THOSE who engaged in business related to the Roman Catholic faith during the 51st International Eucharistic Congress from Jan. 24-30 got a windfall beyond their expectations.
Paul Lamberts, a Belgian national who owns Aurom Patella that sells church wares, said the IEC was very good.
He said Aurom Patella means “gold-plating.”
“We sold everything, beyond our imagination. We had to ship everything extra from Manila after we ran out of stocks. Incredible. We are happy. We are very blessed,” Lamberts told Sun.Star Cebu.
Lamberts said their best-selling items were the chalice and crucifixes. These were Italian-made and of Italian design but affordable to everybody.
Lamberts said they have been in the country for more than a year, in Giguinto, Bulacan, but they are growing fast.
“Cebu is a good place for business because the people are polite and they are really interested in religious products. They are interested because of their faith in God,” Lamberts said.
Allisandro Valsani, an Italian national who owns Antica Fonderia de Poli, has only one product - bells.
A set of five bells (one big and four small ones) is priced by Valsani at P300,000. But it can already play “Ave Maria” and the Angelus at 6 p.m.
Valsani said the price is reasonable because their product is renowned throughout the world for its special artisan-inspired process involved.
John Paul II
In 1985, Pope John Paul II ordered one and offered it to his home parish in Wadowice, Poland.
Last year, Pope Francis posed with De Poli Bell that’s dedicated to him.
In 1481, De Poli Bell was cast in Vittorio Veneto Cathedral in Italy and it is still working until now.
Valsani said he was happy that he received orders.
Businessmen ordered his bells to be given as gifts to churches.
Some religious leaders, including priests whose parishes have still no bells, also made orders. The bells are delivered three months after the order.
The Daughters of Saint Paul, who were selling religious books also got a windfall.
Sister Menen Alarcon said it is their mission to sell religious books to spread the Gospel.