IEC venue nears completion

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Archbishop Socrates Villegas does an ocular inspection of the International Eucharistic Congress Pavilion in Cebu, April 25, 2015. (Photo: CBCPNews)

MANILA, Aug. 13, 2015 – With only five months left before the momentous International Eucharistic Congress in January 2016, the Pavilion being constructed specially for this event is now 82.5 percent complete.

According to recently ordained Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Dennis Villarojo, secretary general of the IEC, this humble building is fully air-conditioned and can accommodate up to 12,000 delegates.

So far, 51 countries have already registered their delegates for the event, with the biggest number coming from Canada and the U.S.. Yet, the number may still increase and reach even a hundred participating countries, said Villarojo.

The funding for the Pavilion’s construction was sponsored by the Duros Development Corporation, and not even a single centavo from the “Piso Para sa Misa ng Mundo” campaign is being spent on this project.

“The fund raising for the IEC is not being used for the Pavilion but for the operating expenses of the Congress,’” explained Villarojo.

After the Congress, the Pavilion shall be converted into a minor seminary and a pastoral center, the plot of land where it stands being owned by the archdiocesan seminaries.

One of the first communicants during the 1937 IEC held in Manila, Archbishop Emeritus of Cebu Ricardo Cardinal Vidal expressed elation over the first communion that will take place during this Eucharistic gathering. In his experience, they were made to transfer from one building to another, and that with the construction of this IECPavilion, this year is the “luckiest year” because delegates will comfortably gather for activities under a single roof.

On Sept. 30, 2015, the Pavilion will be turned over to the Archdiocese of Cebu.

The IEC Pavilion is expected to be completed by October 2015. (Luke Godoy/CBCPNews)

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