The Apostolic Nuncio to PH will visit the diocese of Tagbilaran


The Sta. Cruz Parish Church in the town of Maribojoc, Bohol. (Photo courtesy of NMP-Bohol)

TAGBILARAN CITY – Archbishop Charles John Brown, Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines, will visit the Diocese of Tagbilaran from December 11 to 12, 2021.

Bishop Alberto Uy has stated that Brown’s two-day pastoral visit takes place on the occasion of the renewal and liturgical consecration of the Sta. Cruz Parish Church (Holy Cross Parish Church) in the city of Maribojoc on December 12.

Spanish Ambassador Jorge Moragas Sanchez and Bishops Antonieto Cabahug, Crispin Varquez, Julito Cortes, Leonardo Medroso, Arturo Bastes, Romulo Valles and Patrick Daniel Parcon will join Brown.

On Sunday, the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) will hand over the reconstructed Holy Cross Parish Church in the city of Maribojoc to its legal owner, the Diocese of Tagbilaran.

It will culminate with the restoration and reconstruction by the NMP of the 100-year-old heritage structures of the province that were damaged by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in 2013.

During the award ceremony, a message from President Duterte will be read by the former mayor of Maribojoc, Leoncio Evasco, presidential adviser for the streamlining of government processes.

The rebuilding of the church had been implemented by the NMP, a cultural agency responsible for various culturally significant properties, sites and reserves across the country.

The religious complex of Maribojoc, which includes the stone masonry church and convent, its side squares and the stone staircase behind the church, was declared a national cultural treasure by the NMP on May 5, 2010. .

The declaration officially recognizes the Church of Maribojoc as a unique cultural asset, possessing outstanding historical, cultural, artistic and scientific value of high significance and importance to the country and the nation.

The site, due to its colonial architecture representative of the Spanish colonial period, had also been listed by the National Historic Institute (now the National Historic Commission of the Philippines or NHCP) as a historic center / heritage area.

A new historic landmark by the NHCP will be unveiled during the awards ceremony.

Unique to the church are its neo-Gothic and Mudejar style altarpieces incorporated with local motifs. His ceiling paintings by Cebuano master painter Raymundo Francia are a fine example of early 20th-century church art in the Visayas.

Both elements of the church have been meticulously restored by local artists, guided by expert restorers and art curators.

The feat of rebuilding and restoring Bohol’s damaged heritage structures, including the Church of Maribojoc, is the result of the collective and collaborative efforts of national government, local governments, entrepreneurs and stakeholders.


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