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Rajah Humabon Monument

Rajah Humabon Monument
This is my second destination in Going Back to the History of Cebu

Right after the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, as instructed by the cathedral's caretaker, just few steps crossing the high way, I found this plaza that answered my question: "Who was the first Christian in the Philippines?"  The plaza is beside the intersection, and in the middle of the high way.  It's an open space and like a typical park in the country.  There were some trees, flowers, grass and the landscape are really beautiful. 

Rajah Humabon also known as Rajah Hamabar was the Rajah or  a leader of Zubu (now Cebu) during Ferdinand Magellan's exploration in the Philippines in 1521.   According to the writings on the marble plate that can be found in Plaza Hamabar Marker: Rajah Humabon was the first Filipino chieftain to embrace Christianity.  Regraded as the wisest and bravest man in the island.  When Ferdinand Magellan landed on Cebu on Sunday, April 7, 1521, Rajah Humabon made a blood compact with Magellan as a symbol of their new found friendship.  Captivated by its noble teachings, Rajah Humabon was converted into Christianity.

On Sunday Morning, April 14, 1521, Humabon as his wife, Humamai and about 800 Cebuano's were baptized.  Humabon was given the name Carlos in honor of King Charles V of Spain and his wife Queen Juana after King Charle's mother.
Rajah Humabon
In remembrance of the occasion, Magellan gave Queen Juana an image of the child Jesus as a gift.  While a large cross was erected to mark the Baptismal.

Well, after reading what's written on the marble, everything was crystal clear in my mind.  I was able to answer my own question.  Since the plaza is an open space, some vendors were there selling their products.   But, at the rear part of the part, while reading what's written on the plate, there was an old lady washing her clothes and was trying to solicit a money from me.  She told me that she needing 900 pesos to go home somewhere in south Cebu, unfortunately I wasn't help her.  First thing, I don't know if she's saying the truth or not, secondly it's not a part of my travel budget.  I just said "Goodbye" to her.  Next time that I will be going to encounter such, I will refer them to DSWD, I am a traveller not a politician, hehehe.

Anyways, just beside the park, you can find Cebu Cathedral Museum which contains a lot of memorabilia from the past Archbishop of Cebu.

Cebu Cathedral Museum

Cebu Cathedral Museum
This was my third destination in Going Back to the History of Cebu

Just beside the Rajah Humabon Monument, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral and along the high way, I found an old house with capiz windows and wood as the walls.  When I've checked my map, beside the monument is the Cebu Cathedral Museum, so no need to walk farther.

Just seven steps from the plaza (I counted it) is the entrance of the museum.  It was so early, so the janitor was still cleaning the floor when I arrived at the lobby area.  The caretaker and the guard were so kind to me.  A beautiful and young woman at heart was sitting at the reception area that time,  and she was giving me an instructions about the policies of the museum (like no picture taking on the second floor and chapel.)  She was smiling the whole time while she was giving me the receipt and giving me some information about the museum.  Entrance Fee: 50 Pesos

Right after processing my entrance fee, I followed what she instructed me.  I stepped on the old wooden staircase that has no nails used during the construction.  The stairs is going to the second floor that contains a lot of memorabilia and galleries from the past Bishops.
Cebu Cathedral Museum
Cebu Cathedral Museum
Cebu Cathedral Museum
The first gallery contains photographs that is showing how the Catholic grew in Cebu.  On the second gallery is the collection of memorabilia of His Eminence Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal like religious books, the vestments worn during his Episcopal ordination, ring from his predecessor Julio Cardinal Rosales and some golden and silver coins ( I don't know what it symbolizes.)  The fourth gallery contains different saints which are from different private individuals.  The fifth has a collections of religious chalices, ciboriums, cruets, monstrances and vestments.  There were still a lot of tiny pieces which I have no idea what are those.

Papal Mobile John Paul
On the side of the museum, you can find the Mercedez Benz being used during the parade of the late Pope John Paul II on 1995 during the World Youth Day.

Cebu Cathedral Museum is an ecclesiastical museum of the Archdiocese of Cebu.  The building itself doesn't have any exact details during the constructions because the archdiocesan archives were burned along with the Cathedral and the Archbishop's Palace during the trial bombing of the U.S. forces in September 1944.  But according to some historical people, it was built by Bishop Santos Gomez Marañon during mid-1800s.  Bishop Marañon was known as a church builder.  He designed the Metropolitan Cathedral and other religious structures in the province of Cebu.

The structure of the museum is an example of bahay-na-bato and was based on bahay kubo architecture.  The materials like bamboo and sawali were perfectly created and decorated for the walls; hardwood trunks for the posts; Capiz shells for the wide windows. 

