US helps fund Philippine church restoration

Immaculate Conception Church in Eastern Sama.r. Philippine Inquirer 20141030

The US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation has donation $300,000 for the restoration of the 400-year-old church of the Immaculate Conception in Eastern Samar province, which was damaged by last year’s typhoon Yolanda.

Immaculate Conception Church in Eastern Sama.r. Philippine Inquirer 20141030
Immaculate Conception Church in Eastern Sama.r. Philippine Inquirer 20141030

US donates $300,000 to rebuild Eastern Samar church
Philippine Inquirer, 30 October 2014

The United States embassy has donated $300,000 for the reconstruction of the centuries-old Church of the Immaculate Conception in Guiuan, Eastern Samar, destroyed nearly a year ago by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).

“Historic landmarks like this are important to the community. The US Embassy believes it is important to preserve cultural sites for future generations to enjoy,” said US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg said in a statement Thursday.

The grant comes from the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and will be implemented through a partnership between the US Embassy and the National Museum of the Philippines.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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