Costanilla: Place of prayer, pilgrimage

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By Sam Costanilla

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Sunday, March 29, 2015


PARK. I was finally able to visit a very beautiful place of prayer, reflection and pilgrimage last week. I am referring to Q-Park, which sits on a 200-hectare area covering Barangays Buluang, Tubigan, Magay and Canamucan in the municipality of Compostela. Charlot Paquinol of the office of Norkis Group of Companies chair Dr. Norberto Quisumbing Jr. facilitated my exclusive tour of the place. To say that Q-Park is so attractive is an understatement.

MIRACLES. I gathered that Q-Park was established 12 years ago to enable the faithful to communicate with God Almighty in complete solemnity. I was told that so many miracles of nature now abound in Q-Park. Paquinol also informed me that the place is always full of pilgrims every Holy Week. Tomorrow, Tuesday, Emma de Guzman (the visionary who saw Mama Mary) will be at Q-Park as part of her traditional visit to the place every Lenten season.

HOUSE. During my visit to Q-Park, Paquinol brought me to the Stations of the Cross, Calvary, Image of Mama Mary on Stone, Heroes’ Hill, Retreat House, cottages, the nativity scene, the Pieta and chapel. But I was also amazed at the replica of Mama Mary’s house on Mount Korresos in Ephesus, Turkey. I learned that Quisumbing had the replica built in an attempt to set up a close duplicate of the original house of Mama Mary. 

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FREE. During my visit to Q-Park, I told myself that the entire area is an amazing and fantastic work of both art and nature. It is truly an ideal place for meditation and reflection, so conducive to spiritual renewal. Mind you, entering the place is free of charge, and staying there even for one whole day doesn’t cost you even a single cent. Should you have queries on visiting Q-Park, call park administrator Rudy Enriquez’s landline number 511-9994 or cellphone number 0927-265-7925.

RADIO. With the power of radio in penetrating even the remotest sitio, it is hoped that a three-hour reenactment of the Seven Last

Words (Siete Palabras) that Jesus Christ pronounced on the Cross could help the faithful reflect on His suffering to redeem our sins. With this in mind, Punto de Vista Production, in cooperation with Bantay Radyo and its three stations (dyDD, dyHH and dyZZ), will air the Seven Last Words on Good Friday, April 3, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Punto de Vista commentary program host Jun Arigo says this special radio presentation is designed to bring the message of Jesus Christ’s passion, suffering and love for all mankind to the listening public all over the Visayas and Mindanao as well as a large part of the Bicol region. 

SPEAKERS. The program will have the following speakers: Arigo for the sermon, Publishers Association of the Phils. Inc. (Papi) vice president for the Visayas Andy Manatad for the Introduction, businessman Rey Calooy for the 1st Word, Papi Cebu Chapter interim president and educator Dr. Paulus Mariae Cañete for the 2nd Word, Leyte Vice Gov. Carlo Loreto for the 3rd Word, Tagbilaran City Mayor Baba Yap for the 4th Word, Toledo City Councilor Nick Pepito for the 5th Word, businessman Joey Roble for the 6th Word, Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto for the 7th Word and Cebu City Vice Mayor Edgar Labella for the Conclusion. I will act as the program emcee and director.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 30, 2015.

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