Beginning February 7, the Manila Cathedral will be closed after engineering firm Angel Lazaro and Associates International (ALAI) discovered that important sections of the building did not conform to the 2010 edition of the National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP).
Some architectural revamp include cementing, piling, improving quality of the soil, and grouting. The posts and beams of the cathedral will also be improved to strengthen the building.
The closure of the cathedral also means there will be no masses and other regular activities like confessions, baptisms, and anointing of the sick.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle wanted to push through with the rehabilitation as soon as possible, to strengthen the church in anticipation for possible strong natural calamities such as earthquakes. It can be recalled that a magnitude-6.9 earthquake hit Negros Oriental just last week.
The present structure is 54 years old. While the cathedral was built in 1581, it had been destroyed and rebuilt several times, suffering damage from a fire, several earthquakes and typhoons, and bombing in World War II.
[Source: GMA News]