Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Holy Week (April 6, 2012)

After we spent the night at Alfonso hotel in a tiny room where 7 people somehow managed to squeeze themselves, we all had daing na bangus (it was Good Friday, after all!) for breakfast.

Then while the rest were taking showers in the bathroom, we decided to check out the premises. D always looks very fresh since he hardly breaks into a sweat. Not fair!

I tend to travel light so I hardly have space for my hair dryer and hair iron. So here I am with curly wet hair (which will be knotted into a bun once dry) and already sweating as we walked around the area.

5th Church in our Visita Iglesia: Our Lady of Caysasay Shrine in Taal Batangas

The main altar of our Lady of Caysasay Shrine

The magnificent painting at the interior dome of the church

A beautifully carved arch was constructed over the spring near the church known as "the Wells of Santa Lucia". It is believed that an image of the Virgin Mary was reflected in this spring so the water is said to be miraculous.

6th stop: Basilica of St Martin de Tours also in Taal, Batangas

The Taal Basilica is identified as the largest Catholic Church in Asia

Its long and wide aisle is very imposing. Its interiors was quite spacious.

Its Doric style main altar was a sight to behold

Another important feature of Taal Basilica is its bell which is considered as one of the largest bell in the country. This massive instrument is 19 feet (5.8 m) in circumference at the lip, 9.33 feet (2.84 m) around the crown and 6.42 feet (1.96 m) in height

There were magnificent paintings all over, this is on top of the organ/choir section.

You can climb all the way to the roof top of church. I was too coward to do so but D wasn't!

This was the great view he caught of the city of Taal

After taking tons of pictures, it was time to leave the scenic town of Taal and head to our next destination.

Our 7th church: Caleruega in Nasugbu, Batangas

The Transfiguration Chapel is such a solemnly serene place of worship

The administration building of Caleruega

It was such a long day, I was terribly exhausted so I just parked myself on a bench and took pictures of the sun as it set for the day :)

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