BAYAMBANG—A 51-meter high St. Vincent Prayer Park, the tallest in the world, is being constructed in an almost one-hectare lot in Barangay Bani this town.
The religious structure, made of steel and engineered bamboo, will be taller than the Statue of Liberty in the United States of America and the Christ The Redeemer image in Brazil.
Mayor Cezar T. Quiambao, who announced the town’s project when he delivered his State of Municipality Address on July 2, said it is expected to draw more Catholic faithful to the place.
He said the town has no tourism destination so he expects the prayer park to be a landmark that people will visit.
The statue estimated to cost P75-million is supported by Stradcom, Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation Inc. (KKSBFI), CS First Green, JQS Builders, Far East Industrial Supply & Company, RAA–Architects, Engineers & Consultancy Services, and Puzzlebox 3D.
Quiambao said his wife, Mary Clare Jose-Quiambao, conceptualized the idea of constructing a shrine for the town’s patron in time for the celebration of the 400th year of the Saint Vincent Ferrer Parish in Bayambang and the 600th death anniversary of the saint on April 5, 2019.
The prayer park construction is set to be finished on March 31, 2019.
Mrs. Quiambao said it will be another world record for Bayambang after the town successfully earned the Guinnes World title for Longest Barbeque that measured 8,000 m (20,246 ft) in 2014.
She said the town aims to vie for another world tile when the statue is completed – the tallest religious structure made of bamboo.
“Our town will be more recognized and this will be our gift to the people and to God for all His blessings,” she added. (Eva Visperas)
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