The Bahay ng Diyos Foundation, Inc. (BDF) will work closely with the National Museum of the Philippines and the parish community of Maribojoc in Bohol for the conservation of important religious images and pieces from the retablo and ceiling art that were recovered from the ruins of the centuries-old church that was destroyed by the Bohol earthquake in 2013.
These important artifacts that form part of the church that was declared a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum in 2010 are now being kept in a safe place where they are treated with conservation technologies. These include images of saints, parts of the main altar and sanctuary, ceiling, and ornaments like chandeliers, now under the care of the parish community, which receive appropriate training and guidance from conservation experts.
It is hoped that the reconstruction of the new parish church will be done in one or two years, and the restoration to its previous appearance to follow soon, including the return to its august chambers of its important properties.
We were fortunate to make another visit to the site and speak to their new parish priest, Rev. Fr. Gerardo Saco with key officials of their pastoral council and heritage committee, who walked us through the conservation work being done.
Proceeds from our ongoing fundraising projects, especially those who support by availing of our book, ‘ICONS: Windows to the Soul’ by Gerard Sison, will go to our financial assistance to Maribojoc and Clarin. Please help us help them rebuild their parish churches. You may write to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Secretariat at Tel. No. (632) 531-1182 or 623-1089 to know more about us and how you can help the two parishes. Thank you and God bless you!