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Oh my, oh my! Can’t believe  it’s exactly three years now since I started this blog. Time certainly passes like the wind. The last two years, I made a recap of some blogs I did earlier but it is a time-consuming job so I’ll pass, at least for now. Blogging has been a sort of commitment although I was not so inclined to advertise that this blog exists. I also don’t mind that although there are a lot of readers out there,  comments come in trickles . I’d rather share my thoughts with a few who appreciate what I write about and learn a word of wisdom or two by reading my blog. There was a time three years ago when I decided to share to the world what I went through – a survivor’s tale of how life was and the times in between the rigorous surgery, chemotherapy, kidney bypass and endless trips to the diagnostic center and hospitals to be reassured that life after all these is still normal. And I thank God for miracles, small and blessed events and happenings that gave more color to my life.  And I thank God for meeting new friends here who sincerely wished for me to get  well. I thank God for fellow cancer patients/survivors on the same journey with me, making me feel that I am not alone in this journey.  I thank God for the support of my family, they were there at the most trying times, at the most difficult days. Suffice to say, blogging helped me coped splendidly with my illness. When you share your pain and let it out  of your system, it’s becomes easier to bear. Life after all is not without its tears.

This is another memorable day for me because after more than a year of exchanging notes and comments with Dean, one of our junior admins based in Australia, I was finally able to meet him personally.  I found myself revisiting the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary in Sto. Domingo Church in Quezon City. That’s where we agreed to meet along with another admin of our Catholic page, Apostles Filipino Catholic Community.  It was a lovely few hours of bonding, talking about our Apostolate and all the friends we’ve met through the page.

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It’s another beautiful Sunday,  the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila.  I regret though that much as I want to join some of our members at our AFCC group in attending the solemn procession, I could not.  Sometimes I hate being hindered by being so cautious of my health and one thing that I try to avoid is a big crowd because I have to wear a thick face mask to be able to mingle with them. Walking for an hour or two is so difficult for me too, I usually feel out of breath  when I am tired.

I attended the 6:30am mass at Our Lady of Light Parish at our town proper.  In some local parishes, there are no belfry to speak of, they only have small bells attached to a lower pole in front of the church. But in some century-old churches, they also have these  bells that dates back  several centuries too. Our Lady of Light Parish in Cainta is one such church equipped with some lovely  church bells which they ring before and after the mass. Hearing church bells reminds me of my early childhood spent in the province. Back then, you could hear the ringing of the bells at 6am and during the Angelus at 6pm. I looked up while the bells were ringing trying to see which of them were  producing that lovely and mesmerizing sounds but the belfry was  too high for me to see. I was like a child admiring the view from afar. 🙂

I passed by the town market and saw lovely blooms in one corner fronting the hospital. Gee, there were Stargazers in bright yellow and pink, several species of Mayana plants, Santan blooms, Zinnias and palms in pots. It feels like heaven seeing all those plants. It was quite a while since I bought plants for our garden.

I saw this lovely bloom of Chinese evergreen which they sometimes call a snake plant. It’s perfect indoors because it needs partial shade. Then I saw these hanging fox tail plants with tiny red elongated flowers, just can’t resist buying a pot.

I love the smell of freshly baked hot pan de sal  in the village corner bakery.  It’s what we usually have for breakfast when  I am lazy to prepare a more  elaborate meal. Paired with peanut butter, slivers of cheese or scrambled eggs, they are perfect for a hot cup of coffee.  They say it is a poor man’s meal but nowadays, one could hardly afford it because the price is steadily rising while the size is getting smaller.  Just a bite or two, for one pan de sal.

Music and Memories, a program I usually watch on Sundays. It’s anchored by the multi-talented Willie Nepomuceno and the lovely Boots Anson Roa. They featured the Beatles the whole hour of their show today. It’s John Lennon’s birthday and they showed videos of the early days of the Beatles. I am a Beatles  fan so I enjoyed watching.

It was another lovely Sunday!

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“Look at His adorable face.
Look at His glazed and sunken eyes.
Look at His wounds.
Look Jesus in the Face.
There, you will see how He loves us.”

~ St. Therese of Lisieux

Yesterday, we did the rounds of seven  churches in Quezon City and San Juan areas to do our traditional  Lenten Visita Iglesia. Last year, we visited several towns in Laguna for our Visita Iglesia 2010. We earlier planned of going to Bulacan but my son had work so we decided to confine our visits at the nearly churches in Quezon City. Hopefully next year, we’ll be able to go there. I took some shots of the churches we went to  and I think this is the first time I’ll be doing this on WordPress since most of my Visita Iglesia albums are posted at another site. I am just excited to share these places which are as lovely as the old churches we’ve been to before. First stop was Christ the King Church in Greenmeadows. It’s a modern structure with a lovely garden in front.

They have a lovely altar, don’t they? We were surprised  that a van of a health drink  called Pocari Sweat was giving out  several bottles for free. What a lovely gesture promoting their product that way. Hubby said, it was a nice start because the church, Christ the King have a lovely ring to it. Next stop was Mary the Queen Parish in Madison St., San Juan City. There was on ongoing retreat so we didn’t stay long and parking was a little hard. We have to walk a few meters to reach the church.

The church was open on all sides so it was a bit airy. Third stop was St. John the Baptist  Parish in San Juan City. Obviously their patron saint is St. John the Baptist. I knew it simply as Pinaglabanan Church.

Notice the covered images at the altar. Even the 14 Stations were all covered. In some parishes, they only cover the images with purple cloth after the mass of the Last Supper.

It was a short distance from Pinaglabanan to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel  in New Manila, Quezon City. There were lots of vendors lining up the side of the church selling sweets, fruits, even cooked food like inihaw na bangus, sinaing na isda  (haven’t tasted this yet), dried fish and other seafood. Parking was not easy, we have to wait for a vacant slot before we entered the church.

I simply love those stained glass windows that reflect the light in different directions. This place is so familiar to me since  hubby and I used to pray the rosary here after every laboratory visits when I was having my chemotherapy almost two years ago.  Next stop was Sto. Domingo Church, the  National Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary located in Quezon Avenue, QC.  We stayed for an hour or two here since we met up with Fr. Louie, a Dominican priest friend. He toured us at Bahay Dominiko, prayed over my healing and blessed the family too.  I love everything about Bahay Dominiko (will have to put it in another blog). Thank you for the lovely rosary Fr. Louie.

Aren’t you envious of their lush garden? I am. Every time we visit here,  I always feel the urge to take pictures of the lovely image of Our Lady and this corner.  It’s so soothing to see lovely greens all around.

This is the lovely interior of the church. I always tell myself that I could not do justice taking shots of this place, the lovely interior, the ceiling, the stained glass windows – everything is just beautiful.

Of the seven churches we visited, four of them are shrines, beautiful churches around Metro Manila. Our 6th stop is the National Shrine of our Lady of Lourdes  in Amoranto St. Quezon City. Hubby and I were here last month. Like the Sto. Domingo Church, this should be a must-visit for you.

Our last and final stop was the Shrine of the Divine Word. I spent a lot of Sundays here when we were still living in Kamuning, I used to visit their seminary store.  It’s the old Christ the King I knew from way back.

This cross was laid right in front of the church’s steps. It’s very symbolic, isn’t it?

It was a meaningful Way of the Cross for the family.  Attending the Last Supper mass capped our observance of Maundy Thursday, a solemn and lovely celebration which made me cry.

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