A week with nature and churches

This year’s holy week has been the busiest so far.

Maundy Thursday

As usual, my family did Visita Iglesia which is a tradition done either on this day or Good Friday. We visited seven churches so that we can distribute the fourteen stations of the cross equally. Here is a rundown of the churches we visited that day:

Archdiocesan Shrine of Divine Mercy (Mandaluyong)*


San Roque Parish Church (Mandaluyong)


St. Francis of Assisi Church (Mandaluyong)**


Christ the King Parish Church (Quezon City)


Sta. Maria della Strada Parish (Quezon City)


Monasterio de Sta. Clara (Quezon City)


Dambana ng Ina ng mga Walang Mag-ampon (Marikina)


Good Friday

We went to Batangas since my cousin and her friends were there as well. Some of my relatives came with us. I was ready to hit the beach but I found out that a swimming pool was what the place has to offer. Since I did not have any decent sleep the night before, I decided to sleep the whole afternoon. But, before sleeping, I decided to take some pictures.

Sunrise (post-processed, obviously)
Yummy pork adobo
Snapshot of Taal Lake

When we were about to leave, my mom told me that we would go to Laguna the next day.

Black Saturday

Majayjay Falls / Taytay Falls / Imelda Falls

My camera and I were excited since the town we were visiting in Laguna was rural so there would be a lot of nature stuff to photograph. With some of my cousins, aunts, and uncles, we went to Imelda Falls since it was scorchingly hot. When we got there, I was shocked to see lots of people who camped out there. I was very disappointed to see trash everywhere, even under the water. I got out of the water after I saw a woman near me brushing her teeth, gargling water then spewing it right back to the falls. Just gave me a reason to stop wading in the water and start grabbing my camera to take some pictures.

This photo would’ve looked better if it was sharper. >.<
Asked my uncle to catch a dragonfly… and he did!

Before going home, we went to Liliw, Laguna to buy some souvenirs. My tatay parked near a church which was called St. John the Baptist Church. There is a belief where you must make a wish if it is your first time to visit a certain church. I’m not sure, though, if this one is just a belief in the Philippines or it exists in other countries.

St. John the Baptist Church

Finally, a picture with me in it!

A tiring week indeed. But, a very spiritual one as well. 🙂

* – picture by MMCCV

** – picture by Loewe Lagdan

Written by Anne F

Anne has been blogging on and off since July 2005. Currently, she documents her travels in this website -- itinerary and pictures of food, attractions, nature, and people (whether she knows them or not). Her love for travel started in 2013 when she visited the Northern part of PH. Now, she makes it a point to travel at least once a year to satiate her adventurous and wanderlust spirit. © Anne Fernando / itskeanne.com, 2012-2020. All Rights Reserved. {Unauthorized use and/or duplication of all content in this site (text, images, videos, etc.) without permission from the author/owner is strictly prohibited. Please give full and proper credit to the owner, including specific direction to the original content.}

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