Images on exhibit is available for sale at P5,000 each. Part of the proceed will be for the upkeep of the Cathedral of Cebu Museum. Preselling of the book will be for limited time only from 3 July – 30 August. Discounted price is P1,500. Once launched this November, it will be available for P2,000. If you’re interested, do contact me by filling out the contact form above. This is what I and two other photographers, have been busy with the past few months. In my case, its the main reason I have been shuttling between Manila and Cebu to undertake this ambitious project of the Archdiocese of Cebu! And to start the ball rolling, you are cordially invited to the month long opening of the exhibit and avail of discounts for the book. Read all about it below.
To mark the Diamond Jubilee of the Archdiocese of Cebu, the Cathedral Museum of Cebu and the Archdiocesan Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church will soon launch the book Balaanong Bahandi: Sacred Treasures of the Archdiocese of Cebu.
Published in collaboration with University of San Carlos Press, Balaanong Bahandi continues the pioneering work of Fr. Felipe Redondo who first chronicled the history of the Catholic Faith in Cebu through the book entitled Breve reseÃ±a de lo que fue y de lo que es la DiÃ³cesis de CebÃº en las Islas Filipinas published in 1886.
With excerpts from a translation of Redondoâ€™s magnum opus, over 1,000 full color photographs interspersed with vintage pictures in 58 chapters bring together the Churchâ€™s treasured heritage: houses of faith that have not only withstood the vagaries of time and the elements but spawned new parishes.
Balaanong Bahandi is the ultimate guide to the Archdioceseâ€™s architectural heritage, showcasing all the churches in Cebu from the earliest missions to contemporary parishes, including all of the outstanding artistry they contain: Â bas reliefs expressed in coral stone, carved imagesÂ in ivory and wood, ceiling paintings by the famed Canuto Avila and Raymundo Francia, handwritten pages in canonical books, bronze bells, and many other tangible manifestations of over 400 years of Christianity in Cebu.
To help raise funds for the book, a month-long exhibition of 50 of the hundreds of select photographs in the book will be held at the Cathedral Museum of Cebu to be opened on July 3, 2009. The exhibit opening will also coincide with pre-selling of the upcoming book at discounted rates.
By purchasing copies in advance, buyers not only get a 20 percent discount on the 300-page full color book, they will also share in the noble task of promoting and ensuring the protection and preservation of Cebuâ€™s heritage churches as proceeds from sales will go to the Cathedral Museum of Cebu Trust Fund and the heritage conservation programs of the Archdiocesan Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church.
Jojo R. Bersales