Quake-hit basilica in Cebu surveyed for restoration
CEBU - Tourists and devotees continue to flock to the Basilica del Santo Niño, which was damaged by quake that struck the Visayas on Tuesday.
Many of them offered prayers, others took photos of the remains of the bell tower.
Lina Reponte herself witnessed how the tower crumbled. She said she was praying when the quake hit. She fled to the pilgrim hall for safety with others. Until now, Reponte she's still afraid as aftershocks continue.
Clearing operations in the church continued on Saturday.
City district engineers conducted a density test through 3D laser scanning to check the strength of the basilica's foundation.
The National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) also checked the debris, as it plans to restore the centuries-old bell tower.
“[Makikita natin] kung may movement, kung nag-tilt and cracks, kung gaano kalaki kasi very presice,” NCCA director Escuela Taller said.
The Cebu Technological University also sustained damage.
The university said the scheduled enrollment on Monday will be postponed to a later date since the building still has to be evaluated by engineers.
For now, students are also not allowed to enter the campus.