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You might not see the original beauty of the church walls anymore. Catholic and non-Catholic tourists come to see the church's massive facade which was carefully carved from volcanic stones, as well as the walls which were made of volcanic stones. At the parking area, I was shocked to see that the walls with some volcanic stones showing through were being sloppily plastered with a rough coating of cement. I was even more shocked to see that some volcanic stones and slabs of concrete were removed from the walls and buttresses in the process of cementing the wall and reconstrcuting the buttresses.
Since we didn't have a chance to go back to the town to see the outcome of such repair job done, I dread to think that the walls would lose its antique/heritage look and I fear that cracks on the facade showing some stones were also plastered with cement. I wish the NHI was consulted by the local Parish and government for the proper restoration of a National Historical Treasure. I really wish the parts of the church that need restoration would be done so with proper, meticulous attention, as they have done on the Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte.
Updated Apr 22, 2010
Fondest memory: Everybody loves getting a good picture right? I'm no exception. So for my ultimate Cagsawa photo, I entered the belfry. It looks beautiful outside but the hallow tower and the thought of the numerous people who perished inside gave me the creeps.
Please see the photos I took...inside and outside of the bell tower. It took some huffing and puffing to get into that window :0)
Note: Be careful with your steps, the rocks inside the tower is slippery.
Written Feb 8, 2007