Kingspoint Community Pantry Goes Full Blast

Kingspoint Community Pantry goes full blast last April 23 Friday with hundreds of residents from nearby areas lined-up as early as 6:00am and queue for at least 2 hours.

I happened to pass by the Yarda Food Hub late April 22 ( Thursday ) around past 5:00pm and saw the set-up of the community pantry.

Kingspoint community pantry organizers and early bird recipients ( April 24 saturday )

Kingspoint Community Pantry

Mr. Greg Mota a resident of Goodwill Homes 1 and Engineer Aldrin Godwin Pangan – who spearheaded the community pantry- both are also active in Christ the King of the Universe parish ( photo taken last April 23 Friday)

Kingspoint Subdivision Community Pantry is the concerted efforts of brainchild of the Christ the King of the Universe Parish, Engineer Aldrin Godwin Pangan, Mr. Greg Mota and the dynamic volunteers of the community. The community also encompasses nearby areas such as El Pueblo One condominium, Oro, Dupax, Daniac Court, Kasiyahan Townhomes, San Pedro IX, Maloles compound, Grand Monaco Villas, Kingsville and Goodwill Homes 2 within the territorial jurisdiction of Barangay Bagbag. While Goodwill Homes 1, California Village, Dona Faustina Subdivision are within the territorial jurisdiction of Barangay San Bartolome in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Barangay Bagbag purok leader checking the exit

The community pantry is located in front of Yarda Food Hub which is located in block 37, lot 10 along Katipunan Avenue, Kingspoint Subdivision , Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches. The food hub just serves as a temporary community pantry since its temporary closure last year. They have to ask permission from the owner of the food hub and coordinated with Barangay Bagbag and the local government unit of Quezon City .

They also have to follow the guidelines set by the IATF because Metro Manila is still under Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ)and curfew hours is between 8:00 pm to 5:00 am. So residents must try to follow these simple guidelines and must follow simple protocols like practicing social distancing, wearing of face mask, face shield.

There are 550 individual residents who patiently queue in line during the first day, 310 in April 24 Saturday, about 400 in April 25 Sunday. The line is quite long and reach about a kilometer long ending in Touch of Class car wash and food hub nearby.

Mr.Lamberto Nolasco of Kingspoint Homeowner Association Inc. (KHAI) in the middle checks the community pantry

Kingspoint community pantry volunteers and some organizers

Community Pantries in Metro Manila

Community pantry is long established community effort in many countries. There are relief efforts which are conducted by NGO groups and private organizations during the time of calamities such as flood, typhoon, fire and earthquakes. Somehow the scope was limited.

There are over 135 community pantry in Quezon City and over 440 community pantries that have sprung -up in many areas of the country.

Easter Vigil 2019 at Christ the King of the Universe Parish in Kingspoint, Novaliches

Holy Week is one of the most important event in the Catholic church. One of the most anticipated event at the Christ the King of the Universe parish within Kingspoint subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches in Quezon City is the annual Easter vigil.

church historical marker

A small chapel was constructed early in 1980. While several minor renovations were made in the late 1980’s. Portion of the chapel was enlarged in the mid-1990’s because of increasing parishioner from nearby subdivision. The present church facade and structure was enlarged in 2001 and became a full pledge parish of the diocese of Novaliches in 2004.

holy week schedule of activities

The full holy week schedule was posted at several vantage points within the subdivision and FB page of the parish. Easter day celebrations in the mid- 1980’s and 1990’s were simple.

Christ the King of the Universe parish ( vigil rites)

Images inside churches remain draped in purple. The administration of sacraments is severely limited.

facade of the church

The shift from mourning to joy begins at night with the observance of the Easter Vigil, the third and final day of the Paschal Triduum that began on Maundy Thursday. There was also the procession of Santo Entierro during Good Friday.

Someone from the parish invited me to the vigil which led up to the reenactment of the Easter day “Salubong”.

registration area

Easter day salubong was participated by the community of Kingspoint Subdivision, San Pedro IX, Goodwill Homes 1, Grand Monaco Villas, Dupax compound, Oro compound, Alipio compound, Kasiyahan Village up to California Village in nearby Barangay San Bartolome.

The rite is customarily performed in the early hours of Easter before the first Mass, Which is normally held at around past 4:00 am, while some of the parishioners are already inside the church as early as 3:00am.

participants climb the makeshift platform

Unlike in Makati or some places, Easter Vigil and Salubong takes place around midnight. Easter day celebration within Christ the King of the Universe parish usually happen early dawn at around past 3:00 am.

