Bohol Restoration Group, Inc.

Bohol Restoration Group, Inc. BRG: a patrimonial duty to rebuild & restore tangible & intangible heritage sustaining communities in Bohol, Philippines post-2013 climate change disasters
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7 years ago. And still passionate about preserving heritage. That was a disaster that brought over 100,000 people to com...
10/14/2020

7 years ago. And still passionate about preserving heritage. That was a disaster that brought over 100,000 people to come together and believe that they could truly make a difference.
The volunteers of Bohol Restoration Group USA @bohol restoration group inc. are grateful for a wonderful partnership with our brothers and sisters on the ground in Bohol.
We continue to protect, preserve, and provide a hand in this patrimonial journey! Thank you!!!

BRG’s Escuela Taller scholars at Holy Cross Parish now working on old stairway restoration project. Great job!!!! Thanks...
01/12/2019

BRG’s Escuela Taller scholars at Holy Cross Parish now working on old stairway restoration project. Great job!!!! Thanks for sharing Mr. Arius Llano. #BRG is tremendously proud of your mentorship and work! Thank you to Fr. Jingboy S**o, too, for always supporting to #preserve and #restore Maribojoc’s heritage!

Recent visit to Maribojoc with Mrs. Vicky Cuisia and Thryza Navarrete. Original destroyed church has begun its steps to ...
08/11/2018

Recent visit to Maribojoc with Mrs. Vicky Cuisia and Thryza Navarrete. Original destroyed church has begun its steps to stand again. Maribojoc parish and the community remain resilient in rebuilding from 2013’s 7.2 tremor. Congratulations to Fr Jingboy S**o, the Maribojoc community and Escuela Taller students and alumni (first batch of graduates that BRG sponsored!) Way to go #Maribojoc!

The officers, board of directors, and volunteers of the Bohol Restoration Group mourn the passing of one of our advisory...
05/07/2018
Augusto Villalón, architect and heritage advocate, passes away

The officers, board of directors, and volunteers of the Bohol Restoration Group mourn the passing of one of our advisory board members, TOTI VILLALON. He had been steadfast in visiting the devastated heritage sites with BRG volunteers and passionate in his efforts to support the first batch of Bohol’s Escuela Taller September 2017 graduates that BRG sponsored.

Thank you dearest Toti! Thank you for your love for heritage. Thank you for your genuine mentorship and especially your generous heart in friendship! Rest In Peace dearest Toti!!!! God is with you! Pahinga Ka na!

http://lifestyle.inquirer.net/293463/augusto-villalon-architect-heritage-advocate-passes-away/

Augusto Villalón, architect and cultural heritage conservation advocate who spearheaded the listing of several Philippine historical and natural landmarks in the very prestigious World

Ruins of Holy Cross Church in Maribojoc, Bohol. After it crumbled from October 2013's 10.0 magnitude, rebuilding effort ...
09/20/2017

Ruins of Holy Cross Church in Maribojoc, Bohol. After it crumbled from October 2013's 10.0 magnitude, rebuilding effort of 300-year-old heritage church begins September 18, 2017!!! Way to go!!!

Philippine Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, BRG Executive Director Margaret Lacson-Ecarma, and Maribojoc's Holy Cross Churc...
09/20/2017

Philippine Cabinet Secretary Jun Evasco, BRG Executive Director Margaret Lacson-Ecarma, and Maribojoc's Holy Cross Church Parish Priest Fr Gerardo S**o, Jr grace Escuela Taller de Bohol's graduation of new heritage restoration experts in Maribojoc. Fr S**o proudly shows the work of the students working on masonry, painting, carving, and carpentry.

Executive Director Margaret Lacson-Ecarma posing with BRG-funded out-of-school youth scholars of Escuela Taller at their...
09/20/2017

Executive Director Margaret Lacson-Ecarma posing with BRG-funded out-of-school youth scholars of Escuela Taller at their graduation in Maribojoc. After one year of hard work and training, they're now the new restoration masters of Bohol. Congratulations!

