Amateur photos capture the moment the Church of the Santo Niño of Cebu was damaged
October 18, 2013 3 Comments
A number of very old Catholic churches dating to the 16th and 17th centuries were damaged in Cebu and Bohol during the recent earthquake. One of the most prominent churches damaged is the Church of the Santo Niño (1, 2) (Church of the Holy Child) in Cebu City, founded in 1565 by Andres de Urdaneta, an Augustinian friar and explorer from Spain. One lucky person with a camera caught the moment when the church’s bell tower collapsed and fell to the ground not too far away. Since 1565 the church has been burned and destroyed several times. The current stone church was built between 1735 and 1740.
Cebu City is the second largest city in the Philippines with a population of over 2.5 million in the metropolitan area. It’s well worth a visit if you’re in the Philippines. The natives are much friendlier than they were when Magellan visited the area and got dragged into a local political dispute. While you’re there try the mangoes. They’re world famous for the sweet flavor, even dried. From personal experience, I can tell you they’re even better fresh.
While reading the article about Magellan, I noticed that the crew the Magellan had was quite international. We’re often left with the idea that the Magellan expedition was Spanish. However, a list of survivors returning to Spain at the end of the voyage showed a two Italians, a Greek and a German and Magellan was Portuguese. I wonder if the Greek and the German spoke Spanish before signing on with the voyage.
Loboc Church and Baclayon Church, two of the oldest churches in the Philippines, were heavily damaged on Tuesday after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the province.
The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Central Visayas over Twitter said, “The century old church in Baclayon is heavily damaged according to Jun Dy of comm rescue group in Bohol.”
Pictures of Baclayon Church circulating online showed the half-collapsed bell tower.
Meanwhile, Loboc Church has been trending on Twitter after netizens posted photos showing the church’s front façade completely destroyed. Parts of its roof can also be seen in front of the structure.
The first structure in the Baclayon Church compound was built back in1595 while the church’s building was from 1727. Its museum features relics dating back to the early 16th century.
Meanwhile, Loboc Church is the second oldest church in Bohol rebuilt in 1638 after a fire gutted its original structure.
There’s a nice video report on the disaster on Bohol here.