Conservation of the ‘Retablo’ of the San Isidro Labrador Church in Lazi, Province of Siquijor

Program Theme: Cultural/Historic Buildings and Sites

Program Year: 2011

Awarding Agency: Public Affairs Section, US Embassy in Manila

Partner: National Museum of the Philippines         

Amount: US$15,200

Status: Completed

Project Summary: The Project aimed to preserve and restore the deteriorated wooden “retablo” and replace missing ornamentation. Specific scope of work included: a) photographic documentation and assessment on the condition of the main retablo and associated ornamentation; b) termite treatment of the insect-infested wood, replacement of the deteriorated planks and ornaments, and mechanical and chemical cleaning of the painted surfaces; c) wood working , paint consolidation and retouching of faded paintings; d) repair of electrical wirings and installation of acceptable electrical lamps; and e) final surface coating.

Citation: The San Isidro Labrador Church is listed as a National Cultural Treasure in the Philippine Registry of Cultural Properties.