Wednesday, June 3, 2015

How Old?

Philippines PH-68295 received 08-04-2014

Sent by: jeanny1926
From: Manila, Philippines
ID number: PH-68295
Notes: I am not exactly sure when Baclayon Church was built.  The back of the card says it is the second oldest stone church in the Philippines, and was constructed in 1595 by Jesuit Priests.  However, Wikipedia says that the first Jesuit priests came to Baclayon in 1596, and that the present stone church was completed in 1727.  I have no way of knowing which is right.  What I do know is that on October 15, 2013, the church was severely damaged by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, and the portico and the belltower collapsed.  The Diocese of Tagbilaran does plan to restore all of the churches damaged or destroyed by the earthquake.  

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