The groundbreaking of the Christ the Redeemer Columbarium Complex inside Rose Lawns Memorial Park in Barangay Bata, Bacolod City, was held yesterday.
It will be a world class facility and will again put Bacolod on the map, Teresa Development Corp. chairman, Ramon Lacson, said.
The TDC chairman along with Negros Occidental Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson and Alex Buenaventura, LandBank of the Philippines president and chief executive officer, cut the ribbon and led the ceremonial breaking of ground, while Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon blessed the site.
Ramon Lacson said they expect the first phase of the Columbarium Complex to be completed within a year and it will be able to house 6,000 cremated remains, but the entire facility when completed with be able to accommodate 40,000 plus.
The Columbarium Complex will be an architectural masterpiece located on a 2-hectare area, he said.
Lacson, who pioneered the memorial park business in Bacolod City, said he decided to build the Columbarium Complex because it is much easier for families to part with their loved ones when they are cremated, it is more sanitary, and cheaper than selling memorial park lots.
Cremated remains can be buried in a cluster of niches, each with individual vaults that can secure as many as six standard-sized urns to be covered by a clear face-plate, or in a family suite thatwill include a restroom, kitchenette, living room and scenic view of the park and garden, he said.
Buenaventuracongratulated Lacson on his Columbarium Complex project and said LBP is open to providing his firm with more loans should he wish to apply for such.
The vice governor saidthere are other columbarium facilities in Bacolodbut not of the magnitude envisioned by the TDC chairman.
He called Lacson a leader in the mortuary business and said the Columbarium Complex will be another one of his legacies.
Buzon congratulated Lacson for his “very innovative idea on providing the best resting place for one's loved ones.”
He also stressed the need to give the best to one's loved ones even while they are still alive which is a beautiful way of expressing faith in this Epiphany.
Also present at the groundbreaking rites were Bacolod Mayor EvelioLeonardia, Representatives Greg Gasataya (Bacolod) and Melecio Yap (Neg. Occ., 1 st District), and LBP director Jesus Hinlo Jr. and Edward John Reyes, executive vice president.*CPG
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