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Bataan: Orani Church

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Located in the town of Orani in the province of Bataan, Orani Church is a Roman Catholic Church built during the Spanish Colonial period in the Philippines.

Also known as Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosay Parish Church and Nuestra Senora del Rosario Parish Church, Orani Church was said to be built sometime in the 1600s. The first structure was constructed using nipa leaves and bamboo. It is probably comparable to an open-sided tent than the church structures we have now.   

The first church was under the Parish of Samal until formally becoming an independent parish on April 21, 1714. It was then reconstructed using adobe and stone as well as sturdier roofing material. However, like everything else, the church deteriorated through time. Decades after its reconstruction, the Dominican friars had the church and convent repaired in 1792 and again in 1836. Sadly, both were badly damaged by the earthquake of 1852. It didn't end there though, both structures were gutted down by a big fire on…

Benguet: Lion's Head (Kennon Road)

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Found along Kennon Road in the outskirts of Baguio City in Benguet, Lion's Head is a 40-foot man-made and painted gigantic rock that resembles a lion's head. It was commisioned by the Lions Club of Baguio City. So what's behind the giant lion's head sculpture? The story goes that years ago when tourists started to flock Baguio City by means of Kennon Road, they used a large rock, which is naturally shaped like a lion, as a landmark that they are near Baguio City. Due to its popularity, the city government decide to "remodel" the large rock so that it would literally be known as the Lion's Head. Construction of the present day landmark began in 1968. Preparations was done by a group of miners and engineers while the carving of the rock was rendered by an Ifuagao artist and woodcarver named Reynald Lopez Nanyac. However, the construction was postponed for several years before being continued in 1971 and was finally unveiled in 1977. The Lion's Head ha…

10 Tips for Google Local Guides

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If you haven't heard of Google Local Guide yet, it would be helpful to read my previous article by clicking this LINK. You can also go directly to the Google Local Guide page by clicking this LINK.


Now, since you're reading this part, it means that you are ready to learn what it takes to be a Google Local Guide.

Without further ado, here are the tips on how to be one:


Make sure that you have the 3 necessary requirements to become a Google Local Guide.. a smartphone or laptop, a stable internet connection, and of course a Google account.For smartphone users - Make sure that you have sufficient data for your internet service provider. The Google Maps App consumes data unless it is part of your unlimited data plan. (This tip is highly applicable to those living in the Philippines).Give "recent" reviews. You can give reviews to places that you have visited in the past but it would be better if it is a recently visited place especially if it is a business establishment as th…

Camarines Sur: Peñafrancia Basilica Minore

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Located on the outskirts of Naga City in the province of Camarines Sur, Peñafrancia Basilica Minore is one of the religious establishments in the city. It is also where the image of the Our Lady of Peñafrancia is enshrined.

Peñafrancia Basilica Minore was constructed on April 18,1976 but was finished only on September 1981 due to financial problems. On May 22, 1982, Cardinal Sin officiated its solemn inauguration and dedication. 


Sadly, the physical structure of the basilica minore had deteriorated barely ten years after its completion due to construction defects. repairs and improvements started in 1991. Renovations were finished several years later in 1995.

We visited Peñafrancia Basilica Minore during our Bicol road trip. I mistakenly wanted to see the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine to visit the miraculous image of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. I inputed the location to the GPS and we found ourselves on the basilica minore grounds.
It was not a waste of time though because I came to admire …

Bataan - Tarlac Visita Iglesia

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Annually, during the Holy Week, my family goes out of town to visit several old Spanish Churches. This pilgrimage is known here in the Philippines as Visita Iglesia.

In the past few years, we went on Visita Iglesia in the provinces in Southern Luzon. For a change, we decided to have our pilgrimage in Western and Central Luzon this year. Please do read on and check out our Bataan - Tarlac Visita Iglesia. 

Our trip officially started in Pasay City very early Maundy Thursday. Our convoy of three cars reached North Luzon Express Way or NLEX in less than an hour. However, it took us almost four hours to reach San Fernando Exit due to the multitude of cars also heading north. From the exit, we reached our first church after another hour. Our first church was the century old Hermosa Church in the town of Hermosa in Bataan. Built in 1717, Hermosa Church is also known as Saint Peter of Verona Parish Church. We didn't stay too long though, we only did four of the 14 Stations of the Cross in th…