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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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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