IN PHOTOS: Visita Iglesia 2016 in Bataan

Are you tired of your same old itinerary every Maundy Thursday’s Visita Iglesia? Why not try seven churches somewhere outside Metro Manila?

Bataan is a peninsular province about two hours away from Manila. But the place does not only boast of its historical landmarks and good beaches, but also of its centuries-old churches that sure will boost your Instagram followers in no time.

Here is a sample line-up for next year’s Visita Iglesia in Bataan:


Parish of St. Michael the Archangel

Location: National Road, Barangay San Vicente, Orion


orion exterior

orion altar copy

orion design copy


Parish of Saint Peter and Paul

Location: National Road, Calungusan, Orion


nazareno copy

calungusan design copy

calungusan Entrance and exit copy


Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church

Location: National Road, Pilar


pilar ext copy

pilar lady copy

pilar door copy

pilar candles copy

pilar altar copy


Parish of Santo Cristo

Location: Naval St. corner Sarili St., Cupang, Balanga City, Bataan


cupang altar3 copy

cupang altar copy

cupang altar2 copy

cupang design copy


Cathedral Parish of St. Joseph

Location: Capitol Drive, Poblacion


balanga design copy

balanga altar2 copy

balanga altar copy

balanga ceiling copy


Parish of St. Dominic

Location: National Road, Abucay


abucay ext copy

abucay design copy

abucay charm copy

abcay interior bnw copy


Parish of St. Vincent Ferrer

Location: National Road, Calaguiman, Samal


calaguiman interior copy

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Halughog-Bataan: Straight Ahead

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The Philippine Snow

It is the time of the year again when the little yellow flowers of the Narra tree fill the ground.  When I was a child, we, together with my brother and cousins used to play under the Narra and pretend that these flowers are snow.  We used to go round and round the tree as the wind fulfill our little fascination.

And this… is one of the happy moments of my childhood.  One of the few worth keeping and remembering.


Hay, how I hate this certain feeling brought by the rain.  Or maybe I just need some rest.  Please, just for today.

Missing the countryside

Rest. Go to sleep.  Take a break.  A good break.

For the past few days, my body has been telling me to slow down.  And so after the shoot has been packed up at 6:00am, I decided to ride a bus to the countryside.

A husky voice, a sore throat and exhaustion are the lullabies that readily put me to sleep.  After two hours of travel, this is what I see on my window.


Mt. Samat

Mt. Samat


I am certainly in Bataan already.  And my excitement is rising.

Our house is about 5 to 10 minutes away from the bus stop.  And nothing beats the first breath of fresh air as soon as I go down the bus.  The air is still chilly.  And as always, it is still quiet.  This is the silence that my mind is looking for, the silence that I cannot experience in the metro.

Along the way, the ducks greet me “Good morning”.


Bibe, Itik o Pato?


The cows want to play “habulan”.  I don’t know why.  Am I wearing red?




The Santan flowers are teasing me to pick them up and taste the sap.


Do you remember how to lick it? 🙂


The tomatoes are being impatient to be red.




The farmers are busy under the sun.


Magtanim ay di biro!


The little piggy is having a great feast.

Baboy ramo


And there’s Mt. Samat, still waving a hand at me.


New houses are already being built.  And not just houses, they are big houses.


I happened to drop by my grandma’s house.  Not so long ago, it was the only house there, surrounded by the rice fields.  Now, the fields are gone and there stood the two-storey houses.

I just hope that the rural feel of this place won’t go away.  It’s the only place where I can feel the ultimate calmness and peacefulness.  It’s where my body can have full recovery from all the foreign bodies that entered it.  There’s also this sense of belongingness where I cannot feel in any other nature getaways.  Maybe there’s just no place like home. Yes, home.  Up to now, I would want to call it home.


“Country roads, take me home, to the place I belong” — John Denver, Country Roads


Day 42 of the 365 Challenge


Welcome to my Unclaimed Baggage Center, where you can see a catalog of baggage left permanently on my baggage counter.  And just like in any unclaimed baggage center, items here are for sale… if I hadn’t bought them yet 🙂



BAGGAGE TAG  02202012
STATUS  sold to me

with David Archuleta


February 2012 was filled with screaming fans worldwide with the launch of  David Archuleta’s mini-serye, Nandito Ako.  I handled the promo campaigns used for the show.  Here is the AVP I produced for the show’s press conference:



The show became a trending topic worldwide every single night of airing, for the whole five weeks of conquering primetime television.


Nandito ako worldwide trending



BAGGAGE NAME Pinoy Explorer Rebrand
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION Adventure/ Travel Show
BAGGAGE TAG 04222012
STATUS sold to me


On the summer of 2012, I did the launching promo campaigns for the rebranding of Pinoy Explorer, showcasing a more adventurous Aga Muhlach.  Here is the re-brand launch campaign:



The launch was a 2-part special in the wonderful islands of Batanes.


BAGGAGE NAME Resignation
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION Straight to the point
BAGGAGE TAG 04242011
STATUS sold to me


With two launches at the first quarter of the year, one may think that I’m doing good at work.  But it was not that simple.  Work is not only the act of doing what you need to do at the work place.  A lot of factors and outside consequences contribute to my decision to finally hear what my heart has been telling me for the longest time already.

I believe one of the highlights of my 2012 was my resignation at my job then as a Promo Producer.  Quitting a job is not easy.  It’s like saying goodbye, for good, not just to the work load but also to friends and colleagues.  Drafting a resignation letter is a piece of cake, but gathering all the guts to submit it and finally tell the boss is a whole new baking process.  Luckily, after months and months of brain-wrecking decision-making sessions, on April 24, I was able to bid everyone goodbye.

