He joined the unveiling of the marker, signing of certificates and acceptance of the restored church together with Maria Theresa Labrador (National Musem), Bishop Alberto Uy, Fr. Ted Torralba, Cong. Edgar Chatto, Mayor Lynn Iven Lim, and Rev. Fr. Roderick Pizarras.

Gov. Yap who’s a devout Catholic reminded everyone that the Cortes church was rebuilt through national government funds, recognizing the hard work of our local officials through funds appropriated by Congress.

He recognized the National Museum which was primarily tasked with rebuilding the church but also cited that a church does not stand on funds alone.

“The church stands on the great faith of the people of Cortes, our history and the lives of the people of Cortes. And as long as that faith in the Lord stays strong and true, the church will stand and rise and rise over and over again and will not fall down,” Yap said.

He enjoined everyone to manifest this strong faith by extending help to brothers and sisters who are victims of the earthquake in Mindanao and the victims of the Taal volcano eruption.

“Let us pray for them and do our part. The Provincial Government is calling for help and donation for our fellow brothers and sisters. We are Filipinos and we will stand or fall on our ability to help each other at all times”, Yap added.

He congratulated everyone responsible for the great restoration as well as the people of Cortes who also celebrate the feast of Sto. Niño with their newly restored church.