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The Barangay Lu-ag  Church Project

Lu-ag Church PlotThe project to build a church for Barangay Lu-ag was initiated by the then Baragay Captain, Mrs. Consolacion Laguartilla, in consultation with Mr Ariel Lanada who is leading the international fundraising activity.

Mrs Laguartilla has very kindly donated 200 square meters of land for the construction of the church (see photo left, the area to the foreground of the trees formerly used for growing sugarcane).

Mr Lanada and many others have made monetary donations and we continue to seek assistance in the form of prayers, money, materials or equipment from all who wish the project well.

The progress of the project will be posted on this website as will details of donations and our finances.

 

2 February 2014 -  Church Doors Installed 

On Sunday 2 February 2014 the church doors were installed by the person who designed and constructed them - Joel Berguia.  Pictures below show the church made secure from visits by animals etc. by the installation of temporary bamboo grills in the window spaces and the rear doors, and by the main doors at the front entrance.  Eventually all of the exterior walls will be painted white and the lower-roofing will be painted red to match the main roof.

Photos: Liza Berguia

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15 January 2013 - Blessing of the Church

Gallery of photographs of the event

The following article appeared in the Iloilo newpaper 'News Express' 20 January 2014 edition
www.newsexpressiloilo.com


A DAY OF BLESSINGS FOR BARANGAY LUAG


After all the misery that typhoon Yolanda brought to our country, the people of Barangay Luag, Duenas, Iloilo, had cause to celebrate last Wednesday 15 January 2014..

Nearly four years after construction started, the Barangay's new church of St Vincent Ferrer was blessed.  Mass was celebrated by Msgr Rabindranath Catalan, of St Jerome parish Duenas. To add further joy to the day, Lance Xavier Lanada and 4 other children were baptized.  The celebrations were well attended by the community, barangay and municipal officials, including Mr and Mrs Mamerto Pelopero Sr – parents of the municipal Mayor of Duenas, Carmelite and Dominical Nuns also graced the occasion. After the events in the church, a party was hosted by Jose Ariel Lanada, Hon Bgy Captain Roger Bautista & Barangay council of Lu-ag at Mr & Mrs Consolacion Laguartilla residence.

Barangay Luag is one of the 47 barangays that make up the Municipality of Duenas, in the 4th Congressional District of Iloilo province.  Luag has a land area of 0.97 square kilometres and a population of around 434 (2010 census) The principal economic activity is agriculture (rice, corn and sugarcane) and most of the citizens of Luag are subsistence farmers and/or laborers, working on the land or at any casual work that they are able to find.

The project to build a church for Barangay Luag was initiated by Mrs. Laguartilla, in consultation with Mr Ariel Lanada who led the fundraising activity and directed project works.  Mrs Laguartilla, with great generosity, donated 200 square meters of land for the construction of the church and Mr Lanada and many others made monetary contributions.

Construction started in April 2010 with the community coming together to provide the labor. The main walls and structural columns were completed by August 2010, but, not unusually for such an undertaking, the project then ran-out of funds. Nevertheless the project organizers persevered and funds were eventually collected to allow the main roof to be constructed, led by Joel Berguia. The roof was completed in October 2011.

In May 2012 the Church was used for the first time.  The Festival of Flores de Mayo took place throughout the month and children of the Barangay brought flowers in honour of the Virgin Mary.

After another funding gap, the side-aisle roofs were completed in August 2012.

Finally, in December 2013 and in to the new year, further major progress was achieved which brought the church to a stage where it could be blessed. The sanctuary platform and steps were constructed and tiled.  The whole floor was concreted.  The walls behind and to the sides of the altar, together with the columns were plastered/rendered and painted. The vestibule was roofed and its floor concreted and walls plastered. The walls of the aisles were raised in height ready for future installation of grills.  The ground to the approach to the church was leveled.  A cross was erected at the apex of the roof.  Mass was celebrated in the church on 27th December 2013 and was followed by the barangay Christmas party.

There is still plenty to do: provision of furniture; installation of grills, windows and doors; construction of the sacristy and much more.  But the community, under the leadership of newly elected Barangay Captain Roger Bautista will continue to persevere and renew its efforts to bring the project to completion.

In the meantime the church will be the living heart of the community, with mass celebrated every first Wednesday of the month and other activities taking place.  Commenting on the achievement Ariel Lanada said "The faithful people of Baragay Luag, who often did not to go to mass because they could not afford the transport to Duenas, will now have a spiritual focus which will help community cohesion, provide moral focus for the young and help sustain the continued development of the community".

December 2013 -  Major Progress. 

Despite the misery that typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda bought to the Philippines and to the population of Barangay Lu-ag (63 of the 112 homes there were very badly damaged), the community has rallied-round and found great consolation in moving-forward the construction of their church.

Over the past few weeks the following major progress has been achieved:

- construction of the altar platform and steps;
- complete concreting of the church floor;
- rendering/plastering of the walls behind and to the sides of the altar;
- concreting of the entrance hallway floor and rendering/plastering of some of the walls;
- levelling of the ground approaching the church entrance;
- raising the wall height of the aisles (for subsequent installation of grills) .

Mass will be said in the church on 27th December 2013 and will be followed by the barangay Christmas party.

It is hoped that we will be able to maintain this momentum by moving on to installing the roofing over the entrance hallway.

