It's Holy Week once more and for this year we just decided to stay at home since "H" just got well and I have tons to do at home as well. "Bisita Iglesia" means Church Visit, this is a tradition for us Filipinos being dominantly a Catholic country. My sister has been doing this for 3 years now, together with her friends they just walk and visit 14 different Churches in Manila. She even told me that some of her friends walk barefoot. I asked her if I could join her but since our Mother insisted to come with us my sister suggested that we bring the car and go to different Churches in Quezon City area instead. Sister told me to visit 7 Churches and have 2 Stations Of The Cross per Church visit. I tagged along "H", Shawn (my son), Mama & Grace our "house angel". "H" helped with organizing with the sequencing of the Churches we shall visit and googled for the maps and directions while I prepared some "merienda" (snack).
Started the journey at around 4 pm, our first destination is the nearest to our place which is only a few blocks away ---
National Shrine Of Our Lady Of Lourdes
Parish of the Holy Sacrife (2nd Church @ 4:49 pm)
Church of the Gesù (3rd Church @ 5:15pm)
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights, Quezon City
Landmark church of the Ateneo de Manila University campus in the Philippines. Designed by Jose Pedro Recio and Carmelo Casas, the edifice’s massive triangular structure symbolizes the Holy Trinity, as well as the three-fold mission and vision of the school. Its shape and design is also meant to suggest the outstretched arms of the Sacred Heart, and the traditional Filipino bahay kubo.
St. Pio Chapel (4th Church @ 5:50 pm)
188 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. (C-5) Bagumbayan,
Quezon City, Metro Manila1110 Philippines
|For the Bisita Iglesia at St. Pio Chapel, they have designated area for the Stations of the Cross & we have the option to carry a cross and they come in different sizes. It's quite an experience =)|
St. Joseph Convent of Perpetual Adoration (5th Church @ 7:07 pm)
Pink Sisters' Convent (New Manila)
One of the more interesting Convent in New Manila, Part of the Diocese of Cubao ST. JOSEPH’S CONVENT OF PERPETUAL ADORATION, 71 M. Hemady Avenue, cor. 11th St., New Manila, 1112 Quezon City Tel.: (02) 722-8828
Mt. Carmel Shrine of the Cross (6th Church @ 7:31 pm)
Doña Juana Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Broadway, New Manila, Quezon City
Tel. 727-0814, 724-5938
Sto. Domingo Church (last but certainly not the least Church visited @ 8:05 pm)
Quezon Avenue, Quezon City 1113
I must say it's quite an experience for my family. I hope my son will pass on this Filipino tradition to his own family someday. How about you guys, how did you spend the entire Holy Week? I know some went out of town to go to the beach since it's summer time and it's one of the long holidays we have in the Philippines. There's nothing wrong with it as long as we still observe the essence of how and why Jesus died for us. This is the time to reflect and assess ourselves if we are still in the right track.