Barasoain Church and Museum – Malolos, Bulacan

We were supposed to go to Angeles for some Aling Lucing’s Sisig and Corazon’s Halo-Halo, but went to Malolos instead because of it started to rain very hard. Classic blessing in disguise! At least nakapag-pilgramage to Barasoian Church (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church) na nakikita ko lang dati sa ten peso bill (halatang ang tanda ko na hehehe), and got to go to the Barasoain Museum as well!

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There were a lot of tourist that Saturday afternoon we visited. Mga 6 buses yata ng mga kiddos na nagfi-fieldtrip ang nasa parking lot. Not surprising that this heritage spot is part of their itinerary, Barasoain Church being one of the most important religious buildings in the Philippines.

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It was also the temporary residence of General Aguinaldo, where the First Philippine Congress convened, where the drafting of the Malolos Constitution occurred. It wsas declared by Marcos as a National Shrine by Ferdinand Marcos in the 70’s.

Two Philippine presidents were inaugurated here– Aguinaldo and Estrada.

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Barasoain was derived from a name of a town in Spain, a town that Spanish missionaries thought was similar to Malolos. When the Spanish-Revolution broke out, the Spaniards coined the term “baras ngsuwail” or “dungeon of the defiant” because it because a meeting place of anti-Spanish forces.

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There are monuments in front of the church that honor the Republic of Biak-Na-Bato,

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officially referred to as the Constitution of the Philippine Republic,

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the first republic ever declared in our country by the Emilio Aguinaldo and his fellow members of the KKK.

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The museum is just beside the church.

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It was kinda hard to explore the whole museum that day because there were a lot of kids (and chaperones) from the field trip running around the halls.

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Here are some of the items that caught our attention–

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Ugh. I’ve never been a fan of Aguinaldo.

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Diorama! My favorite project when I was in gradeschool!

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Mon Confiado really does look like Aguinaldo. If you don’t get the reference, watch Heneral Luna.

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Wait, where can we find Artikulo Uno? :p

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It’s Luna!!!

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I wonder how much these handwritten artifacts cost.

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Lots of ladies that afternoon.

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I’ve always been fascinated with old staircases. Creepy.

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And look! Here’s the train that they used in Heneral Luna, where the general was speaking to the official in Fench and English about getting the train for use of the troop. “Puñeta! Arestuhin na nga ‘yan! nauubusan na ako ng Ingles!”  wpid-dsc_5274.jpg

Loved that we were able to visit a museum before the National Museums and Galleries month ended. Balita ko ang haba ng pila masyado sa National Museum eh!

As for the Angeles Trip, that would have to be scheduled another weekend. :)

// listening to Nat King Cole – Fascination

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Caleruega Church – Nasugbu, Batangas

Visita Iglesia 2015 is coming up, so I want to share with you the pilgrimage we made to Caleruega after our stay at Balinsasayaw Bed and Brunch in Tagaytay.

Take note, pilgrimage po. Hindi po church-hunting for the wedding. :p

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Caleruega is already part of Nasugbu, Batangas, though it’s only few minutes away from Alfonso, Tagaytay. Coming from this side, it is way past Chapel On The Hill. You will have to pass a bumpy road to get to Caleruega. Maganda naman ang view, so okay lang. Please refer to the map below. :)

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There are stalls selling fruits, vegetables, coolers, and local snacks outside the chapel. There are a lot of kids who will be super kulit in asking you to buy the bags of camote or bananas that they’re selling para daw pang-school nila. Magpa-uto ka na. Minsan lang naman eh. :)

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We opted to eat some dirty ice cream before we started the tour. Buti na lang we ate first because I didn’t expect the church grounds to be so huge! Don’t forget- there is an entrance fee of 30php.

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Caleruega was named after the birthplace of St. Dominic de Guzman, the father of the Order of The Preachers. Wishing to honor and remember the legacy of their founder, the Filipino Dominicans established Caleruega with the hopes that it will, like the town of Caleruega in Spain, be a birthplace- a genesis for the people speaking to and for the Divine Creator.

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The first that you will see is the Fountain Compass, then the Cenaculum or refectory. This is also where you can get Caleruega mementos.

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Caleruega’s vision and mission is to be a mode amidst the beauty of nature where pilgrims are open to prayer, to creative transformation, and to Gospel values.

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I love their sculpted stations of the cross that can be found at their Manaoag Drive Via Crusis.

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There are relaxing and refreshing spots inside Caleruega, and guess which one caught our attention……….

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The Garden Café of course! Hehehehe! There aren’t many choices though. May hotdog sandwiches ako nakita and mga chichiria.

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You can eat at the café or bring you can bring it to one of the tents.

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Or bring it to the Japanese Garden while watching the kois swim.

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There’s a hanging bridge that you can cross to get to Kampo Arriba or the Worm Farm.

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I am afraid of heights but because even the kids were having fun crossing the bridge, nakigaya na rin ako. sa lagay ba na ýon eh sila lang ang kayang umalog ng bridge? :p

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Si Miko chill na chill lang o.

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We saw a small sari-sari store and bought bottled water (20php/500ml) and sat on the grass to take a break from all the walking. Tsaka ang init nung pumunta kami. Tanghaling tapat ba naman.

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May families na nagpi-picnic under the trees. May mga barkada na naghahabulan.

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And shempre, may Foodie and Takaw na nag-selfie. Nyehehe!

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We walked for a couple of minutes more to get to the main reason of our visit– the Transfiguration Chapel. Ang ganda ganda! Corny na, but seeing it brought tears to my eyes. Thank You Lord at narating ko na rin! It’s one of the most beautiful places of worship I’ve ever seen.

