The Sto. Nino Kiosk undergoes strengthening

Sto. Nino Kiosk as photographed August 2014.

Sto. Nino Kiosk as photographed August 2014.

The 15 October 2013 earthquake that hit Bohol and Cebu affected several churches and structures, including the Basilica Minore del Sto. Nino, some with devastating results. One of those hit but sustained minor damage is the Sto. Nino Kiosk, popularly known as the Magellan’s Cross.

When I first visited it several days after the earthquake, photo at bottom, the structure seemed unaffected except for some powdery substance found below the arches. These were pulverized coral stones but only minimally. There were no huge cracks like the Cathedral, or big dislodged pieces like in Carcar.

Nevertheless, when I did visit it this month, I found that there were some structural repair works being done on the kiosk. I guess, this are more of strengthening the structure and being stabilized. It’s open now and the stability works are still ongoing.

From the update posted by the Basilica:

For the Magellan’s Cross kiosk, shoring has already been installed. We are now currently in the process of retrofitting, repointing and dowelling of the structure with the help of a contractor. The estimated completion of the current work on the Magellan’s Cross kiosk is in December 2014.

Inside the Sto. Nino Kiosk

Inside the Sto. Nino Kiosk

Arches as well as the Magellan's Cross being stabilized

Arches as well as the Magellan’s Cross being stabilized

The popular Sto. Nino Kiosk as photographed October 2013, several days after the October 15 earthquake. Note the white dust settling under the arches. These came from the coral stones.

The popular Sto. Nino Kiosk as photographed October 2013, several days after the October 15 earthquake. Note the white dust settling under the arches. These came from the coral stones.

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