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04 June 2013

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⛪ Devastating Bohol's Churches after the 7.2 magnitude earthquakes.





Three in the afternoon, Tuesday October 15, 2013.  I woke up from a deep sleep (since I am a nocturnal being). I opened the television to watch my favorite show when a special coverage is running on the screen with the subtitle “7.2 magnitude earthquakes hit the province of Bohol and Cebu”. At first, I just ignored the news when the said coverage flashed a few photos of the damaged “Baclayon Church” and “Loboc Church”. I was shocked and I can’t even believe while watching the news - those devastating images simultaneously the reporter mentioned the phrase “Bohol and Cebu now is under State of Calamity with continuous numbers of casualties due to the 7.2 earthquake”.
      During my visit in Baclayon Church. I was under the impression that this
      architecture is perpetual and will last longer. 

      A flashback was happened when I quickly grabbed my memory card, insert to my phone and browsing with my Photo archives during my Bohol Travel. I was crying ( I admit it) looking at my travel photos at the same time comparing the images flashed on the TV screen.
          I can’t still believe it, my home town is Bohol. Bohol is top of the line choice in tourism due to its stunning old churches, but look at now, most of the major spots and heritage of Boholanos are gone in just a short span of time.

              The Altar of Baclayon church. I am not able to go inside
              because Short Pants are not allowed
              Bridge that connects the two sides of the River. Loboc Church is on the
              other side

              When we were in Bohol (in Baclayon Church specifically) w/ my friends , I can still remember when our travel guide/driver proudly  told us that “ Nako sir, Ilang Bagyo na at Lindol ang nangyare pero di parin natitinag ang Simbahan na to!” or simply “ As a matter of fact sir! Innumerable Typhoons and Earthquakes happened here but  the Church is still stunning”.
                  Baclayon is a fourth class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines where in Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is situated. Almost tw- century is the existence of the said building. It is one of the oldest preserved Jesuit built churches in the Philippines. The said church exterior made and the design is really great. It is made up of corrals, stone and huge narra lumber, and the binder that they use was an egg white. So basically, the durability of Baclayon church is very famous in terms of engineering.
                      So when I went ahead online after I watch the news, there are images of Baclayon Church circulating online showed the half-collapsed bell tower.
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                      Meanwhile, another church   that I’ve been in Bohol is also a victim of the tragedy the Loboc Church was also heavily damaged after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the province.
                        The Philippine Information Agency or simpky PIA in Central Visayas over social media Twitter said, “The century old church in LOBOC is heavily damaged as per Jun Dy of comm rescue group in Bohol.” As a matter of fact the Parts of its roof can also be seen in front of the structure totally damaged
                            Moreover, Loboc Church is the second oldest church in Bohol rebuilt in 1638 after a fire gutted its original structure.
                              It is adjacent to the famous Loboc River and both have become major tourist attractions for the province.
                                  While looking towards the effect of the Earthquake, I hope the Boholanos (my kababayan) can recover the devastating situation. I know that, tourism status will decline as of right now, but in due time I know everything will be OK.
                                      And I hope the family of the casualties can also move on towards their predicament.
                                          I LOVE YOU BOHOL!! BANGON DAHIL PAGSUBOK LANG YAN


                                          Photo From Jed Cortiz


                                          Photo by JAMICH Twitter
                                           The bell tower of the Church of San Pedro Apostol in Loboc, Boho Photo by Robert Michael Poole
                                          A couple of centuries-old churches in Bohol such as Loboc Church, seen in the photo, were heavily damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol Tuesday morning. AFP PHOTO  ( Photo From Inquirer) 

                                          Baclayon Church (Photo from Inquirer) 



                                          List of the Churches Affected 

                                          • Church of San Pedro Apostol, Loboc, Bohol
                                          • Church of Our Lady of Light, Loon, Bohol
                                          • Santissima Trinidad Parish, Loay, Bohol
                                          • Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Baclayon, Bohol
                                          • Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Dauis, Bohol
                                          • San Nicolas Church, Dimiao, Bohol
                                          • Santa Cruz Parish Church, Maribojoc, Bohol
                                          Some of the Bohol Churches damaged .

                                          Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Baclayon, Bohol (Photo from Pia Ranada)
                                          San Nicolas Church, Dimiao, Bohol  (Photo from Pia Ranada)
                                          Santissima Trinidad Parish, Loay, Bohol (Photo from Pia Ranada)
                                          Church of San Pedro Apostol, Loboc, Bohol (Photo from Pia Ranada)
                                          Santa Cruz Parish Church and Diocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer, Maribojoc, Bohol (Photo from Pia Ranada)

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