I haven’t gone on road trips for more than a year now. The last time I did, we visited the 71-foot statue of Mama Mary in Tanay which I shared here in a blog. I love visiting religious sites where one could savor the peace and quiet and get in touch with one’s inner self and strengthen one’s faith. I dreamed of visiting Kamay ni Jesus in Lucban, Quezon but my ever adventurous son beat me to it. They spent the weekend in Lucban and visited the Shrine. Kamay ni Jesus is a 50-foot statue of resurrected Christ on top of a hill. And just like Regina RICA in Tanay, you have to climb more than three hundred steps to get to the top. I borrowed some pictures from his cellphone. Hopefully, one of these days, I will be able to visit the place too.
One thing more that makes me long to see Lucban, Quezon is I want to get in touch with relatives there. My paternal grandfather hailed from that place but our generation never got to know our close relatives there except for his cousin and his family whom we used to visit in Quezon City when I was in high school. The surname Abuel is pretty common in Lucban. How I wish that one day I could discover our family tree and get to visit the place. All I remember is the name of my paternal great-grandfather that my late Dad told me before he died.
May 15, 2013 is another big celebration in Lucban. San Isidro de Pahiyas Festival is another event that I want to witness in Lucban. I wonder what kiping tastes like. It is inconvenient for me to travel solo so I’ll save the best for last – going on a trip to Batanes and attending the Pahiyas Festival.
By the way, son brought home Lucban longganisa, a roll of yummy Yema cake and a big pack of meringue. The latter I think is one of their famous products.