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The 43rd Live Via Crucis in Cavite City (2017)

IMG_1648tThe people of Cavite City are naturally religious. They got so many festivities which are done in celebration of their patron saints. There’s the much awaited Regada Festival in celebration of Saint John The Baptist every June and the grander Feast of Our Lady of Solitude of Porta Vaga every November. For the Lenten Season, there’s an annual cultural and spiritual tradition known as “Live Via Crucis“. It is basically the Cavite City’s version of “Senakulo“.  If there’s a Moriones in Marinduque and Pagtaltal in Iloilo, then Cavite City has its own Passion Play which is better known as the Live Via Crucis.1797330_10202773033200233_4165628477011976607_ntVia Crucis or “Station of the Cross” is a passion play done during the Holy Week (Holy Tuesday to be specific) in which participants (a group of local residents of Cavite City) wear biblical costumes and take the center stage of the town plaza to dramatize the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. This is already an old tradition which can be traced back since 1974. The picture above features my late grandpa portraying one of the centurions or Roman Soldiers. This year marks the 43rd year of Live Via Crucis and they notably made some changes this year1800437_10202773033400238_7509013980156151892_ntMy late grandma as one of the Ladies of Jerusalem during her younger years.IMG_1441tThis year’s Live Via Crucis was still based on the Passion Play written by Antonio Galura under the direction of Charlemagne Tyrone Gopez, Leo Ponseca and Narciso Lamberte Jr and Asst Director Edwin Monton under the supervision of their Chairman Aldous Guiao and Michaelangelo Camilo (Vice Chairman).
IMG_1452ttThe event started around 2pm. A special mass was held prior to the actual play presided by Fr Virgillo ParadesIMG_1564tLive Via Crucis  showcases different acts stated in the written Fourteen Stations of the Cross where one station usually last for 15-20 minutes (including the prayers). The Play will pass through fourteen different Stations. Unlike last year, however, they changed the settings , moving the 9th to 14th stations from Montano Hall field to San Roque Parish Church.
IMG_1589tIMG_1573tThe Last Supper marks the first station of the Cross, the final meal that Jesus shared with his Apostles before his crucifixionIMG_1466tWhile the Last Supper is being held in San Roque Parish Church, another scene was taking place somewhere else. The Centurions and the Roman Soldiers armed with their weapons, horse carriage and armors.IMG_1493tAlong with the people of Jerusalem are the thieves who will play greater roles on the later part of the play.IMG_1516tHestas, the Penitent Thief
IMG_1559ttThe Washing of the Feet
“If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14
IMG_1592ttJudas identified by Jesus as the Traitor.IMG_1595tJohn 13: 26-27 ” Jesus states: “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread when I have dipped it in the dish.” Then, dipping the piece of bread, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot. As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him.”
IMG_1612tThe Second Station : The Agony of Jesus in Gethsemane IMG_1621tJesus was accompanied by the Apostles Peter, John and James, whom he asked to stay awake and pray. He moved “a stone’s throw away” from them, where He felt overwhelming sadness and anguishIMG_1630tJesus was then confronted by the devil to tempt him while prayingIMG_1637tThe demon tempting Jesus during his agonyIMG_1664tHe was also confronted by an Angel IMG_1688tJudas and Roman Soldiers arrived in Gethsemane to capture Jesus and bring Him to the Sanhedrin.IMG_1716tThird Station: Jesus Before the Sanhedrin
IMG_1749tJesus was brought to Pontius Pilate  by the SanhedrinIMG_1786rtPilate handed Jesus over to Herod Antipas but Jesus was just mocked by him and he sent Jesus back to Pilate for the trial
IMG_1835ttMatthew 27:24 When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!”IMG_1865tJesus was crowned with thornsIMG_1348tJesus was Crucified
IMG_1356tThe penitent thief
IMG_1381ttMary and John at the Foot of the CrossIMG_1415tJesus said that He was thirsty, one of the last seven words he said before dying on His crossIMG_1428tJesus dies on the crossIMG_1494tMary cradling the dead body of JesusIMG_1511ttMary holding the crown of thorns after Jesus was laid on His tombIMG_1533ttAn Angel came to Mary Magdalene to inform her that Jesus is alive!IMG_1558tThe Resurrection of Christ!

