15th Century relics, skeletons dug up in Cebu

By M. W. MOSQUEDA JR.

BOLJOON, Cebu – Antique gold jewelry pieces, jars and plates as well as skeletons 500 years old were found in a digging site at the church plaza here which experts claim to be artifacts from the 15th Century.

Mr. Jojo Bersales, consultant on heritage and museum affairs of Cebu province, said details of the historical find underneath the plaza of Boljoon Church, south of Cebu City, will be announced in a press conference today.

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Gold jewelries, 15th century skeletons found in Boljoon plaza digging

BOLJOON, Cebu – Gold jewelries, antique jars and plates, and 13 centuries-old skeletons were found in a digging site at the church plaza here, proving claims of townsfolk that rich Cebuanos were buried at the plaza ground during the 15th century.

Jojo Bersales, Cebu Provincial Government consultant on heritage and museum affairs, said several gold jewelries, antique relics, 15th century jars and plates, and 13 centuries old skeletons were found in a digging site at the plaza of Boljoon Church, south of Cebu City.

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Parishes, museums plan anti-fire, disaster measures

By Bernadette Parco
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 07:28:00 04/05/2008

More than a week after the 160-year-old Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Church in Oslob town, southern Cebu, was destroyed by fire, museums and heritage centers in other towns have focused their programs on fire and disaster preparedness.

“After the (Oslob) fire, we had an emergency meeting in the parish. We discussed when we should have the (Boljoon) church’s electrical wirings checked. This would be our priority,” said Lindzey Romero, curator of the Boljoon Parish Museum.

Romero said the parish is also studying the possibility of creating a parish fire brigade.

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Vidal forms 2 committees to raise funds, study design for Oslob church

LOCAL church leaders formed two committees yesterday to work on the design of the new Oslob parish church and to raise funds for its construction.

As this developed, a judge and a government prosecutor both explained that the law allows the local government to help pay for a new church.

A dawn fire initially blamed on a short-circuit lost the southern town its 160-year-old Immaculate Conception Parish last Wednesday.

In a meeting yesterday morning with Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, the clergy formed a fundraising committee and a technical committee.

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Congressman aims to declare Oslob church as heritage site

By Chris Ligan, Nilda Gallo
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 06:46:00 03/29/2008

FR. VALENTINO Gemelo, parish priest of the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception parish in Oslob, southern Cebu, promised that the parish church and rectory, which burned down Wednesday, will be rebuilt, but he will not ask for assistance from politicians to do so.

He said laws concerning the separation of church and state prohibits either entity from involving itself in the affairs of the other.

There are, however, avenues of cooperation available.

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More tragedies after Oslob?

By Jobers Bersales
Cebu Daily News
First Posted 12:28:00 03/27/2008

The dawn fire that gutted the 160-year-old convent and church in Oslob last Tuesday should serve as an eye-opener to the Catholic hierarchy and the faithful concerning the dangers that lurk behind these old structures that badly need rewiring. This tragic loss of an important heritage of the Augustinian friar-builders, Bishop Santos Gomez Marañon and Fray Julian Bermejo, in southern Cebu will not be the last if nothing is done soon to raise funds to rehabilitate all of these glorious structures built largely by Filipino masons and carpenters during the latter half of the Spanish colonial period in Cebu.

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Fire destroys Oslob church, convent

By Jovy S. Taghoy
Sun.Star Staff Reporter
With Nancy R. Cudis

A DAWN fire destroyed one of the oldest churches in Cebu in the most destructive blaze to hit the province this Fire Prevention Month. It took firefighters nearly eight hours to put the flames out.

The fire that razed the Immaculate Conception Parish and its convent in the southern town of Oslob also highlighted the need for the government to pay attention to upgrading firefighting equipment.

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