Supreme Master Ching Hai -- Ocean of Love Tour
Experience the Divine
Report on Master's Sixth Stop
on Her 2000 Lecture Tour:
Manila, the Philippines
May 3, 2000
witnessing Master's lectures firsthand, any news describing Her amazing
ability to attract huge crowds would seem like a gross exaggeration.
But after seeing the unprecedented river of people drawn to the Ocean
of Love Tour, describing Her as a crowd pleaser seems like an understatement.
Such an impressively large group from all walks of life streamed into
the Manila Midtown Hotel on May 3, 2000, to attend Master's Ocean
of Love Tour lecture. The hotel's 3,000-seat Grand Ballroom was packed,
with people in every corner. Many could not find a place, even in
front of the several television monitors installed in the hotel corridors
and lobby. A radio reporter announced that between 6,000 and 7,000
people gathered to hear Supreme Master Ching Hai, and an expert in
Manila rallies said that, by his accounting, the number of people
at the lecture might have reached 10,000.
early as 10:00 AM, hundreds of enthusiasts had braved the burning
mid-summer heat to ensure a free but prized seat for the 7:00 PM lecture.
And as late as 9:00 PM, thousands were still gathered outside, waiting
for the chance to see and hear Master. "This is phenomenal,"
said Midtown Hotel's manager. A banquet officer for the hotel also
observed, "This is the first time we have experienced a crowd
as big as this."
is unexpected, especially considering that the Philippines is a Catholic-dominated
country, and meditation and vegetarianism are not very popular here,"
stated Dr. Rene Santos. Catholics, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists,
and members of other religions were represented at the lecture. Many
dignitaries also attended, including Mr. Manuel L. Morato, former
Chairman of the Philippines Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO); Ms.
Eva Estrada Kalaw, former Philippines Senator; Ms. Lourdes A. Genato,
Secretary of the Philippines National Red Cross; Mr. Dante Le Jimenez,
Chairman of the Crusade Against Crime and Corruption; Mr. and Ms.
Joe Lad Santos, publishers of LEADER Magazine, and Mr. Nargarito T.
Agnino, Chairman of the Board of LEADER Magazine.
people open their hearts to the Truth.
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