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Galleria Taal - Batangas

Located in Calle Marcela Agoncillo, Taal in the province of Batangas, Galleria Taal is one of the ancestral homes in the historic town which was converted into a museum.
Galleria Taal History Galleria Taal, also known as the Ylagan-Barrion House, used to be the ancestral house of Don Domingo Ylagan, his wife Maria Martinez-Ylagan, and their six children namely Aniceto, Rosario, Candida, Concepcion, Julia, and Juan.

In 1944, the third child, Candida, who by that time was married to Antonio Barrion, paid off her siblings and moved into this home after their home in Batangas City was burned down by the Imperial Japanese soldiers. The couple had three children, Nellie, Corazon, and Charito. 

Candida died in 1975 and the house fell in disrepair. Then in 2004, Nellie's sons, Emmanuel "Manny" Inumerable initiated the restoration of the ancestral house together with his brother Roberto. It took several years before the house finally got its old glory back. 

The Shrine of the Five Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish - Las Pinas City

Located at 364 Real St. Talon, Las Pinas City in Metro Manila, The Shrine of the Five Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish is one of the modern unique looking Catholic churches in the Philippines. 
The Shrine of the Five Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish HistoryBefore it came to be the church that it is today, the church was once a small chapel located in front of PLDT in 1985. It then transferred to its present site a few years later. Then the construction of the unique looking architectural design that we see now started. 

Speaking of being unique-looking, interestingly, its architectural design was inspired by a marine animal called the nautilus (nautilus belauensis). According to its principal architect, he chose the nautilus as his inspiration as its shell is often associated with the golden ration. It is also a symbol of proportional perfection, something the architect wished to impart to his masterpiece. 

Sadly, the architect resigned in 2008 before the completion of the ch…

Mount Batulao Revisited 2019

I first hiked Mt. Batulao three years ago with my co-teachers during one of those long weekends that year. The hike was tiring but very rewarding in terms of the beautiful view from the peak. 
Mt. Batulao Details:Mt. Batulao stands 811 meters above sea level (MASL). For a well-trained mountaineer, the mountain could be conquered in about an hour and a half or less. However, for leisure hikers like me, it usually takes 2-3 hours to reach the summit. What's nice about this mountain is its straightforward trail perfect for beginners. That's probably one of the reasons why the mountain receives hundreds of hikers daily, probably it even reaches a thousand during the weekend or holidays. What's saddening here was the tons of garbage many of these people leave behind on the trail. Well, that was my observation three years ago.

I finally got to revisit Mt. Batulao in January this year with my cousins. I'm happy to report that several meters of the road going to the jump-off poi…


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