Saturday, June 26, 2010

VISITA IGLESIA 2010 (PART ONE)

I am so behind with my blog posts. This entry was supposed to be posted two months ago. I've been busy with work and personal stuff so I wasn't able to update. I have a whole lot more to tell about the summer that was and I'm really hoping that I would be able to blog them all.

Our first family adventure for the summer was a Visita Iglesia of Laguna churches. I've been to Ilocos, Batangas, Cebu and other old Spanish towns and provinces but nothing beats Laguna when it comes to its abundance of historical churches. I've always been fascinated by churches so this trip is both cultural and religious. The goal of the travel was to visit 7 churches which includes a trip to the popular Kamay Ni Hesus religious grounds in Lucban, Quezon. We had two Stations of the Cross for each visit to complete the 14 stations.

OUR LADY OF THE HOLY ROSARY CHURCH
Our first stop was the Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish at Luisiana, Laguna. It's a very simple church but is very popular among Visita Iglesia goers. It's also said that it's the oldest parish honoring Nuestra Senora del Rosario in the Philippines.


Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church - Luisiana, Laguna




Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church Altar


The church is not as old as the other churches we've been on the trip but it's equally gorgeous. There's also a quaint garden at the side of the church that is worth visiting and is good for photo ops. The weather in Luisiana is also nice and cool (because of its high elevation) so we stayed there quite a bit while catching up with our Priest-friend, Fr. Egay, who's now the Parish Head of Luisiana.

From Luisiana, we traversed south through the picturesque Sierra Madre mountains to reach Lucban, Quezon, home of the popular Pahiyas Festival honoring San Isidro Labrador. We went to Lucban to visit Kamay Ni Hesus, a religious site popular for its healing church and the 50-feet image of Jesus Christ. This was also our 2nd church in our Visita Iglesia journey. Details and adventures in Kamay Ni Hesus will be posted on another entry since it deserves a separate one. :)


THE ORIGINAL BUDDY'S
We had lunch at the original Buddy's Restaurant in downtown Lucban. I've been to Buddy's so many times in their Kalayaan, Makati branch for team lunches and treats, but it's my family's first time to eat there. Buddy's offers authentic (not to mention cholesterol-heavy) Lucban specialties. My brother and dad loved the food and my mom loved that it's inexpensive. Papa enjoyed their Longganisang Lucban and my brother, Ched, said that their Crispy Pata is one of the best he had.


Buddy's Crispy Pata
Buddy's Crispy Pata, Php 270.00 ($5.70)


Buddy's Pancit Lucban
Buddy's Pancit Lucban / Pancit Habhab, Php 139.00 ($3.00)


Buddy's Sizzling Squid
Buddy's Sizzling Squid, Php 107.00 ($3.30)
This is a new discovery. Try it on your next visit.


Buddy's Lumpia
Buddy's Lumpia, Php 60.00 ($1.30)
This is one of my favorites. A must to counter all those cholesterol.


ST. LOUIS BISHOP CHURCH
After lunch, we went on foot to the nearby St. Louis Bishop of Taulose Church, the parish of Lucban, Quezon, for our third church in our Visita Iglesia. The famous image of San Isidro Labrador - where Lucban is famous for - is enshrined here. This church has probably one of the most gorgeous baroque architectures I've ever seen. The only letdown is the interiors which was already renovated to modern structures. It could have been grander if the the old adobe walls were preserved.


Church of Lucban


San Luis Obispo Church Altar


San Luis Obispo Church - Lucban, Quezon
This church is more than 400 years old


Stay tuned for the Part 2 of our Visita Iglesia 2010 journey. More photos of the trip can be found on my Flickr account.

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