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2019 Bicol Road Trip: Day 1

INTRO May has always been my family's travel month. Last year , we've spent half the month exploring the Kansai Region of Japan . For this year, we decided to do a five-day road trip to the Bicol Region here in the Philippines.  The original plan was to explore the different destinations in the province of Albay, particularly those in the hometown of dad in Camalig. Aside from that, we'd also visit select places in the province of Camarines Sur and Sorsogon. We'll also use this opportunity to visit my 90+-year-old grandmother and my father's siblings who are living in Bantunan, Camalig. In the next few weeks, I will be posting articles about each day of our family adventure and also individual articles about the different places that we have visited during that time so tag along as we spend five days exploring the Bicol Region. Day 1: May 21, 2019 Off to Naga City Are you game for a long drive? Passing through the Quezon Province arch The weat

Visita Iglesia Batangas & Quezon

Every Holy Week, my family and I go out of town on a pilgrimage tour to visit churches as part of our Catholic culture. This is also known as Visita Iglesia . For our 2017 Visita Iglesia , we headed south to the provinces of Batangas and Quezon . Unlike the previous years where we only visit Spanish-era or historical churches, we decided to have a mix of shrines and churches in this year's Visita Iglesia itinerary. 2017 Batangas & Quezon Visita Iglesia Here's where we went on our 2017 Batangas & Quezon Visita Iglesia : National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio  in Sto. Tomas, Batangas Because of the distance of our house from our target provinces, our three-car convoy left home early to avoid traffic and headed to our first destination which is the St. Pio National Shrine in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. It is a quaint shrine tucked in the inner part of town. We spent almost two hours here doing the Stations of the Cross and exploring its different structures. The bel

Luminous Cross of Grace Sanctuary - Quezon

Located in the town of Agdangan in Quezon province, the Luminous Cross of Grace Sanctuary is a Catholic tower and sanctuary built beside the town's parish church. Luminous Cross of Grace Sanctuary Luminous Cross of Grace Sanctuary History Standing 120 feet tall, the Luminous Cross of Grace Sanctuary is the brainchild of Fr. Raul "Puti" Enriquez. The inspiration to build a sanctuary in Agdangan came to him sometime in 2003 during the time when  jueteng  (a local type of gambling)   and excessive drinking plagued the small coastal town.  Luminous Cross of Grace Sanctuary - Agdangan, Quezon The sanctuary is just beside St. Isidore Parish Church Reminds me of Seattle Space Needle Collective visions and dreams of several people about the sanctuary brought together important people who played a big role in the movement to build the sanctuary in 2004. Construction took a few years and was finished in 2007. According to our guide Ms. Yam Maglaqui , the sanctuar

Top 10 Things to Do in Quezon

The province of Quezon's location which is only 3-4 hours away southeast of Manila, makes it an ideal place for a weekend getaway. The province offers plenty of things to do, eat, and see that is perfect for those looking for an adventure.  Top 10 Things to Do in Quezon If it's your first time visiting the province, here's my Top 10 Things to Do in Quezon : 1. Go on a pilgrimage to  Kamay ni Hesus  in Lucban. 2.  Go food tripping and try out Quezon's numerous delicacies. 3. Go on a  Visita Iglesia  to the numerous Spanish colonial era churches of Quezon. 4. Learn how to surf in  the PaRK  in the town of Real. 5.  Have a quick stopover and take a selfie with  Atimonan's Sirena . 6. Check out the old houses in Sariaya 7. Hike Mt. Mirador aka  Pinagbanderahan  and check out its caves as a side trip.  8. Drive through the famous  Zigzag Road  aka Eme Road in Pagbilao and Atimonan. 9. Spend a night and fall in love with  Cagbalete Island .

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