Bohol to ‘revisit’ 2013 quake

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TAGBILARAN City, Bohol, September 27, 2014—One year after that fateful October morning that changed Bohol forever, the Diocese of Tagbilaran intends to commemorate, through artistic presentations and contests, the tragedy wrought by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Bohol and nearby Visayan provinces in 2013.

St. Michael Church in Clarin, Bohol is just one of the many churches destroyed by the October 2013 earthquake that hit Bohol and other parts of the Visayas. (Photo courtesy: Arnold Beltran Pingoy)

Months after the disaster, Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Y. Medroso admitted over Church-run Radyo Veritas that much has still to be done in the province in terms of rebuilding structures, many of which are centuries-old heritage churches, that had either been damaged or destroyed by the quake.

“We are still building up rebuilding up what we have lost during this earthquake on October 15 [2013]. In fact we will commemorate [its] October 16 anniversary to wake up again the consciousness of our people …at the same time, to exercise from the bad effects of earthquake. We’re preparing a program, a drama play, and painting. But we know we have still a long long way, but our people are more positive in their approach [that’s what is] most important,” said Medroso.

The prelate shared the reconstruction of Bohol’s heritage churches has been on hold as it awaits the needed budget from the national government.

Medroso, who also chairs the Catholic Bishops Conference (CBCP)’s Permanent Committee on the Cultural Heritage of the Church, added that the Tagbilaran diocese has been able to build 13 “alternative” churches.

According to him, these structures can be converted into Catholic schools once rehabilitation of the old churches is completed. (Raymond A. Sebastián)

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