Amb. Goldberg spearheads San Sebastian restoration

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US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and guests listen to Rev. Fr. Lauro Larlar deliver his welcome remarks at the opening ceremony of the diagnostic survey report on San Sebastian Church

US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and guests listen to Rev. Fr. Lauro Larlar deliver his welcome remarks at the opening ceremony of the diagnostic survey report on San Sebastian Church

United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg visited San Sebastian Church in Quiapo, Manila on February 4 for an event jointly hosted by his embassy and San Sebastian Foundation to showcase the results of a comprehensive and state-of-the-art diagnostic survey done on the 124-year-old minor basilica.

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A P4.3 million ($97,000) grant by the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) to San Sebastian Foundation funded the survey of the church as the first phase in a 10-year project to restore its unique structure.

All for cultural preservation: Ambassador Goldberg with Tina Paterno, architectural conservator and executive director of San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc.; Rev. Fr. Lauro Larlar, chairman of the board; Fr. Rene Paglinawan; Hubert D’aboville and other trustees

All for cultural preservation: Ambassador Goldberg with Tina Paterno, architectural conservator and executive director of San Sebastian Basilica Conservation and Development Foundation, Inc.; Rev. Fr. Lauro Larlar, chairman of the board; Fr. Rene Paglinawan; Hubert D’aboville and other trustees

The event showcased the completed diagnostic phase of this ambitious restoration project and brought attention to the need for strong support from the cultural preservation community in the Philippines to achieve the remaining work under the project.

The event highlighted the previous cultural preservation projects in the Philippines supported by the AFCP, which includes the restoration work of the early 18th Century La Immaculada Conception Church in Easter Samar through the National Museum of the Philippines, and the documentation of the oral traditions of Ifugao through the National Commission for Culture and Arts.

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