The subject of preparing for death used to be a taboo in the Filipino culture. But through the years, people’s eyes have been opened about the practicality of preparing for this eventuality. Now, we have first class facilities for cremation and an upcoming Christ the Redeemer Columbarium Complex Bacolod in order to celebrate life and passing with style and dignity.
What is Cremation?
Cremation is a kind of “processing” for a person who has just passed away. The human remains are burned inside a furnace, which is also known as a cremator, in a place called the crematorium. The “ashes” or “cremains” are gathered afterwards to be placed in an urn, which would be the final resting place of the remains. But these are not literal ashes but the remains of the bones that are ground to become powder.
The cremation may serve as a funeral or post-funeral rite and has been a go-to alternative to burial or interment of a dead body. It had long been practiced in Asia but it was only popularized to the rest of the world in the 19th century.
Cremation vs. Traditional Funeral Services
Choosing cremation over traditional funeral services is gaining popularity among Filipinos in recent years. There is no right and wrong over the matter — it’s just a matter of preference. There are still who prefer holding a wake, having the body of the departed loved one in an open casket so that family and friends can have a last look before eternal rest. For some, it’s for religious reasons. For others, it’s respecting the wishes of the dead.
However, so many developments in our society — like migration, budget, or societal norms — have gradually shifted people’s perspective about death and burials. And this is where cremation comes in.
Advantages of Cremation
Why is cremation becoming a popular choice?
Cremation is eco-friendly.
Since the body will no longer have to be viewed, the family may opt to skip the embalming process. That way, no harmful chemicals need to be applied on the body that will eventually go to the earth.
Additionally, you have the option to rent a casket. We don’t need to cut down more trees to make coffins. Or no more foreign elements are going to be buried into the earth.
With the earth’s resources dwindling by the minute, we need to be more cautious with whatever we use.
The remains from cremation is an average of 2.4 kg, which could fit a regular sized urn. The family may opt to bury it, build a memorial site, place it in a columbarium, or to simply scatter the ashes in the ocean or the forest.
Convenient for the family.
The surviving family of the decease may already be living in other places. They have the choice to bring the urn with them, enshrine it in their ancestral home, or leave it in columbarium.
Flexibility in funeral arrangements.
The cremation may be done before the funeral or after. It really depends upon the family.
There are children who want their parents’ ashes with them. But when the children have departed as well, the grandchildren may not want to maintain the altar for the dead at home. They can have the options at the least possible cost for what they want to do with the urns of their ancestors.
Stylish and affordable.
You can choose from an assortment of urn designs that will befit the memory of your loved one. It could be their favorite color or material. Or you may want it to match the area where you will enshrine them. The choice is up to you.
Plus, urns are much more affordable than coffins, the niches, and the park lot where they can fit.
The Christ the Redeemer Columbarium Complex Bacolod: Celebrating Life in Style
After cremation, what happens?
Families have many options before them. And in Bacolod City, we now have better and more convenient choices for funeral services.
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Teresa Development Corporation, a real estate leader in Negros Occidental, is developing the Christ the Redeemer Columbarium Complex Bacolod located at Brgy. Bata, Bacolod City. It’s the most modern, elegant, and surprisingly affordable columbarium complex in the country today.
TDC, under the visionary leadership of CEO Ramon Lacson, has been a forerunner in business innovations. He is giving people the opportunity to celebrate the lives of their departed loved ones in style and to preserve their memory in the most graceful, respectable, dignified, and honorable way. His vision led to the making of a masterpiece — the first of its kind columbarium complex in the Visayas and Mindanao.
Designed by Architect Geoffrey Montelibano, one would never associate the Christ the Redeemer Columbarium Complex Bacolod to the morbidity of death. “I want people to see the glory of God in this architecture. For His glory alone,” the architect said.
Standing tall and proud like a celestial entity, the complex exudes peace and harmony among the elements and nature. It’s magnificently beautiful — a stunning patch of heaven’s garden on earth.
