Friday, April 6, 2012

We’re Pilgrims in an Unholy Land: Visita Iglesia (Seven Churches Visitation) with the Ruiz-Castro Confederation Part 2

Here are churches 5 to 7 of our epic Seven Churches Visitation.

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Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Naic, Cavite

If churches were to be assigned genders, I'd say the Diocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Mary would be female. It has a small yet beautiful garden at the side which our family took advantage of for photos.

Jude Thaddeus Parish Church, Trece Martires City,  Cavite

Our second-to-the-last church was not a pilgrimage church but it was a great one nonetheless. The parishioners were offering free brewed Barako coffee, which I think is from Amadeo, Cavite, the coffee capital of the Philippines. If it wasn't so hot that day, I would've gladly accepted a cup.

We finally have depth of field in our photos! Been testing my father's DSLR and been looking like a dbag with shades on while I took photos in churches.

We took a quick lunch break at Chowking on our way to our last church. Here's my father and my niece showing off their teeth. My niece just lost her front milk tooth a few weeks ago.

Immaculate Conception Church, Dasmarinas, Cavite

We were pooped by the time we arrived at our last church, so we just said our own prayers and went on with our way. Outside the church, we saw this curious car that begged to be ridiculed. Behold:

The tackiest car ever made!

So there you go. Seven churches for our Visita Iglesia. Cavite is an expansive province, and I am glad that we had this opportunity to explore it through its churches. Being one of the provinces close to Manila, then's capital during the Spanish occupation, Cavite retained most of the history and the sensibilities of our colonizers. All these are very evident in our religion, architecture, and practices.

I wish I could've shared more information about the churches and their history, but alas, information is limited on the web. Till our next Ruiz-Castro Confederation Family Adventure, and I hope you take this time to reflect and re-energize!

How about you? Have you visited any churches for Holy Week? Any family traditions for Lent and Easter?

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