The Pavilion to rise on seminary grounds

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

THE groundbreaking of The Pavilion, a P380-million facility that will house 15,500 delegates from around the world during the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in January 2016, was held yesterday.

It was attended by Cebu Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, among others.

Rev. Msgr. Dennis Villarojo, the IEC secretary general, said The Pavilion will have a total land area of around 10,000 square meters and will be built inside the compound of the Archdiocesan seminaries along Pope John Paul II Ave. in Mabolo, Cebu City.


Estimated cost

The Pavilion is a project of the Cebu Archdiocese in partnership with Duros Land Properties Inc. owned by spouses Rafaelito Barina and Fe Mantuhac Barino of Liloan, Cebu. The couple heads the Love of God Charismatic Community of Cebu.

It will be designed by architect Ramon Vios.

“This is still a rough estimate (P380 million) because the plans are still being finalized and you couldn’t get a very detailed budget unless all the items have been included. So, it is more or less P380 million,” Villarojo said.

The building will have an area of 31,023 square meters. It will have a basement, a ground floor and a second floor. It will have a total seating capacity of 15,500, 250 parking lots; 200 comfort rooms; six function rooms; and a 250-seating capacity theater.

When asked about the funding, Palma said they expect Duros to raise P300 million, while the archdiocese will raise around P80 million.


“We will also rely much on the generosity of people. If and when through our solicitation scheme we will raise more than that amount, we can use that amount for the construction. It’s really a project of trust. We trust the Lord, and we trust that millions of people will support the project,” Palma said.

“We also believe that many people would like to see something that would rise out of their peso, and in many places they would say when you visit Cebu and you visit the seminary compound and when you look at The Eucharistic Pavilion that that is where your peso goes,” he said.

Chief fund-raiser Elvira Go said the purpose of the peso campaign is to get all Filipinos involved.

Cebu might be the venue, but the entire Philippine church is hosting the Congress, she said.

Donation boxes will be placed in all Catholic churches, commercial establishments and schools nationwide.

Mayor Rama said the City Government will work side-by-side with the archdiocese in terms of security and traffic.

Villarojo said they’re calling it The Pavilion because it’s not going to be a convention center that will have high-end amenities.

“It’s going to be a simple structure that can serve about 15,000 delegates and can be a comfortable and decent venue for the plenary sessions and the celebration of the Eucharist during the days of the Congress,” Villarojo said.

He said it is located in the seminary so all the seminary structures can complement the function of The Pavilion. Also, all the activities can be concentrated in the area.

“Besides,” Villarojo said, “if we are going to spend something, it would be better to spend it on a place where we can have the structure built for all time. So, it would be useful for many generations to come,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 16, 2014.

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