Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Heartbreaking: Heritage churches in Bohol & Cebu heavily damaged

MANILA PHILIPPINES - Bohol, one of the country's top tourist destinations was hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake this Tuesday morning damaging property – including historic churches. 

The quake struck at 8:12 am, and was centered 2 kilometers southeast of Carmen, Bohol (09.80°N, 124.20°E). The quake's depth of focus was 33 kilometers, and was of tectonic origin, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said in its initial report."

According to Heritage Conservation Society, at least 10 churches were damaged by the quake. They include:
  • Church of San Pedro Apostol, Loboc, Bohol 
  • Church of Our Lady of Light, Loon, Bohol 
  • Santissima Trinidad Parish, Loay, Bohol 
  • Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Baclayon, Bohol 
  • Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Dauis, Bohol 
  • San Nicolas Church, Dimiao, Bohol 
  • Santa Cruz Parish Church, Maribojoc, Bohol 
  • Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, Cebu 
  • Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Cebu 
  • St Catherine's Church, Carcar, Cebu 

A 400-year-old structure of the San Pedro Church in Boboc, Bohol.  Photo by Robert Michael Poole

Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in Baclayon, considered to be the oldest churches in Bohol.

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño

Santissima Trinidad Parish, Loay, Bohol 

Chocolate Hills viewdeck

City Damages

It was really heartbreaking. I've visited Bohol and Cebu and these said churches last time and terribly sad to see the damages. It was quite a different feeling when you actually visit the place and then saw it in total wreck.  It's really hard to believe that it actually happened. -_-  The big question is why include many catholic churches and historical places? These churches that had stood for decades and centuries.  So depressing to see our own heritage went to ruins.

Let us do pray for all the affected people and may God give them the strength to recover from all of what had happened.

 Everything in life is temporary, in just one blink, we may lose it.. 
Pray always and Trust God.

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