Diving into the Summer Waters of SIPALAY, Negros Occidental

Puppy Mood: Feeling the summer breeze in between my fur

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The Pilgrim: Witnessing Filipino Culture through Holy Churches

Hello Puppy Trippers!!

It is a great summer and everyone is heading out to the beach! Having tans and getting those instaworthy pictures are all fun! Woof!

But amidst all these fun and hot summer vibes, let us not forget to give some of our time to that One who gave us the opportunity to admire such beauty. So these series of posts will be dedicated to churches we were able to visit.

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Watching the Stars in Camp HIYANG-HIYANG, Sitio Campuestuhan, Talisay City

Puppy Mood: Stress Bar filled to the brim. Woooooooooof~

Puppy Facts:

A relatively new place located in Sitio Campuestuhan. They cater to small to large group. And having a camp site with a bonfire pit, it is perfect for campers out there.

Puppy Seal of Approval:

If you feel like knocking back and put your feet up but not drive away too far then this is a place I would recommend.

1. WATCH THE STARS: This place is not very crowded nor have too many things built around the premises so you will have nothing to obscure your view of the night sky.

When was the last time you’ve seen the sky without the billboards out-shinging those flickering lights on Papa God’s black canvass?

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2. CAMP OUT: Whether you plan of bringing your simple camping gears or going all out with your big tents then it is your choice. Bring your own because the Camp doesn’t have for rent.

For mum and I, we enjoyed the hammock just as much as rolling in the grass.

WARNING: THIS PLACE IS EXTREMELY COLD. By dusk, the wind will be whipping your hair back and forth. By evening, fog will cover the area and brrrrr…..

I snuggled to mum for warmth. Yep. It is a weekend well spent.

Look at the fog coming in!! How would you want your weekend spent?

Caffeine Loading with Style at DUYAN CAFE, Sitio Lantawan, Silay City

Puppy Mood: Feel like chasing Rainbows

Puppy Facts:

Duyan Cafe just recently opened. Since their soft ooening last February 2018, they have gained popularity nit just because if their coffee but the amazing view yiu get when lounging in their platform.

Located in Sitio Lantawan along Silay-Patag road, this is surely a favorite spots of motorist and tourists alike.

Puppy Seal Of Approval:

– Grab a warm cup of Coffee and nomnom on Ibos by the Ledge:

They said “People will pay for the experience.” And that is exactly what Duyan Cafe is all about. Experience the wind in your fur, the sun kissing your skin and see the greenery of the forest reserve around you with a coffee in hand.

I swear it is the best way to forget the city buzz for a while. No one can resist the smell of freshly brewed coffee anytime.

Thank you the sunday get away mom!!

Unleashing My Inner Legolas at DMZ, Quezon City

Puppy Mood: Feeling like Legolas~

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Testing out the bow~

Puppy Facts:

DMZ means DeMilitarized Zone. This is an 18 meter span standard indoor fully air-conditioned archery range that caters those who are seriously pursuing the art, people who would like to get the feels of wielding a bow or those who would like to be Legolas for a few hours.

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Located in heart of Quezon City, people doesn’t need to go far to experience this.

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Grabbed from their FB page~ 

 

Puppy Seal of Approval:

Someone asked me, what do I do if we are not travelling.

Do I end up getting bored at home?
I replied saying, who said our adventures ever stopped?

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One weekend, my mom and her brother brought me to a place where we can learn about archery. And what makes you learn better?

  • Hold that bow and Shoot some arrows!
    • This place are equipped to the brim to help you learn your basics and they have equally competent staff to assist you every step of the way. They will give you 10-15 mins of orientation so can be sure of a safe and fun-filled experience.
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  • Take time to adjust to the bow and the technique.
    • It feels weird to hold the arrow and the technique to pull the strings. You have to understand that you will probably start questioning your visual acuity after a few tries but it is just a learning curve. You will get a hang of it.

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  • Keep calm and just enjoy the whipping of the wind as your arrows fly.
    •  Weirdly enough, this art takes so much focus that your mind pushes other thing out and zero in the experience. It is calming but trainig your mind at the same time.
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Proud of my mum!!!

Warning~
Follow the staff’s instructions! Tell them your concern and don’t just go ahead with whatever that comes to mind. They only have your safety as their priority so safety first.

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Mum regrets nothing~ ❤ 

Reliving the Love Story of The RUINS, Talisay City, Negros Occidental

Puppy Mood: Feeling the Love in the Air during the month of hearts~ ❤

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Puppy Facts:

Built during the Spanish colonial era, Mariano Ledesma was an attractive young bachelor who owned a 440-hectare plantation in Talisay City, Negros Occidental. In one of his travels to Hongkong, he saw a young, beautiful Portuguese lady from Macau, Doña Maria Braga. It was like they were made for each other so it didn’t take long for Mariano to ask Maria’s father for her hand in marriage.

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Blessed with 10 children, Mariano and Maria lived a life everyone could hope for. Unfortunately, Maria during her 11th pregnancy slipped in their bathroom causing her to bleed and miscarry. Mariano, sent his horseman to fetch the physician for her but the good doctor is about 2 days away. During the 4-day wait, he exhausted all his resources and personally sought for his wife needs. By the time the doctor arrived, Maria and the baby already passed away.

