Puppy Mood: Out exploring while we have time!
Pambansang Dambana at Parokya ni Santo Padre Pio , commonly known as Padre Pio Shrine, is a parish church and pilgrimage site situated at Brgy. San Pedro, Santo Tomas, Batangas, Philippines. Standing proud with its roof resembling a “salakot”, a traditional Filipino hat used by farmers and fishermen in their respective agricultural activities as their protection against heat and rains – this is surely one for the books for pilgrims in the Philippines and around the world.
|Going to Lucena City
– JAM, Lucena Lines, JAC and DLTB
|> Any point in QC and manila, you just have to find a bus to Lucena
> Travel is approx. 2-3 hours.
> Tell the driver to drop you off at Padre Pio Shrine
|Php 100-150 per head
Puppy Seal of Approval:
Have you ever implored for something so fervently that it makes your heart flutter after you knelt down and pray? Being in a place where you can be surrounded by people who also have their hearts heavy with love and praise feels comforting. So with this, the puppertripper stamp our seal of approval on the following:
- A celebration. Padre Pio has been known for healing masses and prayers for special intentions. When you come here, make sure you check the mass schedule. We recommend not to miss the chance to celebrate the sacrament with your Pawmilies here. There is something about the place where solemn prayers are whispered that it soothes the troubled heart. The beautiful well-lighted high-ceiling church would take away the usual constricting feeling of traditional churches. Beautiful religious images surround the place so take time to see them.
- A wish and a promise. There is the wall where people put on their locks and rosaries as a forever reminder of their wishes and promises in this place. Though it is not a reassurance for anything, but for a person who has been heavily laden with their problems and challenges they face – anything would make them feel better.
- A pause from all the hustle. Mom has been so busy. We are equally guilty of not being able to fulfill our spiritual duties due to the demands of work, school and family. Mom would say that it was never an excuse but human (and pupper) as we are… we come short. I would usually see mom dragging herself home and then taking a bath then sleep off because she was so tired. She would always tell me that we would go for a puppytrip when things get a little bit bearable. So on trips like these, give your adrenaline pumps a vacay and pause. It is a time where we can just pause and reconnect with Papa God.
Travel party: Great for choice for family trip! The compound is big so there are a lot of things that can be visited. It is a good spot for children and puppers too!
Budget: It cost us 150 for the bus fare and no entrance fee in Padre Pio. If you plan to bring a car, there is a paid parking space for only 50 pesos.
Trip: Day-trip! Check the following mass schedules so you can pace your trip.
Puppy Mood: Needing some recharge of positivity!
There are only two predominantly Roman Catholic nations in Asia, Philippines is one and the other being, East Timor. Philippines have been ranked as the third largest Roman Catholic country in the world and stays as a conservative to the religion. Roughly 82.9% of the population of the country professes Catholicism.
Christianity in the Philippines was introduced by Spanish missionaries and colonists, who arrived in waves beginning in the early 16th century in Cebu. It has been deeply embedded in the culture of most Filipinos ever since. This is very much displayed with varied beautiful churches all over the country. Every province brags of their churches as it serves an emblem of their heritage.
Puppy Seal of Approval:
This pupper has out! Mom said we get to visit pretty churches during break. Every puppy tripper must spend time to thank Papa God for all the blessings and the safe trips we had. So here are my Top 5 favorite Bisita Iglesia (Church Visits) for 2017! Click the linkies to see the detailed puppy trip! Woof!
- Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, popularly known as Simala Shrine or Simala Church, is a castle-like church located in Marian Hills of upper Lindogon, Simala, Sibonga, Cebu. Boasting its architecture that is like straight from a Harry Potter set – it is both a place for devotees and tourist alike.
- Pambansang Dambana at Parokya ni Santo Padre Pio , commonly known as Padre Pio Shrine, is a parish church and pilgrimage site situated at Brgy. San Pedro, Santo Tomas, Batangas, Philippines. Standing proud with its roof resembling a “salakot”, a traditional Filipino hat used by farmers and fishermen in their respective agricultural activities as their protection against heat and rains – this is surely one for the books for pilgrims in the Philippines and around the world.
- Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in Manaoag, Pangasinan. It houses the ivory image which bears its title since 16th century and is presently enshrined within the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag. Many devotees of the blessed mother comes to this place with their prayers in their hearts.
- Regina Rosarii Institute of Contemplation in Asia or more commonly known as Regina RICA. A 71-foot-tall statue of the Queen of the Holy Rosary oversee this place with a church that held regular healing masses for those who would have a breathe of peace away from the hustle of the city.
- Our Lady of the Philippines Monastery is the only Trappist monastery in the country is located in Guimaras. It was founded in 1972 where about 35 monks lives in the monastery who held masses with the parish priest. This self-sustaining monastery produces a number of products, selling under the brand “Trappist Monastic Products”, includes their pineapple and mango jams, that is definitely something to take home. Guimaras is famous for its sweet golden Philippine mangos.
Mom said that there are even more beautiful churches out there and we are not even half on one province. Mum promised not just churches but Mosques and temples. For now, these are my favorite stops.
Visiting these places of worship, my mom taught me a very important lesson. Mum and I maybe Catholic but we should never see anybody for the religion they practice, habit they wear or the name they call their god. Respect is the key for peace to happen. We should find it in our hearts to see the beauty of each culture and the heart of what they profess.
How about you puppy trippers out there?
Can you send me a picture of a nearby pretty church or house of worship that is close by?
Maybe we can get to visit it soon.
Puppy Mood: Out exploring while we have time!
Sitio Pata-an is a quaint little town hiding in the outskirts of the Barangay Maao. It’s best to ask for directions from the locals because the road going there is unpaved. The ride going there was not a smooth one. Most of the dirt roads are left rough and unkempt.
A guard stays in a small waiting shed that serves as their entrance. As you go in, you are led by a winding pathway to the pool and overnight cottages.
|South Bound Ceres bound to:
|> It is approximately 1 hours of travel.
||Php 25-35 per head
|Barrio Maao – Pata-an
||> There are tricycles/habal-habal going to Pataan. They are parked along the road near the Terminal of Ceres Liners – by the marketplace. Ask the locals which one is going to PATA-AN.
||Php 50 per head
Puppy Seal of Approval:
A day out with mom with a nice weather is great! Pata-an Falls is a stop for puppertrippers who just want to sit and commune with nature. There is no signal there so be prepared of being detached from civilization which is FUR-fect for anyone who doesn’t want their boss calling them. Woof~~
Pata-an falls doesn’t form a belly – which is very unique. The water falls on a unique rock formation where people can lounge and enjoy a massage from the downpour. The falls provides a cool refreshing mist in the surrounding area that is sure to extinguish the heat from any summer. ❤
What I love about this place is the old century tree that stands near the base of the falls. It provides the shade and a picturesque background for your Instagram worthy pictures! Woof!
Travel party: Great for everyone!!! It is accessible by commuting or by those big cars for families. This place is pretty much straightforward and safe for little puppers and children alike.
Budget: Entrance is Php 50 per head. Day trip cottages range from Php 250-500.
Trip: Day-trip and overnighters. Overnight rooms would be Php 1500 to 2500.
Puppy Mood: Happy to be free – finally! Excited to kick off our summer adventures with some soul-time!
Every puppy tripper would agree that sometimes, we just need some down time and just spend it reflecting. That is exactly what mom and I did.
Puppy Mood: Feeling in need of some soul food~
Puppy Mood: Excited to see majestic temples and see a glimpse of their histor
As promised from our previous post, we continue on with our 5 part Bangkok, Thailand special. In this block, we will touch on those pretty temples this woofer was able to visit. Woof!!!! We will give snippets about each temples~ woof!
Puppy Mood: Mom is so exhausted but it is nothing a quick dip in cold waters and a lung full of fresh air can’t fix.