Chapel rises amid ruins
“The real essence of community building is people’s participation, this is the mark in our small Christian communities in the parish,” said Father Gerry Sabado.
A community chapel destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan was re-constructed from the trees felled by the typhoon in Negros Occidental last month. It was built by members of the Gagmayna Kristianong Katilingban (GKK) Basic Christian Community.
“The real essence of community building is people’s participation, this is the mark in our small Christian communities in the parish,” said Father Gerry Sabado, parish priest of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Escalante.
“We saw the pockets of devastation in the remote areas here in Northern Negros, we only have simple criteria in our rebuilding campaign and immediate implementation: the community must be organized, and they should take part in the re-building efforts,” Flores said.
The chapel now beams with a beautiful mural on its altar façade, titled “Kristosa Paghimakas” (Christ of the Struggle), done by the members of Dibuhistanga Naghiliugyonsa Negros, an artists’ group in Negros who has been pioneering in the area of protest art and whose works are embedded in the pro-people struggle.
“Our gallery is with the people, and in the people. We are sharing art in the midst of their struggle, in their hearts and in their faith,” said its chief Rafael Burdeos.
Source: CBCP News