Looking back on the good, instead of the bad

Yesterday a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit Cebu (my hometown) and Bohol (my sister-in-law’s hometown), destroying many of its old cathedrals.

Traversing lenses

After the saddening news about the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol, I think it’s fitting to reminisce the majesty and beauty of the century-old churches that has been ruined by the tragedy.

I have only been to two of the three churches that was greatly damaged by the quake, the Basílica Menor del Santo Niño in Cebu and the Baclayon Church in Bohol. Because I fell in love completely with these heritage sights, I’d rather remember them in their glorious form, not in their now depressing state.

The photos were taken last year, late January with my GE X5 bridge cam.






I will forever adore Sto. Niño Church’s festive vibe.




On one of the church’s panels outside, an image of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina’s face miraculously appeared.


There’s also an image of Madonna and Child on its wall.





I know they can still be restored, but as the…

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6 thoughts on “Looking back on the good, instead of the bad

    1. Thank you, Serv. Everyone of my relatives is safe (we do have those extended, like forever, families so there’s a lot to count) and my personal FB page has been quite informative between my family, high school and college friends.

      There are many coordinated relief programs taking place but I don’t know the details of them all just yet. The hardest hit was a small island next to us and that’s where they got the most casualties and damages.

      I’ll update when I find out more 🙂

  1. Thank goodness everyone is ok. I know the buildings can be rebuilt, and it’s sad that the ancients are damaged, but we can’t rebuild lost family. My heart is right there with you, my friend. Lots of positive energy sent to you and yours. Will be watching for info on RC. My mom worked for Disaster Relief and was the Head of Volunteer of Blood Services for 30 years in my hometown.

    1. Thank you 🙂 I haven’t gone to the RC Philippines site yet as I am only receiving aid requests from the previous typhoon called Santi, and nothing about this earthquake just yet. My mother’s sisters (3) all live close together in their own complex with apartments and duplexes that they rent out mostly to students at a nearby university and my one aunt has a 3 story structure. None of us here have heard of any reports of damage so we’re all assuming they’re fine.

      Maybe that’s why they’re focused on the ruined historical churches…Philippines is the only Roman Catholic country in Southeast Asia and they are very very religious hence all the focus on the churches when I want to see damaged roads and homes and people in need (I’m not religious though – when your mom becomes a Mormon because your American stepdad is the bishop of the church he helped build, and your first real boyfriend is the son of a pastor for the Seventh-Day Adventist church at the same time, the home can be a battlefield over religious stuff).

      Your mom’s amazing! What an achievement – 30 years – and dedication!

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