Cultural Properties Regulation Division
NATIONAL MUSEUM TURNS OVER NEWLY-RESTORED LOAY WATCHTOWER TO LGU
The National Museum has officially turned over the old Spanish watchtower in Villalimpia, Loay, Bohol to the local government of Loay on July 23, 2018.
The Loay Watchtower was declared as a National Cultural Treasure in 2011 under the collective group of Bohol Watchtowers together with Maribojoc, Dauis, Panglao, Pamilican,and Balilihan towers.
National Museum Assistant Director Angel P. Bautista led the turnover rite and entrusted the recently-restored Loay Watchtower to the municipal government of Loay headed by Mayor Rochelle Brigitte Imboy-Abutazil.
“On behalf of Director Jeremy Barns, Assistant Director Ana Labrador, and all employees of the National Museum, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the key officials of Bohol and the municipality of Loay and all Boholanos for their cooperation in the restoration and reconstruction of our heritage sites in the province, including this watchtower.”
Assistant Director Bautista added that the National Museum would continue to provide technical assistance to the local government for the continuous preservation and protection of the structure and its vicinity.
He also expressed his pride for the installation of the 700-meter bamboo boardwalk which provides an easier access to the coral and brick tower of Loay while giving visitors a scenic view of mangrove forest and Bohol sea.
Meanwhile, Mayor Abutazil relayed the gratitude and appreciation of the townspeople of Loay for the commitment of the National Museum in the rehabilitation and preservation of the said cultural property. Abutazil further remarked that the restoration of the structure would strengthen the cultural identity of the Boholanos.
The turnover of the tower was held a day after the successful opening of the new building of National Museum – Bohol Area Museum and Satellite Office in Tagbilaran City.