Patria excavation may uncover buried artifacts
May B. Miasco, Odessa O. Leyson (The Freeman) - June 13, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  Project managers for the redevelopment of decades-old Patria de Cebu take on archeological mitigation measures in excavating the grounds where the new and modern building will stand.

While Patria's facade will be retained and refurbished, the structures at the rear of the compound will be demolished to pave way for the construction of the new building.

For the excavation and foundation works, Father Brian Brigoli, head of the Cebu Archdiocesan Commission on Cultural Heritage of the Church, said the project proponents has tapped archeological experts from the University of San Carlos.

He said they sought help from USC to provide assistance in investigating the area especially if artifacts or objects are found or dug below ground.

He recognized the area as a significant historical ground.  That is why the partnership with experts has always been part of the plan in anticipation of any discovery.

This endeavor is much more of a "scientific study" and not that of a treasure hunting, he shortly quipped.

He said the results of this initiative will surely be presented openly to the public.

For him, whatever material "evidence" that will be sighted underground will give people a better understanding of Cebu's history.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines, on the other hand, pledged to provide assistance by lending its available resources such as the ground penetrating radar (GPR).

Dr. Rene Escalante, who chairs the NHCP board, also advised the project managers to inform the National Museum for documentation purposes of any suspected archeological artifacts that will be found.

He informed the contractors that before any development will happen, they should conduct a geological survey.  – MBG, (FREEMAN)

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