You don’t have to travel far to find devastation from the 2013 earthquake. In my travels, I passed a church in the small town of Loboc, which was nearly destroyed. It is held together with scaffolding and supports to stabilize what’s left of the structure. The facia and mid-span of the church crumbled during the shaking
Along with this church, there were other structures along the river which toppled due to the violent shaking. The USGS’s shake make indicated that the ground shaking was most violent on Bohol and considered moderate on surrounding islands.
Loboc Bell Tower
Adjacent to the Loboc Church is a common dirt parking area overlooking the river. The only structures left are some public bathrooms and the remnants of the Loboc bell tower. It didn’t hit me until I wrote this article that the dirt parking area used to be a two-story building with local merchants and a bank. It’s now just dirt and rubble from the destruction of 2013.
Most of the churches and tourist attractions have donation boxes. Seeing the beauty of this country, I gladly donated to locals to assist in the rebuilding efforts. At each site, numerous Filipinos were working to restore what mother nature had damaged. 2+ years after the earthquake, there is progress, but this island has an enormous amount of work left.
Nothing I can write or photograph can accurately describe the raw power that this planet has. It is sobering to know that so many lives changed in just 34 seconds.