Tuesday, September 26, 2017

People's Park In The Sky

It was raining last September 20, 2017 when I reached People's Park In the Sky in Tagaytay City, province of Cavite.  It is considered the highest peak in Tagaytay City and sits atop Mount Sungay (aka Mount Gonzales). This is the first time I came to this place.  I was longing to see this People's Park long time ago and I got this chance to go there since it is near from Imus, Cavite where I live. It is considered a must see place for every local and foreign tourist because it is where you can see the view of Taal Volcano and Taal lake, the vast greenery, the panoramic and majestic view of Tagaytay City.  There is an old unfinished mansion at the top of the hill, known as the Palace in the Sky built during the Marcos era. According to rumors it was built and commissioned by then First Lady Imelda Marcos as a guesthouse for President Ronald Reagan and wife First Lady Nancy Reagan, unfortunately the visit was cancelled, so the unfinished mansion.

When I came there the rain started to pour and I was not able to enjoy my solo tripped.  I just started to click my Nikon camera to take photos in any way I could. I'm planning to go back there in December to enjoy the colder temperature and hoping it will not rain. The place is wonderful, but I believe the city government of Tagaytay can make some improvement of the site.  There are some signs of neglect especially the "signage" of People's Park In The Sky, where you can find it dilapidated.  They should trim down some grasses to make the place pleasing to the eyes.   

The long and winding road to People's Park in the Sky 

Going up to People's Park in the Sky 

The foggy view of Tagaytay City from People's Park 


Uphill battle to People's Park In The Sky (this is a very good exercise for us) 

The lone rustic gazebo going up to the People's Park in the Sky. It is a favorite place among tourist to take selfies and groupies


Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love and statue of Jesus Christ

The small chapel of Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love 

The incomplete and abandoned Mansion at the top of the hill, known as Palace in The Sky during Marcos era. 

View below of Tagaytay City, it was foggy though, and you can't see Taal Volcano. 

The sideview relic of Jesus Christ at the top of the chapel of Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love

The amphitheater below with its Greek inspired architecture with curved concrete benches  






The old incomplete mansion and the Doppler Radar station of PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration)  

The relic of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love, and its landmarker 

 The landmarker beside the relic of Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love

The altar of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love 


Stairways going to the Shrine of Our Lady, Mother of Fair Love  


The entrance ticket (30 pesos) of People's Park In The Sky

The neglected "People's Park In The Sky" sign. There must be efforts to improve the place by the city government of Tagaytay.  Proper maintenance of the place is a must, so people who paid 30 pesos as entrance fee could enjoy the site, not only the panoramic view of Tagaytay City

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Feast Day of Saint Padre Pio

September 23 is the feast day of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. He is one of the most famous saints in our times especially in the Philippines. He received the gift of stigmata and has done many miracles and healings during his lifetime. Today, hundreds of devotees, including me, flock to the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio at Sto. Thomas, Batangas to hear mass in honor of him.




Monday, September 18, 2017

Caricature

I would like to thank Mr. Rendel Z. Lotino (Artist and Caricaturist) of Sta. Rosa, Laguna who created this beautiful caricature of mine. I love it! 


Saturday, September 09, 2017

Happy Birthday Mama Mary

Yesterday was Mama Mary's birthday. Catholics around the world celebrated the Virgin Mary's birthday on September 8.   As per historical documents, September 8, 20BC, is the birth of Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ.  Her birth establishes the hope and the light of salvation for the entire world.  I went yesterday at the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio to hear mass dedicated to the birth of Mother Mary. It is my way of thanking Mother Mary for all the blessings that I had received in my life.


Saturday, August 05, 2017

Rice Fields

Whenever I travel to the south (CALABARZON) by bus, I never get tired of watching the rice fields along the highway. It always make me feel I'm on a different realm of existence - a peaceful place, and free of worries. 


Thursday, July 27, 2017

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

For those budget conscious people who wants a smartphone with all the specifications of a premium one, I recommend you to get one of the best seller smartphone of Samsung, the Galaxy J7 Prime.  This 5.5" HD TFT display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.  The camera features an F1.9 lens aperture that allows for bright images even in low light settings.  The 13MP camera captures beautiful and crisp pictures with vivid details . It has this premium design with stylish metal design and gorilla glass 4 on the front side of the unit. Other specifications of the phone are as follows, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory with MicroSD slot up to 256GB, a whooping 3300aH non-removable battery, fingerprint scanner, dual sim, Android Marshmallow OS, and an Octa Core 1.6Ghz processor. With all these excellent specs, you will not be disappointed especially with its affordable 12,990 pesos suggested retail price. So what are you waiting for, grab one if you are planning to buy a new smartphone with great specifications. 

 Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

 Galaxy J7 Prime and Accessories in the box

Galaxy J7 Prime 5.5" HD TFT Display

Sample photo of Galaxy J7 Prime smartphone with its vivid color

Taken at SM Mall of Asia footbridge - MOA Globe Rotunda (Galaxy J7 Prime Smartphone)

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 hustle 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

 The busy Ayala Avenue

Paseo De Roxas

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).