Monday, September 3, 2012

Carayan Resort: Nature's Bliss

Our visit to Kamay Ni Hesus Healing Center in Lucban, Quezon was actually a supplemental trip from our original itinerary and that was to spend an overnight stay in Carayan Resort, a nature resort located at the foothills of mythical Mt. Banahaw.

Carayan Resort is located in Barangay Panglan, Majayjay, Laguna. The journey to Carayan Resort is already a treat in itself because of the exhilarating drive along the pitch & winding road of Curva Hill backdrop by flourishing verdant countryside.

The nature resort is situated beside a rock-strewn brook with chilly natural spring water streaming from Mt. Banahaw. The entire landscape is surrounded with well-trimmed pockets and dish gardens complemented with various ornamental plants and assortment of fruit bearing trees. The typical mountain breeze is always fresh and often time misty.

The entrance to Carayan Resort

Landscape of Carayan Resort

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Visit to Kamay Ni Hesus Healing Center

I once read the account about the Kamay Ni Hesus Healing Center in Quezon Province. It was a story on how Father Joseph Faller, a Roman Catholic priest heeds the call of God to perform miraculous healing for the sick even when his faith is almost faltering. It came as a surprise for Father Faller, when people who attended his mass and were prayed over got miraculously healed of their illnesses.

The Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center is located in Barangay Tinamnan, Lucban, Quezon. It is considered as a pilgrimage site, it has a Healing Church, a renewal center for the Diocese of Lucban, and the Grotto of Healing and Purification built on a hill where people climb to see colorful statues and sculptures illustrating The Stations of the Cross. One can choose to climb through the 292 steps on the left ascent or the 278 steps on the right ascent. Although there are lesser steps on the right ascent, the way is steeper. Climbing the hill is already a solemn sacrifice significant for the faithful. Once on top of the hill, you will be rewarded with a majestic view of Quezon province. The Grotto climb is not for everybody even through the stairs. The elderly, disabled, and those with health conditions may not be able to manage the climb. While those who can manage must carry with them bottled drinking water and ensure to keep a towel handy.

The 50-foot statue of Christ dominates the entire landscape

Liliw: The Tsinelas Town of Laguna

If there is a region in the country that rivals Marikina City for being a footwear hub, it will be Liliw, Laguna.

Liliw is classified as a 4th class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines. It is 62.6 kilometers (38.9 miles) from my hometown, Pasig City. It is bordered on the northwest by Sta. Cruz; northeast by Magdalena; east by Majayjay, on the west by Nagcarlan; and south by Dolores, Quezon.

Aside from the sizeable footwear industry where neatly lined-up modest to contemporary stalls along Gat Tayaw Street is eye-catching, Liliw is equally famous for its cold water spring resorts and native homemade delicacies like uraro, ube, pastillas, buko pie, espasol, lambanog, kesong puti, and etc..

A giant slipper display in Gat Tayaw Plaza, Liliw town proper


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