Easter salubong ritual is meant to depict the apocryphal reunion of Christ and his Mother, the Virgin Mary, after the Resurrection. Statues of both are borne in two separate processions that converge at a designated area which is often an open space with a purpose-built scaffolding at the main entrance of the parish.

children in white dress and wings

The high point of the easter day rites is the angel dramatically removes the veil from the Virgin’s icon, signalling the abrupt end to her grieving and the period of mourning. The veil may simply be pulled off the statue, or tied to balloons or doves that are released into early dawn rites. With white balloons released at the church.

Ms. Jhuie Annika P. Delagala from California Village

Ms. Jhuie Annika Delagala is is hoisted at the makeshift entrance and was the one who took the viel from the blessed mary.

Dozens of children in white dress, with angel wings. While 4 children dress as angels threw in flower petals unto the processional carriages.

start of the easter salubong celebration

The celebrations started with an early morning mass by 5:00 am. The regular mass was celebrated by 6:00 am.

Christ the King of the Universe parish entrance

morning mass at past 10:00 am

Christ the King of the Universe parish within Kingspoint subdivision is getting elaborate and more parishioner are joining the annual Easter celebrations.

Address: King Christian Street, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, 1116 Quezon City, Philippines

 Contact : (02) 937 8941

Connections : God in Everything and Everywhere Book by Rev. Father Tristan Jasper D. Laforteza

Christ the King of the Universe Parish, Kingspoint Subdivision, Bagbag, Novaliches -Quezon City

The author was invited by a friend and a relative for an early morning mass 6:00am  at the Christ the King of the Universe Parish in Kingspoint . This was a special day since a visiting priest from Parokya ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo of Bagong Silang, Caloocan City . There are two celebrant of mass .  According to Father Tristan , He is making rounds within parish churches within the diocese of Novaliches. He had already visited his 12th parish.

Reverend Father Tristan Jasper D. Laforteza together with parishioners 

Reverend Father Tristan Jasper D. Laforteza is a diocesan priest of the Diocese of Novaliches . He was born on January 23, 1985 at Gapan City , Nueva Ecija province. He grew up in Jordan Plains Subdivision , Novaliches , Quezon City where his family resides . He finished his primary education in 1997 at the Mater Carmeli School, Lagro , Quezon City . He then entered Maria Assumpta Seminary in Cabanatuan , Nueva Ecija where he finished his secondary education in 2001 .

Fr. Tristan continued his tertiary education  at the same seminary earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy in 2005 . In his desire to become a priest , he also entered the San Carlos Seminary  at Guadalupe , Makati City wherein he completed his Master’s Degree in Theology in 2010.

Christ the King of the Universe Parish 

Currently , He is a priest assign at the Diocese of Novaliches where the church badly needed repair and there is a chapel nearby which is under going construction . Proceed from the sale of the two books entitled  Connections : God in Everything and Everywhere published in 2012  and LunchBox published in 2013 by Claretian Publications.

parishioners bought books

The first book is written in English with 95 pages and the second book written in Filipino. Each book cost Php 200 

For those willing to help the causes of the Parokya ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo – Bagong Silang for the rehabilitation of their church and construction of a chapel .

Please call (09228418129 ) SUN (09173223909 ( Globe) 

Email: inisparish@ymail.com

 

 

Kingspoint Parish- Christ the King of the Universe Parish

This is the Kingspoint parish or more popularly known as Christ the King of the Universe Parish its feast day is celebrated every third sunday of November.

The parish since its beginnings  in the mid- 1970’s was under the jurisdiction of Parokya ng Pagkabuhay– (Resurrection of Our Lord Parish) Pagkabuhay road  ( Bagbag, Novaliches ) until early 2002 were it became an independent parish had a resident priest and a community center.

This parish had grown tremendously over the past 30 years , from a small chapel with barely a few dozen sitting capacity to several hundred  hosting several communities from Kingspoint subdivision and the adjacent areas.

The church underwent 3 major renovations in mid 1980’s , 1990’s  and 2000’s  on the same site .  The present day church belfry-  ground level also served as a small souvenir shop were religious items such as rosary, prayer booklets, mass cards are sold.

Mr. Ogie Alcasid and Micheal V.

Yaya and Angelina movie pictures courtesy of GMA films

The church served as a location on several television series in the past and most notably the ” Yaya and Angelina ” the spoiled brat movie starting Mr. Ogie Alcasid and Micheal V.  which was shown last September 23, 2009.

” Angelina the 7 year -old spoiled brat girl was ringing the bell tower ” in a portion of the movie .

Joining the cast are some of today’s most talented stars such as Iza Calzado, Aiko Melendez, Jomari Yllana, Leo Martinez, Roxanne Guinoo, Sheena Halili, Victor Aliwalas, Pekto Nacua and John Feir.

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