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Simala: Beauty Unfolding

One of the first places that I visited as soon as I arrived home was Simala. As a Catholic, the shrine is very dear to me. I come here whenever there are huge decisions to make or when there are things that I feel I couldn’t handle on my own. Simala has become sort of […]

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The Sad State of Danao’s Durano Foundation Complex

The Durano Foundation Complex in Guinsay, Danao City has always been one of the most fascinating religious sites in Northern Cebu. Despite its relative obscurity, the complex has somehow become quite popular among people traveling to the northern end of the island. The Durano Foundation is a two-hectare property in Barangay Guinsay in Danao City. The […]

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Guadalupe Parish Church: A New Beginning

The Parish Church of Barangay Guadalupe means a lot to me. Not only because I still currently live in Barangay Guadalupe but more importantly because I basically grew up in this church. When I was a kid, I was a member of the quite popular (during that time) Guadalupe Children’s Choir. And on weekends, I’d […]

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Solemn Foot Procession 2016

The annual solemn foot procession is one of Cebu’s most well-attended events. Every year, millions of devotees fill the major streets of Cebu City to pay homage to the Blessed Child Señor Santo Niño de Cebu. Held a day before the world-renowned Sinulog Festival grand parade, the solemn foot procession is a religious event unlike […]

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Prayer of the Faithful

Each year, during the Sinulog Season in Cebu, novena masses are held for nine days at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño. Despite the number of services held each day (masses are held every 1.5 hours starting at 7 am,) the Basilica is always filled to the rafters with devotees and pilgrims. Usually, I don’t […]

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River of Lights

Every year (every second Thursday of January,) the Walk with Jesus Dawn Procession is held in Cebu City. The Walk with Jesus Dawn procession marks the start of the Sinulog Season in the province. Hundreds of thousands join this annual penitential walk which begins at 4 am in Fuente Osmeña and ends with the first […]

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Discovering Pitalo

The Pitalo Church in Pitalo, San Fernando, is one of the smallest churches in Cebu. I am not exactly sure about its actual size, but it is so small that it is often mistaken as a local chapel. I’ve traveled to the Southern tip of Cebu so many times but I’ve never actually tried making a […]

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Ever-Changing Simala

A couple of weeks ago, after finally receiving my motorbike’s temporary permit, I was finally able to go on a quick out-of-town trip. My destination was the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist in Lindogon Hills in Sibonga. The shrine is most popularly known as Simala. Years ago, the shrine was small and simple. Over the […]

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Rain or Shine

I was able to attend the third day of Novena at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño last Saturday. I know you’ve seen this type of photos before, but allow me to post a couple of the shots that I snapped. The weather has been pretty bad lately. And I’m not just talking about drizzles. […]

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One Cold Morning in Cebu

So I got up early today. Like real early. I wasn’t in Cebu around this time last year so I thought that this year, I’d try to cover as many Sinulog-related events as I can. So, yeah. I got up at 3:30 am. I only had about two hours of sleep.  And it was drizzling. […]

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Drenched But Still Burning

  Tomorrow is the Feast Day of the  ‘Our Lady of Guadalupe’. The Virgin of Guadalupe was recently proclaimed the Patron Saint of Cebu. Sr. Sto. Niño previously held the title. But it was decreed that the Niño is a child representation of Jesus. And since only saints are allowed to become patrons of certain areas, […]

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Remembering The Dead

  Every first and second of November, people flock to the cemeteries to honor their loved ones who passed away. Flowers are offered and candles are lit. Filipino tradition tells that All Souls’ Day is actually a day when the souls of those who passed away are summoned back to the land of the living for a short […]

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Blessed Are The Faithful

   The Basilica Minore del Santo Niño is one of the most visited churches in Cebu. The church gets regular attendance from devotees who live as far as Sogod in the North and Samboan in the South. Due to the huge number of churchgoes especially on Sundays, masses are usually held outside – the Pilgrim […]

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Simala: Pilgrims’ Paradise

  The Monastery of the Holy Eucharist is a church in Sibonga for the Marian devotees. The church is very popular among believers not only because it is considered the home of the image of the miraculous Virgin but also because the place is truly amazing and stunning. The Monastery is the place where the ‘Mga Monghe ni Maria'[Monks […]

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A Day At The Fort

   One of the oldest structures in the city is the Fort San Pedro. Fort San Pedro was a military fuerza set up on the Eastern coast facing Mactan island. It was set up by the Spaniards led by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi some 40 years after Magellan, the failed circumnavigator of the world, met his untimely end in […]

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When The Queen Was Young

Here are some photos of Cebu a few years before and after the world war. Cebu was already a major business district even before the war. (In fact, it already was even before Magellan came.) So, there’s no doubt that the queen started out very early. =) Below are some photos I found in online […]

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Post-War Cebu

  While the other parts of the Philippine archipelago were still trying to figure out how to get their engines running again after the war, Cebu was quick to recover. Below are some photos I found in online forums. Captions, unless otherwise indicated*, are copied word for word.   I decided to separate the war pictures […]

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Holy Friday Procession in Oslob

The town of Oslob is probably one of the most religious places in Cebu. Considered one of the island’s oldest towns, life in this sleepy town is built close to (or revolves around) its magnificent church. On Maundy Thursday, when tourists and out-of-towners started pouring in, Oslob was one busy community. People were trying to make the most […]

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