After six decades, Baclaran Church finally had its first bell tower. Going back to the shrine’s history, Cesar Consio and Jesse Bontoc originally planned the church to have a higher bell tower but because of its proximity to the airport, civil aeronautic regulations prevented them from carrying out their plan in full. Now, people/ devotees will finally get a chance to hear the bells ringing through the newly built Carillion bell tower as part of the church’s redevelopment plan headed by Palafox Associates. The plan is to transform the 2.5 hectare property to a people-centric environment and it is so wonderful to see that these plans are starting to take shape.“Carillon” is basically a musical instrument, a set of stationary bells normally in a tower or high outdoor frame. According to Philippine Consulate Innsbruck site (imad.at), there are 24 bells in this carillon and they were all casted by Europe´s leading bell casting company Grassmayr from Innsbruck, Tirol. The four mosaic panels of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, on the other hand were provided by VitreArtus Liturgical Arts Company owned by Mr Robert Cruz. According to him, the mosaic panels took him a month to finish. The making of Carillon took Php 10,084,000The Carillon bell tower was inaugurated on September 8, 2015, a date that coincides with the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Interestingly, located at the base of the tower is a coffee shop, the Sinirangan Coffee Shop.Sinirangan Coffee Shop is not your typical coffee shop. While most businesses are aiming to earn more money and profits, Sinirangan has a more meaningful objective! Interestingly, the profit it generates is mainly used to help others (the Yolanda Typhoon Survivors in particular). With the help of the Redemptorist missionaries and Tabang Sinirangan Visayas, a multi-sectoral and inter-regional group whose main organizers include the victims themselves who seek aid from different organizations, the idea of building a coffee shop that caters products directly transported from Visayas. (Sinirangan by the way means “From the East” in Waray).Aside from Coffee, the shop also caters wide range of items including pasta and pastries. It may only offer a small space inside but the exterior part of the shop surrounding the Carillon is spacious enough to accommodate more customers.Not to mention their relaxing and eco-friendly ambiance which allows you to enjoy your stay. This huge tree located near the tower is giving enough shade and protect the visitors from the striking heat.Sinirangan coffee shop offers frappes and cold coffee concoctions ranging from P95 to P145.