“A home can only be called a home when it is united and centered on Jesus Christ.”
Now 82.5 percent complete, the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) Pavilion is strong enough to house an estimated number of fifteen thousand delegates from all over the world for the gathering of Catholic leaders. Its main plenary hall has a seating capacity of about the same number as the expected guests. It may only be a concrete structure made by man but with its strong pillars it will be the home of the spiritual family come year 2016.
“I thank God that he gave me the grace to witness the construction of this beautiful building which will also house our future minor seminary,” says Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo Cardinal Vidal during the topping off ceremony of the IEC Pavilion last Wednesday July 15, 2015. Cardinal Vidal explained that when he received his first Holy Communion during the 33rd International Eucharistic Congress that was held in Manila, which was the first instance that the IEC was held in the Philippines, he along with thousands of other children were made to transfer from one building to another, and that this year is the luckiest year because all foreign and local delegates will be under one roof and will be comfortably protected under the roof of the IEC Pavilion.
Archbishop Elect Dennis Villarojo extended his thanks to Mr. Rafaelito Barino andMrs. Fe Barino, owners of Duros Development Corporation, the private company which agreed to finance the project and construct the Pavilion on the grounds of the Archdiocesan seminaries. Neither the Archdiocese nor the IEC will have to spend anything for an agreement was signed with Duros Development Corporation that after the Eucharistic Congress the land will be leased so that the company may recover its investment. “When I said yes, I said yes with conviction, I didn’t have second thoughts so I immediately consulted my husband for my husband is the visionary. For the 25 years in the construction business we have always worked as a family with the board of directors, my brothers and sisters, so in my mind I knew that we will have no problem in finishing this project,” says Fe Barino in her speech during the press conference after the topping off ceremony of the IEC Pavilion.
“This house is built on faith” says Archbishop Elect Dennis Villarojo and indeed with the help of the whole Catholic family the International Eucharistic Congress in 2016 will be a gathering that will awaken the spirit. And with the first step, the completion of the Pavilion, it is certain that the congress is coming into reality.
The IEC Pavilion is merely the symbol of our hopes that on January 2016 Cebu will bring the world together anew and we will meet Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.And like a building that can withstand the earthquakes that shake us, our faith in Christ our Hope of Glory will stand through the test of time.