Guiuan church, a National Cultural Treasure in Samar, heavily damaged by "Yolanda"

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Guiuan church, a National Cultural Treasure in Samar, heavily damaged by 'Yolanda' Philippine Daily Inquirer 18 Nov 2013 Color Full Color Life Style Circulation 245,520 D4 Readership 245,520 English ArticleSize 1008 cm² Augusto R. Villalon AdValue PHP 201,942 Daily PR Value PHP 605,827

Guiuan church, a National Cultural Treasure

in Samar, heavily damaged by 'Yolanda'

Typhoon "yolanda"

tery, have been anonymous.

plies to ravaged Guiuan.

Gtiiuan was one of the fore­

The side altars of Guiuan town of Guiuan, Eastern most choices among the 28 church were in the process of made first landfall at the

Samar, devastating the town's churches selected by the NCCA restoration by National Museum church of La Purisima Concep­ and the National Museum as Na­ technicians when the typhoon

ci6n, considered one of the finest tional Cultural Treasures (NCT).

struck. However, after Yolanda,

and architecture still intact, is tend to this task.

restoration procedure. In full transparency, the restoration shall be explained in detail to and agreed upon by

The National Museum is re­ the National Museum's work in and most beautiful Spanish colo­ sponsible for the care and main­ Guiuan is expected to intensify. It nial structures in the country. Guiuan Church, one of the few tenance of all NCTs. A team of must undertake a detailed as­ in the country still with its original qualified in­house conservation sessment of the damage as a pre­ altars, carvings, painted ceiling technicians and specialists at­ liminary to determining the best

even more outstanding for being the only church in the country whose interiors are extensively

First images National Museum consultant

Orlando Albinon provides us the Diocese of Borongan, the decorated with natural shells em­ with the first images to be pub­ parish and local community, bedded in the interior walls; this lished that show the extensive and other stakeholders. National Museum director is documented in the publication, destruction of the church. Na­ "Shell Ornamentation of La tional Museum volunteer spe­ Jeremy Barns assures, despite the Purisima Conception Church," by cialist Joel Aldor contributed im­ ongoing work in Bohol and Cebu after the recent earthquake, that Angel Bautista, published by the ages taken before the disaster National Commission for Culture Despite being heavily preoccu­ the National Museum can mobi­ and the Arts, in 2003.

The church has completely re­ tained its appearance from colo­ nial times, complemented by hav­ ing its ceiling painted in the 1930s by a certain GM Lucero and L. Monalola, who are fortunate to be named in church records.

Usually, the artists and crafts­ men who labored to lavish churches with carved retablos

and statuary, painted panels, stucco ornamentation and—out­

standingly—shell ornamentation inlaid into the walls of the baptis­

pied with the wholesale destruc­ lize the support and resources to tion and damage to the country's carry out and to complete their heritage structures in Bohol and mission of caring for our cultural Cebu from the Oct. 15 earth­ heritage that has been entrusted quake, the National Museum was to them in behalf of future gener­ able to arrange a one­day trip for ations of Filipinos. Museum technical consultant Or­ Although of primary impor­ lando Albinon to visit Guiuan. tance at this period is to assist the Making the trip possible were survivors and restore normalcy, it the Balesin Island Club and is also time to pay attention to Marco Diaz who, concerned damaged heritage structures, so with the state of cultural relics that the places which, for genera­ in Guiuan, provided a single tions, have been the focus of local seat in the light aircraft owned traditions, will be rebuilt. by the Club that was flying sup­ Feedback and comments are in­

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CHURCH interior before (top) and after (above) Yolanda (note remains of altar); below, detail of shell decoration on Baptistry wall and painted religious icon on church wall


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THE BELFRY

before (right) and after

(above)


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Guiuan church, a National Cultural Treasure in Samar, heavily damaged by 'Yolanda' Philippine Daily Inquirer 18 Nov 2013 Color Full Color Life Style Circulation 245,520 D4 Readership 245,520 English ArticleSize 1008 cm² Augusto R. Villalon AdValue PHP 201,942 Daily PR Value PHP 605,827

MAIN entrance door before (left) and after (above); below, Guiuan church exterior before and after Typhoon "Yolanda" hit