“We have positive feedback about cremation. It’s less painful for the family because they only see a happy and healthy photo of their loved one during the funeral.”Ramon Lacson, CEO, Teresa Development Corporation, Bacolod City
How Will the Christ the Redeemer Columbarium Complex Bacolod Look Like?
The proposed Christ the Redeemer Columbarium Complex Bacolod by Teresa Development Corporation is nothing short of exceptional — otherworldly even.
It sits on an expansive 5000-square meter area with lots of free spaces to breathe. It’s quite liberating to be there, literally and figuratively. Looking up, people will see a monument of peace standing bright and proud embodied in a three-story building with its peaks melding with the blue skies.
The three high domes of the Columbarium Complex represents the Holy Trinity — God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Made of solid polycarbonate, the roof is designed to reflect sunlight and illuminate interiors for a more eco-friendly and sustainable lighting design.
Meanwhile, there are ducts connected to the roofing system designed to collect rain water. The water will then be treated and recycled for watering the plants in the gardens around the property.
There’s a grand and elegant spiral staircase that connects the lobby from the ground floor to the third floor, with each floor featuring an overlook to the lobby and the pond.
The Proposed Christ the Redeemer Columbarium Bacolod that will open in October 2020.
Columbarium Features Added by Teresa Development Corporation
Here are the key features of the Christ the Redeemer Columbarium Complex Bacolod.
The Family Suite.
For big families, they can opt for any one of the 20 fully air-conditioned family suites. Here, they can celebrate the life of their loved ones who have passed on with exclusivity. These suites have their own private restrooms and a kitchenette. They also have spaces for at least 12 urns.
Here, the younger members of the family can create new memories while reliving the happy times spent with their ancestors.
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The columbarium has cluster rooms called The Amethyst. These occupy the first to the second floor and contain a total of 6000 urn vaults.
These chapels or function rooms can be used for private occasions of the family. These have their own private comfort room.
All transactions of the columbarium complex can already be done in the same venue because their admin, sales, and marketing offices will also be located there. The staff can efficiently facilitate the needs of their clients that’s within their control.
For everyone’s convenience, there are two public restrooms on the second floor, aside from those in the function rooms and suites.
Ample Parking Space.
The columbarium complex boasts of a parking lot that has a total area of 1,595 square meters. It can provide spaces for the vehicles of family and friends reliving the memories of those gone ahead at the complex.
Pool of Providence.
This water amenity at the columbarium is a peaceful respite for families who are grieving the loss of a loved one. The constantly flowing water amidst a sea of greens aims to provide mourners with emotional and spiritual comfort during a sorrowful time.
Exceptional Customer Service.
The staff of Teresa Development Corporation has been in the business for more than five decades. With so much experience managing several funeral services and parks, they are sensitive to the needs of surviving kin who are struggling through the death of a loved one. That is why they are able to give their most sincere service to the families during their time of bereavement.
For more information about the columbarium, contact:
Teresa Development Corporation
Galo Street. Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Tel. No. (034) 434-5555
Official Facebook Page: TDC Funeral Services
About Teresa Development Corporation
Teresa Development Corporation (TDC) is one of the stalwarts of the Bacolod real estate business. For many decades now, it is their practice to acquire, develop, and market real properties. These range from memorial parks, subdivisions, commercial spaces, and dormitories.
The CEO, Ramon C. Lacson Jr., is a brilliant businessman with a pioneering spirit and an indomitable determination to succeed. Having a degree in accounting and economics from the De La Salle University and the US, he was able to see his various business visions come into fruition.
A branch of their company primarily handles funeral services. These have four brands under their banner, namely:
- Rose Lawns Memorial Park
- Acropolis Gardens
- Bacolod Memorial Park
- Christ the Redeemer Columbarium Complex (NEW!)
Something that stands out in their company mission is that they aim “to honor and be sensitive to all desired traditions.” No wonder they are very successful in this very delicate business.
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