The ambiance inside this heritage house was really good.  I can feel how fortunate the Cebuanos are, in terms of their own history.  But, I still need to proceed to my next destination, so time to say good bye to the people of the Museum.  Next was Cebu Heritage Monument.

Colon Street

Colon Street
This is my Fourth Destination in Going Back to the History of Cebu

After my tour in Cebu Cathedral Museum, I showed my map to the receptionist if what's the nearest destination in my list and what street I'll take and they responded appropriately.  So from the museum, I was walking on the side going to my next destination when I saw a familiar obelisk in the intersection along Colon Street, I think it's a hundred meters from the museum.

Colon street is said to be oldest street and shortest road in the Philippines.  It was name after Christopher Columbus who bears different names (Spanish: Cristobal Colon, Italian: Cristoforo Colombo, Protuguese: Cristovao Colombo.)  It was established by the Spanish arrived in Cebu in 1565, led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi (a Spanish conquistador.)  The local government erected Colon Monument in the intersection of the street.

Along this street are commercial centers and shops, catering different services.  When I conducted some short research about this place, I knew that this street serves as the home of prostitutes.  According to the residents, there were a lot of old houses along the street, which looks like Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur few decades ago.  But now, I didn't see anything that deals with the history.

Heritage of Cebu Monument

Heritage of Cebu Monument
This is my Fifth destination in Going Back to the History of Cebu

While I was in the taxi going to Colon Street for my breakfast, I saw a monument at the left side which looks like so familiar, and when I asked the driver if what was that, he answered: "It's Cebu Heritage Monument."  when I heard that name, I easily grabbed my list and that's it! it's included in my List to Visit.

Heritage of Cebu Monument is situated at the original Plaza Parian.  It occupies a triangular portion near the end of Colon Street.  This Monument showcases the significance and symbolic events in history of Cebu during the reign of Rajah Humabon.  It was a work of art by the National Artist Edgardo Castrillo on July 1997 in cooperation with Mayor Alvin Garcia and was inaugurated in December 8, 2000.

The fund being used for the construction of this gorgeous monument came from the donations of some private individuals and organizations.  The structure is like a compilations of Cebu's Heritage Sites like Basilica del Santo Nino, Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral, Saint John the Baptist Church, Magellan's Cross and a Spanish Galleon.

Heritage of Cebu Monument
Heritage of Cebu Monument
According to The Freeman, during the excavation of the monument's foundation, some artifacts like skeletons, stone wares, plates and jars were dug out.  So, those artifacts served as a proof that before the arrival of Ferdinand Magellan - the discoverer of the Philippines in 1521, the locals already developed their own civilizations.

Heritage of Cebu Monument
Today, this monument is surrounded by some commercial establishments and residential areas.  Just few steps from the main entrance, the basketball court and Pari-an Fire Station, which is one of the oldest existing fire station in the country and the Chapel of San Juan Bautista can be found.  This monument is very accessible and every Cebuanos knew about this place, so if you're going to this site alone, no need to worry about the right way.  I was in this spot for less than 20 minutes because the sun was really hot that time, so I decided to proceed to Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House.

Fort San Pedro

Fort San Pedro
This was my twelfth destination in Going Back to the History of Cebu.

After Magellans Cross and Basilica Minore del Santo Niño, I took a short break at the convenience store nearby.  After an hour rest, I left that store and proceeded to Plaza Independencia which Fort San Pedro is situated. Fuerza de San Pedro is a military defense structure built by the Spanish and locals of Cebu under Miguel Lopez de Legazpi's (Spanish conquistador) command, but the date of the construction wasn't sure.  There were claims that Jesuit Antonio Campioni built the fort in 1630.  But, there were a lot of major renovations in the 19th century for the structural improvements of Cebu.

Fort San Pedro
Its main purpose is the same as Fort Santiago in Manila - it was used to repulse the Muslim raiders. It served as a strong wall and protected the Filipino revolutionaries.  There were major renovations done in this site in 19th century as part of the structural improvements of Cebu City.

Fort San Pedro
It has a total area of 2,025 square meters.  The walls are measured 20 feet high, 8 feet thick and the towers are 30 feet from the ground.  The walls are made from coral stones, so during the renovations in 19th century, the laborers hauled the stones under the sea of Cebu coastal shores just for this renovations.  The stones were cut and polished according to the appearance of the original stones on the wall to make it balance.

Fort San Pedro
Since the fort is triangular in shape, it contains three bastions; in South West - La Concepcion; in South East - Ignacio de Loyola and in North East - San Miguel.  Each of the sides are unequal in lengths, then the side facing the land has the main entrance which contains some of the paintings, old pictures, newspapers and the black and white pictures of the people who served as the leader of this wall and in the province.

