Friday, March 14, 2014

San Francisco church ruins to be declared heritage site

NAGA CITY—The Sangguniang Panlungsod seeks to declare the ruins at San Francisco church as a heritage site.

San Francisco Church, Naga City
San Francisco Church, Naga City
Photo: Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard
Said resolution is sponsored by Councilor David Casper Nathan A. Sergio.

According to the resolution, the ruins must be protected and conserved pursuant to the Natural Cultural Heritage Act of 2009 or Republic Act 10066.

The San Francisco church itself was established in 1578, making it 436 years old today.

Initially, it was made of bamboo, before being reconstructed using bricks in the mid-17th century.
Much of the original church was destroyed during World War II when Japanese forces bombed the edifice. However, ruins of the old structure still stand today in front of the present church.

San Francisco Church, Naga City
San Francisco Church, Naga City
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