National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

March 17, 2018
Sto. Tomas Batangas

Today, I celebrate my birthday. I am very thankful for the gift of LIFE. Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina is famous when it comes to healing. I’ve been to Saint Padre Pio in Libis Quezon City and I feel the spirit as I enter the said church.

I got interested visiting their church in Sto. Tomas Batangas on my Birthday to send prayers also intended for my mother who’s very ill at the moment. She’s having stage 2A breast cancer and we are really concerned about her health. I am hoping that St. Padre Pio would be of help by sending our prayers Lord God.

We went out around 7 am to start our journey. We arrived to Batangas at around 11:30 am. Good thing, we were able to attend the scheduled mass of 12 noon.

We were looking around and we were so amazed by the holy place.

The interior of the church was extremely awesome as it’s like everything was made of bamboo.

We offered special intention for the 12 noon mass for my mother. Masses can be offered for special intentions. The donation for every intention was PhP 100. They were giving out receipt too.

On the other hand, if you would like to give any amount, there are envelopes in the area where you could write your wish/es and slip in donation to go with your petition.

After the mass, the priest requested everyone to approach in front of the altar with the items they wanted to be blessed. He said a short prayer and prayed over everyone before the blessing of the Holy Water.

Ricky and I were exploring the place.

There’s an area where you could light up your candles.

We bought candles with different colors. Each color had its own meaning.

Before you lit up your candle, you need to pray.

Here are some of the areas that we explored.

*Relic of the Holy Cross

*Stations of the Cross

*Holy water Sanctuary

*Saint Pio Fountain of Hope

Beside the Fountain of Hope, people could lock their prayers through handkerchief, rosary or padlock.

How to get to Saint Padre Pio in Santo Tomas Batangas:

Whether you’re traveling from Quezon City or Pasay, or anywhere from Metro Manila, the first thing you have to find is a bus going to Lucena City. There are many choices:

*JAM in Kamuning QC
*Lucena Lines
*JAC in Taft, Pasay and Kamuning QC
*DLTB in Taft, Pasay and Kamuning QC


If you are coming from Cubao area or LRT-Gil Puyat station, board a bus heading to Lucena City, Quezon. Tell the conductor to stop the bus at the corner of Barangay San Pedro in Sto. Tomas Batangas where there is a small road going to the shrine of Padre Pio. At this corner, tricycles are available on the left side near the 7-Eleven Store. You just need to tell the bus driver and conductor to drop you off at Padre Pio Shrine.

Private Vehicle:

If you have private cars coming from Manila, take the South Super Highway and proceed via SCTEX. Take the Lipa-Talisay exit and proceed turning right. You will be guided by road signs.

For more information about the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio:
National Shrine of Padre Pio
Brgy. San Pedro,
Sto. Tomas Batangas
(043) 455 0984
(043) 701 0018


Visita Iglesia 2018

March 29, 2018

This season is indeed the time for lent and to remember how Jesus suffered because of our sins.

Then, it has been always the plan to run and visit nearby churches to penitence for Jesus. It’s called Visita Iglesia. I’ve been always invited by Ricky to do Visita Iglesia through Running. I always declined because I’ve been out of running for a couple of years now and I didn’t have any training at all. The plan still made it happened for the reason that we still able to visits seven churches for Visita Iglesia through motorcycle ride. Our motorcycle named Moira.

We came out at exactly 8:50am today. We visited first the center of Blessed Ivan Merz and Requarium. You may also want to visit my separate blog post about Blessed Ivan Merz Center and Requarium through this link,

We started visiting Christ the King Church in Greenmeadows Avenue, White Plains, Quezon City.

Next, we went to St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina located in E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave, Bagumbayan, Quezon City. At this church, we prayed the rosary at the Stations of the Cross.

We fell in line as instructed by the church at the designated area.

Usherettes were lending us some pieces of cloth for those visitors who were not wearing appropriate attire. I was wearing leggings that’s why they gave me the cloth.

For some who would like to imitate Jesus who was not wearing foot wear, they may leave their shoes or slippers at usherettes’ area, they would be giving numbers in exchange.

Afterwards, there’s another section where usherettes were giving out guides on how to pray the Rosary and a Cross to bring whilst praying the latter (like what Jesus did).

Our next destination supposedly woud be in St. Pope John Paul II Church however there was no parking slot so we decided to go to the next church. We then, visited Monasterio de Sta. Clara Church in Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City.

Next was in Our Lady of Abandoned Church in Marikina.

Then in Immaculate Concepcion Church in Concepcion Marikina.

