April quakes damage San Agustin Church in Intramuros; Edgar Allan M. Sembrano; Inquirer lifestyle

Philippines – Baroque Churches of the Philippines

400 year-old structure also assessed to be disaster-prone.

Unknown to the public, the series of medium-size earthquakes that shook Batangas and neighboring provinces in April, and damaged a number of structures including the centuries-old churches of Batangas City and Taal, also affected the Unesco World Heritage Church of San Agustin in Intramuros, Manila.

This was revealed by Fr. Ricky Villar, OSA, director of San Agustin Museum, during the recent Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church (ECCHC) 10th National Biennial Convention of Church Cultural Heritage Practitioners in Tagbilaran City, Bohol.

Father Villar said the church suffered huge cracks particularly on the area supporting the choir loft.

Built in 1595, San Agustin is the oldest church in the Philippines.


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