On March 23-26, 2013, Metropolitan Nektarios of Hong Kong and South East Asia visited Philippines.
On Sunday, March 24, Sunday of Orthodoxy, Metropolitan Nektarios, assisted by Fr. Vassilios Athanasopoulos (from the Holy Metropolis of Thiva and Levadia) and Fr.James Doronela, celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral, Paranaque, Manila. During the Liturgy Metropolitan Nektarios ordained Reader Gregory Latoja to the Holy Deaconate. At the end of the Liturgy Metropolitan Nektarios presided over the Procession of the Holy Icons. The Church was filled to capacity.