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Community in Ifugao plans to build a solar-powered chapel

MANILA, Dec. 29 –Residents of a mountain village in Ifugao are planning to build a solar-powered worship place chapel.

According to an article posted on the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) website, the people of Inwaloy are looking to erect a sun generate chapel place where they can celebrate Mass and hold bible services.

The people have also promised to render free labor to be able to achieve their dream chapel.

The community consists of 92 households with a population of 437 and the place is part of the world famous Ifugao Rice Terraces.

Since they have no place of worship, the community holds their Sunday Mass and services in the house of a couple in the barrio.

The nearest chapels to Inwaloy are St. Luke Chapel in Magulon which is a two-hour hike going up the mountain, and St. Andrew chapel in Guinihon, an hour and a half hike going down from Inwaloy.

With this, the SVD missionaries of the Philippine Northern province put up the facebook account titled “Help Build a Solar-Powered, Catholic Chapel amidst the Ifugao Rice Terraces” to help generate support for the project.

The project is supported by their current pastor, SVD priest Fr. Gil Rochar Dulay, the community decided to ask help from generous people so they can build a chapel that can also be used as a multi-purpose center for outreach activities like medical missions, disaster response and relief, agriculture extension, and cultural heritage preservation.

Inwaloy was first visited in 2008 by Fr. Romeo Benitez, SVD, who was then rector of the Mayoyao Catholic Mission.

The priest’s constant visit to the barrio led the people to go back to the practice of their Catholic faith and the establishment of the basic ecclesiastical community, with particular emphasis on youth, education, altar, social services and temporalities ministries (BEC-YEAST).

Mayoyao is one of the mission stations of the SVD priests in the Northern province of the Philippines. (PNA) FGP/utb

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