INTRODUCTION


This is a call from the Chairman of the Committee on Church Heritage for all cultural church workers to participate in the preservation and promotion of the Spanish colonial churches in Bohol through a unique research and documentation project.

Aside from being places of worship, the Spanish colonial churches in Bohol are a witness to an important period in the history of the Philippines in general and Bohol province in particular. They embody the artistry of our forefathers and foremothers and their courage and ability to endure the pain and hardship of colonization.

In addition to the socio-cultural aspects of these churches, the Chairman of the Committee on Church Heritage is interested in the mathematical aspects of each church—its measurements/dimensions and the geometric figures that are illustrated therein. The Chairman, who is also a mathematician, feels that describing the churches in this way will help people see the connection between mathematics on the one hand and arts and culture on the other, especially architecture, and their appreciation of both will be deepened.