Saturday, January 29, 2011


My friend Caress Banson has started a wonderful project. She, on her lonesome, is helping to build a church for the people of Bgy. Natipuan in Batangas. It will function also as a common community space where feeding programs and medical missions can be done. The shell (above) has already been built and it's already being used for masses and baptisms.

But as you can see, it's still in a pretty raw state. The pews are ratty and there are no tile floors nor proper lighting. It would be great if the people of this town could have a church that they can be proud of, one with proper pews, lighting, and icons even. It's very near Punta Fuego and Pico de Loro as well. Helping create a church/tourist attraction would benefit the people but the area as a whole. Their collection of Virgin Marys and saints are pretty shabby to say the least.

It would be great if she could find people who can help her. People who can donate time, money, construction supplies or any form of support to complete this house. Yes, I know it may seem weird of me to ask of this from all of you as the "heretic" who barged into a church, but I support this project because the people of the community want this project. They want a dignified place where they can worship and interact with their community. Many find comfort in religion, whatever religion that may be. Who am I to deprive them of this comfort?

So please help us finish this house. It's located right between the properties of the Angaras and the Ponce Enriles. If anyone knows these senators, please tell them the community needs help in building this church. If you are interested in donating anything, please contact Mrs. Caress Banson at or me at

Thanks a bunch.
Carlos "Damaso" Celdran