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Maragondon Church - Cavite

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Located in Maragondon in the province of Cavite, Maragondon Church is one of the declared National Cultural Treasure of the country. Maragondon Church Maragondon Church History Also known as the  Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Church , Maragondon Church was said to have been built sometime in the 1580s. Like most old churches, it was first constructed using light materials which are of course prone to the damage done by Mother Nature. In 1630, the church was renovated and by this time it got a more elaborate furnishing. Then in 1633, the church was reconstructed, the bigger, sturdier stone church was finished sometime in 1646 to 1649. Maragondon Church - Maragondon, Cavite Let's go inside and take a look. Maragondon Church interior Maragondon Church pulpit The podium near the altar Maragondon Church left retablo Maragondon Church right retablo The main retablo of Maragondon Church Images of saints and the Virgin Mary are displayed in

Hiking Mt. Nagpatong

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Located in Maragondon in the province of Cavite, Mt. Nagpatong is one of the more than 20 peaks of the mountain range in Maragondon. It got its name from the large rock that once rested on top of a smaller rock on its peak. Mt. Nagpatong Mt. Nagpatong Details Mt. Nagpatong is famously known as one of the two mountains where the Filipino hero Andres Bonifacio and his brother Procopio were reportedly executed -the other mountain was Mt. Buntis . However, the Mt. Nagpatong location became the accepted site after the remains said to be of Andres Bonifacio's (or his brother's) was discovered in its vicinity in 1918. However, s ome historians refute this claim due to the lack of forensic evidence and also the missing remains of his brother. Despite the controversies, the said  remains were still brought to the National Library and Museum the same year and passed off as an authentic historical artifact of Andres Bonifacio. Sadly, the remains were destroyed (some say stolen) during

Don Ladislao Diwa Shrine - Cavite

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Located in Cavite City in the province of Cavite, Don Ladislao Diwa Shrine is the resting place of one of the founders of the KKK (Kataastaasang, Kagalanggalangan, Katipunan) which is the revolutionary group that fought for the independence of the Philippines.   Don Ladislao Diwa Shrine Don Ladislao Diwa Shrine History It was on November 30, 1996, that Don Ladislao Diwa's mortal remains were transferred to the mausoleum on the grounds of the shrine. During my visit to Cavite City, I brought with me a list of places to visit in the said place and the shrine was one of those that I highlighted and planned to visit. Since I was not using GPS at that time, I had a hard time locating the shrine. The funny thing was, the locals seem to not even know about its location too. Lucky for me though, I got to ask an old lady who remembers very clearly the unique looking shrine and its location. Don Ladislao Diwa Upon my arrival at the shrine, I was disappointed to find that it was l

Operation Angalo 2015 Road Trip Adventure

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I have been to a lot of places and experienced a lot of different adventures in my 28 years of existence. However, my recent trip to the province of Abra redefined my idea of what adventure really is. The memorable trip that I mentioned happened last June 2015. I was invited by my good friend Terence Sy of Skunkworks Customs to join a  group of 4x4 enthusiasts for a Medical Mission to Abra dubbed Operation Angalo . Since I don't have a customized 4x4, (my Ford Escape lacks needed modifications) I hopped in and joined Terence's crew in his modified Nissan Patrol. Preparing for the trip ahead That's Terence on the wheel. Abra Arch   Stuck and flat - summary of our first river crossing Sabnangan Footbridge at Luba, Abra One of the 4x4s crossing the river (on a raft) We left Manila on a Thursday afternoon and met up with the other teams in Pasig City. We then pushed on and drove the whole night so that we could reach Tubo, Abra in less than 17

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