Photographs taken 22 December 2013 by Liza Berguia:

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August 2012 -  Aisle Roofing Complete. 

Work on the lower-level roof covering the side-aisles is now complete with the beams being made from timber cut in the Barangay itself.  

The next elements of the project include the roofing over the entrance porch and above the sacristy behind the altar; laying the concrete floor; building the raised floor for the altar and creation of the altar itself  .  

Photographs taken August 2012:

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June 2012 - Main Roof Complete! Work begun on Aisle Roofing. Flower Festival held at Church.

Work on the high central main roof is now complete.

Work on the lower-level roof above the side-aisles, over the entrance porch and above the sacristy behind the altar has started with the beams being made from timber cut in the Barangay itself.  Once the roofing is installed (probably initially just simple galvanised corrugated iron for cost reasons) the fabric of the church will have been fully secured from the elements.

In May 2012 the Church was used for the first time.  The Festival of Flores de Mayo took place throughout the month of May.  Children of the Barangay brought flowers in honour of the Virgin Mary.  Photos of the Festival can be seen below.

Photographs taken May 2012:

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First use of the Church for the Festival of Flores de Mayo
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Children wait to present their gifts to the Virgin Mary
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Ariel Lanada presides over the giving of flowers
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Children receive school materials at the end of the festival

Photographs taken by Joel Berguia on 11 October 2011:


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The main expanse of roof covering the central nave of the church.
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The altar end of the church with rice fields behind.
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Looking through the church from the side (altar end to the left) towards neighbouring rice fields.
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The church seen from the altar end.


Photographs taken 28 August 2011:


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The front of the church with the blockwork completed to fit with the roofing and now being rendered.
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Looking through the church, the altar end on the left.

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Looking through the church immediately behind the entrance. Rice fields can be seen in the distance.
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Inside the church looking towards the altar end. The wall now completed to roof height and will be plastered.

Photographs of progress taken by Liza Berguia on 3 August 2011:

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June 2011 - Work On Roof About To Restart 

It is some time since we have posted news of progress on our church-building project.  So here, at last, is an update!

Work on the roof, which was always going to be the most expensive element of the construction, had to stop in September 2010 because we ran out of money!

Funds were raised in the UK (see the events page) and were taken back to the Philippines when Ariel Lanada visited in April 2011.  Work to finish the roof will commence probably in late-July or August 2011.  The delay is because it is the rainy season and also the harvesting season for rice - so labour is tied-up with the important work of producing food!  We hope that the roof will be completed by the end of September 2011.  Once the roof is in place Mass will be able to be celebrated in the church, while finishing work can progress as funds permit.

The fund-raising committee, on behalf of all the people of Barangay Lu-ag, once again would like to thank all those who have so generously helped with the project so far.

Below are some photographs of the church construction taken by Ariel Lanada on 24 April 2011.  We think you will be able to see that the church is taking shape.

StV_Luag The church from the west. The main door is at the right. The open girders at the top will be supporting the central roof.
The church from the west.  The alter will be to the left. The big plants are bananas. StV_Luag
StV_Luag From the south-west showing the main door.  The church will have a central nave with aisles either side.
From the south-east again showing the main door.  The nave will have a higher pitched roof and the aisles will have lower roofing either side. The plants in front of the building include cassava. StV_Luag
StV_Luag From the east towards the altar end.  The aisles will have open sides to help ventilation in the hot Philippines climate.  Utimately it is envisaged that they will have grilles.
From the south-east showing most of the length of the church from main door to altar.  The high-roofed nave can be seen relative to the lower side aisles. StV_Luag
StV_Luag From the south-west showing the main door.  There will be windows each side of the door at the end of each aisle.
Inside the church looking from the altar towards the main door.  The girders supporting the taller roof of the nave can be seen. StV_Luag
StV_Luag Inside the church towards the position of the altar.  To the right there is a door leading to a cloakroom.  To the left a door leading to the sacristy.
From the south - the main door. StV_Luag

August 2010 - Construction Project Continues Well

As hoped, construction commenced during April 2010, on Monday 19th in fact,  with a workforce of 3 builders and 7 helpers.

The church has approximate dimensions of 10 metres x 24 metres.  As at 13 August 2010, work up to and including vertical columns, horizontal beams and some fill-in block-work has been completed.  Steel roof trusses, which support the roof itself are now nearing completion.  The next stage is to install the roof itself  which will secure the building from the weather and allow internal work to continue at a more relaxed pace.  Installation of the roof will be one of the most costly elements of the project .
  
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Ariel Lanada addresses a barangay meeting on 15 April 2010 prior to construction commencing.
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The site on 18 April 2010, cleared ready for construction to begin.
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18 April 2010, the site is starting to be marked out ready for construction to commence the following day.  A model of the church can be seen to the left of the picture.
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19 April 2010, the foundations being dug.
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7 May 2010, showing construction up to floor level and the framework for the posts around the perimeter of the building.
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7 May 2010, showing the cylindrical interior columns.
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7 May 2010, another view of the build.
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7 May 2010, the construction team.

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Building progress as at 19 May 2010 - roof beams being constructed.

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Early August 2010 - a lot more block-work completed and the main doorway is obvious (top left).  Steel roof support trusses are starting to be installed.

Photos: Liza Lanada Berguia and Ariel Lanada
 

© 2014 Fund Raising Committee for Saint Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church, Barangay Lu-ag, Dueñas, Iloilo 5038, Philippines