Officials launch renovation of Mabolo church

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Friday, May 9, 2014

MABOLO'S St. Joseph the Patriarch Parish will be refurbished in time for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in 2016.

The Mabolo Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) launched yesterday the Church Renovation Project just as it celebrated the parish's 222nd fiesta.

Parochial Vicar Rev. Fr. Ian Balankig said the parishioners feel the urgency to renovate because after more than two centuries, some parts of the structure are deteriorating.


But the church's neo-Gothic design—characterized by pointed arches and windows and vaulted ceilings—will be retained.

“We are the stewards of this structure,” said Balanking. “It is (our responsibility) to take good care of the things entrusted to us. The church is a place where we encounter our Lord and the structure must mirror that solemn experience. People do not go to mass to be placed in a torture chamber since that is not conducive for prayer.”

The vicar reacted to complaints from churchgoers about the lack of ventilation in the church.

Architects Ritchie Roncesvalles and Emmanuel Arcilla designed the church renovation. They clarified that the structure will not be changed.


“We plan to change the ceiling so (the church) will emphasize the pointed arch look, which is predominant in Gothic-design structures. We will paint the structure white so it will reflect more light. We believe simplicity is the ultimate sophistication,” Roncesvalles said.

Archilla said external imperfections will be smoothened and the structure will be fortified with additional columns, which will enhance the design as well as support the roof.

The renovation of the interior is expected to cost P5 million but the Mabolo PPC is still in the process of determining the cost of the entire renovation.

The council organized fund-raising activities like fun runs, concerts and raffle.

PPC officials said the project will be done in phases so that mass can still be heard in the church.

The renovation is expected to be completed before January 2016 in time for Pope Francis’ planned visit to Cebu for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress. (Arvin Matthew Paculaba, CNU Comm Intern)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 10, 2014.

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