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The brokenhearted and engulfed with grief Mariano thought of building a mansion in honor of his wife. The project would be the salve of his broken heart and reminder of his beloved Maria for the rest of his life. His plan was well supported by his father-in-law and provided Mariano of additional funds and high-quality materials. He even assigned his son, Felipe, to oversee the construction of their new home.

It was later, burnt down by the American colonial masters during the World War II to prevent its use as military office by the invading Japanese forces. It burnt for 3 long days to its current empty cement shell.

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Puppy Seal of Approval:

Love is in the Air as it is February – the month of Love. What is more fitting but to visit a place where love has been cemented and lived for all the years. Those walls were built with the love of that special someone, a wife, a mother and family. It is only fitting to be called the “Taj Mahal of Negros/Philippines”.

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The picturesque grounds and the mansion itself has been a popular spot for prenuptial photo shoots movies and alike. The building became such a strong symbol of culture and history. Indeed, your visit in Negros is not complete if you haven’t seen this piece of art.

I would suggest you either come really early in the morning so you can have the place for yourself or witness the beautiful sunset in this romantic place.

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Rating:
Travel party: Great for choice for family and barkada trip! Perfect instagram worthy place~

Budget: Entrance fee are as follows:  PHP100 adults, PHP 50 students and PHP20 children. There are many tricycle from North Ceres terminal that goes to The Ruins for at least Php 50 per person. Parking space would require you to pay at least Php20 for light vehicles.

Trip: Day-trip! It is open to daily visitors from 8:00am to 8:00pm.

2018 Planner! Now Where to Next?

So every year, the quest for the perfect planner that works for the lifestyle of mum and I poses a challenge. This year, we planned to have more Puppy Adventures for 2018. We have a little windows for travel so we are like on an assignment! It is amazing that we found a planner that have that in mind~ With the year of the Earth Dog as a Chinese Lunar Year turns – how much more good vibes could you ask for?

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#WhereToNext2018 came up with this planner having every travelling puppers in mind with a theme of #OnAssignment. With a sleek brown leather cover with embossed branding and it is just the perfect size of our Tablet, it fits perfectly in our travel bag too!

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Having a dotted journal gives you enough creative freedom to design your pages to fit for your needs. And they have included more than enough pages for you to scribble down your travel itinerary and plans~ Inside you have a map of the Philippines that you can color or shade in order to see if you have visited all the 81 provinces~

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Full span pictures in between months are beautiful~ I love this page. It reminds me to listen to mum~

January and February pages are all swamped already! We are looking forward for the rest of the year and each of ’em pages will contain a documentation of our fun filled 2018! I commend those people behind this creation. Proud to be Pinoy and love the hearts poured in to this.

Shout out to my friends @laranovales2 and @Lukecepheid for being equally planner geeks like us. It pays to have these bunch. They understand the importance of having a planner that works for our lifestyle. Do check out their pages~

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Do you keep a planner too?
Do share your planner ideas in the comments below~

Happy puppy!
Happy Chinese New Year!!

Bathing in Comforting Presence of OUR LADY OF MANAOG CHURCH, Pangasinan

Puppy Mood: Off to see more pretty churches!

Puppy Facts:

The Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary of Manaoag, located on top of a hill in the town, has been canonically affiliated with the Papal Basilica of Saint Mary Major in Rome since June 2011. The parish encompassing Manaoag and the surrounding towns is administered by the Order of Preachers under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan. It was officially declared a Basilica on February 17, 2015.

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Some of the miracles attributed to Our Lady of Manaoag are depicted in murals inside the church’s transepts and nave. The Paschal Chapel beside the south flank of the church has icons of the Black Nazarene similar to that of the Quiapo Church, the Santo Entierro (Dead Christ), and other statues of the Virgin Mary. The sanctuary on the left side of the main entrance has a large image of the Crucified Christ.
 

Destination Landmark Rates
Dagupan Bus  to Manaoag Shrine.

 

 

 

Hourly departure from Trinoma: Trips starts at 5am

 

There are 2 major stop overs for wee-wee breaks: Dau bus terminal and SM Rosales.

Php 314 per head

 

Puppy Seal of Approval:

I love my mum!!! Can I be more obvious about it? I love my Grandmum and the Mother of all Christians out there, Mama Mary!

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So when we had some time we went on to one of the most visited churches named after the Blessed Mother. Our Lady of Manaog has been known for the number of prayers that has been answered through her intersessions.

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If you come by and visit Mama Mary, you should really at least has half a day here. There could be a large number of devotees who regularly attend masses here. Spend time to go all the way up the image of Mama Mary where you can have some time for yourself and your prayers with her.

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More than just being able to touch the mantle of the image, you can appreciate the effort, talent and culture surrounding this place. Both locals and pilgrims came together making this place both a spiritual home and a tourist spots that helped the people a lot.

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Puppy Reminder: Faith is not about how many churches you visited, or candles you lit. Faith is also not about how you call your god, or how you call yourselves. Faith is about having that relationship with Him – regardless of the race and name you know Him of. It is about love and respect of our brothers and sisters. Let us not limit our growth in faith and love limited by the four walls and high ceilings of places of faith.

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Rating:
Travel party: Great for choice for family trip! This is a good chance for every family to educate their children.

Budget: Going to the place is free. However, finding a parking space might cause you 50pesos at least. Fare per person would range about Php 500

Trip: Day-trip! Check the following mass schedules so you can pace your trip.
Daily Mass starts at 5:00am every hour until 12nn.