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03/16/2017
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A worthwhile read. On preserving and restoring heritage. Sharing a wonderful message from Boholano Archbishop Auza, Pope...
04/29/2016

A worthwhile read. On preserving and restoring heritage. Sharing a wonderful message from Boholano Archbishop Auza, Pope Francis' representative to the United Nations.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS of His Excellency Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations on BRG’s restore and rebuild heritage missions for Bohol at the UN Delegates Dining Room, New York, 20 April 2016

"In less than a minute, we lost the heritage that our ancestors bequeathed to us and to future generations. Honestly, I had never realized how precious our cultural patrimony was until I saw those churches reduced to rubble. "

Your Excellency Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr, and Mrs. Cuisia,
Mme Marie-Paule Roudil, UNESCO Representative to the UN in New York ;
Distinguished Guests, Dear Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am deeply honored by your presence tonight and I thank you most sincerely for your generosity, because the cause of tonight’s Gala Dinner is not only very close to my heart, it is in my heart and in my DNA!

I was born and raised in the village of President Carlos P. Garcia, in the town of Talibon in the northern part of the island of Bohol, Philippines. My four years of high school studies in the southern part of the island, in the Provincial Capital City of Tagbilaran, provided me with many opportunities to admire and know the Spanish colonial churches that dotted many towns along the roads that ring the round-shaped island of Bohol and the interior route that cuts through the famous Chocolate Hills.

I took those roads so many times, so muddy during raining season and so dusty during the dry season. Every two weeks my younger brother and I traveled home to visit our family, get our laundry done and pick up some pocket money! I loved those serpentine roads along coastlines or across forests in the interior part of the island. While the lush scenery and the blue sea have hardly changed in these intervening 44 years, the mud and the dust are practically gone, as the roads have been cemented. We call that progress without harming the environment! Sadly though, extensive portions of the cemented roads were also damaged by the earthquake.

Nothing could have prepared me to see so many of those beautiful coral stone-built Spanish colonial churches reduced to smithereens, and with them priceless altar pieces, retablos and statues. The October 2015 7.2 earthquake that struck Bohol completely destroyed many of them. It severely damaged scores of others, among which was the most precious of them all: the Church of La Purísima Concepción de la Vírgen Maria in Baclayon, whose foundations were laid in 1595. In less than a minute, we lost the heritage that our ancestors bequeathed to us and to future generations. Honestly, I had never realized how precious our cultural patrimony was until I saw those churches reduced to rubble.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
We know that outstanding cultural heritage is a precious legacy that needs to be preserved, enriched, and handed down from one generation to the next. That patrimony tells us much of the history and the identity of a people.
In our days, preserving cultural heritage has become a huge challenge. A great number of cultural treasures have been destroyed and are gone forever. Some were destroyed by natural catastrophes, like the Bohol Spanish colonial churches; others due to neglect because the preservation of cultural heritage is undeservingly low in national priorities; others fall victim to changing cultural tastes; and, sadder still, many have been destroyed by utter human folly, like the iconoclasm that destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan and the Roman antiquities of Palmyra. Alas, protecting cultural heritage in the midst of conflicts has become one of the biggest challenges facing cultural preservation and restoration in our days!

Once lost, destroyed or damaged, the restoration of cultural heritage is tremendously challenging. But we, Boholanos, and our friends believe that we can - and we must - recover the cultural patrimony lost or damaged during the 2013 earthquake. And we want you to be a part of this dream. We believe that, by your presence tonight, you share our dream, our dream to rise above the ruins! There are churches to be completely rebuilt and there are those that need major restoration. There are masterful altar pieces and statues whose broken pieces need to be put back together and those that are beyond recuperation but can be reproduced using the ancient methods of sculpting.