Afterwards, our next stop was in San Isidro Labrador Parish if Greenland Marikina.

Finally, we went to Nuestra Seniora de Aranzazu and prayed to Jesus as what we did in the other churches.


O Lord, for the redemption of the world,
you willed to be born among human beings,
subjected to the rite of circumcision,
rejected by the people,
betrayed by Judas with a kiss,
bound with cords,
led like an innocent lamb to slaughter,
shamelessly exposed to the gaze of Annas
as well as Caiaphas, Pilate, and Herod,
accused by false witnesses,
tormented by scourges and insults,
spat upon and crowned with thorns,
struck with blows of hand and reed,
blindfolded and stripped of your garments,
affixed to the wood
and lifted high on the Cross,
numbered among thieves,
given gall and vinegar to drink,
and pierced by a lance.

Lord, by these most holy sufferings which we,
your unworthy servants,
devoutly call to mind,
and by your holy Cross and death
deliver us from the pains of hell,
and be pleased to take us
where you took the penitent thief
who was crucified with you.

You live and reign with the Father
and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.

Credits: Catholic and Proud FB Page

Blessed Ivan Merz Center & Reliquarium

March 29, 2018

Today is Maundy Thursday, we’re so blessed to experience this place of Bl. Ivan Merz Reliquarium Home of Sacred Relics in Marikina City.

We’re able to know this haven because we’ve watched one of the episodes of Jessica Soho on television about Bl. Ivan Merz Reliquarium.

I encouraged Ricky to visit the sacred place before we head to do Visita Iglesia. We did some research and we were able to find the exact address of this Reliquarium.

This is a small home turned into a mini-museum of sacred relics from all over the world.

As we enter the area, an assigned person instructed us to take off of our shoes before entering the Reliquarium and he welcomed us.

I had goose bumps as I entered the room and it was really stunning. The place was really awesome.

I took a look of these sacred relics and said a little prayer for personal and special intentions.

There are more than 1,000 relics inside the Reliquarium.

These relics are coming from the bodies, place of birth, missions, vestments and the Holy Land. It also includes relics from the apostles, and early Christians recognized for their holiness.

They are arranged according to the date of the saints’ feast days from January 1 to December 31.

The relics of the famous saints like St. Pio de Pietrelcina, St. Teresa of Calcutta, and St. John Paul II are some of those who caught my interest.

In front of the Reliquarium, there’s an Official Replica of Turin. This is a length of cloth bearing the image of a man who is believed to be Jesus Christ.

According to Wikipedia, Bl. Ivan Merz is the perfect patron saint for young people, youth ministers, military personnel, philosophers, philologists, students, educators, liturgists, theologians, devotees of the Holy Eucharist, and lay faithful engaged in Christian apostolate.

At the left side of Bl. Ivan Merz, there’s this holy oil in which is smells really good.

The center is giving out a certificate as a proof of visit, a crucifix and a Bl. Ivan Merz stampita for all visitors.

You can also write a letter where your prayers will be included in every day masses for the whole year in Vatican.

In addition, there’s no entrance fee.

Please see details below for your information.

Bl. Ivan Merz Center and Reliquarium
Address – SE #2 Narra cor Champagnat St, Marikina Heights, Marikina City. Near St. Scholastica’s Academy and C&B Mall.
Facebook Page: ivanmerzcenter

The visit to this sacred place is worth remembering.

Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan

August 11 – 14, 2017

Ricky and I were on the process on planning our wedding and one of the preparations was thinking of where to celebrate our post nuptial. After we celebrated my birthday on March 2017, I went ahead and asked for help to my future sister-in-law, Sky, to think of some place to stay after our wedding. She suggested going to Boracay Island instead. I immediately agreed to it and looked for a flight since going to this place was one of my dream destinations. It was a good thing as well because Ricky was dreaming of going to this beautiful Island too.

The long wait was over. Few days after our big day, Ricky and I got a chance to see now the beautiful island of Boracay. Yehey!!! #firstTime

We prepped up our stuffs and booked a bus trip going to Clark International Airport in Pampanga. We booked our bus trip in Trinoma. One way trip amounted to P250 and they only had fixed schedule to choose from.

It took us almost 2 hours as we arrived in Clark International Airport.

We checked in and waited to board. While waiting, we tried this wintermelon milktea and I liked it.

Our flight was called and its boarding time.

