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Church of the Risen Lord

The Church of the Risen Lord is a Protestant church located at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. It arose about 50 years ago through a Protestant student group named the Christian Youth Movement (CYM).



The Church of the Holy Sacrifice is located in UP Diliman, along Laurel Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City, Metro Manila, beside the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice and the UP Health Service.


Earlier years (Pre-construction of church)

In 1947, when the University of the Philippines was still in Padre Faura, Manila, a group of Protestant students started a movement named Christian Youth Movement (CYM) which aims to “make relevant Christian presence in the university campus”. They sought help from the Philippine Federation of Christian Churches (PFCC), now the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP). During that time, establishment, and recognition of any religious organization inside the campus was not allowed so they had to base themselves outside the campus, at the Cosmopolitan Church on Taft Avenue.

When the Diliman campus became the main campus of UP in 1949, the UPCYM also transferred to Diliman. It was during this time that the UP administration decided to establish a community inside the campus where academic, and non academic organizations would exist which finally led to the recognition of the religious organizations including the UP CYM. With the new university setting, they stayed at a sawali chapel – a chapel made of bamboo and nipa - and shared it with two other religious groups, namely the UP Student Catholic Action (UPSCA) and the Iglesia Filipina Independencia.

Eventually, these three religious groups started to have conflicts among their schedules, like for the Protestant worship services and the Catholic masses. Also, each group started to receive more and more members, making the chapel too crowded to accommodate all of them. So in 1952, the UPCYM launched their own fund drive, for them to be able to build their own Protestant chapel and student center inside the campus. March 16 of that year, they held a concert at the Central Church, Manila, with Ramon Tapales and Flora Zarco-Rivera of the UP Conservatory of Music and Luz Morales of the Centro Escolar University as conductors.

It was during President Vidal Tan's administration that the University granted both religious groups (Protestant and Catholic)to have their respective sanctuaries. By 1953, a portion of land were leased to the Roman Catholic and Protestant Church. Although the land was leased it was stated that the state had no control of the Church or vice versa.[1]

In 1953, Architect Cesar Concio and his architectural firm presented proposed blueprints for the Church and the student center to the NCCP and the UP Regent of Boards. The following year,1954, the Church of the Risen Lord and the Student Center was built. February 7 of that year, groundbreaking cermonies were held, and December of that same year, the community made a symbolic, and historic procession in the newly constructed Church.

About the Church

"We are a chaplaincy and a Christian ecumenical faith community empowered by the Holy Spirit to engage in witnessing to and discipling people to love God and one another."[2]

"To let the light of the Risen Lord shine in the university, the nation and the world to redeem all generations."[3]


"Fidelity to the Word of God – The Bible is the foundational document for all that is done by the Church of the Risen Lord. As an institution and as a community, we subject ourselves to God’s Word, and make ourselves accountable to the church and to one another regarding our fidelity to its precepts. We prayerfully study the Bible for the fundamental principles of our ministry, our teaching, our direction, our conduct and our relationships.

Integrity – In all our dealings we will follow the highest ethical standards to ensure our stewardship of the resources entrusted to us. We are responsible before God, to one another, and to all members of the church with regards to our programs, relationships, personal lifestyles and expenditures of time and money.

Love, Courtesy and Respect – In all our relationships we will seek to build up one another as brothers and sisters in the Lord. We seek to do this in our conversation, in our manners and in our bearing.

Faithfulness, Stewardship, Loyalty – We seek to be faithful in performing our duties and responsibilities, God has entrusted to us. We will be worthy of our calling, competent in our skills, efficient in our operations, and pure in our motives. We will seek to build and edify the Church of the Risen Lord through our life and ministry, worthy workers and members of our faith community.

Transparency – We seek to improve and learn as we minister. We will make ourselves open to correction and instruction, willing to be subjected to the Refiner’s fire. For correction and instruction to be fruitful, we will be transparent in all our ways.

Servanthood – In the Spirit of our Lord who came not to be served but to serve, we will be humble, self-sacrificing, and ready to follow as we are ready to lead. We will put the interest of God and others above ourselves, observant to the needs and concerns of our community, and willing to do more than our duty.

Continuing Education – As a faith community located in an academic setting, CRL will make itself alert and rise up to the challenge of change in its context and the world in general. We desire to understand and respond meaningfully to change, and will involve ourselves in continuous planning and innovation, expanding individual and organizational knowledge and competence, yet remaining true to God’s Word.

Historical Awareness – We recognize that our current culture and context are conditioned by the past. Understanding CRL’s history is an essential element in moving forward in freedom and vitality to fulfill our calling from God. Without this understanding, we risk repeating the mistakes of the past, instead of learning from them. Without understanding our past, we risk carrying unnecessary burdens and bonds that God has freed us from, and fail to carry burdens and bonds that God has called us to pursue.

