Cathedral Of St Augustine Of Iba, Zambales / Iba Cathedral

I finally got the chance to post the pilgrimage tour that we had four months ago. I was fortunate enough to see the invitation of San Isidro Labrador Parish of Naic Cavite in their Facebook page. The parish were inviting their people to join them in their annual pilgrimage tour in observance of Holy week. This year, they decided to hit Zambales and visit some of the town’s notable churches. First in our list is the three century old Cathedral in Iba, Zambales dedicated to Saint Augustine.P3124178tIt was a very long travel from Cavite but it’s all worth it. The Cathedral of Saint Augustine or simply known as the Iba Cathedral is a church built in 1700s by the Recollects.

P3124220tThe Cathedral is just located adjacent to the Provincial Capitol Building and the current bishop of the diocese is Most Reverend Florentino G. LavariasP3124180tArchitecture wise, the Cathedral of Iba has merely 17th Century style on it. The building is said to be made mostly from coral and limestone. The facade notably has a series of engaged columns on it and on the right sight lies the 5-story bell tower. P3124183tThe life-sized statue of the church’s patron saint, Saint Augustine. P3124219tThe 5 storey octagonal bell tower. P3124188tThe wooden door with remarkable carvings depicting different events from the bible. P3124187tThe Church’s naveP3124209tA closer look at the main altarP3124208tThe altar or retablo has three niches which includes the Crucifix in the middle, the image of Ina Poon Bato (Patroness of Zambales) on the left and the image of Saint Augustine on the rightP3124189tThe buttresses P3124191tOn the left side of the church lies a separate Adoration ChapelP3124193tThe Altar of the Blessed SacramentP3124196tA baptismal font with metalic cover with intricate carving details P3124217tLocated on the corner of the church lies a small room that is filled with antique images of Christ, Mary and other Saints.P3124216tCrucifixP3124218tP3124222t

The Baldomero Aguinaldo Shrine

The province of Cavite will not be dubbed as the History Capital of the Philippines for no reason. Almost every town of Cavite has special place to offer and each has huge historical significance. You’ll find the Bonifacio Shrine in Maragondon, the Tejeros Convention in General Trias Cavite and of course the iconic Shrine of Emilio Aguinaldo in Kawit Cavite. Not to far from the said shrine lies another historical place, the Baldomero Auguinaldo Shrine!
13413869_482832558578595_1142551486_ntHonestly, I can barely recall the name “Baldomero Aguinaldo” in any of the history textbooks I had in school but considering his surname, I know the fact that he is related to our country’s first president. Baldomero Auinaldo is in fact the first cousin of Emilio Aguinaldo and is one of the three Aguinaldos who became generals of Philippine Revolution. Aguinaldo organized, along with his cousin Emilio, the Magdalo chapter of the Katipunan in Kawit. He became president of the council. In the early days of hostilities, he always stayed at the side of his cousin Emilio. He fought in several bloody battles.13401022_482833315245186_1959497263_ntThe Baldomero Aguinaldo Shrine is located at Bisita St, Kawit, Cavite. Being a pure Caviteño, locating this place wasn’t that hard at all. This single-detached house is not as huge as Aguinaldo Mansion but is definitely worth visiting. After all, the entrance for this place is free of charge (but donation would be a big help for its maintenance). 13401246_482833351911849_1859130147_ntBaldomero Shrine is basically a two-storey house with blue-green and white paint scheme and unlike his cousin’s mansion, this house is adorned with simple details. It is seemingly well maintained too!13434128_482833331911851_26195985_ntI was with my sister that time and we were lucky enough that the place wasn’t crowded. I was actually expecting a lot of visitors that day considering that it’s just 2 days before the celebration of Independence day. We were warmly welcomed by Mr Tony , the caretaker. The lower ground floor is widely opened and is very spacious as well. It actually acts as the bodega (store room). It also has party closed rooms which served as the working area.13401358_482833258578525_1066079588_ntThere is nothing much to see in the lower ground floor but it has some stuffs that is worth checking. Upon entering the place, you will be welcomed by this metal bust statue of Baldomero Aguinaldo. IMG_0033tAn Oil Canvas portrait of Baldomero Aguinaldo.IMG_0042tA Rattan-made furniture is also displayed in the room along with antique chairs and tables too. IMG_0038tThis old iron, saw and pan will surely take your attention!13407532_482833208578530_1413542243_ntThis cannon may not be as huge than what we have seen in Aguinaldo Shrine but this one cannot be left unnoticed!IMG_0043tThe wooden stairs will lead you to the living room. 13434257_482833015245216_477150755_ntVisitors will be welcomed by this well-decorated ceiling. The living room or sala is filled with many huge portraits in almost every wall. 13435700_482832955245222_1426831004_nThe panoramic view of the living room showing doors that will lead you to the two bedrooms and the kitchen.zzzzzzAn antique piano sitting beside the stair’s balusters 13414447_482832911911893_989319057_ntDoes it remind you of those haunted house in classic horror movies?13414480_482832995245218_907352442_ntCoffee table and chairs in the living room.IMG_0059tThe first room that you will encounter right after you hit the upper floor. IMG_0060tHere’s a picture of Cesar Emilio Aguinaldo Virata (Baldomero’s grandson) who was also the fourth Prime Minister of the Philippines from 1981 to 1986. (wow I didn’t know we had such government system like that before).13414728_482833018578549_26279155_ntBaldomero Aguinaldo is seemingly fascinated with dear skulls and you’ll find a pair of this in front of one of the bed rooms! 13436034_482832998578551_154253669_ntI really love the floral ceiling! Reminds me of Shabby ChicIMG_0049tThe place is also well-ventilated as it has three windows at each side.IMG_0061tEach beadroom will showcase antique furniture. It is very interesting to note that this house was originally built in 1906 (which makes it a century old now) and it is very typical during that era that Philippine houses are often made from hardwood.This house in particular is made from Molave and Narra which provide an excellent natural ventilation. 13401364_482832838578567_683077137_ntzzzzzzFormal dresses on display. These are probably worn by Baldomero and his wife. IMG_0072t13101388_482832758578575_344047896_ntThe dining area13414564_482832848578566_718520748_ntAnd this buddy is just staring at me. I don’t think it is really comforting to eat on the dining area while seeing this one13414460_482832681911916_119774821_ntLocated beside the dining area is the dirty kitchen and there goes Mr Tony giving us some cool facts to learn.13444476_482832661911918_676734154_ntFirst thing you’ll notice with the kitchen is the flooring. The flooring of the kitchen is made out of bamboo slats which is useful for both ventilation and easy cleaning.IMG_0073tAn antique stove with antique kitchen ware.13434002_482832675245250_1659554636_ntMore antique wares on display.13401255_482832648578586_402539770_ntOne of the best things you could ever find in this Shrine is this vintage refrigerator. According to Kuya Tony, the Aguinaldo family used to import special ice overseas which could last for a long period of time. 13444360_482832615245256_1312718990_ntBuilt outside the comedor (dining area) is a long outside shelf, or banguerra used for drying table ware.13401470_482832691911915_669707614_ntThat’s me enjoying the view hahaIMG_0055tMuch like the Aguinaldo Shrine, Baldomero Aguinaldo’s tomb is also situated on the backyard. 13401280_482832595245258_469849544_ntGen Baldomero Aguinaldo died in Manila of heart failure and rheumatism on February 4, 1915 at the age of 45 and was interred at the Manila North Cemetery. His remains were later exhumed and brought back to his home in Kawit. IMG_0099t13407690_482833411911843_1194139943_ntDoes it looks familiar? Same outdoor decor with Aguinaldo Mansion right?