Boracay is one of the small islands in our beloved place, the Philippines. It has a very famous white sand beach approximately measured by 5-kilometer stretch and exactly located in Malay Aklan. Apart from its white sand beaches, Boracay is also famous for being one of the world’s top destinations for relaxation. It is also emerging among the top destinations for tranquility and nightlife.

As we arrived in Kalibu International Airport, we looked for an affordable van and boat services going to Jetty Port.

We chose KIATTA (Kalibo International Airport Tourist Transport Association). For almost 2 hours, we arrived in Jetty Port. We paid environmental and terminal fees.

We then took tricycle going to our hotel/resort.

We spent 10 minutes to get there.

We stayed in Boracay Breeze Resort located in Station 1.

It’s not a front-beach resort but it’s like a 5-min walk to the white beach itself. I loved the location of our resort, not that noisy, just chilling. They offered free breakfast which were delicious and overwhelming for me.

After we put down all of our stuffs, we immediately went to the front beach and to witness the sunset. We did witness it.

It was indeed stunning.

The white sand beach of Boracay was really lovely and fine.

The sand of Boracay was one of the very fine sands I’ve encountered. I really loved it.

While we were taking pictures during sunset, a man came towards us and asked if we can avail of their free dinner. It was very timely because we were already hungry that time. Lol. The person was from Astoria, named as Jerome. He was offering us free dinner just to listen and watch their 90-minute presentation. We agreed due to the fact that we were in a tight budget and we’re already hungry.

I suddenly remembered that we already checked in to Astoria during my brother’s birthday celebration before. Their accommodations were very good so we never thought of someone who would let us pay them an amount of money. We passed by to some of their amenities.

They were looked good, nice and cozy. So we took our dinner and it was a buffet type. They were all very appealing and tasted very good. Afterwards, this lady whose named Marie and looked like as Kakai Marquez, offering us too many things just to be their member. We spent not just 90 minutes but 3 hours just to say yes and pay them membership fee of P297,000. Just Wow. We wasted 3 hours of our time but we looked it in a positive side, we had a Free dinner. So there, it was really memorable and that was our Day1.

We also walked by the seaside to breathe fresh air and to witness the night life of Boracay.

We asked for some activity package like Island Tour, Snorkling, Parasailing, Paraw Sailing and Helmet Diving. We were able to avail it for our Day 2 activity in the Island.

We woke up late the next day, past 7am as we were exhausted the day before. Our island tour is scheduled 9am. We took our breakfast then we prepped up for our day’s activities.

Here’s our Island tour experiences.

Crystal Cove Island

Magic Island

Less than 10 minutes of boat ride from Crystal Cove is a small island mostly visited for its man-made wooden cliffs of different heights. From its low 5-meter to its knee-shaking 15-meter cliff, this island is absolutely the best way to start and escalate our island hopping experience. There’s a fee of P150 for cliff dive.

Crocodile Island

We had our lunch before going to our last destination.

Puka Beach

Our last stop before ending our island hopping itinerary was at Puka Beach.

This place had kept its serenity. It was quiet and the tranquility made it a perfect stop to have a delicious meal with your friends while sighting and hearing the soft waves of the sea.

We stayed here for a while to enjoy and made ourselves relax.

Afterwards, we had our helmet diving that lasted for like 15-20 minutes. The experience was extremely wonderful as we enjoyed staying under the water to feed fishes, to take pictures underneath and to carry a heavyweight helmet.

We went back to the white beach and maximize our time again on swimming and beach viewing.

It was very pleasant to see sunset, different people or tourists at the beach, unique boats, and everything around us.

Everything was like bliss and we felt like not going back to Manila.

We bought the famous Andoks Manok for our late dinner then.

Our Day 2 ended here.

Day 3 came; we woke up few minutes past 7am. We had our breakfast, lunch and prepped ourselves up for today’s activities – Parasailing and Paraw Sailing.

While waiting for our turn, we made ourselves busy through picture taking and enjoying the view.

We had our shot at the famous Boracay Sand Art.


I didn’t realize that I could overcome one of my weaknesses – Fear of Heights and Depth.

I’m proud of myself. The activity should last for like 15-20 minutes but for us, it only lasted 10 minutes because of me. I was horrified and my stomach was starting to be upset.

At first, I was too excited and nervous but suddenly it was really scary as I saw my feet hanging and we were too high above sea level.

Boat Sailing

Final activity on that day was Paraw Sailing or Boat Sailing.

We were not actually the one who sailed the boat. We just did relaxing while we were on the boat.  We felt the cold wind against our skin that’s very soothing. The sunset view was very stunning and you couldn’t even describe the beauty of it.

