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Albay: Tiwi Church

Located in the municipality of Tiwi in the province of Albay, Tiwi Church was constructed sometime in the mid 17th century. The church is also called San Lorenzo Church.

During the 17th century, Christianity was spreading throughout the region. The people of Tiwi was one of those who open-heartedly accepted Christianity as their religion. The church became the symbol of the villagers' piety. The townspeople were mainly fishermen, farmers, and potters. That's why they were overwhelmed when the Moslem pirates or Moros raided and burned down the town. Tiwi Church was a silent witness to the horrible acts that the Moros had inflicted to the townspeople.
Like most churches in Albay, I visited Tiwi Church during the Albay Road Trip that I had with the family.

The nice thing about Tiwi Church is its wide parking space, The church is also located meters away from the main road, which gives the church a more solemn atmosphere. However,  in my opinion, the caretakers or whoever is in c…

Albay: Tabaco Church

Located in the city of Tabaco in the province of Albay, Tabaco Church has a design typical to those of the churches found in the Ilocos Region. If you're wondering what that similarity is, look at the picture above closely. If you still can't figure it out, let me explain it to you. Like most churches in the North, the bell tower of the church is built several meters away from the church. This is to protect the church from the bell tower in case the former topples down.

Tabaco Church is also known as St. John the Baptist Church, named after the city's patron saint. The first church structure was built in 1616 under the guidance of Fr. Pedro De Alcareso. The present church, on the other hand, was built to replace the old one in 1864 and was completed in 1879. They say the church is unique among other churches in the Philippines because the stones used to build the church bears the distinct marks of the Masons.

Like most towns in Albay, Tabaco was also frequently raided by …

Benguet: Mines View Park

Located in Baguio City in the province of Benguet, Mines View Park is definitely one of the most visited parks in the city.

Mines View Park is popularly known for the observation deck that gives tourists a breathtaking view of Benguet's gold mines and the mountain range that surrounds the province.

Aside from enjoying the view from the observation deck, there are plenty of other things to do inside the park.

Who could miss the countless souvenir shops in the vicinity? From Baguio-made brooms and sweaters to obscene statues and key chains, there are surely plenty of items to choose from.

If adults would enjoy shopping in Mines View Park. The kids would surely love having their pictures taken with the huge St. Bernard dogs and miniature ponies in the park. Not to mention, you could also have your picture taken wearing the traditional Ifugao costumes.

Like most tourists who visited Mines View Park, my wife and I sure did enjoy our visit to the park. Aside from shopping, we also love…

Aklan: Crocodile Island

Located at the other side of the famous white sands of Boracay Island in the province of Aklan, Crocodile Island is a small uninhabited island that from a distance looks like a sleeping crocodile.

So what's unique about Crocodile Island aside from its distinctive shape? Nothing really, actually tourists are not supposed to set foot on this rocky island.

The secret lies not on the shrubs or the sharp rocks of Crocodile Island but in the waters around it. Believe it or not, the waters around the island is one of the best places to snorkel or dive in Boracay Island.

No wonder most tourists choose the area around Crocodile Island for their diving or snorkeling expeditions, I found out for myself that the area was actually brimming with marine life. To make your adventure more memorable, take a chance to bring some breadcrumbs. This bread is surely manna for the fishes. Schools of fish would surely approach you because of your treat. Thus you would experience a close encounter with some…


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