Rehab on Cebu pre-colonial church near completion

THE restoration work on a pre-colonial church in Boljoon town, Cebu is now close to completion, a church official said last week.

Fr. Brian Brigoli, chairman of the Archdiocese of Cebu’s Commission on Cultural Heritage, told Sun. Star Cebu that the restoration and rehabilitation work on the Nuestra Señora de Patrocinio de Maria Church in Boljoon is now 70-percent complete.

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Brigoli said that through the help of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), parts of the church that were damaged through years of wear and tear and during the 2013 Cebu-Bohol earthquake are being repaired.

The NHCP spent around P14.4 million for restoration work in the old church in Boljoon, according to a report on the status of churches and historical sites in Cebu that were restored after the quake.

NHCP is funding the repair of the old church’s buttresses.

Other components of the old church like the walls, roof and old open canals in the church’s compound that had weathered over the years are undergoing restoration.

Brigoli explained that interventions had to be done and that the repair and restoration works are at no cost to the parish and its parishioners.

Brigoli, however, cannot disclose how much NHCP has spent for the additional repair and restoration works.

Other churches owned by the Archdiocese and are being repaired and restored by NHCP include the St. Francis of Assisi Church in Dumanjug town, the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Michael the Archangel in Argao town, the St. Michael the Archangel Church in Samboan town, the Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza Church in Sibonga town, the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in Carcar City, the San Guillermo de Aquitania Church in Dalaguete town, the Sts. Peter and Paul Church in Bantayan and the Santo Tomas de Villanueva Church in Barangay Pardo, Cebu City.

The NHCP has appropriated more than P200 million for the repair and restoration of old churches and historical sites in Cebu that were damaged by the 8.9 magnitude earthquake.

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