P90-M San Pedro Calungsod church to rise in Pulangbato, Cebu City

A NEW church with a design inspired by St. John Paul II will soon rise in Barangay Pulangbato, Cebu City.

Despite the rain yesterday, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the proposed site of the St. Pedro Calungsod Church in Pulangbato. St. John Paul II is the parish’s second patron saint.

Present during the ceremony were parish priest Fr. Benjie Herrera, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, barangay officials and parishioners.

The church, which will cost about P89 million, will consist of the main congregation, function rooms, an adoration chapel and a columbary.

Once completed, the church can accommodate at least 700 parishioners.

In an interview yesterday, Herrera said they found the site after one of the residents, Flor Montebon, donated her 4,300-square-meter property to the parish.

Of the donated property, 1,200 square meters will be dedicated for the construction of the church.

The design of the church has been conceptualized by Architect Michael Torres of ArchiGlobal Inc., who offered his services for free as his way of helping the parish.

In a separate interview, Torres said that he came up with a design similar to a bishop’s mitre. A mitre is the ceremonial headdress of bishops and other high-ranking clergymen of the Catholic Church.

Torres said that the design is based on St. John Paul II, who visited Cebu when he was Pope.

Aside from providing his services for free, Torres assured that he would donate a tabernacle for the new church.

Herrera said that as of yesterday, the parish collected some P3 million for the construction of the proposed church. These came from the regular collections during masses and donations from some parishioners.

During the ceremony, Rama said that he will donate some cash for the parish.

The church was created during a canonical erection conducted on Dec. 7, 2013. Aside from Pulangbato, Barangays Pit-os and Binaliw are also under the parish’s jurisdiction.

While the proposed church has yet to be constructed, a makeshift chapel has been built at the site.

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