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Rebuilding consensus on Bohol


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WHILE parishioners file into the temporary tent-covered area in front of
them, sacristans wait for Mass to start at a makeshift altar in the front porch of the Baclayon Churh parish hall.

Here is an interesting response to last week’s column about leaving seriously damaged Bohol churches as ruins rather than totally reconstructing them.

Posted: April 28th, 2014 in Arts and Books,Columns | Read More »

Should all Bohol churches rise again?


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OPENINGS must be temporarily covered to protect the structure from further water
damage during the coming rainy season.

The general sentiment is that Bohol churches devastated by the recent earthquake will rise again from the rubble, reconstructed faithfully, patiently, carefully rebuilt stone by stone, until each damaged structure returns to what it used to be.

Posted: April 21st, 2014 in Arts and Books,Columns | Read More »

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 »

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