We would like to share with you the gratitude of the parish community of San Isidro Labrador in Barangay Aguinaldo, Laak, Compostela Valley (Diocese of Tagum), following the recent canonical establishment of their Quasi-Parish church last Saturday, October 17, 2015, as communicated to us by their Diocesan Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Tomas Avila, Jr.:
“On behalf of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Wilfredo D. Manlapaz, DD, SThD, Bishop of Tagum, and the priests, and faithful of this Diocese, especially the community of Aguinaldo, Laak, Compostela Valley Province, I thank the Asian Terminals Inc. and the Bahay ng Diyos Foundation for your financial support in the construction of the church edifice and a convent in Aguinaldo, Laak, Compostela Valley Province.
Last October 17, the Bishop together with a number from the Diocesan Curia held a consultation with the community of Aguinaldo in their readiness to become a quasi-parish. After hearing from the faithful, the Curia unanimously voted in the affirmative. After the consultation which lasted for an hour, the Bishop presided the Holy Eucharist where he decreed for the canonical erection of San Isidro Labrador Quasi-Parish. He likewise appointed Rev. Fr. Julius U Capongpongan as the First Administrator. After the Mass, there was a short ceremony of the unveiling of the Church’s marker at the main entrance of the Church.
In the past, it would take at least two weeks after consultation before the formal announcement of the canonical erection which is integrated at Mass. Considering, however, the tedious preparations, the costs, and the distance of Aguinaldo, His Excellency decided to hold all this event rolled into one.
With Fr Julius, we will be inviting our benefactors, especially the Bahay ng Diyos Foundation, in one of its important celebrations in the near future. We will notify you ahead as soon as we have the date. Again, thank you so much. May you continue your ministry with magnanimity.”
A Thanksgiving Mass was held November 28 at the new church, led by Tagum Bishop, Most Reverend Wildredo Manlapaz, D.D., and in the presence of Mrs. Noemi L. Saludo, President of Bahay ng Diyos Foundation, Inc., and Mr. Andrew Hoad, Vice-President of Asian Terminals, Inc.
International Symposium on Seismic Retrofit of Unreinforced Masonry Heritage Churches in the Philippines held
Conservation experts, structural engineers and architects, art and cultural workers, academics, NGOs, and Church representatives gathered recently for the ‘International Symposium on the Seismic Retrofit of Unreinforced Masonry Heritage Churches of the Philippines‘ held January 13 and 14, 2016 at the Auditorium of the National Museum of the Philippines along Taft Avenue in Manila.
It was a well-attended conference, with resource speakers from Italy, Portugal, India, United Kingdom, Turkey, USA, and the Philippines. It was organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the National Museum, the University of Santo Tomas Center for Conservation of Cultural Property, International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) Philippines, and Bakas Pilipinas, a US-based historic preservation society.
Bahay ng Diyos Foundation, Inc. was among the participants of the conference.
Lectures presented during the conference may be downloaded from the BAKAS PILIPINAS website.
Photos source: NCCA and Bakas Pilipinas
The Bahay ng Diyos Foundation, Inc. (BDF) will work closely with the National Museum of the Philippines and the parish community of Maribojoc in Bohol for the conservation of important religious images and pieces from the retablo and ceiling art that were recovered from the ruins of the centuries-old church that was destroyed by the Bohol earthquake in 2013.
These important artifacts that form part of the church that was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum in 2010 are now being kept in a safe place where they are treated with conservation technologies. These include images of saints, parts of the main altar and sanctuary, ceiling, and ornaments like chandeliers, now under the care of the parish community, which receive appropriate training and guidance from conservation experts.
It is hoped that the reconstruction of the new parish church will be done in one or two years, and the restoration to its previous appearance to follow soon, including the return to its august chambers of its important properties.
We were fortunate to make another visit to the site and speak to their new parish priest, Rev. Fr. Gerardo Saco with key officials of their pastoral council and heritage committee, who walked us through the conservation work being done.
Proceeds from our ongoing fundraising projects, especially those who support by availing of our book, ‘ICONS: Windows to the Soul’ by Gerard Sison, will go to our financial assistance to Maribojoc and Clarin. Please help us help them rebuild their parish churches. You may write to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Secretariat at Tel. No. (632) 531-1182 or 623-1089 to know more about us and how you can help the two parishes. Thank you and God bless you!
We were fortunate to visit again the Parish of Saint Michael the Archangel in Clarin, Bohol last January 19, and were so overjoyed and grateful that their new parish church is rising! The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) donated an equivalent amount of P65 million for the new structure and the construction work has progressed in such a good pace that it hopes to be completed by September this year in time for their patronal fiesta.
Bahay ng Diyos Foundation, Inc. will fund the Main Altar and Sanctuary of the new parish church, and we have discussed during our site visit the details of this project with their new parish priest, Rev. Fr. Gamaliel Gamas and their architect, Raymund Abarquez, UAP.
Proceeds from our ongoing fundraising projects, especially from those who have supported us by availing of our book, ‘ICONS: Windows to the Soul‘ by Gerard Sison, will go to our financial assistance to Clarin and Maribojoc. Please help us help them rebuild their parish churches. You may write to email@example.com or contact our Secretariat at Tel. No. (632) 531-1182 or 623-1089 to know more about us and how you can help the two parishes. Thank you and God bless you!