Excellence – We will seek to advance the Kingdom of God through our ministry marked with quality of service, by His power and with all our heart."[4]

We are an inter-denominational Christian community, united in discipleship to Christ, ministering in the context of the University of the Philippines, the surrounding communities, and the world; witnessing to the Lordship and Deity of Jesus Christ.[5]
University Ministry, Congregation Ministry, UP Christian Youth Movement, Music Ministry, Christian Education and Christian Child Care Center[6]

UP Christian Youth Movement
In 1947, a group of Protestant students in the old Campus of the University of the Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila, led a student movement that sought to have relevant “Christian presence” in the university campus. The group, calling itself the UP Christian Youth Movement (UPCYM), resettled in January of 1949 when the University of the Philippines moved its main campus to Diliman, Quezon City.[7]


- February 7, Groundbreaking ceremony for the CRL which was attended by more than 500 people including President Tan[8]

- First CRL constitution drafted
- Christian Women's Fellowship (now Christian Women's Guild) organized
- July 1, the Church Chapel was inaugurated
- December, the CRL held its first Christmas Concert which later became a forerunner for the Traditional Carols by Candlelight.

- CRL requested for recognition as a local church

  • Request was later denied but CRL was still allowed to exist as a STUDENT MINISTRY

- CRL became a place for ecunemical dialougues and place to study the arts, music and social issues that concerns the youth. [10]

- Nursery-Kindergarten School started

- DYNAMIC DECADE: Many new evangelical expressions
- "Passion According to St. Matthew" (1964) and "Passion According to St. John" (1965) marked ecumenical reach-out and participation of both churches (Church of the Risen Lord and Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in the premier state university campus.

- Student Center renamed Gumersindo Garcia Fellowship Hall

- First Filipino chaplain: Rev. Bonifacio Mequi

Architectural structure

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The Church of the Risen Lord was designed to have an exterior shape similar to a parabola. This kind of architectural design symbolizes the belief that there are imperfections outside the Christian world and all of our aspirations to be perfect are useless. A characteristic of a parabola is that it has no distinctive peak just like of a triangle and it has no one slope. As we go up the parabola, before we get to the highest peak, we can observe that we eventually go down.

Also, entering in the church represents the desire to partake the God’s Bread of Life, which symbolizes God’s spiritual being. As we continue to go to the chancel (similar to the altar of the Catholics but has no visual representations of holy beings) – the salvation despite the imperfections in the real world, we can observe that the width of the church is tapering and this represents the one true path/direction towards the chancel (the salvation).

Moreover, the seal of the UPCYM group can be seen as an ascending fire or can also be a descending dove. This symbolizes the spiritual connection between God and the human being. The fire is associated to the faith of the human to his creator and the dove represents the love of God for us.

In addition, the overall architecture of the Church provides a light, airy feeling due to the louvres; the large window panels also provides a natural lighting to scatter around the Church. There is also a balcony where the music ministry is situated during service.

The Church has a basilica design and features a concrete shell roof, this time curved like a piece of folded paper. As you enter the church you would first notice the big cross at the center of the altar with no human image, a partly explanation for this is the Protestant belief that Jesus' physical body was glorified and resurrected and no longer resides on the earth therefore the lack of Jesus' physical images. The place provides a solemn and serene atmosphere to worship and provides for its congregation. On the benches are several copies of the Bible, notebooks and pens. The Church is also a popular venue for weddings.[11]


About the Architect

Mr. Cesar Homero Rosales Concio
University Architect who also designed several buildings in the University the Main Library, Palma Hall and Melchor Hall. It was also noted that he designed public buildings such as Insular Life Building, Baclaran Church and the Children’s Hospital. [12]

In 1964, he also won several awards such as Gold Medal Merit which was given by the Philippine Institute of Architectsand the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award.[13]

Other parts of the church

The church is comprised of a main chapel (Church of the Risen Lord), a student center (Gumersindo Garcia Hall) and a child care center (Christian Child Care Center).

Christian Child Care Center (CCCC)

The Christian Child Care Center is a school that gives scholarships to children from needy families in university communities. It was originally named Nursery-Kindergarten School when it was started in 1961.

Develops instructional policies, curricula, teaching materials and administrative procedures in the operation of the CCCC to ensure that the lessons and instructions given to preschool pupils follow the regulations of the Department of Education and the objective of CRL to enhance the spiritual growth of children within the values of CRL.

The Christian Child Care Center is a school that gives scholarships to children from needy families in university communities. It was originally named Nursery-Kindergarten School when it was started in 1961.

The Christian Child Care Center or CCCC, the educational arm of the Church of the Risen Lord will celebrate golden years of service to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ this year.[14]

Tel. No: 920-06-15

Gumersindo Garcia Hall (GG Hall)

The Gumersindo Garcia Hall (most commonly known as the GG Hall) is the student center of the CRL. It was named after Dr. Gumersindo Garcia, the UP Regent who persuaded the UP Administration and UP Regent of Board to allow the building of the Protestant chapel and student center. It was his through his efforts that the chapel and student center was allowed to be built in the university grounds.

When Dr. Garcia passed away in April 8, 1964, the student center was renamed Gumersindo Garcia Fellowship Center to dedicate his memory. Later, it was changed to its present name, Gumersindo Garcia Hall or GG Hall, as what is more commonly known to the community.

Dr. Gumersindo Garcia: Civic Leader,Social Worker and Medical Practioner. He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a degree in medicine and took his honorary doctorate degree in SIliman University.

He was a surgeon and a gynecologist. He died due to cardiac Arrest on April 8, 1964 at the age of 69.




UP Chapel and the Church of the Risen Lord

See Also

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