via Philippine Inquirer, 19 November 2018:
via Inquirer, 2018119
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has warned that San Agustin Church and three other Baroque churches around the Philippines may be delisted from the prestigious World Heritage List as a result of the construction of the controversial Binondo-Intramuros Bridge across the Pasig River in Manila.
The bridge would encroach on the “buffer zone” required by the Unesco for San Augustin Church as a World Heritage Site, according to Unesco National Commission (Unacom).
Source: China-funded bridge risks Unesco World Heritage status of San Agustin church, 3 others | Inquirer Lifestyle
via Panay News, 01 November 2018:
The ancient mortuary chapel made of bricks and coral stone at the campo santo (cemetery) of the municipality of San Joaquin has been fully restored.
In February 2016 treasure hunters digging for gold nearly reduced this national cultural treasure to ruins.
Source: San Joaquin’s desecrated ‘campo santo’ restored
via Panay News, 05 Sep 2018: Unauthorised renovations made on a century-old church in the Philippines.
Molo Church, Iloilo City. Source: Panay News, 05 Sep 2018
The Sangguniang Panlungsod’s (SP) committee on tourism and cultural affairs has recommended the filing of charges against Monsignor Maurillo Silva, administrator of St. Anne Parish in Molo district for the unauthorized renovation of the Molo Church’s convent.
The charges could be for violation of Republic Act 10066 (National Cultural Heritage Act of 2009) and the National Building Code, among others, according to the committee chaired by Councilor Candice Tupas.
Source: Priest faces raps for Molo convent renovation
A priest in Philippines’ Iloilo province is relieved of his duties when he authorised construction on the ruins of an archaeologically significant ruin of an 18th century church, against the orders of the local bishop and the National Museum of the Philippines.
18th century church in Aranguel. Source: Philippine Inquirer 20160222
Capiz priest defies bishop, National Museum; builds concrete chapel on archaeological site
Inquirer, 22 February 2016
Parish priest in Iloilo relieved for allowing ‘unauthorized’ digging at Catholic cemetery
Inquirer, 28 February 2016
Even without proper permits, the parish priest of President Roxas town in Capiz province has continued to build a chapel inside the ruins of an 18th-century church in Barangay Aranguel, a former town founded by the Augustinians in 1704.
The chapel construction started in 2014 and is the project of the parish priest, Monsignor Alden Boliver. It has been ordered stopped by the National Museum and the Archdiocese of Capiz.
Human bones were recovered after the foundation was dug in 2014, prompting local officials to call the National Museum for an archaeological investigation in the area.
National Museum assistant director and osteologist Angel Bautista and his team recovered trade ware and ceramic shards dating back to the Sung and Ming dynasties.
“These archaeological materials are significant because these will provide insights into the earlier period of human occupation in the area. Furthermore, the walls of the old church are still intact and should be protected for posterity,” said a National Museum report published on its website in 2014.
Full stories here and here.
An ancient chapel built during the 16th century Portuguese colonial period in historic Malacca will finally be restored by the local authorities.
Source: The Star 20150325
466-year-old chapel set to undergo restoration
The Star, 25 March 2015
Lent 2015 brought cheer to thousands of Catholics here with news that the ancient Rosary Chapel (Ermida de Rosario) will be restored, ending its days of neglect.
Malacca Museum Corporation (Perzim) has received the go-ahead from the management of St Peter’s Church of Malacca to start work on the 466-year-old building and the land it stands on in Jalan Bunga Raya Pantai along Malacca River.
“With the permission granted, work will begin very soon,” Perzim general manager Datuk Khamis Abas said yesterday.
Joseph Sta Maria, a representative of minority ethnic communities under the state Barisan Nasional’s social service unit (Pembela), said the announcement brought joy not only to Catholics in Malacca but also nationwide.
Full story here.
A new book released earlier this week showcases the churches of Bohol, in their former and current state after the devastating 2013 earthquake that damaged a number of churches.
Source: Inquirer 20140825
Before and after Oct. 15, 2013
Inquirer, 25 August 2014
Two Cebu churches damaged by earthquakes last year are undergoing repair works. The older of the churches dates to 1599.
2 centuries-old churches undergoing restoration
Sun Star, 05 April 2012