best suited for spiritual retreats and recreations. Here the Pastor intercedes for prayer requests sent by members, televiewers and covenant partners from all over the world. Here, the President of the Philippines and other notable personalities have come up to visit him and pay respects.
Many have been curious as to what the Pastor is like, and many more eager to know about the Prayer Mountain. I have had the privilege to be up there twice; once in 2001 when it was just being developed, and last Christmas,when Rhonson and I had the privilege of a pictorial session with him. This time, the area has been transformed into a breathtaking vista of floral gardens and a highland park that astounds the mind. There is his Pastoral House, Prayer House and Gazebos, Martha’s Restaurant overlooking Davao, Millenial Houses in different pastel colors, Star of David, Vista House and Garden Villas.
Gardeners are everywhere, quietly and dutifully fulfilling their tasks of picking out fallen leaves (not a sight anywhere!). The pavements were so clean you can sleep in them (it is said to be scrubbed daily with chlorox). It was truly a paradise to ease the soul. Rhonson’s only hitch was that the whole area was a No Smoking environment, so he had to walk far outside the entrance gate where he can puff away. We were told Ms. Ces Drilon, talk show host, also did this during her interview with the Pastor.
Mountains have always played a special role in God’s dealing with men. The laws were given on a mountain. God has chosen a mountain wherein He would reveal His plan to man. God has given His covenant in a mountain. In these last days, God has once again chosen a mountain to be the seat of His spiritual governance. The site where His will was first obeyed and is used as a measure of God’s rule on earth. This is the significance of the Covenant Mountain, the birthplace of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name. The place chosen by God where His spirit will dwell and where His rule will emanate to cover the whole earth.
Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy, the Executive Pastor of The Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name, was born and grew up in this place we now call as the Covenant Mountain & Prayer Center also called as “The Garden of Eden Restored”. Even his name, Apollo, was derived from Mt. Apo (the tallest mountain in the Philippines and second in Asia), since he was born at its foothills. Beyond its physical significance, the Garden of Eden Restored was where Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy was trained spiritually by the Almighty Father for five years. This spiritual training was in preparation for his mission later in life. And after having successfully passed the test, this is where the Almighty Father declared him as His Appointed Son.
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