Heritage Churches and Other Significant Structures in Pampanga That Were Damaged By the Earthquake
The 6.1-magnitude earthquake that struck the Philippines on April 22, 2019 left many in Luzon shaken. In its wake, the natural occurrence left more than just a couple of items out of place. Operations were immediately halted in transportation systems, road and construction damages were sustained, while injuries were minimal. The city that felt the quake’s power the most was Lubao, Pampanga, which was a few kilometers away from the epicenter in Zambales. Just as we were beginning to find hope in rebuilding a religious place as significant as the Notre Dame Cathedral after last week’s fire, some of Pampanga’s very own places of worship took a hit and suffered damages of its own.
Here’s what the damage looks like:
Santa Catalina de Alexandria
REPORT: Due to the earthquake, the parish church of Santa Catalina de Alexandria in Porac, Pampanga sustained significant damage. #earthquakePHPosted by Archdiocesan Committee on Church Heritage - Pampanga on Monday, April 22, 2019
One of the more significant buildings to receive media attention was this parish in Porac. The church’s bell tower sustained substantial destruction and was left in rubble. Fortunately, there was no mass held at the time of the earthquake, reports say.
Santa Rita de Cascia
Santa Rita, Pampanga
REPORT: Cracks from the belfry of Santa Rita de Cascia parish church in Santa Rita, Pampanga were also noticeably seen after the earthquake. #EarthquakePHPosted by Archdiocesan Committee on Church Heritage - Pampanga on Monday, April 22, 2019
UPDATE FROM SANTA RITA DE CASCIA PARISH, Santa Rita, Pampanga Cracks and debris were also noted from the interior of the belfry. #MibangunTamuPampanga #PangadiTayaIngBalayangCapampanganPosted by Archdiocesan Committee on Church Heritage - Pampanga on Monday, April 22, 2019
The parish church’s belfry was left with notable cracks.
Hacienda Dolores Chapel
REPORT: The side entrance of the chapel in Hacienda Dolores was seen to sustain damage from yesterday's calamity. #MibangunTamuPampangaPosted by Archdiocesan Committee on Church Heritage - Pampanga on Monday, April 22, 2019
Another chapel in Porac suffered as the façade of this old parish had crumbled.
Monasterio de Santa Clara
REPORT: The perimeter wall of the Monasterio de Santa Clara in Betis, Guagua,Pampanga was damaged by the earthquake. #MibangunTamuPampangaPosted by Archdiocesan Committee on Church Heritage - Pampanga on Monday, April 22, 2019
While the structure itself remained intact, the outlying walls of the Monasterio de Santa Clara had partially come apart.
Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando
San Fernando, Pampanga
REPORT: Cracks were noted on the cieling of the Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando, inspection were done right after the earthquake. #EarthquakePHPosted by Archdiocesan Committee on Church Heritage - Pampanga on Monday, April 22, 2019
While a few items and religious relics were knocked around, this beautiful church also sustained some cracks in its interiors.
Clark International Airport
Sitwasyon ng Clark International Airport matapos ang 6.1 magnitude na lindol sa Luzon. ???? This airport is like my...Posted by Mac Quillain on Monday, April 22, 2019
Images of the damaged Clark International Airport also circulated the around web. A recorded number of at least seven people were injured and the ceiling above the check-in counters has collapsed. Flights were canceled today, April 23, despite the minimal damage to the tower and the runway areas, but its management hopes to reopen and resume operations tomorrow.
The arch that once welcomed visitors and residents to Pampanga and separated the province from Dinalupihan also collapsed. Remnants from the damage blocked the road preventing vehicles from passing through.
Inspected Consuelo Bridge in Floridablanca, Pampanga. Repair of the bridge approach will start today and is expected to open to light vehicles within 24 hours. #EarthquakePHPosted by Mark Villar on Monday, April 22, 2019
Five casualties were recorded in this four-story local supermarket, which collapsed during the earthquake. At present, a search is still underway for those who were trapped or are still missing underneath the debris.