Visita Iglesia 2014: Laguna Old Churches

Visita Iglesia 2014: Laguna Old Churches, Longos

About a month back, Catholics around the world celebrated once more the passion and death of the Christ. This is in the season of Lent. And just as what my wife and myself did in Singapore back last year, we once more go on a Visita Iglesia. Again Visita Iglesia is a Catholic tradition of visiting 7 churches while praying. Along the way, the Way of the Cross is commemorated.

This year we did our visita iglesia on Good Friday as I’m working on night shift. And this year, my daughters, my wife’s sisters and nieces tagged along with us. We also have a vehicle to use and we are visiting churches from different towns in Laguna province.

We started our visita iglesia from the city of Calamba at around 9am. With the itinerary that I have set, we drove first to the furthest in our list. We recited 2 Stations of the Way of the Cross for each church we visited.

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The Slipper Town of Liliw

PauTravels in Liliw, Laguna during the Tsinelas Festival

Two weeks back, a day after Labor Day, I had the opportunity to visit once more the beautiful town of Liliw in the province of Laguna, south of Manila.   The town has been known for its main industry which is manufacturing of slippers.   They are known for making world-class slippers where local tourists travel to to buy slippers and they are rival with the city of Marikina in shoe-making as well.   Also, the town is also famous for its cool water springs that visitors flock to cool off from the summer heat.

Liliw is a small town located at the foothills of the enchanted Mount Banahaw, where faith healers, voodoo people, and other people climb up for spiritual cure and beliefs.   The town has been founded since 1571 and some remnant of Spanish architecture may still be found and one of them is its centuries old red-bricked Liliw Church that is located uphill and offers the view of the whole town from it.  This church is very beautiful in my opinion and gives you the feel of the Spanish Colonial period.

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Enchanted by the Enchanted Kingdom

Janine and Yana in Enchanted Kingdom

A day before Valentines, we decided to spend the time with Janine in Enchanted Kingdom.  Enchanted Kingdom is one of the prime theme parks in the Philippines that is open year round for kids and adults alike to enjoy thrilling rides and a wonderful family day.  The park is located in the city of Sta. Rosa in the province of Laguna which is about an hour south of Manila.

The night before we went to the park, we stayed overnight on my in-laws in Calamba, which south of Enchanted Kingdom.  Going there we took the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) and exited on Sta. Rosa.  The park is about a kilometer away from the exit and can be seen on the highway when passing by.  We arrived at the park around past noon already and we took some time to take a picture of the park’s main mascot, the wizard that is at the entrance.  While Jen is buying our tickets I took photos of Janine and her cousin, Yana who came with us that day.  We took a day pass that costs Php500 while for the kids at Php320.

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Rafting to Pagsanjan Falls

PauTravels at a waterfall near the Pagsanjan Falls

November of 2006, along with my high school friends and Jen, we set up a trip down south. South into one of the most notable tourist destination in the province of Laguna. It is also one of the most famous waterfalls in the country. About 3 hours drive south of Manila is the beautiful Pagsanjan Falls.

The falls is originally called as Magdapio Falls until it was dubbed as Pagsanjan Falls.  This as the town of Pagsanjan serves as the main host of the waterfalls. But actually the main falls drop on the neighboring town of Cavinti.

There were 7 of us who joined this trip plus two kids. And we took the trip to Pagsanjan in the afternoon and arrived around 4pm. Upon arrival to the town, we first looked for a hotel along the riverbank which also offer boat trips to the waterfalls. We rented rooms at Camino Real.

Early morning the next day around 6am, we started our trip. Three boats were allotted for us as each boat can accommodate up to 2-3 people plus two boat guides. We were each provided life vests to ensure our safety in case our boats topple down. At the start of the trip, our three boats hook up on a motor boat that will drag all 3 boats of ours upstream as we have no motors.

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