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Gov’t to rebuild only 10 of 25 churches

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.

“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 »

Bishops adamant: No to nuclear power


The church will not change its stand on the issue of reviving the mothballed Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), according to the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Posted: October 12th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

CBCP head urges Filipinos to shun ‘not in my backyard’ mentality to save environment

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop and CBCP president Socrates Villegas. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

The head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines is urging Filipinos to shun the “not in my backyard” mentality, saying that reducing the impact of climate change should be everyone’s concern.

Posted: October 11th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

SC stops all projects in watershed


The Supreme Court, through a temporary environment protection order (Tepo) issued on Tuesday, stopped vegetable gardening, pocket mining and other development projects like roads inside the Mt. Santo Tomas watershed here.

Posted: October 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Regions,Regions | Read More »

SC stops activities in Mt. Santo Tomas forest

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The Supreme Court issued on Tuesday a temporary environmental protection order (TEPO) stopping development projects in the Mt. Santo Tomas forest reserve along the border of Pangasinan and Benguet provinces.

Posted: September 30th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »