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Bohol mayor to Mar Roxas: Scold yourself

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Interior Secretary Mar Roxas. FILE PHOTO

A day after scolding mayors in Bohol for being unprepared to implement rehabilitation projects despite the availability of funds, Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas II got an earful from one mayor who blamed the presumptive Liberal Party presidential candidate instead.

Posted: October 19th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Bohol’s recovery from quake ‘slow’ as rebuild efforts hit snag

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Loay  church after  being heavily damaged by the October 15 earthquake that occured in the province 1 year ago. FILE PHOTO

On the day that marked the first anniversary of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake in the province of Bohol, Felix Dumay, a father of four, and his wife were given a new house.

Posted: October 19th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Gov’t to rebuild only 10 of 25 churches

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October 13, 2014
Loay church after  being heavily damaged by the October 15 earthquake that occured in the province 1 year ago.  --
On October 15, 2013 at 8:12 am a 7.5 earthquake shook through the Bohol and Cebu province killing 222 people and leaving thousands of infrastructure damaged beyond repair. It was the deadliest earthquake in the Philippines in 23 years. Centuries old churches, some built since 1602 by Jesuit missionaries succumbed to the force of the earthquake and were destroyed beyond recognition. From the Church of San Pedro Apostol in Loboc, Church of Our Lady of Light in Loon, Santissima Trinidad Parish in Loay, Our Lady of Immaculate Conception in Baclayon, Our Lady of Assumption Church in Dauis, St. Isidore the Farmer Church in tubigon and Santa Cruz Church in Maribojoc. 
An outline on acetate showing the former structures of the churches were overlapped with new photographs taken a year after the devastation is shown here, a before and after look , of the iconic churches that once symbolised the soul of the community, and now evidence of nature's true power.
INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

“Let’s admit it. No one was really prepared [for this]. The sheer magnitude of the destruction was and remains unprecedented,” conservation architect Melva Rodriguez-Java said, summing up the difficulty of rebuilding the churches damaged by last year’s earthquake.

Posted: October 18th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

Government funds restoration of churches

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RISING FROM
THE RUINS
Baclayon Church,
located
6 kilometers away
from Tagbilaran
City, is undergoing
major repairs
after being
damaged by the
7.2-magnitude
quake that struck
Bohol province
last year.
LITO TECSON/
CEBU DAILY NEWS

In the days immediately following the earthquake, Malacañang initially balked at the notion of government assistance for these heritage structures, citing the doctrine of Church and State separation enshrined in the Constitution.

Posted: October 17th, 2014 in Editors' Picks,Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Bohol quake: Remembering, healing at 8:12 a.m. Wednesday

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Baclayon church. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

  CEBU—At exactly 8:12 a.m. on Wednesday, at least a thousand Catholic devotees stood in silence for about a minute in the middle of the Mass at the pilgrim center of the Basilica Minore de Sto. Niño in downtown Cebu City.   They then lit candles and offered prayers for the 223 people who died […]

Posted: October 16th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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