Bohol prelate laments collapse of old churches-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
(UPDATED) Tagbilaran (Bohol) Bishop Leonardo Medroso lamented Tuesday the destruction of centuries-old churches in Bohol, especially since some of them have been declared as national heritage sites.
Medroso said it was unfortunate that the churches' lengthy existence was cut short only by the magnitude-7.2 earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu on Tuesday morning.
Medroso said that old churches in the towns of Looc and Carmen were among those that were "badly destroyed."
"These are old churches that are very important in our culture, especially with our faith," said Medroso.
The prelate added that at least two people were trapped inside the Loon church and has to be extracted through mounds of rubble and concrete.
A strong earthquake hit the Visayas area on Tuesday morning with the epicenter located in two kilometers southeast of Carmen, Bohol.
This caused the collapse of the Loon and Loboc churches while also severely damaging the churches in Carmen and Baclayon, which is considered to be one of the oldest churches in the Philippines.
Bohol is home to a number of heritage churches, built during the early years of the Spanish colonization of the island.
In Cebu City, the quake also destroyed the belfry of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño. The minor basilica was built in the 16th century.
Medroso said he personally experienced the strength of the tremor but that he was more worried over what happened to the old churches.
"Other than so many earthquakes, this is the strongest earthquake we experienced na talagang malakas e," said Medroso.
Bohol was last hit by a magnitude-6.8 earthquake in 1990.
Tuesday's earthquake was also felt in Southern Leyte and several areas of Leyte and Samar. (HDT/FP/Sunnex)