Manila (AsiaNews) – The world’s first-ever environmentally-friendly church is set to rise in Smokey Mountain by Christmas next year, a church official said yesterday.
Fr Benigno Beltran from the Parish of the Resurrected Christ said on Sunday that he hoped to celebrate the 2007 Christmas Novena in the new church, which will feature solar panels, a rain catchment system and waterless composting toilets. He is also eyeing the use of coco diesel for the church’s generators.
Palafox Associates, an architectural firm, designed the church structure in such a way that it could use some 200,000 hollow blocks mixed with old computer parts and other residual waste as materials. The church roof will be used as a greenhouse for growing vegetables.
The planned five-story building, which has been dubbed the “
The church basement will be the venue for programmes designed to promote activities like bath and laundry soaps production. It will also house
“This would not only be the first environment (-friendly) church, but it would also be the first digital church because it is Wi-Fi capable,” Fr Beltran added.
The existing makeshift chapel was torn down to make way for the new church, which will seat 1,200 people.
Beltran said while they have tentatively set the completion of the church in 12 months, it might take longer.
He said they need 50 million pesos (US$ 1 million) to complete the project and have already raised one-fifth of this amount so far. The church’s foundations and concrete flooring have been laid.
Located north-west of
Father Beltran is currently talking with church officials in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) to work out an arrangement whereby
Beltran, who has been involved for years in improving living conditions for
The firm R-II Builders Inc., owned by construction magnate Reghis Romero, donated the 2,000-square meter lot on which the church is being built.