Rising from the rubble: Bohol and Cebu, one year after

HELD TOGETHER. The facade of the St. Michael the Archangel Church in Clarin, Bohol remains intact. Everything behind it has fallen to pieces, but parishioners continue to worship in a tent on the church grounds. (Allan Cuizon)
HELD TOGETHER. The facade of the St. Michael the Archangel Church in Clarin, Bohol remains intact. Everything behind it has fallen to pieces, but parishioners continue to worship in a tent on the church grounds. (Allan Cuizon)

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Church officials eager to start
By Justin K. Vestil

The old churches that attracted the faithful and the curious to Bohol remain in rubble a year after the magnitude-7.2 earthquake last October 15, 2013.

The National Government — through the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), the National Commission of Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the National Museum, and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) — set aside P650 million to reconstruct or restore national heritage sites in Bohol that the earthquake affected, including 25 churches of the Diocese of Tagbilaran.


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A CHURCH is the people who fill it, not the brick-and-mortar structures that hold them, priests like to say.

But when some church buildings of Bohol collapsed last Oct. 15, 2013, they became among the most iconic and painful images of the damage the earthquake caused.

A year after the quake, these buildings have yet to rise again. Yet the communities these churches held together remain.

They raise funds, assemble for mass in makeshift wood-and-tarpaulin temples, celebrate fiestas. The new churches will look different, but also, one hopes, be more sturdy as a result of change. It’s the faith that stays the same.



Sun.Star Cebu Bohol report Part 2

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How is CCMC’s recovery so far?
By Linette Ramos Cantalejo and Princess Dawn H. Felicitas

Shortly after last year’s earthquake, the Cebu City Government lost one of its busiest facilities in the delivery of basic services, the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

The 45-year-old building on N. Bacalso Ave. was badly damaged when the 7.2-magnitude earthquake last October 15, 2013 shook Bohol, Cebu and other parts of the Visayas.

The calamity led to another: the public hospital’s untimely demolition.


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LIMITED space and angry patients.

These continue to hound the staff of the Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) one year after the 7.2-magnitude earthquake forced them to transfer their operations to the smaller Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) 7 compound.

“But at least now, the situation (in the temporary Cebu City Medical Center location) is a little better compared to before, when we first started our operations here…There are patients who cannot afford to go to private hospitals so they ask to just stay here,” says CCMC Chief Dr. Gloria Duterte.



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Quake shook up courts’ work
By Gerome M. Dalipe and Flornisa M. Gitgano

Court employees, judges and lawyers are waiting for a more definite plan from the Supreme Court (SC) on what to do about the Palace of Justice in Cebu, a year after it was declared off-limits following an earthquake.



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Court situation a real trial

HOW are judges, court personnel and lawyers coping with the working conditions in the temporary courthouse?

Like hundreds of thousands of other survivors of last year’s calamities, court officers, personnel and lawyers had to adjust to temporary surroundings and some inconvenience.



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Thousands ‘just wanted to help’
By Flornisa M. Gitgano

ROGELIO Daño, 27, was on his first month as a clerk in the Cebu Capitol when he was sent to distribute relief goods in Boljoon, two days after the earthquake that struck exactly a year ago.

Christian John Tandulan, 22, a community development assistant, still remembers the aftershocks he and co-workers felt while delivering relief goods from Cebu to Bohol.

Daño and Tandulan are just two of the thousands of government workers and private volunteers who did more than survive last year’s quake.



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Making schools safer ‘takes time’
By Justin K. Vestil and Razel V. Cuizon

Pupils of schools in Bohol that were destroyed or damaged by the earthquake still confront every day the effects of that calamity one year ago.

Many classes in northern Bohol are still held inside makeshift tents and classrooms made of bamboo and nipa. These temporary classrooms were built with the help of Parents and Teachers’ Associations (PTAs).



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2 thoughts on “Rising from the rubble: Bohol and Cebu, one year after

  1. So sorry to hear about the damage in cebu after eartquake. cebu is a fantastic city and going back there 25/11/2014 i can not wait i love the philippines so much.

    thank you my second home cebu


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