Friday, March 11, 2016

15 Rizal Churches for your Visita Iglesia (Part 2)

Every year, Visita Iglesia has been part of many Filipinos' tradition of their observation of the Holy Week. The faithfuls visit seven to fourteen different churches, depending on their own preference and custom. Many would go to far-away provinces while some prefer to do it near their home, especially those from Metro Manila. Rizal, a province which can be found just at the vicinity of Metro Manila, has many churches perfect for a meaningful visita iglesia.

Rizal is an average-sized province and visitors would not be able to cover all its churches in a day. Depending on what visitor's prefer and from where they will come from, they can choose from two clusters of churches to be visited. They can choose either the Northern Rizal (Part 1) or Southern Rizal (Part 2) Visita Iglesia.

Below is a suggested guide for a Southern Rizal Visita Iglesia:

1. ST. CLEMENT CHURCH, Angono


Church details : The Parish of St. Clement was officially established in the 1933 but the church, the town, and its history goes back longer than that.

Location : Dona Aurora St., Brgy. Poblacion Ibaba, Angono, Rizal

How to get there? From EDSA Crossing (Mandaluyong), you may ride jeep or buses passing by Angono Town. You can also ride FX/Van in their EDSA Central terminal.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

15 Rizal Churches for your Visita Iglesia (Part 1)

Every year, Visita Iglesia has been part of many Filipinos' tradition of their observation of the Holy Week. The faithfuls visit seven to fourteen different churches, depending on their own preference and custom. Many would go to far-away provinces while some prefer to do it near their home, especially those from Metro Manila. Rizal, a province which can be found just at the vicinity of Metro Manila, has many churches perfect for a meaningful visita iglesia.

Rizal is an average-sized province and visitors would not be able to cover all its churches in a day. Depending on what visitor's prefer and from where they will come from, they can choose from two clusters of churches to be visited. They can choose either the Northern Rizal (Part 1) or Southern Rizal (Part 2) Visita Iglesia.

Below is a suggested guide for a Northern Rizal Visita Iglesia:

1. OUR LADY OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY CHURCH, Rodriguez (Montalban)




Church details. The parish was created in the 1870's, during the Spanish era though the present church is modern and newly-built.

Location. J.P. Rizal St., Balite, Rodriguez, Rizal.

How to get there? If you are coming from Commonwealth Ave., there is a terminal going to Rodriguez near Litex Market. Just ask around where the terminal is. If you are commuting from Cubao, ride a jeepney bound to Montalban along Aurora Boulevard. There are also FX terminals in Farmers Market - Cubao going to Montalban.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Travel Year 2014 : The Year I Learned to Slow Down

When I started travelling the Philippines in 2012, I already told myself that I should be able to finish visiting all the 81 Philippine provinces before I turn 30. Now, I'm turning 31 but I haven't done that yet, and still, I am so much happy.

The very beautiful Batanes!
The year 2014 taught me to take it slow. This year, I realized that I am racing with no one so I should try to savor the joy brought to me by travelling by taking it one at a time. The old me who wants to be in different provinces in every different weeks and months is no more. It's now just once a month. ;) 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Nueva Vizcaya : Roaming Cagayan Valley's 2nd Oldest Province

This post is part of my Nueva Vizcaya Series chronicling my 2013 and 2015 visits to the province. To see other towns, refer to the linked list after the article.

At the start, the whole of the present-day Cagayan Valley Region was just a single vast province known as Cagayan. The first ever division of the province happened when its southern part, from Ilagan down to Aritao, was separated and created into a new province in 1841, paving the way for the birth of the great province of NUEVA VIZCAYA.

Nueva Vizcaya Provincial Capitol
The Nueva Vizcaya of old was a very large province but through the passage of time, it lost many of its territories starting from the creation of the province of Isabela in 1856 (almost half of Isabela province came from the northeastern territories of Nueva Vizcaya) until the separation of Quirino Province in 1971. Now, the province is left with only 15 municipalities, with a total population of 421,355 as of 2010.

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya

This post is part of my Nueva Vizcaya Series chronicling my 2013 and 2015 visits to the province. To see other towns, refer to the linked list after the article.

Nueva Vizcaya People's Museum and Library. Bayombong.
The gigantic province of Nueva Vizcaya of the 19th Century has Echague (now a part of Isabela) as its capital. By the time Isabela province was created in 1865, the capital was transferred to Bayombong. The town remained the capital even when Nueva Vizcaya lost some of its northwestern territories when Ifugao province was organized in 1908, and again when finally, Quirino province split from Nueva Vizcaya in 1971. Today, Bayombong still functions as the heart of the now smaller province of Nueva Vizcaya culturally, geographically and politically.