Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Kamay Ni Jesus and Lucban Church

Last March 20 (Monday), I went to Kamay Ni Hesus Healing Center in Lucban, Quezon Province.  This is my fourth visit to the shrine which is already my yearly vow to travel and offered my prayers and thanks for the blessings I'am receiving, as well as thanksgiving prayer for the successful surgery of my Nanay Lina (my mother). As a side trip, I visited also Lucban Church (also known San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Church).  It is located at La Purisima Concepcion street, Poblacion, Lucban.  The church has a baroque design and has a three story fa├žade.  The church is located a few kilometers from Kamay Ni Hesus Shrine and can be reach through a trike or jeepney (8 pesos rate). I was not able to take photos inside the church because it was already closed.

 Facade of San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Church (Lucban Church)

Kamay Ni Hesus at Via Dolorosa Grotto (50 feet tall statute)

 Wooden cross outside the church

Kamay Ni Hesus church altar

Grotto Schedule and Mass and healing mass schedule billboard outside the church

Wooden carve cross inside Kamay Ni Hesus church

Our Lady of Remedies

Portait of San Josemaria Escriva (Founder of Opus Dei) inside the church

 Well maintained plants inside the healing center

 Beautiful and colorful flower outside the church

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Side Trip at Hacienda Escudero (Villa Escudero)

We made a side trip at Hacienda Escudero at Tiaong, Quezon Province after we attended the father's burial of my "kumare" from Candelaria, Quezon last March 11. We just drop by at the place to make some photoshoots for souvenir.  We enjoyed the view upon entering the area with it's lush surroundings and greenery.  The place is so relaxing, although we only stayed at the reception hall and souvenir shop of the hacienda, it was worth staying there for a few hours. We are planning to go back again to this place for our summer get together on an overnight stay.

 Entrance marker of Hacienda Escudero (formerly Villa Escudero)

 Beautiful Church like Museum at Villa Escudero

 Our group's photoshoot

One of the welcome statutes at the entrance

Welcome statue at the Reception Hall

 Reception Hall and Souvenir Shop

House Museum

 Panoramic view of the House Museum and Church like Museum

Reception Hall

Sunday, March 05, 2017

SINTOMAS Art Group Exhibit

Recently, I had made my monthly grocery shopping at SM City Bacoor, Cavite.  I was able to checked the activity center of the mall were the SINTOMAS Group Exhibit showed their latest collection of paintings at SM Malls of Cavite.  The artworks are all beautiful with significant messages about man, nature, and society. Even an ordinary person or viewer can acquire the messages what the paintings are relating for. I hope the SM management would continue this kind of exhibit so that people from all walks of life can appreciate the beauty of paintings and the messages it can teach to every human being.


Monday, February 27, 2017

The Beautiful and Captivating Laguna

It was a beautiful day last Saturday, February 18, 2017 when my former officemates from Uptown invited me to Sta. Cruz, Laguna for a sort of mini reunion.  It was actually my Kumare who invited me who is a resident of the place.  After we had eaten our snack at their house, we decided to go first to Liliw, Laguna and went on shopping for slippers where "Tsinelas Festival" is famous. This is my first time in Liliw, Laguna and we had enjoyed shopping for slippers, shoes, belts, and other pasalubong we had bought.


After our shopping and visited Liliw Laguna, we decided to eat our lunch at Calle Arco at Pagsanjan, Laguna. The restaurant is famous in Pagsanjan and we were lucky enough to have a vacant table for our group.   We were served by a set of sumptuous Filipino dish like crispy pata, sinigang na baboy, sweet and sour pla-pla, pinakbet, etc.  The food was delicious and we were able to finished our lunch with gusto or satisfaction.

After our lunch, we decided to go to our destination at Caliraya, Lumban, Laguna.  We need to trek the place through zig-zag roads from Pagsanjan.  It is a breathtaking journey because of the greenery and growing trees along the road and where you can view the vast Laguna Lake and the Windmills of Pililla, Rizal below the mountain.  We had reach our destination at Lagos Del Sol Resort Hotel within an hour after we made a stopover at the Japanese Garden.  The location is awesome, and I believe the place is a perfect destination for a weekend rendezvous were you can relax with your family, friends, or relatives. The resort is an alternative venue  for the rowdy, fast life, and polluted environment of Metro Manila.