Saturday, April 23

Nail Art Tutorial: Cute Flower

This is another nail art tutorial in time for "Flores de Mayo". I remember when I was a kid way back in Iligan City when my father was assigned there and we live just at the back of the Church there. During the month of May, we will join a summer class during the month of May and we have a mini parade of different flowers. It inspires me to do this nail art. This can be done by beginners too, so easy to do.

Material needed:
nail polish (any color) for the base canvass
dotter tool
topcoat polish
for this nail art I choose a dark lavander shade for the base
as you can see I put on a yellow shade of polish dotted just on the side
next step: dip the dotter tool onto a fuschia shade nail polish
and just dot around 5 dots encircling the yellow dot
ta-da!!! now you've got a cute flower. =)
I choose to have 1 flower on the side of each nail to make it simple.
heres the finish look
Try this other nail tutorial of mine Summer Bloom
Happy Easter everyone! 

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Friday, April 22

Bisita Iglesia Pinoy Style

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
The Shrine is under the care of the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin of the Philippine Province

 Parish of the Holy Sacrife (2nd Church @ 4:49 pm)

The Parish of the Holy Sacrifice is the landmark Catholic chapel in the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Known for its architectural design, the church is recognized as a National Historical Landmark and a Cultural Treasure by the National Historical Institute and the National Museum respectively.

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 Manila
1110 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
This is the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel under the Discalced Carmelite Fathers. The cornerstone of the present beautiful Shrine Church was laid on Dec. 30, 1954. Ten years after the laying of the cornerstone, on July 16, 1964, Mary's Shrine was finally inaugurated.MOUNT CARMEL SHRINE PARISH

Sto. Domingo Church (last but certainly not the least Church visited @ 8:05 pm)
Quezon Avenue, Quezon City 1113

For almost four centuries Santo Domingo de Manila, the church and motherhouse of the Dominican Order, stood within the walls of Intramuros . Moved to this site after the destruction of original structure in World War II, Santo Domingo is best known as the home of a beautiful and richly robed image of the Virgin Mary called 'Nuestra Senora de La Naval' (Our Lady of La Naval). The centuries-old image is credited for having saved the city from an invasion by a Dutch armada in 1646. The yearly procession dedicated to the image is one of Manila's biggest religious festivals.

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.