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Do Spanish colonial structures need steel reinforcement?


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MASSIVE stone buttresses protrude from the exterior walls of Paoay Church.

The answer is no. Contrary to what armchair theorists claim, the lack of steel reinforcement is not the reason why heritage structures collapsed during the recent earthquakes and typhoons.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Columns,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Orlina urges court to cite Taal parish priest for contempt

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CONSTRUCTION makes an eyesore of Taal basilica grounds.

The battle over the construction of a one-story events venue beside the historic Taal Basilica in Batangas took a new twist after sculptor Ramon Orlina hurled a contempt charge against the parish priest for defying a local judge’s order to stop the project.

Posted: December 9th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Headlines | Read More »

We must look beyond Bohol’s Church heritage


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AMERICAN colonial civic building in Balilihan sustained minor damage.

Although the destruction of Bohol and Cebu churches is devastating, even more disastrous is the loss of lives and livelihood that takes precedence over the loss of heritage in the massive post-earthquake reconstruction effort.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Historic concerts in heritage churches

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BACLAYON Church before the big quake. The choral music of Marilou Diaz-Abaya’s “Muro-Ami” was recorded in this heritage church.

Some heritage churches in Cebu and Bohol are memorable because of the concerts that took place in them.

Posted: November 4th, 2013 in Arts and Books,Editor's Pick,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Five pillars of faith in Batanes

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PILLAR OF FAITH  Basco Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, initially built in 1783 by Dominican missionaries using wood and cogon, was rebuilt using stone in 1795. Painted in sunflower yellow, it is the oldest church in Batanes. MANDY NAVASERO/COLUMNIST

An encounter with the five oldest churches in Batanes leaves one with the feeling that neither storm and winds nor isolation and time could extinguish the flame of faith that lives within the island’s people.

Posted: February 17th, 2013 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Cofradia de la Inmaculada Concepcion to hold 33rd Marian procession


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Due to the elevation of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle to the cardinalate, the 25th Eucharistic Congress where he’s one of the speakers has been rescheduled. The new date will be announced soon.

Posted: November 18th, 2012 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

‘There be Dragons’ film out in movie theaters Nov. 9


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There we were—Vic Lactaoen, a fellow writer, and I sniffling because we were crying while watching the film, “There be Dragons,” at the SM Mall of Asia Premiere cinema. Written and directed by Roland Joffe (believed to be an agnostic), the film tells the life of Father Josemaria Escriva (played by British actor Charlie Cox) during the Spanish Civil War in 1936 and his escape with members of Opus Dei to Andorra through the Pyrenees mountains which divide Spain and France.

Posted: October 16th, 2011 in Columns,Featured Columns,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

La Naval’s 76-year-old pipe organ to be restored

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The Shrine of Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario, La Naval de Manila, at Santo Domingo Church features a musical masterpiece with much historical value—the 76-year-old organ that makes use of over a thousand pipes. The musical instrument, a cultural heritage, is set to undergo restoration. To raise funds for the expensive restoration, the officials of [...]

Posted: October 10th, 2011 in Arts and Books,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Blessed John Paul II: Great intercessor of Filipinos

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LIPA ARCHBISHOP Ramon Arguelles said that Blessed John Paul II is “a great intercessor of Filipinos.” Arguelles said that when he was rector of the Collegio Filippino before he became a bishop in 1994, Pope John Paul would always show how he cared about the Filipino priests studying in Rome. And during papal audiences, the [...]

Posted: May 8th, 2011 in Columns,Lifestyle Stories,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

When the Crumbs Come Marching In

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Binhi ng Pag-asa (Archdiocese of Manila). Contributed photos

HOW much does it take to alter a mindset and to change a life? How far can loose change go to lift up a family, empower a community and possibly even release the nation from a cycle of debt and dependency? One man did the math and came up with amazingly simple answers. To the [...]

Posted: May 7th, 2011 in Lifestyle Stories,Photos & Videos,Sunday Inquirer Magazine | Read More »

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