Monday, July 24, 2017

BibingKinitan at SM Bacoor

I found a new place to take rest after a shopping spree, wherein you can have a hot coffee for drinks and hot bibingka to eat.  It's becoming a popular eatery in every SM malls.  Here in SM Bacoor you can find it at the ground floor area. Bibingka is a type of rice cake which is very popular in our country, a Filipino dessert during Christmas season. It is traditionally cooked in clay pots lined with banana leaves.  Here in Bibingkinitan, they are selling the original bibingka and bibingka with different flavors. I recommend you visit and try to buy and taste the good smelling original bibingka. 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Makati City

I missed the hassle and bustle of Makati City especially at Ayala Avenue, Greenbelt area, and its vicinity.  It seems people never get tired of walking around going to their destination, some are busy with their cellphones talking and texting, group of employees laughing and joking to each other. The traffic jam during the peak hours is a bane to all Makati employees. It seems life in Makati never gets weary. Reminiscing the days when I used to work in Makati.

Intersection between Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Avenue

Ayala Avenue

One of the footbridge along Makati area

Greenbelt Chapel, Makati City

Sunday, July 09, 2017

Sunday Quote

"Stop living the past and worrying about the future".
The past will not make you grow, it's already a done deal. Move on.
Worrying about the future will make your life stressful. It will make you unhealthy. 
Make the most of today, for it is today your life is important.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

We Are Family

I was having my morning exercise, and jogging outside our subdivision yesterday, three horses beside a National Book Store caught my attention. It seems they are one whole family waiting for the store to open, hehehe. What a sight to behold!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Simply Lemon

Summer heat these days are a bit too much. Many people are flocking to the malls to ease the sweltering temperature outside. One reason I kept coming back at SM malls are those small kiosks that sells cold drinks to relieve my thirst and avoid dehydration. For this reason, I always buy this large size lemonade worth 55 pesos at Simply Lemon. Yes, people are lining up to this kiosk simply because a fresh squeezed lemon with syrup plus ice is shaken before it will be transferred to your large or medium size cup. Believe me, it is so refreshing and delicious. I recommend this to all because aside from being thirst quenching, lemon juice or lemon water has lots of health benefits. It is a source of vitamin c, it aids digestion, it also help prevents kidney stone, it promotes a healthy skin, and it helps weight loss. So try to visit Simply Lemon and try their fresh lemon juice.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio in Sto. Thomas, Batangas

It was a beautiful Sunday morning of May 07, 2017 when I left my house in Imus, Cavite going to Buendia bus terminal of JAC Liner. I left at exactly 5:00 am and was lucky enough to ride a bus along Aguinaldo Highway going to Buendia-Ayala route. My destination is my first visit at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio at Sto. Thomas, Batangas.  I arrived at the terminal 6:00 am and ride a Lucena City bound JAC Liner and ask the bus conductor at the drop point going to Saint Padre Pio Shrine located at Barangay San Pedro.
I heard many things about the Shrine of Saint Padre Pio, it’s beautiful domed like church and the Mary Mother of Mercy belfry which is beside the main church.  When I arrived at the shrine, the church was full of people and pilgrims who will attend the 8:30 morning mass.  I was awed by the interior of the domed like church wherein the design is in circular and bamboos are used as the main wall of the altar. The main altar is the crucified statue of Jesus Christ with the portrait of Saint Padre Pio on the right side. There are many beautiful spots inside the vicinity of the shrine wherein you can do your selfies or group pictures, but we need to be aware that this is a shrine not a tourist place. This is a place of worship and prayer, devotion, and reflection for us. 

The main altar of National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina was an Italian priest, friar, and stigmatist. He is known as the Patron of Civil Defense Volunteers, Adolescents, Pietrelcina, and Stress Relief.  His real name is Francesco Forgione.  He was known for his piety and charity.  He was born on May 25, 1887 and died on September 23, 1968.  He was revered as a saint on June 16, 2002 by Saint John Paul II.  Saint Padre Pio’s famous quote “Pray, Hope, and Don’t Worry” is his spiritual message to all Christians around the world and directed to put God in all things. Saint Padre Pio is also known to have exhibited the stigmata most of his pious life. 

“Stigmata” is a term used by members of the Christian faith to describe body marks, sores, or sensations of pain in locations corresponding to the crucifixion wounds of Jesus Christ, such as the hand, wrists, and feet. (Source: Wikipedia)

Welcome Arc to the Main Shrine wherein the message of Saint Padre Pio is "Pray, Hope, and Don't Worry" is shown.

The Main Church/Shrine of Saint Padre Pio

Beside the main church is the Mary Mother of Mercy belfry
Mary Mother of Mercy Belfry which houses various images and relics of Saint Padre Pio.
Below are some relics and images inside the belfry. 

 Chapel of Saint Padre Pio (located below the Mary Mother of Mercy belfry)

 Wood of the Most Sacred Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ Sanctuary

Relic of the Holy Cross inside the Sancturary

 Saint Padre Pio Paris and Shrine Office

 Articoli Religiosi San Giovanni Rotondo (where you can buy religious articles and souvenirs)

Other portion of Articoli Religiosi San Giovanni Rotondo (where you can buy religious articles and souvenirs)

Holy Water Sanctuary
My souvenir photo - Behind Saint Padre Pio statue

Divine Mercy Sanctuary for Pilgrims 

 Lower view from Mary Mother of Mercy Belfry

 Wall dedicated to prayer lock

 Mini forest at the lower area of the shrine

 Traditional "banga" wherein you can get holy water at the Holy Water Sanctuary

 Well maintained garden at the shrine

Statue of an Angel at the entrance of the Shrine

Statue of Sainte Padre Pio inside the Chapel

Breathtaking view of Mount Makiling from the belfry
How to Get There at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio
By bus - go to Buendia Terminal (LRT Gil Puyat Station) and take a JAC Liner bus going to Lucena City (Grand Terminal). Tell the bus conductor to drop you at Padre Pio Shrine (Barangay San Pedro), landmark is an overpass where you will drop off (bus fare is 99 pesos). Take a tricycle going to the shrine (fare is 40 pesos if you are alone, 10 pesos each if you are four passengers).