Sunday, April 21, 2019

IEC Pavilion now 97% complete

THE International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) Pavilion, venue for most of the IEC events in January 2016, is now 97 percent complete, two days before its scheduled turnover to the Archdiocese of Cebu.

Rizal Camangyan Jr., construction manager, said in a press conference Thursday that the structural and architectural aspects are all complete, except for the finishing works to be done at the Pavilion.

"We target to finish all the works by this month...Gagmay na lang ang kulang," Camangyan said, adding that testing and commissioning of equipment, like the generator and airconditioning system, is still to be done to make sure that they are running.

IEC Pavilion 97% complete

The International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) Pavilion in Mabolo, Cebu City, is 97% complete as of November 19, 2015. It is where most of the IEC events in January 2016 will be held. Watch this video and read the story at by Jean Mondonedo-Ynot and Edsel Greg

Posted by Sun.Star -- Philippine news on Thursday, November 19, 2015

The 26,000 square meters facility at the San Carlos Seminary in Mabolo, Cebu City, is set to be turned over by property developer, Duros Development Corporation, to the Archdiocese of Cebu on November 21. It can accommodate around 12,000 to 15,000 foreign and local delegates for the international gathering of Catholic leaders on January 24-31, 2016.

The Pavilion's plenary hall has a seating capacity of around 7,000 to 9,000 people, while its gallery can accommodate around 3,000 to 5,000 people. It also has an adoration chapel, which is almost complete, except for finishing touches.

"The Pavilion is originally designed to have a seating capacity of 15,000, but since the church gave much importance to the media who will cover the IEC, there will be a media center that can accommodate around 400 people," said Architect Carlos Pio Zafra.

The media center, which will be equipped with all the necessary requirements for the coverage in January, is the same size as the chapel, added Zafra.

There will also be a briefing room and seven holding areas for the media personnel, aside from nine holding areas for bishops and priests who are attending the event in January.

"Although the IEC Pavilion was designed to house 15,000 people, there's also a permanent mode. It will be divided into two. The Pavilion will be a convention center, but the media center and the holding areas will house elementary seminarians after the IEC," Zafra said.

He said the IEC Pavilion was designed to be simple.

"It was really daunting for me to create a space that is grand but has to be humble at the same time," he said, adding that Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Dennis Villarojo, 51st IEC secretary general, wants a "low maintenance building."

"Bishop Dennis is very adamant. No finishes on the floor. All they have to do is mop it, clean it," Zafra said.

He also said that the IEC Pavilion was built to withstand strong earthquakes. "This really is an essential facility."

"One of the challenges we face is how to prepare a structure so that when we convert it into its permanent mode, it will not undertake so much resource and energy to renovate. The construction has to be efficient. Less waste if possible," he added.

The IEC Pavilion, which is built on the Archdiocese grounds, is worth P500 million. It will be equipped with 27 closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras, 200-slot parking area, 1,000 sprinklers heads, and more than 1,700 lighting fixtures.

"We make do of our construction works, and since we cannot afford to use all the money we get from the construction projects, we have to borrow money to fund the construction," said Duros owner and chairman of the board Rafaelito Barino.

The Pavilion will be used as a pastoral center, multipurpose hall, and will be leased for events, conventions and exhibits after the IEC. Duros Development Corporation will operate the Pavilion as a regular facility.

"After the turnover on Saturday, the facility will be under the name of the Church. But since it's not their forte to manage a facility like this, they need another group who will manage to make this functional and maintain the facility," said Fe Barino, corporate secretary and owner of Duros Development Corporation.

She said they are thankful that the IEC Pavilion is almost complete. "I was amazed. Wa gyud namo maimagine nga mahuman na namo. It's like a miracle to me, nahuman na gyud. Finally...God made it all possible for us."

"It is really a gift and a blessing to be a part of making this significant structure a reality for the Archdiocese of Cebu," said Mr. Barino.

The groundbreaking of the IEC Pavilion was held last February 15, 2014. The construction of the building was started in June of the same year, and the topping off ceremony was done last July 15, 2015. (Sunnex)

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