How To get Here : 

  • From Coastal Mall, ride a bus bound to Dasma Pala Pala. Tell the driver to drop you off at SM Bacoor.
  • From SM Bacoor, ride a bus bound to Cavite City, Tanza, Ternate or any passenger buses going south but make sure that they will pass through Binakayan (Do not ride on buses that will pass through Island Cove)
  • Tell the driver to drop you off at 7 Eleven Binakayan and from there, you can either ride a tricycle or just walk until you reach the Baldomero Shrine!

A Quick Lunch At ChopStop

From the creative minds behind the famous Adobo Connection franchise comes another unique concept, a new place to hang out with your friends! Chopstop! Me and my younger siblings had a quick lunch at Chopstop (SM Bacoor Branch). We were just passing by their shop when one of their crews encouraged us to try their Chops Blowout meal (in a very enthusiastic way haha). They said it’s good for 4 to 5 person, so for Php799 it is not bad at all!  The package meal includes 4 Chops (all flavors), Nachos, Bacon cracklings, 4 rice and 4 iced tea and a pair of their Fudge Brownie Mug Cake. Apparently, some of the items were not yet available that time so we were asked if we are willing to have the mug cakes and sour cream fries as a replacement!13457713_484767531718431_87762684_nt

While waiting for the main meal, the Nachos were initially served to us along with the iced tea.13487506_484767495051768_1717148922_ntFinally, their chops arrived! The Blowout meal includes all their four signature flavors including the Chili, Jack Daniel sauce, Country and BBQ.13479496_484767248385126_2041334274_ntThe Sour Cream Fries13479366_484767245051793_486979849_ntAside from their chops, what I really love the most is their Fudge Brownie mug Cake! It was served hot and I personally find it so addictive too!13487308_484767165051801_1603925569_ntThe place is quite small yet it offers a very unique approach! They got custom lights made from huge PVC pipes, random road signs and more.
As far as the service is concerned, I believed that the man who served our meals did his job well. It’s funny to see that he was like a one-man-crew as he does almost everything… taking customer’s orders, goin in and out of their kitchen to serve the meals and we even saw him doing paper works too haha. Anyway, we enjoyed our meal and I wouldn’t mind trying the rest of their menu soon (Check the rest of their menu here http://www.chopstop.co/)

Feast Day of Our Mother Of Perpetual Help / 150th Anniversary of Making Her Known

Here comes another overdue post! Last week, June 27, 2016, the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help (Redemptionist Church) or much better known as the Baclaran Church celebrated the feast day of the venerated icon of Our Lady. Interestingly, this year also marked the icon’s 150th year of making her known.
IMG_0126tThe icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help has been in Rome since 1949 but the icon underwent restoration in 1866, the same year Blessed Pius IX entrusted the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help to the Redemptorist congregation, giving them the mission to make her known throughout the world. The icon was canonically crowned a year after! IMG_0113tHere in the Philippines the venerated icon arrived in 1906 and was initially enshrined to a small wooden church which now became one of the largest Marian shrines in the world.  In celebration of its Jubilee Year, several activities were held including prayer vigils, procession and a whole lot more. A concelebrated mass was held on June 27 preceded by Cardinal Tagle. IMG_0109tThe main altar of Our Mother of Perpetual help adorned by flamboyant decorationsIMG_0170tDevotees and Parishioners were welcomed by their decorated gates which seemingly offers a Filipino-inspired approach. The church’s ongoing environmental projects are starting to take shape as well and you can clearly see the huge improvements.IMG_0144t(the church’s nave)IMG_0166tA Priest Stole with an embroidered image of Our Mother of Perpetual HelpIMG_0163tMy mom (who apparently is also a devotee of Our Mother of Perpetual Help) joined me that day!