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Treasure of SOX Travel And Trade Expo in Glorietta

20170404_184224tThe tourism in the north (Batanes in particular) is starting to boom, the regions in the south is starting to generate attention as well. Region 12 (the central Mindanao) or better known as the SOCCSKSARGEN is probably your next Philippine destination and they got so much to offer. SOCCSKSARGEN is basically an accronym which stands for SOuth Cotabato, Cotabato,  Sultan Kudarat, Saranggani and General Santos City.
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Interestingly, you do not have to go that far yet just to taste their well known products because there’s currently an ongoing “Treasure of SOX” Travel and Trade Expo in Glorietta Activity Center.  It is a five day event which started last April 3 and today marks their last day.  Today’s highlight is the “Flavor of SOX” presentation which features the Hinugyaw Cultural Dance Troupe and also the closing ceremony that will conclude this event.
20170404_183256tI went here on Monday. I actually had an event to attend but I decided to take a quick peek. 20170404_183334tThe first thing that took my attention are these mannequins sporting some strange outfits. I have learned that these are some unique designs by a renown Filipino contemporary artists Leeroy New. He named it as “Aliens of Manila“. Aliens of Manila: is a collection of New’s experiments with sculpture and fashion using found objects and industrial materials. These pieces have been used as costumes for theatrical performances and exhibited as wearable sculptures.20170404_182435tThe expo highlights a lot of farm products from the south. These Dark chocolates from Kablon Farm is truly intriguing. They got distinctive flavors to try on.20170404_182444t20170404_182444tA handy bag made from coconut shells! Fascinating!20170404_182505tWooden flutes20170404_182611t20170404_182627tHow about these fresh mangoes?20170404_182644tOr these famous Tuna Dayok (intestine of Tuna)?20170404_182709tPure honey and dietary supplements20170404_182728tThe Kape Dulangan of Sultan Kudarat20170404_182736t20170404_182744t20170404_182757thandmade products from SOX
20170404_182808t20170404_183001tThey also promote different tourist destinations in SOCCSKSARGEN including the well known Lake Sebu and more

Today marks the last day of the Travel and Trade expo! So go ahead an catch them today at Glorietta Activity Center!

TravelBook.ph Celebrates their Fourth Year Anniversary! Book Now And Win A FREE Trip to JAPAN

Travelbook.ph, the leading local hotel booking website in the Philippines, is turning four!

And in celebration of four exciting years in the business, TravelBook.ph encourages you to explore and see the beauty of the Philippines in the coming months with ongoing exciting promos: Win a free trip to Japan for two in the Konnichi-wow: Free Trip to Japan and avail of highly affordable deals on hotels and resorts with Super Summer Sale.
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In addition to the anniversary, TravelBook.ph is also celebrating a lot of huge milestones. In just four years, TravelBook.ph grew exponentially in the e-commerce industry. Its number of bookings increased up to 200% ever since they started offering affordable hotel reservations in March 2013. Today, over 3,200 local hotels and resorts are listed on their website, providing more opportunities for Filipino wanderers to travel around the country and support local tourism.0cb11a14-0715-44e8-bc60-d87049d0bc0c

TravelBook.ph dares to brave that extra mile and achieve even more by further establishing their brand as the only online travel agency (OTA) that promotes local tourism and highlighting the unique perks and services they offer to Filipino travelers, including attractive discounts, convenient payment options, exclusive reward points, and the TravelBook.ph mobile application.

TravelBook.ph will also be releasing TravelBook magazine, the company’s official free publication that aims to inspire Filipinos to visit local destinations, meet new people, and immerse themselves in the country’s rich culture.
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All these and more will officially be announced to the media on TravelBook.ph’s upcoming Summer Anniversary Blowout press launch on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas.

The Philippines is undeniably full of wonders that are meant to be appreciated as well as explored. As they celebrate their fourth anniversary, TravelBook.ph encourages you to go out there and explore the amazing places in the Philippines and gain memorable travel experiences like no other.

[Events] Pasion Y Gloria Exhibit in Manila Cathedral

Manila Cathedral (Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception) is currently hosting an ecclesiastical exhibit known as the Pasion Y Gloria. The exhibit will showcase different Filipino Religious images that are usually used during Lent or the so-called cuaresma (forty days of Lent, fasting, reflecting, and penitence) . These images include antique pieces from family collections which date back from as early as the 17th century, as well as newly crafted images by talented Filipino artists.
IMG_1530tThe exhibit started since March 19 and will conclude this coming April 2 so you still have enough time to visit the Cathedral and witness these wonderful images.
IMG_1390tThe exhibit covers three chapels of the Cathedral but I was only able to visit one 🙁IMG_1393t
IMG_1412tThe first chapel welcomes you with some of the religious artworks made by a well known sculptor Isabelo Tampico. We have seen most of his works on display at National Museum (Check : Things You Should Not Miss When Visiting National Museum)IMG_1398tAnother Tampico’s masterpiece entitled “Ecce Homo” a Jesus sculpture made from Cold cast Carrara Marble and is made since the late 19th century.IMG_1408tNuestra Señora Delos Dolores De Turumba on Oil Canvas. The image belongs to John Felix-Santos CollectionIMG_1419tMater Dolorosa Ora Pro NobisIMG_1421tAnother antique Marian image on displayIMG_1430tSeñor Dela Pacencia , a 17th century old sclupture depicting the image of Jesus seating after being scourged at the pillar.IMG_1437tLa FlagelacionIMG_1450tScourging
IMG_1451tAnother Señor Dela PacenciaIMG_1469tSan Pedro Apostol (Saint Peter)
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