Rodel Balingbing and Erwin Tumala

Sagrada Familia Chapel San Jose, Malilipot, Albay

Sagrada Familia Chapel San Jose, Malilipot, Albay. File Photo www.philexaminer.com

San Jose, Malilipot, Albay, [08.26.15] The local parishioners of [Sagrada Familia] Holy Family in San Jose, Malilipot, Albay are pining for the speedy return of their 146 years old church bell who was stolen sometime in the second week of August this year.

A local store keeper in Barangay San Jose, Malilipot who spoke to the www.philxaminer.com  on Thursday, has expressed his deep concern for the speedy recovery of the stolen bell.

The suspect was  arrested by the elements of  Malilipot  Police after a local junk shop operator in San Roque, Tabaco City informed the authorities,  that a certain Hipolito Blanca of Purok 7, Cobo, Tabaco City  tried to sell a bell.

According to the police, the first attempt to sell  was made by the suspect last August 17.

Blanca, together with a certain Wilson Bibon returned again on the following day [August 18], offering to sell the same item, but the  shop owner has  refused to buy the bell.

Blanca  who was arrested by  Malilipot police admitted to the crime and confessed that he sold the 25 kilos  bell in a local junk shop in Legazpi City at the price of PhP2,500.00.

The Legazpi City  junk shop owner  also admitted that they bought a bell however, the bell  was already delivered in Manila Malilipot police said..

The missing church bell which bears the date of December 30, 1849 is among the  cherished religious and cultural icon of  the people of Barangay San Jose who is soon to be declared as parish, a local resident said.