Here is a late christmas gift I received from a friend named Nessa Gabrillo. The lanyard was on a buy-one-take-one promo on The T-shirt Factory and so she has the same lanyard and said she will wear it to work.


Fed Up lanyard



BAGGAGE TAG 05262012
STATUS sold to me


Being my first out-of-the-country trip, this one is really memorable.  And simply because I was with the most awesome people in the universe.

Our adventures and misadventures in Hong Kong and Macau is detailed in Oh Yeah! This is First World!


BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION Greatest Separation Pay Ever
STATUS sold to me


“Newly unemployed, I found this kind of life refreshing. No more commuting to work…. And best of all, I could read any book I wanted, anytime I wanted. I had no idea how long this relaxed lifestyle would continue….  It would have to end sometime, but until it did I was determined to enjoy it.” – Toru Okada in The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle


Mt. Samat in Bataan

Mt. Samat in Bataan

Being out of a daily work, I came to appreciate the small things in my life: the silence in the province, the good air in the province, the trees that are older than me, the wonderful chirping of the birds, the magnificent cloud formations… things I was taking for granted because of hectic schedules at work.  And I’m happy enjoying these things this way. (An entry about rural life in Bataan is soon to be published here so stay tuned.)

If Toru Okada is excited to be reading anytime he wanted, I was excited to write… to finally write a script that I wanted to do several months before but just can’t find the time to do it.  And I’m thankful I was able to write my short film script.  I intended it to be a short film but the consequences are telling me that maybe the concept is one for a full-length film.  I’ll see about that 🙂


BAGGAGE NAME Baggage Counter
BAGGAGE TAG 08312012
STATUS you definitely cannot buy this


And speaking of writing, I started blogging on August.  And so here’s my baggage counter.  Our Mt. Batulao trip was the lucky one to be deposited here first.  You can view it here: Ang Labing-Tatlong Rurok ng Bundok Batulao.


BAGGAGE NAME Quarter-life crisis
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION Depression-inducing part of everybody’s life
STATUS For sale


I believe I experienced my first wave of quarter-life crisis after my college graduation: the pressure to find a job in the soonest possible time, a job that should be related to my field of study.  This was accompanied by one of the greatest dilemmas in the world: which path to take.  Then, I decided the path to TV5.

During the time I resigned, quarter-life crisis came haunting me again.  And Diana Ross’ “do you know where you’re going to?” song became the official soundtrack of my life then.  I believe this is the downside of the freedom I got.  I was given all the time to think.  Even the things that I need not to be thinking of eventually entered my mind and I cannot stop them.

Eventually, I happened to see the good side of quarter-life crisis, it let’s you discover who you really are.


STATUS sold to me


“I had simply been too busy to think about myself.” – Toru Okada in Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Maybe the good side of this too much thinking is that I was able to seek the deepest portions of my conscious mind.  Even my subconscious gave me hints on who I really am.  In one of the rakets that I managed to get, I did research on some psychological stuff that ended up triggering my suppressed memories out.

I had reasons for suppressing them, reasons that eventually turned to questions that I address to God.  But may I say that these were not the kind of questions that doubt His greatness but rather questions that later on turned to requests to make me understand why these particular things happened to me.

And during this second wave of quarter-life crisis was the time when God granted my requests.

Caloy’s story would gave you a hint on what I’m talking about here. View it at: Caloy, the Infamous Master of an Infamous Art.


STATUS sold to me


I would want to thank all the people who entrusted their projects to me.


raket montage copy


BAGGAGE NAME Android phone
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION one of the latest gadgets today
STATUS sold to me


Like I was always saying, I really have difficulty dealing with technology, technobobo ika nga.  But recently my Nokia 6680 phone, yes my NOKIA 6680 phone finally wanted to retire from its almost 8 years of service. So I finally need to buy a new one.

At first I was hesitant to buy techie phones because a phone that can text, call and alarm is all I need.

But I was happy to buy an android phone.  Because of it, I can write even when I’m on the bus on a trip to the province.


BAGGAGE NAME Rurouni Kenshin
BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION fan-girling to the nth level
BAGGAGE TAG 12082012
STATUS sold to me


Ruruoni Kenshin live action movie was really one of the greatest anime adaptation ever.  My deepest fan-girling thoughts were best described in Memory is a Knife, or rather a Katana.  And thanks to Kaoru Kamiya, Emi Takei and Kathryn Bernardo, my blog is gaining more and more views. So keep it up! 🙂


BAGGAGE DESCRIPTION a heavenly celebration
BAGGAGE TAG 12142012
STATUS sold to me

On my 24th, I had a Parade, Fireworks and a Royal Banquet.  And it had been really really great!


And that was my 2012: emotional, nostalgic, victorious, tragic, depressing, enlightening.  But overall I’m thankful for this year.  Realizations came up this 2012, realizations that may not have come if things went differently.  So on 2013, it’s time to deal with life with a completely different perspective, an entirely positive one.  And I would want to ask God to accompany me in doing so.

And if you have observed, I have that habit of keeping every baggage.  Only a few items were on sale and ready for disposal.  This is also one of the reasons why I put up this baggage counter.  So in 2013, I want to change that habit and start learning to let go of things.

How about you? How’s your 2012 and how do you plan to deal with 2013?  May everybody have a glorious new year.  And I want to thank all my readers.  May you continue to enjoy my baggage counter 🙂