The National Museum of the Philippines will soon unveil to the public the restored Bohol churches which were toppled by a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in 2013 by early 2021.

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Restored Loboc Church as of October 2020
(National Museum Bohol / MANILA BULLETIN)

The National Museum Bohol marked the seventh anniversary of the Oct. 15, 2013 earthquake, providing, at the same time, developments in the restoration of the destroyed National Cultural Treasures.

“We remember how the 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled down well loved and iconic structures in Bohol. With the large-scale rehabilitation and rebuilding spearheaded by the National Museum of the Philippines, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, and National Commission for Culture and the Arts, we now see the churches rising up from the rubble, a testament of Boholano faith and resilience,” the National Museum Bohol said.

Three Bohol churches – Loboc Church Complex, Loon Church Complex, and Maribojoc Church Complex are still undergoing restoration and reconstruction and expected to be completed by early 2021.

The NMP also restored and turned over other important cultural properties – Cortes Church Complex (NCT), Dimiao Church Complex (NCT), Panglao Church Complex (ICP), Alburquerque Church Complex (ICP), Punta Cruz Watchtower (NCT), Balilihan Watchtower (NCT), Loay Watchtower (NCT), Panglao Watchtower (NCT), Inang-angan Stone Stairways (NCT), Maribojoc Stone Stairways (NCT), Old Panglao Municipio (ICP), and the old Bohol Provincial Capitol (ICP) now converted into the National Museum Bohol.

“From the devastating earthquake, and now the life-threatening pandemic, the Boholanos have patiently endured, persevered, and risen up. These challenging times turn to deepen and strengthen our inherent faith once more,” it added.

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