Cultural Properties Regulation Division
NATIONAL MUSEUM LEADS ACTIVITIES COMMEMORATING THE 5th ANNIVERSARY OF 2013 EARTHQUAKE
The Great Earthquake that hit the Visayas on October 15, 2013 has had an impact on all aspects of life in the Philippines, specifically the Province of Bohol, including economy, shelter, arts, religion, transportation, education and health. Marking five years since the 2013 natural disasters, the National Museum conducted series of activities that commemorate the tragic loss and examine the recovery process and the tremendous challenges that remain. The activities were conducted in the Municipalities of Dimiao and Valencia; and Tagbilaran City from October 11 to 12, 2018; and included the unveiling of Important Cultural Property (ICP) Marker, Public Declaration as an Important Cultural property, Lecture on the Protection and Preservation of Heritage Sites After Calamities and Opening of more spaces for Pagbanhaw Exhibit at the newly restored Old Capitolyo Building.
The unveiling of the ICP marker was held in one of the seven declared Spanish Colonial Bridges in the Municipality of Dimiao on October 11, 2018. The occasion was graced by Former Bishop Leonardo Medroso, Mayor Danilo Guivencan, Madame Jade Bautista, Mr. Romulo Tagaan, Fr. Rev. Milan Ted Torralba, and National Museum Acting Assistant Director Angel P. Bautista. The Spanish Colonial Bridges in the Municipalities of Lila and Dimiao are considered artistic and engineering marvels which have stood time. After the unveiling ceremony in the Municipality of Dimiao, the public declaration of the Santo Nino Parish Church Complex in Valencia, Bohol was held. The exemplary feature of this church is its original juxtaposed dark wood boards with light-colored wood flooring. The eight-point flower shape design is made of “bayong”, endangered superior timber species, which was exquisitely arranged to form an eight-petal giant flower crossing the nave and transepts. This is an architectural marvel and a priceless legacy representing the people’s respect of bygone era of builders and designers.
On October 12, 2018, terminal reports on the “Heritage Site Restoration and Reconstruction Program in the Visayas” were turned over to the Diocese of Tagbilaran and the Provincial Government. Former Bishop Leonardo Medroso and Mr. Anthony Damalerio received the reports. The main activity of the day was the presentation of a report titled “Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Sites in Nepal and the Philippines by Mr. Angel P. Bautista, Acting Assistant Director of the National Museum. This activity was participated in by 205 students and representatives from local universities, colleges and high schools; local government units, Bureau of Fire Protection Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officer, Bohol Culture and Arts Development Office, Bohol Tourism Office, Tarsier 117, Provincial Disaster Rosk Management Office and General Services Office.
The opening of more space for the Pagbanhaw is the National Museum’s main contribution in commemorating the 5th anniversary of 2013 earthquake, which presents all activities undertaken by the National Museum, Provincial and Municipal Government Units, other government agencies, Diocese of Tagbilaran and other stakeholders in response to the tragedy and their incredible human resilience. The fifth anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved towards recovery, conservation, restoration and reconstruction; and to examine what remains to be done in the next five years, and come together to create a vision for the future.
As a result of these calamities, the stakeholders must address key challenges it faced before the disaster. These challenges are the documentation and declaration of heritage sites in Bohol; preventive maintenance, as these structures will become less vulnerable to hazards since we are living in the seismic region that is highly active; preparation of Conservation Management Plan for significant heritage sites; and the creation of Emergency Preparedness Taskforce by concerned agencies, LGUs and entities. As a result, the Province of Bohol has the potential to be a model for other provinces in the country on how to respond to similar challenges.
Turnover ceremony and unveiling of ICP Marker in Dimiao, Bohol
Sto.Nino Parish Church, Valencia, Bohol
Reading of resolution Declaring the Parish Church of Sto. Nino Complex as ICP
Lecture rendered by Mr. Bautista on the "Protection and Preservation of Heritage Sites in Nepal and the Philippines After Calamities"
Turnover of Terminal Reports to the Diocese of Tagbilaran and Provincial Government of Bohol