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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Heritage Churches of Bohol: Reminiscing the National Treasures



It's been two years already since the 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Bohol and Cebu. This severely damaged the centuries-old churches in Baclayon, Dauis, Dimiao, Loay, Loboc, Loon and Maribojoc.


It was really heartbreaking to see some of our National treasures to turn into rubble because these are important not only to the culture of our people but also to our faith. Until now, the province of Bohol, non- government organizations, and the Roman Catholic Church has been working hand in hand to restore these ancient churches as well as the economy and infrastructures damaged by the earthquake.

As the restoration remains to be a work in progress, let's look back on some of the Bohol's heritage churches on its original beauty before the earthquake last October 15, 2013.


St. Joseph Parish Church, Tagbilaran City, one of the oldest churches in Bohol, was built in 1595 and was destroyed by an earthquake in 1798, then later rebuilt in the 19th century. It is located in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, near Plaza Rizal and the Provincial Capitol. The church is adjacent to the Bishop’s Palace where the Bishop of the Tagbilaran Diocese resides and hold office. The parish office is also located at the Bishop’s Palace.

(St. Joseph Parish Church)





Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Dauis, Bohol. A fine representation of a Byzantine-Romanesque architecture founded by the Jesuits Father Diego de Ayala and Joseph Gregorio. The facade of Dauis Church is Gothic in style with Neoclassical ornamentation. The church's interior has frescoes on the ceiling painted by Ray Francia in 1916. At the foot of the altar is a well, which was believed to have sprung miraculously.



(Dauis Church)






San Pedro Apostol Parish Church (Loboc Church), Municipality of Loboc. The church is classified as a National Historical Landmark by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines. The church is built along the banks of the Loboc River. The coral stone church follows a cruciform plan, with a sunken pyramidal roof on its crossing. As a church built by the Jesuits, exterior walls of the church have the Jesuit insignia and icons of an angel's wing and head.

(Loboc Church)




(Bell tower of Loboc Church)


Baclayon Church/ La Purisima Concepcion de la Virgen Maria Parish Church, Municipality of Baclayon. This church is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. It is one of the best preserved Jesuit build churches in the region, although in the 19th century, the Augustinian Recollects added a modern facade and a number of stone buildings that now surround the church.Baclayon Church was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines in 2010. The National Historical Institute, now National Historical Commission of the Philippines, also declared Baclayon Church a National Historical Landmark on July 27, 1994

(Baclayon Church)



The journey to restoration is a long road as we put back the pieces on its original place. But If we Filipinos work together and strengthen our faith, I'm sure that we can overcome these challenges and we become much stronger as we stood up. I know that what happened is just a reminder for us to take care with what we have and never lose faith. We Filipinos are resilient and this won't keep us down for so long. That this will now be written to our history and how these National treasures stand the test of time.

PS: I hope I will be able to go back again to Bohol to explore more it's natural wonders and see the progress of the restoration of our Heritage Churches.


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