Inang-angan Stone Stairway
In 2010, the National Museum PH declared Nuestra Señora de la Luz Parish Church Complex of Loon, along with the Inang-angan Stone Stairway, and its circular cemetery as a National Cultural Treasure.
Considered as the crowning glory of Recollect architecture in Bohol, Loon Church has been identified as among the most impressive churches in the Visayas. Beside the church, the Inangangan Stairway, made of cut coral stones, connects the Poblacion to Barangay Napo which provides entry straight to the coastal area, allowing easier delivery of goods to the highlands in earlier times.
In October 2013, the 7.2 magnitude Bohol Earthquake, damaged the stone stairway and destroyed Loon Church. The National Museum led the restoration of the Inang-angan stairway in December 2016 and in September 2021, completed the reconstruction of the church and convent. Supertyphoon Odette in December 2021 had no serious effects on the church. However, numerous trees and plants surrounding the stone stairway were knocked down making it inaccessible. In the 2nd quarter of 2022, stone rubbles or ripraps constructed beside the stairway were washed out due to heavy rains. The Parish has been facilitating repairs to secure it to make it fully accessible to the public again.
As we continue to face the challenges of natural or man-made calamities, let us not compromise awareness and preparation to safeguard our nation’s patrimony.
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