Cultural Properties Regulation Division
NATIONAL MUSEUM LEADS THE TURNOVER CEREMONY AT THE SANTA MONICA PARISH CHURCH, ALBURQUERQUE, BOHOL
The National Museum turned-over the newly restored Santa Monica Parish Church and Convent to the Diocese Tagbilaran in Alburquerque, Bohol on August 27, 2018. The Santa Monica Parish Church is one of the significant cultural properties in Bohol Province that was damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit the Visayas on October 15, 2013. A declared Important Cultural Property, the church and the convent were restored as part of the Heritage Restoration and Reconstruction Program of the government in the Visayas.
The church complex possesses unique and exemplary features, such as its imposing neo-gothic façade and portico and the massive convento or rectory, as well as extensive modern ceiling murals that reflect the original artistic scheme, no longer intact, executed by Ray Francia, and represents an important landmark of heritage among the churches of Bohol.
The ceremony was graced by His Excellency Most Reverend Alberto S. Uy, D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Tagbilaran, Rev. Fr. Justino Estoque, Rev. Fr. Milan Ted Torralba, and Honorable Elpren Charles M. Tungol, Mayor of the Municipality of Alburquerque as well as Mr. Angel P. Bautista, Acting Assistant Director of the National Museum. In their speeches, Bishop Medroso, Mayor Tungol and Mr. Bautista expressed their sincere appreciation to all officials and staff members of government agencies and other organizations; and members of the community who responded and continuously provide unrelenting effort and active participation for the goal of bringing back the glory and beauty of all damaged heritage structures in Bohol. The ceremony was witnessed by NM staff and more that 200 individuals who are members of the community of Alburquerque and surrounding municipalities. The turnover ceremony was followed by the Eucharistic Celebration led by Bishop Uy.
The Parish Church of Santa Monica, Alburquerque, Bohol.
Representing the National Museum, Acting Assistant Director delivers a message on the restoration program of the National Museum.
Presentation of Signed Certificates of Turnover