Fundraising Run and Bike Ride for Angeles City Church Repair

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Angeles City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Chief Rudy Simeon supports Paldak Pulayi, a fundraiser for the restoration of the Parish Church of the Holy Rosary. (Photo by Paldak & Pulayi)

CITY OF ANGELES A consulting firm has scheduled its third playful run and bike ride, a fundraiser for the restoration of the 141-year-old St. Rosary Parish Church (HRP) or Santo Rosario Church in this city .

The sporting event dubbed “Paldak at Pulayi Year 3” is scheduled for 5:30 a.m. for the bike ride and 4:15 a.m. for the fun race on October 29, 2022.

Edna Eufemio, owner of AdCentral Consulting, organizer of the annual event, said it was a tie-up with Smoke10 Manegement, Angeles City’s local government unit, and Curia Sancti Rosarii.

She said 100% of the proceeds from the fundraiser go to the church.

Eufemio said the structure of the church is still being made permanent.

“They want to make sure the church is safe from future shocks,” she said in the vernacular.

Santo Rosario Church and other ancient churches in the province were destroyed in the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit Luzon on April 22, 2019.

The Pastoral Council of HRP said earlier that it needed 100 million pula for the repair and restoration of the

structure.

The HRP, which is called by locals as Pisambang Maragul (Great Church) has been recognized as national

historic site by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

The foundation of the church was first laid on October 18, 1877 by the founding families of Angeles City led by Don Mariano V. Henson.

It was laid out by city planners during the Spanish colonial era and is now one of the city’s most distinct landmarks due to its historical significance.

The church was built from 1877 to 1896 by the Polo y Servicio labor system, forced, unpaid native Filipino labor for 40 days a year for all males 16 to 65 by the Spanish government.

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