Ambassador Cuisia and Mrs. Cuisia,
Your presence here this evening is a demonstration of your generous and persevering commitment to rebuild and restore the cultural patrimony and the local communities in Bohol… It is even more admirable for the fact that you are not Boholanos!
Moreover, you also represent the Republic of the Philippines, with whom the Holy See signed an Agreement on the Cultural Heritage of the Catholic Church, which entered into force in May 2008. The Preamble of that Agreement emphasizes, “Considering that the cultural heritage of the Catholic Church in the Philippines constitutes a very significant part of the cultural patrimony of the Nation,” and “realizing the need for close cooperation between the Church and the State as regards the ecclesiastical cultural heritage, … the Holy See and the Republic of the Philippines, each within its competence, are committed to cooperate for the protection of the cultural heritage of the Catholic Church.” (Art. I).
As a fruit of that Agreement, the Church and local government in Bohol are therefore working with national heritage authorities to bring that cooperation to full fruition.
I would like to thank the Bohol Restoration Group, under the energetic leadership of Margaret Ecarma, for organizing tonight’s event.

When I went home to visit my parents in Bohol last February, the Bohol Restoration Group launched one of its many projects. The project consists in financing the restoration of the retablo of one of the coral-stone churches, which was reduced to small pieces, some of which were beyond restoration. The project includes a specialized training of poor out-of-school young people in the arts of stone carving and carpentry as they were practiced during the Spanish colonial times in Bohol. Their mission is to restore the damaged pieces and to recreate the missing pieces of the retablo.
The objective of the project is not only to recover what was damaged and recreate what was lost, but also to provide poor young people opportunities to learn and master a trade. Rebuild that beautiful retablo… and put some bowl of rice and fish on the table. Indeed, the restoration of our cultural heritage can also or should also be a productive economic activity.

Dear Friends,
We all share the same passion for cultural heritage. It defined our past and continues to define our present. The identity of the Boholanos is so intricately tied to their Catholic faith. Churches are part and parcel of their life. When my home diocese was created thirty years ago, the population was 99.2% catholic. And it has remained more or less like that until now. The population of the entire island of Bohol is around 93% catholic.
One can thus understand the attachment the people have to their churches, and the sense of great loss when the most historic and beautiful ones were destroyed by a natural catastrophe. Those churches were our common wealth, our common home, our common inheritance from our ancestors, our common legacy that we intended to bequeath to future generations.

Three or four centuries ago, our ancestors hauled huge coral stones from the sea and those huge pieces of timber from the forests. This memory of our ancestors will not allow us to leave those churches forever in ruin. We will raise those ruins again. We will rise above the ruins.

This tremendous yet exhilarating challenge has reenergized our faith communities and civic society; it has renewed social cohesion; it has fostered a rediscovery of our collective ownership and collective responsibility to care for our cultural heritage, spurring us to a greater participation in the restoration and management of our common wealth. We have rediscovered that our cultural heritage is an asset for all and a responsibility for all. Thank you for sharing this passion.

Tonight, we have come together:
-for the sake of the future generations of Boholanos who need a memory of their past and a reflection of their identity;
-for the sake of Mother Spain – which, for some, was not always a good mother! – and above all for the glory and honor of the missionaries who brought the faith and build monumental churches in Bohol;
- for the sake of those who mourn the loss of our heritage churches – which means all of us!;
- for the sake of the beautiful and spiritual legacy of the past, so that it continue to be a source of joy and inspiration in the present and in the future;
- for our sake and for all, the restoration of Bohol’s cultural heritage is a task worth pursuing...
There’s a famous Boholano proverb that most of us are used to: “Ang kasingkasing sa mga tao mao ang kasingkasing sa langit.” I suppose that all of you understand Boholano! If not, you can still understand the proverb, because it talks about the heart… and the heart that loves understands all things, and a heart that believes has reason that reason doesn’t have! The proverb means: “The heart of the people is the heart of heaven.”
Boholanos live on earth with their hearts lifted upward. This project of restoration, therefore, is not just any other rebuilding effort, but it’s a means by which, in rebuilding these Churches and sacred art that lift our hearts to God, we are restoring the heart of our people.
Thank you for being a part of it. God bless you all.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS of His Excellency Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to...
04/29/2016

KEYNOTE ADDRESS of His Excellency Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations on BRG’s restore and rebuild heritage missions for Bohol at the UN Delegates Dining Room, New York, 20 April 2016

"In less than a minute, we lost the heritage that our ancestors bequeathed to us and to future generations. Honestly, I had never realized how precious our cultural patrimony was until I saw those churches reduced to rubble. "

Your Excellency Ambassador Jose Cuisia, Jr, and Mrs. Cuisia,
Mme Marie-Paule Roudil, UNESCO Representative to the UN in New York ;
Distinguished Guests, Dear Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I am deeply honored by your presence tonight and I thank you most sincerely for your generosity, because the cause of tonight’s Gala Dinner is not only very close to my heart, it is in my heart and in my DNA!

