It was a three week vacation, but because we had to fit in Hong kong and Indonesia, the time literally spent in the Philippines got trimmed down to a week..
So here’s a list of activities that what we did in a week in Pinas.Next blog posts will be the time spent in Bali and Hongkong.
1. visited the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene known canonically as Parish of Saint John the Baptist, and also known as the Quiapo Church
We were warned not to visit it on a Friday or Quiapo Day. For lack of time, we had no choice but to visit it on a Friday. The car trip from Parañaque to Quiapo, Manila took more than 2 hours because of heavy traffic along Roxas Blvd. on a high noon, we braved the thick crowd, heat and humidity just to get to the church. Love the wonderful and colorful religious products sold by different vendors outside the church though. Great place to get religious articles like rosary, and santo ninos,love the fresh sampaguita and ylang ylang garlands which perfumed the car for at least a week , even fans, clothing and other household stuff. We lit a candle and offered prayers for some special intentions. Why Quiapo church? we thought it was quintessentially Filipino, and we wanted the kids to see that.
2. next, we stopped at the Abbey of Our Lady of Montserrat
A nice follow up to our visit of the Our Lady Of Montserrat in Barcelona last April and because we said our I do’s here. This time we visited it with the kids. The ceiling is still amazing!
We bought a few of the St Benedict’s Medal to bring home to the US as pasalubongs to family. While we were waiting for our St Benedict medal to be blessed, we chanced upon Vince’s high school Principal , Father Narciso (and it became a reunion of sorts) which made our visit more special . He showed us the special part of the monastery where Benedictine monks and priests are buried.
3. passed by San Beda College
Vince’s high school alma mater. It used to be a high school for boys . Now it only offers college degree courses.
4. and because we were in the hood, we visited Vince’s old house in Sampaloc.
5. spent a weekend in the Southeastern part of the Philippines, Butuan City.