Bohol Earthquake Destroys Century-Old Churches
October 15, 2013 by Ely Valendez
Filipino Catholics became emotional after seeing the photos of the century-old churches in Bohol and Cebu damaged by the 7.2 magnitude Earthquake that hit the Visayas region earlier today.
The quake, which already killed 20 as of this posting and injured 43 others did not spare even the world heritage sites in Bohol and Cebu, which are among the Philippines’ top tourist destinations.
The facade of Baclayon Church, one of the country’s World Heritage Site as declared by UNESCO was severely damage. Photos of the church circulating online showed its half-collapsed bell tower.
Parts of the Baclayon Church compound was built back as early as in 1595 while the church’s building was build in 1727. Its museum features relics dating back to the early 16th century, according to reports.