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(UPDATED) Visita Iglesia: Searching for the Costly Perfumed Oil

Like Mary Magdalene who anointed the feet of Jesus with costly perfumed oil, these churches in Manila showcase the finest, most solemn and best in terms of architecture or Liturgy. Visit them for this year’s Visita Iglesia in Metro Manila. Continue reading

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Visita Iglesia 2015: Ars et Fides

Visita Iglesia, an ancient Roman practice of visiting 7 or 14 devotional churches as a form of penitence, is traditionally done on Maundy Thursday after the Mass of Our Lord’s Supper. Pious activities during the Visita Iglesia may include reciting … Continue reading

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Visit the Philippines 2015: Pearl of the Orient Seas

I am a proud agent in the enterprise of Philippine tourism and heritage preservation. Although I facilitate my tours on freelance, by-request-only terms, I still actively promote our heritage, culture and history through my works as a writer. But more … Continue reading

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San Miguel de Manila Walking Tour: 7 DECEMBER 2013

For over a year now, I have specialized in facilitating tours around a once-fabled arrabal of Manila, San Miguel de Manila. The year has been great for these tours. I cannot count anymore the number of times, groups and individuals … Continue reading

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Pro Orantibus Day 2013: Pray for those who pray

Our beloved Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI proclaimed today’s feast (Our Lady’s Presentation) as “Pro Orantibus Day”. “Pro orantibus” is Latin for “for those who pray”. His Holiness instituted this day of remembrance for all the cloistered nuns and monks in … Continue reading

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La Visita Iglesia: Notable Churches in Metro Manila

Today, Maundy Thursday, Filipino Catholics engage in an ancient Roman practice of visiting churches as a penitential and devotional act. However, with more and more Filipinos leaving their cities for the beaches (which they do anyway on any other long … Continue reading

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El Infante: The Holy Infant Jesus of Prague/El Santo Niño de Praga

The first time I heard of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague, it was from my younger cousin, Angelo, who spent his grade school years in San Beda College in Mendiola. Indeed, the Benedictine monks of the Philippines are the … Continue reading

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