Mighty Corporation’s CSR arm,The Wong Chu King Foundation turned over its renovation project for the historic Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the largest church in all of Cavite, back to its parish in Naic town during the foundation’s 24th anniversary last year/
The non-government organization has been supporting apostolic work, strengthened the church’s outer wall structure with limestone and built a new garden and fountain for it, said Alexander Wongchuking, WCKF executive director.
“We cannot allow this historic church to go into disrepair because it had not only strengthened the Filipino faith but also stands as a mute witness to the martyrdom of the defenders of Philippine freedom and nationhood,” added Wongchuking, recalling the church’s role in the fight for Philippine independence from Spanish, American and Japanese conquerors.
The said project was started in June 2013 and completed last February. Wongchuking said the church had always been near to the hearts of the Wongchuking family and all WCKF board officers and members since Nelia Dy Wongchuking, WCKF president and chairman of the board, was born in Naic and traces her roots to the town and its church.
“Our project aims to maintain the original structure, essence and sanctity of the church,” said James Navarette, WCKF general manager.
“At first, the foundation focused on repairing the church’s roof and ceiling. But Mrs. Wongchuking heard of the personal project of Fr. Virgilio Saenz-Mendoza, the parish priest, and the people of Naic to refurbish the outer walls of the church,” Navarette explained.