130-foot Divine Mercy icon’s construction in Consolacion expected to start in January 2020
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Fr. Brian Brigoli, chairman of the Shrine of The Divine Mercy de Cebu Foundation, Inc.’s technical working group, said that the construction of the 130-foot Divine Mercy statue in Barangay Garing, Consolacion town, northern Cebu would be expected to begin in January 2020.
Fr. Brigoli said during the press conference on Monday, November 11, at the Archbishop’s Palace, that the statue installation of the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy would be the topmost priority of the project.
“Mao gyud ni ang una sa tanang structures nga atung giplano. Mao gyud ni siyay unahon nato pagtukod. Mao ni sya ang primary concern and top priority of all the structures. We focus all of our attention, efforts, and prayers to the commencement of the construction of the statue.”
(The Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy statue is the primary concern and top priority of all the structures in the shrine. We focus all of our attention, efforts, and prayers to the construction of the statue)
The Divine Mercy icon will sit on a six-hectare land and will face east overlooking the the Mactan Cebu International Airport and Cebu International Seaport.
It is one of the two projects of the Archdiocese of Cebu. The other project is a giant image of Our Lady of Fatima to be constructed in San Remigio town, a northern Cebu town located 91.5 kilometers from Cebu City.
The icon is also expected to bring visitors from all over the world in Consolacion town especially pilgrims who are planning to visit Cebu during the commemoration of the quincentenary of the Philippine Christianization in 2021.
INITIAL CONCEPT DESIGN
Engineer Rey L. Ralota, member of the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy de Cebu Foundation Inc.’s technical working group, said that SDMCF based the overall concept design of the shrine on the “The Holy Bible” story, the winner of the concept design contest organized by the organizatiom last 2015.
In a 6-minute video presentation of “The Holy Bible,” the almost six-hectare shrine in Garing will show various structures present in the Holy Book such as Garden of Eden, the Noah’s Arc, the New and Old Testament, Stations of the Cross, and the Resurrection of Jesus.
Ralota said that the foundation had also tapped the services of urban planner and world renowned architect Felino “Jun” Palafox, the man behind the Divine Mercy Healing Shrine in Misamis Oriental.
He revealed that the concept of the 7-storey Divine Mercy icon is the same concept of the Statue of Liberty in the United States.
Aside from the gigantic statue located at the Phase 1 of the six-hectare shrine, Ralota said that a Hollywood-like signature sign would also expected to be erected on the top of a mountain in Baring 1000 feet above sea level.
The sign is spelled out “JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.”
WE ARE GRATEFUL
On behalf of his family, former Consolacion Mayor Avelino Gungob Sr. said that they were grateful as the Shrine of The Divine Mercy de Cebu Foundation, Inc. accepted their land donation.
Gungob Sr. recalled the time when Foundation President Imma Berdin Alfon asked him to buy 2-hectare land for P100,000.
He also narrated when his family decided to donate their six-hectare property in Barangay Garing to the foundation for the installation of the Divine Mercy icon.
“Ako silang gipatawag, nag-meeting mi. Niingun akong mga anak. Tay, ang tanan di man gyud nato maangkon. Naa man tay mga property, how about i uli tana sa Ginoo? Dili nalang na nato pabayran. Ato lang i-donate,” Gungob Sr. said.
(I called the attention of my family. We had a meeting. My children told me. Tay, we can’t obtain everything and we have some properties, how about we give back those to the Lord? We [the foundation] will not let them pay. We will just donate it.)
Meanwhile, Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma said that he was thankful to former Consolacion Mayor Avelino Gungob Sr. and his family who donated the six-hectare designated lot where the Divine Mercy icon would be put up.
Palma also said that the installation of the Archdiocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Barangay Garing would be ‘a beautiful contribution of Cebu to the world.”/dbs
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