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Pinagbanderahan Mountaineering Adventure

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Located in the Atimonan side of the Quezon National Forest Park in the province of Quezon, Pinagbanderahan is a historic and "strategic" part of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range.

It is commonly and erroneously referred to by many as Mt. Pinagbanderahan. However, its real name is actually Mt. Mirador and it is part of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. The name pinagbanderahan is came from the Filipino phrase "place where the flag was hoisted". The peak got its name from the historic flag hoisting events in the different eras of Philippine history. The first flag was hoisted on the mountain's peak during the Philippine Revolution. The Filipino revolutionaries hoisted the Philippine flag there after kicking out the Spanish colonizers from the province. A few years later, the Americans hoisted The Old Glory on the mountain's peak after successfully defeating he Filipinos during the Filipino-American War. Several decades later, it was the Japanese flag that was fly…

Quezon: Kamay ni Hesus Shrine

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Located in Barangay Tinamnan, Lucban in the province of Quezon, Kamay ni Hesus Shrine is a famous religious shrine and grotto of the province.

Also known as Via Dolorosa Grotto, Kamay ni Hesus was built under the initiative of Fr. Joseph "Joey" Faller in 2003. He is known as a gifted healing priest. Due to Fr. Faller's healing masses, Kamay ni Hesus became one of the country's most visited healing centers.



One of the highlights of Kamay ni Hesus is the 50-foot statue of Christ with his arm wide open found on the top of a hill. This statue is often referred to as the Risen Christ or Ascending Christ. Pilgrims and tourists who want to get close to the statue has to walk up the 300 plus man made concrete steps in order to do so. Along the way to the peak, one would see the life-size sculptures of the 14 Stations of the Cross. Once on the peak, one would also get a nice view of the hill's surrounding areas.
Kamay ni Hesus is the last place that we visited during our Vis…

Quezon: San Diego de Alcala Fortress

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Located in Gumaca in the province of Quezon, San Diego de Alcala Fortress is a historical Spanish structure that is recognized as a National Treasure since 1981.

Also known to locals as Kutang San Diego, the fortress was constructed sometime in 1680s or 1690s. It was dueto the suggestion and leadership of a Franciscan priest named Fray Francisco Coste that the fortress was constructed in the town. Its main purpose was to guard the town from marauding pirates attacking from Lamon Bay. Aside from that, it also served as the primary defense of the town against the invading Dutch in 1700s. 
As a defensive structure, the fortress still has some of its cannons intact. Aside from that, it was said that there used to be an existing tunnel between the fortress and the San Diego de Alcala Church (Cathedral). However, its entrance, the well located in the fort's platform, is now covered (for safety purposes). Historically, there were four fortresses built in the different towns in the bay area…

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