We truly enjoyed the beauty and fun of Boracay Island.

After our activities, we spent our free time on swimming and walking at the seaside. As we were walking, we saw Chatime since we love milktea. It was a little bit pricey compared to Manila. Of course, we were in Boracay.

We saw big and high rocking chair.

Swimming again.

At night.

We went to church afterwards before heading back to our stay. It’s located beside our hotel. We gave thanks to our Lord for everything.

We tried to spend our late night through drinking session but drinks at the bar were all too way expensive. So we decided to buy street food and beer to end our night and spent it at the seaside.

We woke up early to get the most out of our last day in Boracay.

I felt like staying here for good. I didn’t want to go back to Manila.

I won’t forget our stay in this lovely place. I would definitely go back if I had a chance.  Its indeed well spent vacay..♥♥

We then went back to Manila. See you again Boracay Island.❤❤❤

deetrailove notes

  • Expenses for 2

Day 1

*Tricycle to Bayan – 24

*Bus to Philcao – 40

*Jeep to Trinoma – 16

*Bus to Clark – 500

*Terminal Fee – 300

*Snack – 58

*Van to Caticlan with Boat transfer to Boracay – 500 (1:30) Van (10minutes) Boat

*Terminal Fee – 150

*Environmental Fee – 200

*Tricycle to Hotel – 120

*Dinner – Free

Day 2

*Island Hopping – 2500

*Free breakfast

*Free Lunch

*Dinner – 150

Day 3

*Breakfast – Free

*Parasailing/Paraw – 2000

*PMT – 115

*Dinner/Lunch – 259

*Key chain/ref magnet – 200

Day 4

*Breakfast – Free

*Tricycle to the Port – 50

*Van to Kalibo – 350

*Boat – 50

*Terminal fee – 200

*Airport Terminal fee – 400

*Lunch – 244

*Jeep to main terminal – 20

*Jeep to Dau Terminal – 16

*Clark bus to manila – 129 each = 258

📷 Credits to my Significant Other, Ricky❤

Mt. Balagbag – Maranat Dayhike

May 24, 2015

777+ MASL (Mt Balagbag) and 811 MASL (Mt Maranat)
Days required / Hours to summit: 1 day / 1-2 hours (from jump off to Mt Balagbag)/ 2-2.5 hours (Mt Balagbag to Mt Maranat summit)
Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 3/9,
Trail class 1-2.

One Sunday morning, Ricky and I thought of climbing Mt. Balagbag and traversing Mt. Maranat for a new adventure. I already visited this mountain twice and this was my third time.

This time I was able to traverse to Mt. Maranat when before I just took the Mt. Balagbag dayhike. One of my visits, I spent my birthday on this mountain.

I was not able to share with you guys our experience previously but this time here it goes.

We normally went for a hike with just the two of us. We enjoyed each other’s company as always. But there were times that we’re already bored with each other. Hahaha! Sometimes, we invited some friends to let them join us and experience our way of hike.

We came from San Mateo Rizal and rode a tricycle and jeepney going to Commonwealth Avenue. It was 5am when we went out. We got off to St. Peter’s Church and crossed the road to the other side using Foot Bridge.

We were waiting for a jeepney or bus that had a signage of Tungko and after 5-10 minutes we finally found a jeepney. We spent almost two hour-travel time going to Tungko. We paid P40 per person for our fare. There’s a Jollibee at Tungko and we took a pee for a moment before taking another jeepney going to Licao Licao. We’re not hungry that time as we took our breakfast and brought something to eat like packed lunch before we headed our way out. We decided to continue by going to the jeepney terminal with Licao Licao signage. As we took the ride, we paid P35 as one-way fare. We then arrived at the unloading terminal in Licao-Licao. We prepped up ourselves and started trekking to the jump-off area.

We registered our names at the barangay and we paid P10. It was like 30-45 minutes of walking depending on the pace.

At first, the trail was somehow easy and relatively flat.

It felt like it’s my first time climbing this mountain again.

We encountered villages and locals on our way as we greeted them “Good day”. We even saw chapels in which were very pleasant for us.

The heat of the sun was somewhat welcoming, you would feel like wanting to drink so much water and we did it too. Make sure that you bring plenty of water to hydrate your body.

After probably like 45minutes, we reached Mt. Balagbag summit.

The view was stunning and made us in awe. We enjoyed the view and took so many pictures and videos.

Suddenly, there were some trail bikers and 4×4 ATV riders whom we encountered. What made us interesting was that ATV. Riders parked it at the summit. We asked one of the riders if we could take some photos and they agreed to it. Ricky and I took some photos with those ATV and they were really amazing.

