On the question over how much restoration should be made of heritage structures, particularly the churches of Loboc, Maribojoc, and Loon, Villalon said, “Maintaining some as ruins may not be such a bad idea,” adding that many heritage ruins in Europe and Southeast Asia have become hits among tourists.
A Loboc official disclosed during the open forum that the town would most likely maintain the ruins of the Loboc church as monument to the October 15, 2013 earthquake. He said doing so will give the town an added tourism attraction.
Organizers of the training workshop which included the Bohol Tourism Office, Provincial Government, and the USAID, said aside from the training workshop lectures, they want to develop reconstruction guidelines.
Ma. Joycelyn Mananghaya, architect trustee of ICOMOS Philippines, clarified in her lecture that those involved in the rebuilding of affected places and their damaged structures must focus not only on old heritage structures.
Modern structures, she said, must be rebuilt in the same modern style, and not designed to appear like “pseudo-heritage structures.”
“Historical honesty asks that rebuilt structures are to be redesigned in an architectural style reflective of 2014, thus becoming a visual reminder of the rebuilding of Bohol after the earthquake,” she said.