I was born and raised in the village of President Carlos P. Garcia, in the town of Talibon in the northern part of the island of Bohol, Philippines. My four years of high school studies in the southern part of the island, in the Provincial Capital City of Tagbilaran, provided me with many opportunities to admire and know the Spanish colonial churches that dotted many towns along the roads that ring the round-shaped island of Bohol and the interior route that cuts through the famous Chocolate Hills.

I took those roads so many times, so muddy during raining season and so dusty during the dry season. Every two weeks my younger brother and I traveled home to visit our family, get our laundry done and pick up some pocket money! I loved those serpentine roads along coastlines or across forests in the interior part of the island. While the lush scenery and the blue sea have hardly changed in these intervening 44 years, the mud and the dust are practically gone, as the roads have been cemented. We call that progress without harming the environment! Sadly though, extensive portions of the cemented roads were also damaged by the earthquake.

Nothing could have prepared me to see so many of those beautiful coral stone-built Spanish colonial churches reduced to smithereens, and with them priceless altar pieces, retablos and statues. The October 2015 7.2 earthquake that struck Bohol completely destroyed many of them. It severely damaged scores of others, among which was the most precious of them all: the Church of La Purísima Concepción de la Vírgen Maria in Baclayon, whose foundations were laid in 1595. In less than a minute, we lost the heritage that our ancestors bequeathed to us and to future generations. Honestly, I had never realized how precious our cultural patrimony was until I saw those churches reduced to rubble.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
We know that outstanding cultural heritage is a precious legacy that needs to be preserved, enriched, and handed down from one generation to the next. That patrimony tells us much of the history and the identity of a people.
In our days, preserving cultural heritage has become a huge challenge. A great number of cultural treasures have been destroyed and are gone forever. Some were destroyed by natural catastrophes, like the Bohol Spanish colonial churches; others due to neglect because the preservation of cultural heritage is undeservingly low in national priorities; others fall victim to changing cultural tastes; and, sadder still, many have been destroyed by utter human folly, like the iconoclasm that destroyed the Buddhas of Bamiyan and the Roman antiquities of Palmyra. Alas, protecting cultural heritage in the midst of conflicts has become one of the biggest challenges facing cultural preservation and restoration in our days!

Once lost, destroyed or damaged, the restoration of cultural heritage is tremendously challenging. But we, Boholanos, and our friends believe that we can - and we must - recover the cultural patrimony lost or damaged during the 2013 earthquake. And we want you to be a part of this dream. We believe that, by your presence tonight, you share our dream, our dream to rise above the ruins! There are churches to be completely rebuilt and there are those that need major restoration. There are masterful altar pieces and statues whose broken pieces need to be put back together and those that are beyond recuperation but can be reproduced using the ancient methods of sculpting.

Ambassador Cuisia and Mrs. Cuisia,
Your presence here this evening is a demonstration of your generous and persevering commitment to rebuild and restore the cultural patrimony and the local communities in Bohol… It is even more admirable for the fact that you are not Boholanos!
Moreover, you also represent the Republic of the Philippines, with whom the Holy See signed an Agreement on the Cultural Heritage of the Catholic Church, which entered into force in May 2008. The Preamble of that Agreement emphasizes, “Considering that the cultural heritage of the Catholic Church in the Philippines constitutes a very significant part of the cultural patrimony of the Nation,” and “realizing the need for close cooperation between the Church and the State as regards the ecclesiastical cultural heritage, … the Holy See and the Republic of the Philippines, each within its competence, are committed to cooperate for the protection of the cultural heritage of the Catholic Church.” (Art. I).
As a fruit of that Agreement, the Church and local government in Bohol are therefore working with national heritage authorities to bring that cooperation to full fruition.
I would like to thank the Bohol Restoration Group, under the energetic leadership of Margaret Ecarma, for organizing tonight’s event.

