NHCP turns over government-funded restored churches

BEFORE AND AFTER. The three churches in Lazi (Siquijor), Dauin and Zamboanguita in Negros Oriental that have been restored and are ready for turnover today and on Thursday. These are funded by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines with a total estimated amount of PHP67 million. (Photo courtesy of Msgr. Julius Heruela/Commission on Church Cultural Heritage via PNA)

DUMAGUETE CITY -- The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) will formally turn over to the Diocese of Dumaguete three government-funded church restoration projects in Lazi, Siquijor and in Dauin and Zamboanguita, Negros Oriental.

Msgr. Julius Perpetuo Heruela, chairman of the diocese’s Commission on Church Cultural Heritage, said the restoration projects, amounting to a total of more than P60 million, involve the St. Isidore The Farmer Parish Church in Lazi, the St. Nicholas of Tolentino Parish Church in Dauin, and the St. Isidore The Farmer Parish Church in Zamboanguita.

The first turnover ceremony was on Tuesday, August 27, in the municipality of Lazi in Siquijor province.

NHCP deputy executive director Carminda Arevalo led a six-member team from NHCP for the turnover of the historical marker and completed restoration project, Heruela said.

Dumaguete Bishop Julito Cortes was on hand to receive the project, and witnessed by architect Reynaldo Lita, chief of the Historic Preservation Division of the NHCP; Lazi Parish Priest Rev. Fr. Anecito Gutierrez, Lazi Mayor James Monte, and Heruela.

Dedication of the church and a Eucharistic Celebration presided by Bishop Cortes will follow.

The St. Isidore the Farmer Church in Lazi, also famed for its huge convent, has been declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines and is a nominee to the UNESCO World Heritage list of Baroque Churches of the Philippines, Heruela said.

The two other heritage churches in Dauin and Zamboanguita, meanwhile, will be turned over on Thursday morning and afternoon, respectively.

The same guests from the NHCP will be in attendance, as well as the parish priests and the mayors of these towns. (PNA)


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