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Batangas basilica remains closed indefinitely

Batangas basilica remains closed indefinitely
Immaculate Conception Basilica in Batangas City remains closed to devotees. PHOTO COURTESY OF FR. LEONIDO DOLOR

MANILA— The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, which has been closed after the twin quakes that hit Batangas province, will remain shut to the public.

Initial inspections have already been made by local engineers but in light of more situational assessment, newly installed Lipa Archbishop Gilbert Garcera opted to keep it closed.

Church services during the Holy Week were held outdoors after the April 8 quakes caused cracks and other minor damage to the church.

For the meantime, liturgical and other devotional activities will he held at the Basilica Pastoral Center.

“I ordered Father Dimaapi, the parish priest, not to use the Basilica for I do not want people to get hurt,” Garcera said.

The prelate said he invited structural experts and engineers recommended by the CBCP’s Commission on Cultural Heritage to further examine the damage sustained by one of the oldest churches in the province.

“From there, we will figure out a proper rehabilitation process approved by the standards of the Church Renovation and Construction,” Garcera said.

The archbishop added that he will also talk with the priest of the Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours in Taal town and other churches affected by recent quakes to determine their “proper course of action.” Niceforo Vince Balbedina III/CSJL intern/CBCPNews