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Kawit- Maragondon History Tour

Its close proximity to Manila makes Cavite an ideal place to tour for those with only a day or two of spare time. The province is a great place to go to rediscover the history of our country. Speaking of the history of our country, two things would always pop up in my mind -religion, and revolution. Due to the nature of my work (I'm a History teacher) I decided to go on a road trip to the said province to find out more about its connection with the two.

Before the trip, I researched the places that would be interesting enough to visit and would also highlight an important historical event in our history. My research led me to the towns of Kawit and Maragondon. It stood out for having more than one historical sites like old churches and houses.

With the research and itinerary done, my Kawit-Maragondon History Tour officially started the next day. My tour began with a drive from Manila going to the town of Kawit. The drive took less than an hour due to the straightforward drive courte…

Albay: Camalig Church

Located in the municipality of Camalig in the province of Albay, Camalig Church is one of the most beautiful historical religious structure in the province of Albay.

Also called the Church of Saint John the Baptist, Camalig Church was built in 1605 several decades after the first Augustinian missionaries introduced the faith to the people of the province. 
However, the 1814 Mayon Volcano eruption devastated the town of Cagsawa and totally destroyed the neighboring towns of Cagsawa and Budiao. Luckily the church was spared from the devastation but the townspeople decided to relocate the town to the safety of the mountains. They first settled in the place called Palanog, then to Kitapunte, and then to Baligang. However, a fire razed the new settlement and the townsfolks decided to return and reoccupy the original town they left behind.
The church was still intact when the townspeople returned so they decided to use it instead of building a new one. After decades of servicing the people, C…

Albay: Mayon Rest House & Mayon Planetarium

Located halfway to the peak of the eastern slope of Mayon Volcano and in the jurisdiction of Tabaco City in the province of Albay is the Mayon Skyline View Deck also known as the  Mayon Rest House.

Formerly known as the Mayon Skyline Hotel, the establishment was long been shut down due to the unpredictability of Mayon Volcano. Luckily for the aging establishment, it was preserved by the local government of Tabaco City. The place was also improved by adding the planetarium, zip line and the wall climbing facilities also known as the Mayon Planetarium and Science Park. However, during our visit, it was only the planetarium which was functional. 

The good thing about the Mayon Planetarium (its official name), is that you would only shell out 10 pesos for the entrance fee. The funny thing about it was that I went in expecting to see star systems or anything related to a typical planetarium show but I have seen nothing of that sort. It was the documentary about Mayon Volcano, the story of D…

Cavite: Tierra de Maria

Located in Tagaytay City in the province of Cavite, Tierra de Maria is one of the several religious sites in the city.

Tierra de Maria is famously known for the 50-foot statue of the Virgin Mary. It is also a sanctuary garden where one could visit to reflect and pray. A small chapel is also housed in the Tierra de Maria vicinity near (actually inside) the giant statue of the Virgin Mary. A mass is regularly held in it and everyone is invited to come. What I like about the chapel are the beautifully carved wooden sculptures displayed in it.
Devotees of the Virgin Mary consider Tierra de Maria as the HOME of the Blessed Virgin Mary. HOME here refers to Haven Of Meditation and Enrichment. These devotees regularly visit Tierra de Maria to offer prayers and also their time.
Visitors could also go up a concrete stairway leading to the top of the 50-foot statue. Don't worry though, there is a flat area on top of the statue where one could view the majestic Taal Volcano.

Before leaving Tierra…


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