Fetalvero: Restoring rubble back to beauty-A A +A
Two empty bottles
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
RESTORATION of century-old churches will require a tedious process as members of the historic commission, architects and engineers sift through the rubble considering every brick and stone is restored to its antiquity.
I am confident that the team of architect Melva Java given this restoration task involving the belfry tower of the Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño will be able to do the reconstruction par excellence.
I remember in 2010 while standing across the street facing the belfry tower of the Basilica, I could not help but notice the greeneries that sprouted in between the stones of the church’s exterior wall.
The ferns and other greens are brought in there by birds that just love to insert seeds in between the crevices. Apart from that, I thought that the church needed some scrubbing as there were molds. I was then worried that the leaders of the church in
our beloved city were being renege in the maintenance of the historic church.
I recently watched on television how engineers, architects and archaeologists tried to restore old edifices in Cambodia. One engineer noted that the roots of plants that grew in between the slabs of stones may have been one of the causes that weakened the structure.
Is it inherent on fellow Filipinos to act on something only in the aftermath of a tragedy? How about preventive maintenance? I now doubt whether or not the financial budget of the church has included any sum for maintenance. If you take a closer look on our churches, the pews certainly need dusting, and the electric fans have accumulated so much dirt that it is no longer healthy to keep using them.
While in the United States it has been a practice by the parishes to give a yearly financial report to its parishioners, I have not heard a single church here making an annual report to its parishioners since I arrived in 2008.
The Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño has hundreds of pilgrims daily and is a recipient of several donations through petitions, not to mention the financial assistance coming from rich matrons in our city. I believe a financial report is in order.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 24, 2013.