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Gas Station Toilet: More Fun in the Philippines

Bohol is now more than the Chocolate Hills, the heavenly white beach of Panglao Island, the tarsier, the Loboc River cruise, the old churches, the man-made forest and other attractions. It now hosts one of the MOST important needs of any serious traveler — the toilet. Call it what you want — comfort room, restroom, or any other name — but it’s ideally a place of peace and comfort. We know, of course, that a clean toilet is a rarity for travelers on the road (but, mind you, seasoned travelers can do it the “natural” way). Imagine a CLEAN toilet. Imagine a CLEAN and ELEGANT toilet of a gas station. Now, stop imagining and go to Bohol. You’ll find this SHELL station (yes, we have to emphasize that it’s a Shell station as a token of appreciation for a gas station that takes a little from its billions of profits and gives back to motorists in the form of an ACTUAL, REAL clean toilet). We haven’t seen something like this, which is why we have this story about toilets. We hope other Shell stations follow suit. We hope ALL other gas stations follow soon (tell us which gas station has done so and we’ll feature them). Here, watch this video courtesy of Filipino-Canadian Jason Godfrey: Continue reading Gas Station Toilet: More Fun in the Philippines

History and Beauty in San Agustin Church (Walled City of Intramuros, Manila)

We all have frustrations in life. Some frustrations are legitimate, common to many, while some are petty. It may be difficult to judge because a simple frustration to one may be seriously burdensome to someone else. Like this — it’s extremely frustrating to be in a place of immense beauty and historical value, like the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, without a good camera to capture the moment. Continue reading History and Beauty in San Agustin Church (Walled City of Intramuros, Manila)

Laguna Loop: Historical Tour and Visita Iglesia

We’ve noted in the previous post on visita iglesia in Bicol and Ilocos that the Holy Week (semana santa or cuaresma), specifically Maundy Thursday, is the traditional time for visita iglesia (church visit). Some visit seven churches, while those with more time cover fourteen churches. One of the popular pilgrimage and visita iglesia destination is the Laguna Loop, a series of churches in churches surrounding the Laguna Lake. We’ve taken a tour of these churches. Here’s the itinerary. Hopefully it would be of help to others. Continue reading Laguna Loop: Historical Tour and Visita Iglesia

St. Peter of Alcantara Church (Pakil, Laguna)

The town of Pakil, in the province of Laguna. Doesn’t ring a bell. Most probably not. You may be more familiar with the neighboring town of Paete, renowned for its great wood carvers and works of wood art. What surprised us in the trip through the Laguna Loop is the fact that the Pakil Church, or the St. Peter of Alcantara Church, looks better than the Church of Paete. Continue reading St. Peter of Alcantara Church (Pakil, Laguna)

Historical Tour and Visita Iglesia in Bicol Churches

The Holy Week (semana santa or cuaresma), specifically Maundy Thursday, is the traditional time for visita iglesia (church visit). Some visit seven churches, while those with more time cover fourteen churches. For those who are incorporating visita iglesia on a trip to Bicol, either to see the Cagsawa Ruins and Mayon Volcano or the butanding (whale sharks) in Donsol, here are the suggested churches, in no particular order: Continue reading Historical Tour and Visita Iglesia in Bicol Churches

Church of Nabua (Nabua, Camarines Sur)

The marker of the Philippine Historical Committee, placed in 1939, reads: “This town dates from 1578. Built in 1578, the first church was burned in 1610. The second church, constructed in 1611 was destroyed by a typhoon. The third church was erected between 1630 and 1656. The present church, completed in 1700, was unroofed by a typhoon in 1875, but repaired in 1878. The belfry was damaged by an earthquake in 1850 but repaired between 1890 and 1894.” Continue reading Church of Nabua (Nabua, Camarines Sur)