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Didn’t expect the chapel to be that small though. It’s gorgeous nonetheless. The altar is magnificent. Ganda nung stained class.

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The chapel is surrounded with vibrant flowers and lots of trees. Truly picturesque. No wonder a lot of couples choose to get married there.

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They also have halls that can be used for receptions. Their Veritas hall can accommodate 200 people, while the Gazebuko can accommodate 70. Not sure how many for Plaza de Aza (open-air roofdeck), but they say it is made for huge gatherings.

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We had some fresh buco juice (20php per cup) before we left. What a cool way to cap off a lovely visit to Caleruega that warm sunny Sunday afternoon.

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I cannot wait to go back. :)

Here’s the map for all those planning to visit:

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Caleruega
Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas
caleruega_Philippines@yahoo.com
09212709890, 09218304226
Office Hours 8am – 5pm daily

// listening to Pentatonix – Rather Be

Ang Barya. Bow.

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Tinatamad ako magluto so I thought, kakain na lang ako sa favorite carinderia ko (Katvanria Eatery) katapat ng condo.

I thought of bringing 300 para 100 sa food ko (2 ulam + rice + Sprite) and bibili na rin ako ng 100 Smart at 100 Globe load.

A voice in my head told me to bring coins. Ayoko kasi mabigat. Pero makulit ang voice. So I brought a handful of coins. Naiirita pa nga ako kasi ang bigat ng bulsa ko tuloy. Hehe. Maarte na. Pasensya na.

Pagdating ko sa Katvanria, nandun si Aldo kumakain rin. Siya yung janitor sa building namin na mabait at magalang. Sabi nung voice in my head, bayaran ko ang lunch ni Aldo. Nag-alangan ako kasi 300 + coins lang pera ko. Eh may bibilhin pa nga akong load diba. Tapos mukhang gutom siya at maraming kinain may Sting pa syang iniinom. Hindi kasya ang anda kong dala malamang.

Pero naisip ko, bahala na. Babalik na lang ako sa bahay to get more cash then alis uli  mamaya para bumili ng load. Hassle. Katamad maglakad pero okay lang. Minsan ko lang naman ma-treat si Aldo.

So sinabi ko na kay Aldo na ako bahala sa lunch niya at nagpasalamat naman siya. In fairness ang saya saya ng itsura niya. Obvious na hindi niya inexpect na maililibre siya today.

Pagtapos ko kumain, pumunta ako sa 7-11 para bumili ng Smart 100.

Pagdating ko sa counter, na-realize ko na nagdala nga pala ako ng mga barya. Agad kong binilang at pwede pang pambili ng Globe 100!!!

Salamat na lang at nakinig ako sa voice in my head na dalhin ‘yon. Alam ko naman si God ‘yon. Wala nang ibang magsasabi pa sa akin to bless another person kung hindi si God lang. Trust Him and He will surely take care of your needs, sabi nga.

I know simple at parang mababaw lang ang istoryang ito pero gusto ko lang i-share. God works even in the simplest, most babaw areas of our lives kasi.

May extra pa ako na barya. Ipapambili ko sana ng yema. Pero okay na. Busog na ako. :) Blessed and full. :)

// listening to the sound of my mint green electric fan

A Prayer to the Sacred Heart

“God did not save us when we were cute and lovable. Jesus died for us when we were spitting in His face.” – Father Jun

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That’s the part of the 1st Friday mass homily that struck me. Today, the Catholic church celebrates the solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. My imperfect heart has a soft spot for the perfect Sacred Heart of our Savior.

I’d like to share this prayer with you. I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.

Divine Jesus, You have said, “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.” Behold me kneeling at Your feet, filled with a lively faith and confidence in the promises dictated by Your Sacred Heart to Saint Margaret Mary. I come to ask this favor: (Mention your request).

To whom can I turn if not to You, Whose Heart is the source of all graces and merits? Where should I seek if not in the treasure which contains all the riches of Your kindness and mercy? Where should I knock if not at the door through which God gives Himself to us and through which we go to God? I have recourse to You, Heart of Jesus. In You I find consolation when afflicted, protection when persecuted, strength when burdened with trials, and light in doubt and darkness.

Dear Jesus, I firmly believe that You can grant me the grace I implore, even though it should require a miracle. You have only to will it and my prayer will be granted. I admit that I am most unworthy of Your favors, but this is not a reason for me to be discouraged. You are the God of mercy, and You will not refuse a contrite heart. Cast upon me a look of mercy, I beg of You, and Your kind Heart will find in my miseries and weakness a reason for granting my prayer.

Sacred Heart, whatever may be Your decision with regard to my request, I will never stop adoring, loving, praising, and serving You. My Jesus, be pleased to accept this my act of perfect resignation to the decrees of Your adorable Heart, which I sincerely desire may be fulfilled in and by me and all Your creatures forever.

Grant me the grace for which I humbly implore You through the Immaculate Heart of Your most sorrowful Mother. You entrusted me to her as her child, and her prayers are all-powerful with You.

Amen.

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For more prayers, please visit: http://www.2heartsnetwork.org/SacredHeart.htm

// listening to Brooke Fraser – Faithful

From Being “Amalayar” to God’s Princess

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Paula “Amalayar” Salvosa talks about cyberbullying, depression, and finding healing and forgiveness through Christ. (photo credit: Sarit Bantuchan)

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I remember joining the bashfest against her and then deleting all my posts when I realized that I also became a victim of bullying and it was only through His Mercy that I was saved and only through His Grace that I was restored.

I’m happy for Paula that her ugly and painful experience has brought her to God’s feet.

To God be the glory!

// listening to Kelly Clarkson – Breakaway