April 3, 2014
Contact: Patrick Realiza, Communications Chair
Washington Partnership Talks Open Restoration Plans for Heritage Sites
Damaged by Quake and Typhoon Haiyan in Bohol, Philippines
WASHINGTON, DC — Washington-based non-profit Bohol Restoration Group (BRG) moves heritage restoration forward with the Diocese of Tagbilaran, in a series of meetings set April 9-12, 2014 in Bohol, Philippines.
“We appreciate the opportunity to lead efforts from Washington and help our Filipino friends restore these important world heritage sites,” Mike Brown, BRG’s board chair said. “Through our educational and cultural missions, backed by an exceptionally-qualified team of all-volunteer Filipino and American experts, we intend to establish a long-term relationship based on integrity for dedicated people, programs and grant capital to Bohol in helping preserve the cultural heritage of the Philippines’ heritage capital.”
Bohol is located in the central part of the Philippines and among the provinces hit by typhoon Haiyan in addition to damages resulting from an earlier 7.2 earthquake last year. Catastrophic damage included existing communities surrounding heritage sites and numerous historic places, among them three-centuries-old churches, American colonial structures and Spanish-influenced heritage cultural landmarks.
BRG will be working with the Diocese, non-government groups, government-appointed agencies and various philanthropies in a grant-making partnership to provide necessary technical and financial assistance initially focusing on heritage churches in the cities of Baclayon, Dauis and Loay.
BRG is composed of Americans and Filipinos from the Washington DC metro area who responded in an all-volunteer effort to the Philippine Embassy’s call to help Bohol’s damaged heritage sites. As a result, BRG was incorporated in Washington and has expanded its team efforts with industry experts in technical and heritage restoration, seismic engineering, US and International heritage law and policy, communications, finance, among them are from Quinn Evans, Nixon Peabody, National Cathedral, LeuterioThomas, American Institute of Architects, Ecotektonika, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, McEnearney Associates, AmPhil Services, and MRC3 Media.