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LAST WEEK we had the chance to tour around various sites of interest in Manila, including Rizal Park, the National Museum, and the MalacaƱan Museum.

It was my fourth time at the Rizal Park but it was my first time to visit it in daytime. Here are some photos I took during the trip:

rizal park

Simbang Gabi

MILLIONS OF Filipinos in the world today will start going to the church early morning each day to continue the tradition of Simbang Gabi. Catholics will attend a holy mass celebrated before dawn breaks. It is believed that completing the nine holy masses starting later until Christmas eve, one’s wish will be granted.

Although I am not a Catholic, I love this tradition for the simple reason that a lot of people begin to pay attention to their spirituality. Some might just be doing this as an annual routine, the opportunity to hear God’s word and to come across one of God’s miracles is always there.

The first Simbang Gabi I attended was in Marbel, when I was still a high school student. It was the Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) then. Last week, I was able to go back to Marbel also for RSPC and, again, visited St. Anthony de Padua Parish. The church looked very different — stunningly beautiful — due to the recent renovation. I took some snapshots to show you how I’d love to attend at least one Simbang Gabi there.

St. Anthony Parish Marbel Koronadal City

St. Anthony Parish Marbel Koronadal City South Cotabato Simbang Gabi

Maragondon Church

maragondon church


MARAGONDON CHURCH is one of the landmarks in Maragondon, Cavite. It is a walking distance from the Trial House where the National Hero Andres Bonifacio was sentenced.

We went there last February and took that photo above. I played with its color and came up with a false-color image of the church.


Manila Cathedral

manila catherdral

THIS EDIFICE bears witness to many significant events in the history of the Philippines. It stands majestically inside the walled city of Intramuros in Manila.

I took a snapshot of this magnificent church building when I went there last month. Notice the streamer that expresses the stand of the church on the Reproductive Health Bill.

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The National Museum

The National Museum Facade


Museum and the Flag

Location: National Museum, Manila, Philippines


I HAD a wonderful time at the National Museum yesterday. I am so glad that on my first time to enter the museum, I was able to enter some sections that are not usually shown to visitors. I have also shaken hands with a real scientist. All these make me think that the best things in life are indeed free.

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