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Church in Laguna: Where to go for Visita Iglesias 2013

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Visita Iglesias is the most popular activity in the observance of the Lenten season.  While many have already planned how to do this ahead and where to go, a lot are still having difficulty in collecting ideas of names of churches for visita iglesias and where to find these churches.

A couple of days ago just right before the Lenten week breaks, my family have planned to do the Visita Iglesias ahead so we can still enjoy the luxury of roads with lesser traffic hassle.

We then decided to move ahead with our plan and aimed our trip to the Southern part of the Calabarzon Region in the Philippines and particularly started our way into Laguna.  It was still Saturday and it was a day before Palm Sunday.  The road was a-OK and even we have started our trip just before noontime, everything turned out well in our trip.

From Binan City we took our way via the South Luzon Expressway and exited at Calamba exit.  Calamba is one of the busiest city in Laguna being the hub of business in  this region.  After exiting Calamba, we have went through the shortcut road going to Los Banos and passed along the Calamba City Hall.  It was a nice looking new City Hall and its design is far better than those in Makati and Manila.  This is because this Calamba City Hall was just built recently.


In image above is the Calamba City Hall Arc.

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In image above is the Calamba City Hall Main Hall.

Moving forward with the trip, we turned right southward upon reaching the intersection from the Calamba City Hall.  We have then headed towards Los Banos; passed through Victoria, Laguna and our first stop was Pila, Laguna.


Image above shows Victoria, Laguna’s natural panoramic view.

In Pila, Laguna is where the Pila Church sits.  The original church was located in Pagalangin, which was was built in 1616 while the Franciscans have already built a Printing Press here ahead back in year 1606.

Pila Church was then the center for all sick Franciscan Missionaries and was maintained between year 1618 and 1673.


Due to frequent flooding however, the church was transferred to its current location in the 1800.

The church and the convent construction was completed in 1849 but earthquake destroyed the church in 1880.

Our next stop, Sta. Cruz Church in Sta. Cruz, Laguna.

Trivia:  Did you know that Sta. Cruz, Laguna is the Capital of Laguna?  Here sits the various government offices, the office of the Town Mayor and likewise the Office of the concurrent Governor Mr. ER Ejercito, who happens to be an actor under the screen name of George Estregan, Jr. and a known relative of the former Philippine President Joseph Ejercito Estrada; another movie actor between the 60’s and early 90’s.

In Sta. Cruz, Laguna you will find the Church of Sta. Cruz.  It was firstly built in the year 1608 using stone blocks and was enlarged in year 1672 by adding wings on both sides making it to look like a cross from top view.


The Church of Sta. Cruz was remodelled in year 1850 where the Altars were improved but the church was destroyed by fire in January 26, 1945 during the time of Japanese occupation Liberation in World War II.

The Church of Sta. Cruz was reconstructed in 1948 during the post-war era.

Next, we go to Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe.


The Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe will be found in Pagsanjan, Laguna.


Commonly known as the most visited tourist attraction in the district of Laguna, Pagsanjan not only offers the rapids of the Pagsanjan Falls but also this historical church of Pagsanjan.

Next road to take is the way uphill to Lumban where you and your family can take a break for a while sightseeing, dine, and relax in the famous man-made lake of Caliraya which is use as a hydrothermal power supply for many parts of the region.



Picture above shows the halfway scenic view of the Lumban-Caliraya Road.


Done with the bonding? It’s time to move ahead.  Let’s go to Pakil Laguna and see the Church of Paete.


Above photo shows the front view of the Paete Church at a distance.


Photo above shows the side entrance and exit of the Paete Church which is usually use by visitors due to the position of the church building.

Trivia:  Did you know that Paete, Laguna was the home for wood carvings in Laguna?  Paete came from the word Paet or “chisel” which is the name of a tool mainly use to carving woods.  Wood carving experts in this small town can do literally anything you may have in mind or wish to carve for you.

Next, lets go to the nearby town of Pakil, Laguna and visit the extra-ordinary Pakil Church.

The initial Pakil Church was built in 1676 using Bamboo and Nipa materials.

The convent was built later on and the church was constructed in 1732 using stone materials.  However, the church was burnt in 1739 and reconstruction was completed in 1767.

A couple of events happened that destroyed this church and the current church you will see now was another reconstruction completed in 1959.



There are many churches you can still go around Laguna – these are good and historical churches but we decided to move to the other side and visit the Church in Liliw, Laguna on the way to Quezon.



The Church of Liliw is one of the best churches I have visited this time. It has a good interior which most I have taken photos and I will share to you in my next article.

The place of Liliw is clean, people are nice, and there is a lot of souvenirs you can take home starting from fruits, sandals, local vinegar, and Lambanog.

For some people who would want to stay longer in theses places, surely a hotel is available nearby.  You can check hotels room accommodation in Laguna or check for Hotel Deals of the Day in Pagsanjan Laguna.

Since I have other things to do on the next coming days including travel to beaches in Batangas, me and my family have called it a day. From Liliw, Laguna we went straight back home and a 2 and half hour drive from Liliw going back to our home in Binan City is not bad at all.

Best Travel Practices: Will you Fly or Roll?

