Ateneo HS’ Il Voce Takes Flight

Il Voce, the official co-curricular organisation under the Arts Subject Area of the Ateneo High School, lends their voices in their concert, Take Flight, at the St. Stanislaus Kostka Chapel. The concert is for the benefit of Tulong Dunong and the on-going projects for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Il Voce opens the show withContinue reading “Ateneo HS’ Il Voce Takes Flight”

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Part III. Why You Will Love Siquijor — The Towns of San Juan and Maria

Capilay Spring Park, San Juan. When Roland Borja (Mobile: 0926-8061594) and I reach Sta. Cruz in the town of San Juan, we park right next to a big pool of clear water where children dive and adults swim. I am surprised that I am right at the Capilay Spring Park. As soon as Roland parks,Continue reading “Part III. Why You Will Love Siquijor — The Towns of San Juan and Maria”

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Part II. Why You Will Love Siquijor – The Town of Lazi

Roland Borja (Mobile: 0926-8061594) picks me up at around 9:00 AM. Tricycle drivers in Siquijor have been empowered by the government to be tourist guides. He said that the coastal tour of the whole island only takes a day. From the town of San Juan, we travel to one of the most beautiful and historicalContinue reading “Part II. Why You Will Love Siquijor – The Town of Lazi”

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Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Maragondon, Cavite

Our Lady of the Assumption, Maragondon, Cavite. In 1598, the Franciscans were forced to leave Silang and the accompanying visitas of Indang and Maragondon. In 1599, the Cathedral Chapter of Manila transferred its jurisdiction to the Jesuits, who took over in 1611. Fr. Angel Armano SJ started building the church and worked for it toContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Maragondon, Cavite”

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Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Indang, Cavite

The San Gregorio Magno Church, Indang, Cavite. This church was once a visita or a chapel of the Parish of Silang, Cavite. Under the Jesuits, Fr. Angelo Armano S.J. established it as a mission in 1611, and dedicated to St. Gregory the Great in 1625. Also under the patronage of St. Francis Xavier, Fr. LuisContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Indang, Cavite”

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Part 1: Why You Will Love Siquijor – One of the Most Beautiful Ports In the Philippines

I believe in love at first sight. I have fallen in love with Siquijor from a photograph of two of my friends diving at the Tulapos Marine Sanctuary. So, I have asked travel couple Charlie and Paola Paralejo-Fernandez about it. I remember Paola telling me excitedly, “Pads, you SHOULD go there!” (Check their website here.)Continue reading “Part 1: Why You Will Love Siquijor – One of the Most Beautiful Ports In the Philippines”

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Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Silang, Cavite

Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, Silang, Cavite:  The Franciscans established this as a parish in 3 February 1595. When the church was burned in 30 August 1603, they rebuilt it and dedicated it to San Diego de Alcala. In 1611, they handed this church to the Jesuits. In 1637-39, Fr. Juan de Salazar SJContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Silang, Cavite”

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Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Kawit, Cavite

From 13-16 January 2015, the Ignatian Youth Camp participants celebrated the Bi-Centennial Anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. They went on a pilgrimage to Jesuit churches in the province of Cavite. They wanted to get a glimpse of the missionary activities of the Jesuits before the Suppression. This is one of theContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Kawit, Cavite”

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Tucson, Az: Mission San Xavier del Bac

On January 2011, I was one of the visitors who flocked to the Mission San Xavier del Bac, one of the few Spanish colonial missions in the US still serving the native peoples it was built for. I was on Tertianship, the last stage in Jesuit formation. Together with my fellow priests, I was coming fromContinue reading “Tucson, Az: Mission San Xavier del Bac”

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Cagayan de Oro City: In Search of the Old

Cagayan de Oro today is not anymore the city I knew in the late ‘80s. So, I thought I should go around and look for landmarks that reminded me of the past. In the ‘80s, Plaza Divisoria was the centre of the city. It was the place where people would usually meet and congregate. AlsoContinue reading “Cagayan de Oro City: In Search of the Old”

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