The Budiao Church in Daraga whose ruins also plays silent witness to the wrath of Mayon Volcano’s 1814 eruption is set for archeological excavations on April 24 to May 11.
The UP Archeological Studies Program aims at preserving artifacts that they will find in 2 to 3 meters deep pits within the church area. The same institution will be responsible for reconstructing the original church, even when only 3 walls were left of it after the said eruption.
According to UP Archeological Studies Program OIC, Lee Anthony Neri, artifacts found will be surrendered to the National Museum because they are state-owned. An archeological report though will be made available to the public in a mini-exhibit on site once the project is finished
A mass was celebrated at the ruins to mark the start of the excavations. (N.A. Cahinde)