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As traveling is not a new thing to me, I came to many experiences that made me learned and understand the beauty and the ugliness of traveling.  Since 1990s, I have been into different places; rolled or flew in any way I would decide.  I actually consider myself a jetsetter as I made many number of flying using different airlines.  I have also traveled a lot in road thus made me a route savvy cruiser; means that I can easily make a plan which road to use when I wanted to go into cruising a long drive.

But what is it really taken into consideration in order to decide whether to fly or roll the wheels?  The answer for experienced travelers would be simple. Go on and read and read my tips.

Flying will lessen the time you need to travel but will not be too exciting more than the taking-off and landing.  Believe me you will just see the airport, the skies, and your co-passengers all the while when you ride a commercial airline.  Flying is a less tiring but a boring journey.  Money matter is also another consideration as at times it can save you some money for airfare but will cost you more cost on taxis or transfers.

Flying can make your travel fast, delayed, or your flight for the day may be cancelled for one reason or another.  Cancelled flights can also result to another problem if you have flight connections for another carrier in order to get you into your final destination.  When your flight is cancelled, you may be obliged to arrange a hotel for yourself as there are times that some medium-scale airlines do not answer for accommodation you can use to stay overnight in order to wait for your replacement flight schedule the next day.  This kind of situation mostly happens when you make domestic flights.

Another inconvenience of flying is when your luggage got offloaded or misrouted; you shall not be able to have access to your important wardrobes or other accessories until sometime and the impact could become worst if it takes a couple of days before you can have your luggage from the airline.

So what about rolling?  Of course if you are just into a domestic travel, rolling would be an alternative.  I will not lie that cruising is my first choice only if I have the liberty of time.  While rolling takes longer for you to reach your destination if you are traveling a few hundred or a thousand kilometers, it provides you the opportunity to enjoy the scenery.  It may take days for a thousand or more kilometer cruise but you can always take a break any time you wish.  Resting will not be a problem if you need to stay in a place for an overnight since you can always choose any travelers-inn or a quality hotel accommodation along the way.  Like any common travel plan, money is always a consideration.  Be prepared to fund your cruise and ensure that you have the money in your pocket.  When you roll, you have all the freedom to stay or hop into scenic places, historical landmarks and the food specialty in each region.

Make sure that your vehicle is in top condition before starting to roll as there might be instances that you will be cruising in isolated places where you cannot buy parts or a shop.

I have also provided some tips on road travel in one of my articles which allows you to take note what important things you should prepare when taking a long cruise journey.

So whether you are flying or rolling, all it needs to take is to be practical while not compromising the fun in your journey.  🙂


Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis I): The first Latin American Pope

The First Latin Amrican Pope

Pope Francis I (pronunciation: /ˈfrænsɨs/, /ˈfrɑːnsɨs/; Latin: Papa Franciscus Primus [franˈtʃiskus]; Italian: Papa Francesco Primo; born Jorge Mario Bergoglio[a] on 17 December 1936) is the 266th[2][3] and current pope of the Catholic Church, elected on 13 March 2013. In that role, he is both the leader of the Catholic Church and sovereign ruler of the Vatican City State. From 1998 until his election as pope, he served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, and was made a cardinal in 2001 by Pope John Paul II.

Francis is the first Jesuit and the first from the Americas to be elected Pope. He is the first non-European pope since Syrian-born Pope Gregory III, who died in 741.- Wikipedia France

To the 1.2 Billion Catholics worldwide, having a new leader is an enormous liberation. It has obliterated negative impact from the recent resignation of Pope Benedict XVI raising some negative issues and concerns on Catholic Church.

Pope Jorge Mario Bergoglio, his real name, is known for being humble and is raised in a modest family being a son of a railroad worker. He is also compared to previous Pope John Paul II for being “conservative at the level of doctrine, and progressive on social issues”. As archbishop, it is said that he chooses to live a simple life living in an apartment rather than having a luxurious residence. He also travels by bus. His lifestyle is temperate and serious but wears a very pleasant personality and remains accessible to people.

Being a catholic myself, I am praying and hoping that Pope Francis I can extend and devote more of his time on important issues on Catholic Church. I hope he can travel further and reach out to people, Catholic or non-Catholics and truly impart to the world the real essence of Papacy.

Pope Francis I: our prayers are with you!

Lazaro Arbos; the next 2013 American Idol?

Blessing from God!

From beautiful country singer, handsome balladeer to a well-known rock star, American Idol has showcased divergent individuals with astounding talent when it comes to singing. AI winner has been envied by many and idolized by realm. For America, AI is the way to stardom.

It has been years now that I follow AI. But season 12 for me is quite remarkable. I am being startled and touched by one hopeful contestant that I find unique and admirable. He’s name is Lazaro Arbos.  Originated from Cuba but now living with his parents in Naples, Florida. Yes, Lazaro Arbos can sing well. In fact, he’s very good at it. But this is not the reason I find him admirable.  Ironically, Lazaro has severe speech impediment. But amidst having this kind of condition, he pursues his dream by joining American Idol and now on his way up to recognition.

I hope fans from all over can extend their votes to this gifted individual. Truly, a living example of I.N.S.P.I.R.A.T.I.O.N

To Lazaro Arbos, you are now a GLOBAL IDOL!