Dauis watchtower after the October 2013 earthquake

Left side damage of the watchtower

Left side damage of the watchtower

The devastating 15 October 2013 affected both Bohol and Cebu with the former suffering heavy damage. In preparation for our launched coffeetable book, Pagsulay, I was able to visit Bohol in November 2013. Although Dauis church sustained heavy damage, the Dauis watchtower has sustained cracks and some dislodged stone pieces.

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The lower level of the watchtower basically is intact. It’s the second level that has much of the cracks and loosened rocks. The cracks are found in the parts near the window bases with one section of the back exposed due to loosened rocks. The top of the windows’s arches also had cracks. The wooden trusses are also intact.

While not as dangerous, I do think that this can easily be repaired and strengthened.

Images taken November 2013

Cracks and damage of the frontside above the watchtower's entrance

Cracks and damage of the frontside above the watchtower’s entrance

Damages to one side of the watchtower

Damages to one side of the watchtower

Proximity of the Dauis watchtower with the church, heavily damaged too

Proximity of the Dauis watchtower with the church, heavily damaged too

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