We then headed back to the trail. I didn’t know how to go to Mt. Maranat coz I’ve never been there. I decided not to have a guide since the trail was not that challenging. But I’m wrong. I was under the impression that you could just follow it and you would not be lost. We followed the trail. We encountered trail runners who were running the way opposite to us. There was no way for us to follow them to Mt. Maranat. We still continued to walk. Until we met group of hikers who were going the same way as ours. These people were from JIL “Jesus is Lord” religious group.

They decided to have a day hike as well. One of them knew the way so Ricky and I asked them if we counld join their group on the trail since we didn’t know how to get to Mt. Maranat. They agreed.

After almost 2 hours of walking and crossing river, we reached Mt. Maranat, finally.

We’re glad! Of course, we dip in the river water to relax and calm our stressed bodies.

We were just happy at the moment. We took pictures again and had some rest under the tree.

We also ate our lunch afterwards.

Btw, we met Ka Nestor, the well-known person in Mt. Maranat by the mountaineering community. I heard so many things about him and I’m glad I finally got to meet him.

We decided to go back to the trail to descent with the JIL group.

We took an unfamilliar trail at this moment and it was long and very pleasant journey.

We were back at the barangay hall by 4:30PM. We immediately washed up because we needed to be in the terminal before 6pm. It’s the last trip back to Tungko terminal. Subsequently, Ricky and I bid goodbye to the JIL group and hoping that we would meet again. We thanked them so much for the hospitality and for their help.

We then walked back to the Licao-Licao terminal and the sun set so perfect. Lovely sun set indeed.

I remembered, good thing also there was that empty jeepney and still waiting for commuters when we arrived.

We arrived home.

I would always treasure this trip with my special someone Ricky. You’re always special to me. I am looking forward to more trips and journeys with you in the future. ♥♥♥

New Balance RUN ON Race


Ricky and I were out of Running for quite a while now. We already missed out running. I persuaded him to join on a running event to start over. Nowadays, its very challenging for us to be consistent in training but at least we’re trying to adjust every now and then through doing short run and some workouts. We decided to join New Balance RUN ON Race for a comeback this year. It happened on May 28, 2017 in U.P. Diliman Grounds.

Please see registration details below.

Registration Fee:

Individual – P500
Team of 4 – P1800
* Run On Manila 2017 is for ages 16 and up only.
* Challenge yourself and go 1KM further on race day to earn a reward!
Your race pack comes with:
– Your race slot
– Official race tee
– Race bib
– Loot bag
– Finisher medal (for the first 500 to finish the race!)
– Finisher token (for the first 100 to finish the optional + 1km)
– Access to the after-run party at the race village. Enjoy performances by local artists!
– Access to post-event food and drinks!

Race Shirt:



Registration Venues:

  1. Online Registration –
    Race Kit Pickup: (Starting May 18-26)
    – New Balance Alabang Town Center
    – New Balance Bonifacio High Street
    – New Balance Glorietta
    – New Balance Robinsons Place Manila
    – New Balance Trinoma
    – New Balance SM Aura Premier
    – Planet Sports Shop: U.P. Town Center

The race started at 3pm in which I don’t think a good start for us. The heat of the sun was very painful on our skin and it put so much effort while running compared to running in the morning. It was really difficult to breathe as well.

Since, this race was a 5-kilometer run, it took me 41 minutes with so much walking to finish the race. I used to get this distance in 35 minutes with training. Participants had the privileges to take the additional 1km as a challenge of their speed. To those who took it got their finisher token provided that they were included in the first 100 finishers. The first 500 finishers would get finishers medal. I was not really confident if I could make it to be part of 500 finishers due to so much exhaustion and walking.

Fortunately, I made it. I got my finisher’s medal. Thank God. I’m overwhelmed on how I started and the outcome of it.

Congratulations to all finishers and its good to see some running friends that we met on the road.

                                           With Mamie Pamie and Ricky

Tambobong Beach in Dasol Pangasinan

April 15-16, 2017

My parents asked us to join them for a short vacation. They thought of visiting our cousins in Mayantoc, Tarlac and to also celebrate Easter with them. It’s a 3-hour travel by bus from Quezon City. My brother and I decided to accompany them. I also invited Ricky (my S.O) to join us on our trip. So we were five when we went to our destination.

Since, it was a Black Saturday that moment, we were challenged by getting bus going to Tarlac. Almost everyone was going to their province for a vacation. After 30 minutes we finally got the right bus route. We were fortunate enough to have our seats.

