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    Holy Week Road Trip Itinerary/Route in Rizal, Laguna and Quezon Provinces

    Stuck in Metro Manila in Holy Week, like Tutubi and also allergic to malls and usual trips? Herewith is a suggested itinerary for a day or two around the so called Laguna Loop route:

    Old Churches of Rizal (Visita Iglesia)
    Baras Church
    Morong Church
    Tanay Church

    after visiting Tanay Church, you can proceed to the giant Mother Mary shrine in Rizal in Sampaloc, Tanay near Camp Capinpin and Marcos Highway called Regina RICA

    regina rica tanay rizalthe shade under the giant statue can seat about 70 people. there's an adoration chapel insde the statue, the only place where picture taking is not allowed. guests are requested to dress modestly and keep quiet

    Old Churches of Laguna (Visita Iglesia) with coordinates for your GPS:

    Pakil Church: St. Peter of Alcantara Parish
    Paete Church: St. James the Apostle Parish
    Longos Church (Kalayaan): San Juan Bautista (St. John the Baptist)
    Lumban Church
    Pagsanjan Church: Our Lady of Guadalupe (not old though, it's reconstructed)

    In Pakil, you can trek up Mt. Ping-as to visit the Holy Cross where a viewpoint offers a magnificent vista of Pakil town and Laguna de Bay.

    In Paete, you may opt to drive to the top of the hill for the Tatlong Krus,
    similar to the biblical Three Crosses on Calvary Hill in Jerusalem

    talong krus paete laguna three crossesthe three crosses taken about 6 years ago using Tutubi's then trusted Canon Ixus 30

    After Reaching Pagsanjan, you can opt to turn left after passing Pagsanjan Church (Our Lady of Guadalupe) and Pagsanjan Municipal Hall towards Cavinti and Luisiana (where the old churches await) en route to Lucban ( to visit Kamay ni Hesus, an already popular pilgrimage site on the hillsides of the Sierra Madre

    kamay ni hesus lucban quezon

    From Lucban, you can drive back to Majayjay and Liliw where two old churches again await.

    list of old churches in Laguna (from the northeast of Laguna de Bay (Laguna Lake))

    Pakil Church, Paete church, Longos Church, Lumban Church, Cavinti Church, Luisiana Church, Magdalena Church, Majayjay Church (beautiful earthquake baroque), Liliw Church (red bricks), Sta. Cruz Church, Pila Church, Bay Church, Los Banos Church, Calamba Church (where Jose Rizal was baptized)

    So many places to visit and explore, you really can't do it in a day, suggest an overnight somewhere probably in Paete, with the moving saints during the Holy Wednesday and Maundy Thursday Procession and the Dapit on Good Friday including the Mater Dolorosa, which won for Mariano Madrinan a Gold Medal in the

    Estimated travel time, via the main roads, not the highway (Manila East Road)
    conservative approximations:

    Antipolo to Teresa, Rizal: 20 minutes
    Pakil to Paete: 15 minutes
    Paete to Longos, Kalayaan: 15 minutes
    Lumban to Pagsanjan: 10 minutes
    Pagsanjan to Lucban, Quezon : 1 hour

    GPS coordinates/waypoints:

    Tatlong Krus: N14 21 53.7 E121 29 32.8
    Kamay ni Hesus: N14 06 00.5 E121 34 25.6

    Pakil Church: N14 22 50.9 E121 28 44.7
    Paete Church: N14 21 52.3 E121 28 54.4
    Longos Church N14 20 25.0 E121 28 52.7

    related post:
    Holy Week in Paete, Laguna

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    posted by GingGoy @ 8:35 PM,


    At Apr 24, 2012, 6:08:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I LOVE PAETE's MOVING SAINTS. I feel the presence of the Lord, I love the faith of the people.


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