SRP preferred as site for Calungsod canonization thanksgiving mass

May 28, 2012 12:38 am 

CEBU CITY, May 27 – The Cebu Archdiocesan committee tasked to prepare the venue for the thanksgiving activities for the canonization of Blessed Pedro Calungsod prefers to hold the mass at the South Road Properties (SRP) in Cebu City.

Fr. Raul Gallego, chairperson of the committee on venue, said the group considered a list of criteria to help them choose the best venue for the nationwide celebration.

”Solemnity, the celebration should be kept solemn at all times. Visibility, this means that during the mass the people would be able to watch what’s going on,” he said.

The venue should be accessible to the people and there should be minimal disruption in traffic while security can be imposed properly as VIPs (very important persons) are expected to attend the event.

As to the cost, the expenses for the venue should be from P10 million to P20 million only.

”The cost would cover the venue and the template where the mass will be held,” said Gallego.

The planned 1,200-meter template will serve as a structure for the liturgical celebration and marker for the event.

”There should also be the least obstruction of delivery of basic needs, that hospital services or other emergency services would not be disrupted,” he said.

There are three venues considered by the committee, which is composed of engineers, architects and designers.

These are the SRP, Mandaue Reclamation Area and Fuente Osmeña.

The central committee for the preparations, headed by Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, earlier announced that activities would be held at the Mandaue Reclamation Area.

The final choice for the venue has not been made yet, the advantages and disadvantages of the use of the three venues are still being studied.

”Upon votation on the matrix for the venue, the best is SRP,” he said.

Gallego said there are developments and intervention that lowered the cost of construction at the SRP to about P10 million.

He said the initial budget was P60 million, which will decrease to P30 million if the activity is held in SRP.

The 1,200-meter template could not fit inside Fuente Osmeña and construction that would take one month would entail closing all the roads in the area. So the venue is not feasible for the expected large-scale celebration.

For the Mandaue site, there is no space to accommodate the construction and the expected number of people. The entire building plan will need at least an area of 16 hectares. There is only eight hectares of available space in the Mandaue site. (PNA)

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