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Scientology Turned up the Voltage for Philippine Electronics Store Owner

A Filipino businessman powers up his life with Dianetics and Scientology. His video is one of 200 “Meet a Scientologist” videos available on the Scientology website at

The day he found Dianetics: The Modern Science of Mental Health at a local bookstore was a turning point for businessman Nicanor Catimbang. 

“From the moment I started reading the book in 2003, I knew I had found the truth,” says Catimbang. “I have carried on studying Scientology ever since and I use it in every aspect of my life.”

A practical man who learned the electronics business inside out from working in his mother’s store, Catimbang thought there had to be a simple explanation to the complex problems he observed in life. He wanted something that worked.

“Scientology is a religion and a technology at the same time,” he says. “I had looked into many religions. I didn’t find my answers there. Dianetics and Scientology opened my eyes to who and what I really am and my true potential.”

Catimbang began attending classes at the Church of Scientology Mission of Manila. When he came home and shared what he learned with his wife Ailyn, his excitement was so contagious, she decided to attend classes with him. Married a year at the time, their relationship was ready for an upgrade. 

“We used to argue a lot,” says Catimbang. “On our Scientology courses we learned basic principles of communication and started using them. The difference was incredible, immediate and lasting.”

Scientology has had a major impact on their business as well. Having set up their own electronics store in 2002, the couple was barely getting by when they first started attending classes at the Mission.

“Certain things we learned in Scientology have really helped us at the store,” he says. “For example, we connect with people and deal with them better. We concentrate on giving the best possible service to each customer. If that means helping someone who is confused about how a piece of equipment works, we do whatever it takes to provide them with what they need. And they keep coming back. With this policy in place, even though we charge a bit less than our competitors, we are turning better profits.”

Catimbang is enthusiastic about his life and future.

“To me, life is a continuous process of finding out more,” he says. “And I want to learn it all.”

The popular “Meet a Scientologist” profiles on the Church of Scientology International Video Channel at now total 200 broadcast-quality documentary videos featuring Scientologists from diverse locations and walks of life. The personal stories are told by Scientologists who are educators, teenagers, skydivers, a golf instructor, a hip-hop dancer, IT manager, stunt pilot, mothers, fathers, dentists, photographers, actors, musicians, fashion designers, engineers, students, business owners and more.

A digital pioneer and leader in the online religious community, in April 2008 the Church of Scientology became the first major religion to launch its own official YouTube Video Channel, which has now been viewed by millions of visitors.