THE National Historical Commission (NHC) formally turned over the newly restored Spanish era convent of St. Isidro Labrador Parish in Lazi, Siquijor, on June 23.
The island-province of Siquijor is under the Diocese of Dumaguete.
The turnover came after eight months of restoration undertaken by the NHC, said Msgr. Julius Perpetuo Heruela of the Diocese of Dumaguete who was tasked by Bishop Julito Cortes to coordinate the project.
Cortes and NHC Executive Director Ludovico Badoy led the ribbon cutting ceremony during the turnover rites at the Lazi convent.
The Dumaguete prelate then gave the prayer of blessing while six priests assisted him in the blessing of assigned portions of the two-storey convent.
Badoy said it is the desire of the government through the NHC to help in the preservation of heritage sites across the country, such as the P20-million restoration of the convent.
The convent was constructed with coral stones and hard wood in 1887. The construction was completed in 1891.
Both the Lazi church and convent were done under the direction of Recollect priest, Fr. Toribio Sánchez, said Heruela.
Badoy and Cortes signed the certificate of turnover witnessed by Heruela; NHC Deputy Executive Director Carminda Arevalo; Msgr. Candelario Catubig, the Episcopal vicar of the Vicariate of St. Paul; Msgr. Carmelito Torres, the Vicar Forane of the Vicariate of St. Paul; and Fr. Anecito Gutierrez, parish priest of San Isidro Labrador; and local officials. (PNA)