- Posted October 17, 2013 by
Loboc, Bohol, Philippines
Centuries-old Loboc Church collapsed due to 7.2 magnitude
I asked permission from Ralph James Varquez to use his video minutes after the earthquake. I arrived in Loboc two hours after the earthquake.
The 7.2-magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and nearby areas was devastating not only for its death toll but also for its impact on well-known heritage sites.
Among the earthquake’s casualties were the centuries-old churches that were once considered for the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Loboc Church , one of the oldest churches in Bohol in the Philippines, was heavily damaged on Tuesday, Oct. 15, after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake hit the province.
The church’s front façade completely destroyed. Parts of its roof can also be seen in front of the structure.
Loboc Church is the second oldest church in Bohol originally built in 1602 and reconstructed in 1638 after a fire gutted its original structure.