Aglipayan Church in Abra damaged by 6.7 magnitude earthquake


Nuestra Señora de La Pa in Poblacion, La Paz, Abra. (Photo courtesy of CHRISTIAN EDWARD PADUA)

MANILA, Philippines – A church in the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI), known locally as Aglipayan Church, was damaged by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that hit Abra province on Tuesday evening, according to a Facebook post from a local.

The Nuestra Señora de La Paz in Poblacion, La Paz, Abra, is one of the oldest IFI churches and among the most beautiful in the Philippines.

It was built in the 1880s, years before the IFI was founded and separated from the Catholic Church in 1902.

The magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Abra province at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday, just three months after a magnitude 7 earthquake also struck the province.

This precedent shook thousands of people in northern Luzon, damaging several structures, including historical monuments such as old churches and tourist sites.

Interior damage to the Nuestro Señora de la Paz church in Abra

Damage to the interior of the Nuestro Señora de la Paz church in Abra (photo by Christian Edward Padua)


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