(Photo Credits: DMCI Homes)
The DMCI group has completed repairs at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, more commonly known as the UP Church, ahead of Holy Week.
Dome repairs started in January with scaffolding construction and scraping of the dome’s interior. Repainting of the interior dome of the church was finished this month, the listed construction conglomerate said in a statement.
In July 2020, it began repair of masonry cracks, de-clogging of downspouts and drains, installation of new electrical fixtures, and exterior repainting on the chapel’s iconic dome and roof as well as its walls, columns, eaves, under slabs, ceilings, and railings.
Excluding the interior dome, these repairs were completed in December 2020.
While repairs were on-going, masses were held at the UP Church grounds.
A total of 138 gallons of paint were used in repainting the interior dome, with the paint donated by Boysen Philippines. Repairs of the dome were done with JBLS Trading and Construction Aesthetics.
The murals in the church were left untouched during the repairs.
The chapel was designed by National Artist for Architecture Leandro Locsin and built by engineer David Consunji, founder of the DMCI Group of companies.
Other National Artists who contributed to the 65-year-old chapel’s creation were Vicente Manansala (National Artist for Painting), Arturo Luz (National Artist for Visual Arts), Napoleon Abueva (National Artist for Sculpture), and Ang Kiukok (National Artist for Visual Arts).
The UP Church is the only Philippine structure that features the works of five National Artists. Arvee Christine R. Biscocho