We arrived in Mayantoc by approximately 1pm of the same day. We were welcomed by our cousins, Ate Lala, Ate Khang and Kuya Joel. We got a chance to see Kuya Eric as well.

We were all excited to see them after a long time of not meeting them. We were talking a lot of stuffs, asking them how everyone’s doing.

Sometimes, I am thinking of how my cousins were now successful on their burger business in Tarlac. I am praying also that I could find and establish my own business soon.

We told Kuya Joel that we were interested to visit Monasteryo de Tarlac to celebrate Easter. So we were on our way then to Monasteryo de Tarlac until Kuya Joel decided to go to Dasol Beach in Pangasinan and thought of visiting Our Lady of Manaoag Church afterwards instead of visiting Monasterio de Tarlac.

We had no choice but to agree, anyways, we could only visit them once in a blue moon why not accept the challenge. The challenge was, we didn’t bring our clothes with us. We left it at their house because we never expected of us going to the beach.

We went to the market in Aguilar and purchased swimming attire or at least shorts because we got nothing but the clothes we were wearing that time.

It took us 4 hours when we arrived at Tambobong Beach Resort in Dasol Pangasinan.

We were all excited and at the same time we were all exhausted and starving. It was night already when we reached our destination. We prepared our dinner and took a rest.

We woke up 5am to witness the stunning sunrise of Dasol.

Of course, we took our best photos. As we watched the sunrise we were eating our breakfast at the seaside.

Dasol Beach in Pangasinan is located in western part of the province. Tambobong Beach is actually situated several kilometers away from the town proper of Dasol, at the northeastern end of Dasol Bay. What’s interesting about Tambobong’s white sand beach is that it fronts a fishing village along its entire length. Dozens of colorful boats used for fishing. They also used it for island hopping offered to the tourists for their additional income. Somehow, the locals have kept the white sand beach and its waters relatively clean something you won’t see in most beaches elsewhere.

It is clean enough that visitors swim in the waters offshore. What saddened me too, most visitors don’t mind their garbage. Trashes were everywhere. Very good thing, locals always kept their beach clean by collecting those trashes. We should always observe LNT (Leave no Trace) also in beaches.

Sunrise in Dasol was really stunning.

It colored the sky and it made everybody’s mood very soothing and relaxing.

The sea was very calm. I really enjoyed it so much. I am not very good in swimming but I was happy because I am not expecting that I would be visiting one of the best beaches. It has fine white sand and it has clear water.

My father and 3 kiddos that joined us were curious observing marine life including starfish, jellyfish, sea cucumbers, tiny crabs and some crawling creatures we couldn’t identify.

We didn’t witness sunset but I believed that Dasol Beach has an excellent location for sunset views.

I am glad that Tambobong beach is getting the attention they deserved.

There were some constructions being built in the community that could be use as a tourists’ accommodations. In the near future, it would be developed and more tourists would visit the place.

There were a lot of different kinds of trees surrounding the area like mango, cashew, etc. We even tried to get one.

You could easily reached the fruit.

As we headed back to Mayantoc, we noticed that much of the route to Tambobong from the national highway has been concreted, part of a major effort by the country’s Department of Tourism to develop the area’s tourism.

Hopefully, on our next visit we’re able to do island hopping and we’re more ready.

We visited first Our Lady of Manaoag Church before going back to Mayantoc.

We got a chance to see the station of the Holy Cross, they called it the Rosary Garden.

We even touched Mama Mary’s blessed dress.

We prayed for a good health and to shower us with more blessings after we lit candles.

I really couldn’t get over of the famous Tupig. Dina’s Special Tupig is one of the best.

If you just came from a vacation in Pangasinan, you’re in luck as the best tasting tupig in Tarlac is along Romulo Highway in Camiling. They still use the clay oven or kugon, use multiple layers of banana leaves so the tupig doesn’t burn, and use a generous serving of ingredients such as coconut milk, glutinous rice flour, young coconut meat and sweetener (usually sugar or molasses). What gives Tupig its distinct flavor is the banana wrapper and the way it’s cooked: grilled over charcoal and best on clay.

We headed back to Manila after we arrived in Mayantoc, Tarlac. We were very thankful to our cousins – Kuya Joel, Ate Lala, ate Khang and Kuya Eric with their three kiddos for the wonderful short vacation. We enjoyed it so much. See you next time! (*__*)

Photo credits: Rick dela Paz, Dennis Bacarisas