Truly one doesn't realize how important something is until it's gone. I never really cared much for such heritage structures before and it was only recently that I started developing some interest in them. However faint that interest is, at least I'm starting to point my camera at them.
While I'm relieved to learn that the old churches in Siquijor are intact, including the one with the wooden floor in Lazi, regret is the only thing I feel with regard to the ones in Bohol, some of which I've never even seen.
I found this collage of before and after photos of these churches from Facebook, which is just hearbreaking.
Collage circulating throughout social media, downloaded from a Facebook user.
I also saw this YouTube video of the actual collapse of the belfry at the Basilica Minore del Sto Niño in Cebu. It's just terrifying.
I hope and pray that those affected by the earthquake be able to recover fast, and that these damaged churches be given a chance at restoration, a chance at rebuilding some of our heritage, and prove that not all is lost.