When I went home to visit my parents in Bohol last February, the Bohol Restoration Group launched one of its many projects. The project consists in financing the restoration of the retablo of one of the coral-stone churches, which was reduced to small pieces, some of which were beyond restoration. The project includes a specialized training of poor out-of-school young people in the arts of stone carving and carpentry as they were practiced during the Spanish colonial times in Bohol. Their mission is to restore the damaged pieces and to recreate the missing pieces of the retablo.
The objective of the project is not only to recover what was damaged and recreate what was lost, but also to provide poor young people opportunities to learn and master a trade. Rebuild that beautiful retablo… and put some bowl of rice and fish on the table. Indeed, the restoration of our cultural heritage can also or should also be a productive economic activity.

Dear Friends,
We all share the same passion for cultural heritage. It defined our past and continues to define our present. The identity of the Boholanos is so intricately tied to their Catholic faith. Churches are part and parcel of their life. When my home diocese was created thirty years ago, the population was 99.2% catholic. And it has remained more or less like that until now. The population of the entire island of Bohol is around 93% catholic.
One can thus understand the attachment the people have to their churches, and the sense of great loss when the most historic and beautiful ones were destroyed by a natural catastrophe. Those churches were our common wealth, our common home, our common inheritance from our ancestors, our common legacy that we intended to bequeath to future generations.

Three or four centuries ago, our ancestors hauled huge coral stones from the sea and those huge pieces of timber from the forests. This memory of our ancestors will not allow us to leave those churches forever in ruin. We will raise those ruins again. We will rise above the ruins.

This tremendous yet exhilarating challenge has reenergized our faith communities and civic society; it has renewed social cohesion; it has fostered a rediscovery of our collective ownership and collective responsibility to care for our cultural heritage, spurring us to a greater participation in the restoration and management of our common wealth. We have rediscovered that our cultural heritage is an asset for all and a responsibility for all. Thank you for sharing this passion.

Tonight, we have come together:
-for the sake of the future generations of Boholanos who need a memory of their past and a reflection of their identity;
-for the sake of Mother Spain – which, for some, was not always a good mother! – and above all for the glory and honor of the missionaries who brought the faith and build monumental churches in Bohol;
- for the sake of those who mourn the loss of our heritage churches – which means all of us!;
- for the sake of the beautiful and spiritual legacy of the past, so that it continue to be a source of joy and inspiration in the present and in the future;
- for our sake and for all, the restoration of Bohol’s cultural heritage is a task worth pursuing...
There’s a famous Boholano proverb that most of us are used to: “Ang kasingkasing sa mga tao mao ang kasingkasing sa langit.” I suppose that all of you understand Boholano! If not, you can still understand the proverb, because it talks about the heart… and the heart that loves understands all things, and a heart that believes has reason that reason doesn’t have! The proverb means: “The heart of the people is the heart of heaven.”
Boholanos live on earth with their hearts lifted upward. This project of restoration, therefore, is not just any other rebuilding effort, but it’s a means by which, in rebuilding these Churches and sacred art that lift our hearts to God, we are restoring the heart of our people.
Thank you for being a part of it. God bless you all.

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Our efforts to restore and preserve 300-year-old coral stoned heritage sites and communities on seismic terrain affected by 2013's 7.2 earthquake and typhoon Haiyan disasters in the province of Bohol in the Philippines were initiated by Philippine Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency Jose L. Cuisia, Jr and his wife, Victoria. BRG is based in Washington, D.C. and composed of a professional collaborative network of volunteer architects, engineers, communications, legal, and educational groups from diverse communities in the United States, The Philippines, and abroad. Ours is a patrimonial duty to establish international heritage guidelines in rebuilding affected sites and communities while ushering economic viability in this region.

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