Cavite *Holy* Adventure

I’m back!

I was supposed to blog about our Visita Iglesia 2013 last Monday but since I got sick, I just found time today to tell you about it. So here goes…

Every year since 2007, we got the habit of doing the round of churches on faraway places during Maundy Thursday. This has become a religious practice and roadtrip/ outing rolled into one.  The past years, we have visited the following:

2007: Sorsogon
2008: Old Manila
2009: Rizal/ Laguna
2010: Pampanga
2011: Bulacan
2012: Batangas

What is Visita Iglesia?
It’s a tradition in the Philippines where people visit one, seven or fourteen churches and pray the Stations of the Cross, with the Stations divided amongst the churches.
Source: Wikipedia

This year, we chose somewhere near but still a province with churches steeped with history. We hit the road a little past 9 in the morning to make sure that we’re back before the Last Supper mass in our parish at 5PM (alas…we still didn’t make it).  We learned our lesson last year when we left our house at 10AM and finished at 10PM.  

1st Row: Bacoor – St. Michael Archangel, Kawit – St. Mary Magdalene
2nd Row: Gen.Trias (can’t remember the patron saint), Tanza – Sta. Cruz, Naic – Immaculate Conception
3rd Row: Maragondon – Nuestra Sra. dela Asuncion, Ternate – Sto. Nino

Every trip brings a surprise of sorts because we discover new places, new food etc.  It’s like having an adventure within an adventure.  In Cavite, it had been a food trip as there’s usually somewhere to eat in every place we’ve been to.

In fact, just after our first church in Bacoor, we already stopped for breakfast at Digman’s Halo Halo.

Then we’re off to the next in Kawit, where we had ice cream at the patio while checking out these beautiful piggy banks (or should I say house banks?)

And surprise of all surprises…Tanza Oasis!

The beach
The resto
The pool

Since most of the visitors are families with baon, we had the hotel’s resto to ourselves and boy oh boy, the food was great!

Pork Liempo

Nilagang Bulalo

Grilled Dory and Shrimps

Pancit Bihon

I know my post doesn’t seem like we went to Cavite for a religious activity because we’ve been pleasantly surprised by the side places we went to.  But I think that’s the beauty(?) of Holy Week – it’s the only long break we spend with our loved ones with not much activity going on (di na nga masyado dahil may cable na unlike before…but that’s for another post), and you’re really just cooped in a place or in our case, vehicle.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that as long as we observe Holy Week as a family and as a community, and we never forget the reason why we do so, God understands.  Of course, it’s also best if we reflect and repent and always remember to be thankful that He saved us.

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14 thoughts on “Cavite *Holy* Adventure

  1. Wow! ang layo ng mga visita iglesia niyo. In our case, we always visit Caleruega every Holy Week since 2008.

    • Nakakatuwa lang din kasi to discover old churches and towns. Where are you based sis?

  2. That’s a nice Holy Week tradition you have with your family! It’s a chance to practice your religion and get away from the city rin. šŸ™‚

    • Thanks Roxi! It’s also a way to discover new places and learn new things šŸ™‚

  3. Ang ganda nung church sa Tanza. I have this super fascination sa old churches. Di kami nakapag Visita Iglesia ngayon, usually sa Bulacan naman kami.

    • Ang dami natin magaganda churches. Really? Where in Bulacan? Baka may mga na-miss kami na puntahan before

  4. We did Visita Iglesia too, but just around Metro Manila. We start in the afternoon kasi para hindi na masyadong mainit. This year we finished at 12am na. The food in the hotel looks yummy. Maybe next year we can go out of the metro for a change. Sana nga lang we get a sponsorship for gas. LOL. šŸ™‚

    • hahaha…true! Bummer lang talaga fuel prices noh? Dami pa naman ganda puntahan šŸ™‚

  5. We were supposed to do our first ever Visita Iglesia last Holy Week, but we ended up visiting Regina Rica in Tanay instead. We’ll try next year.

    Nakakatuwa ang Visita Iglesia niyo, Apple! Ang lalayo! šŸ˜€

    • Hahaha…onga, pero saya din kasi to spend time with family.

      Will check Regina Rica. I haven’t been there. Layo rin ng Tanay ha šŸ™‚

  6. Catholic churches are beautiful. šŸ™‚
    You got me on the grilled shrimps. *drooling*.

  7. Kakagutom ba? Tara! šŸ™‚

  8. better late than never! Im glad you posted this one! I was able to travel kahit sa pag babasa lang. Thanks for sharing this experience!

    • Thanks Joan! šŸ™‚

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