Repair of Martha chapel is reason for revelry— Beng PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 13 November 2013 10:40

Mayor Beng Climaco yesterday declared that the upcoming reconstruction of Christ the King Chapel, which was razed to the ground by fire at the height of the 23-day siege at Martha Drive in Barangay Sta. Catalina last September, is a reason for celebration.

“We always find a reason to celebrate. This is a positive sign that we Zamboangueños, Muslims and Christians alike, will rise together to rebuild this chapel,” Beng said as she acknowledged the joint efforts of “Esperanza” together with the Evangelista family and the religious leaders.

She said the reconstruction of the chapel is an initiative of the community composing not only the Christians but the Muslims, who live in the area, as well. “We thank them for joining their efforts together to rebuild this chapel,” she said.

History has it that the Christ the King Chapel was originally located on the third floor of the house of the Evangelistas until such time the Martha Drive community decided to construct the chapel on a small property also belonging to the Evangelista family.

People in the community led by the barangay officials of Sta. Catalina volunteered to construct the chapel.

Surrounded by residential houses inside Martha Drive, the chapel, however, was razed by fire at the height of the 23-day siege but not the houses thereat. “It was believed the chapel’s destruction had saved the surrounding houses from fire.”

Present during the program for the chapel’s reconstruction were Councilors Abdurahman Nuño and Myra Paz Valderrosa-Abubakar, Sr. Supt. Dennis Basngi, officer-in-charge of the Zamboanga City Police Office; Rev. Fr. Sebastiano D’Ambra, founder of the Silsillah Movement; Rev. Fr. Adriano Barcelo, representing the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, and several other community leaders, who have stories to tell about the chapel. — Vic Larato