This area is under the management of Department of Tourism and with the local government, as they're trying their best to promote Fort San Pedro as part of their History.  You need to include this site if you're visiting Cebu City.

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
This was my tenth destination in Going Back to the History of Cebu
At the back Magellan's Cross I found the entrance going to the one of the oldest catholic churches in the country and the home of Sinulog Festival.  There were shops and food court near its gate.  There were guards who's checking backpacks and luggage for security purposes.  A lot of people were here that day, even though there was no special occasion. 

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
Basilica Minore del Santo Niño or Minor Basilica of the Holy Child is one of the minor basilicas in Cebu City.  This is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the country built in the same spot where the image of Santo Niño was found in 1565 by Spanish explorers led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi.  This statue is the same with the statue given by Ferdinand Magellan to the wife of Rajah Humabon, 44 years later, as a gift during their baptism on April 14, 1521 at the exact location of Magellan's Cross today.

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
This church was founded by Rev. Andres de Urdanera on April 28, 1565.  The very first church structure was made from hard wood and nipa but it was burned down in November 1, 1566.  Thirty years later, 1605, the replacement of this church was started by Rev. Pedro Torres and was completed in 1626.  But, it was again destroyed by fire in March 1628.  The next structure was built immediately, using stone and bricks, by Rev. Juan de Medina, but it was stopped due to the low quality of bricks being used.


Basilica Minore del Sto. NiñoThe foundation of this church was started on February 29, 1735 by Father Provincial Bergaño, Governor-General Fernando Valdes, Bishop Manuel Antonio Decio y Ocampo and Rev. Juan de Albarran who designed the structure.  The church that we can see today  is made from hard stones ordered by Fernando Valdes y Tamon.  This church was built in the same spot where the previous church stood and was completed in 1739-1740.

Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
In September 1990, the friday masses were moved into the Pilgrim Center (photo above) to accommodate more people.  This is an open theater located in front of the basilica.  It can accommodate about 3,500 devotees at a time during masses or large festivities.  Another place that can be found in the Basilica Complex, at the rear portion of the Pilgrim Center is the Museum.  It houses the history of Christianity in the Philippines.  Some historical and religious artifacts like the images of Santo Niño, antique relics, furniture's, glasses, vestments and etc. used by the former catholic leaders can be found. 

I didn't enter the church because too many people were staying at the entrance, so I was there for just about thirty minutes, then I went back to Magellan's Cross.  I asked the two policemen on duty in front of Cebu City Hall if where's the way going to Fort San Pedro - which is my next destination.

Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
This was my Sixth destination in Going Back to the History of Cebu

This house is more than ten meters from Cebu Heritage Monument and less than a hundred meters from Colon Street.  This structure can easily be recognized because of it's unique appearance.  At first, when I saw this house, I was excited but I felt different which I couldn't explain that time, maybe because of the structure itself.

This house was originally owned by Chinese merchant, Don Juan Yap and Doña Maria Florido.  It is one of the oldest residential house in the Philippines.  It was built between 1675-1700 and was made from Coral stones, used egg whites as glue and "Tigas" or clay for the roof.  The wooden pats of the house were made of "balayong" and "tugas" or molave which is the hardest woods in the country. 

I paid 50 pesos for the entrance fee, then proceeded inside the old house.  First thing that I recognized was the table and the chairs which were all antiques, then I saw the ceiling of the ground floor (which is supposedly the floor of the second floor.)  The woods being used in this house already have some molds and stains which looks like really old.  I felt afraid when I was on the staircase, because the woods that I was stepping on to were creating a sound like it will be broken.  But, everything was fine, maybe that's the effect of being old? I don't know.  Please refer to the photos below and see how a real antiques look like.
Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
Cebu History
If you will see the photos above, everything in this house were all antiques except the fridge and the air conditioner.  From the kitchen wares, everything in living room and the rest were all antiques and were part of the life of the owner of this house.  According to the guide inside this house, the 8th generation family were now the owner of this old house and every weekends, they are resting in this house together with other family members.  Beside the house itself, I found a mini garden which all are green except the woods.  But, look at the photos below which were taken at the garden.  Try to identify the difference between the color of my shirt and the background.  

Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
Yap Sandiego Ancestral House
In this garden, there is a 14 feet well which is filled with fresh water, but it's not a potable one.  There are jars, bonsai, chairs and the banca or a boat (photo above) which serves as the flower pot underneath the window frame.  Also, the guide added, this house is situated few meters (at the back) from the river, that's the use of the banca before.  I also noticed that some of the antiques can be found on the second floor maybe because they were afraid on the flood?  That's just some of my question, because the guide told me that this house was flooded every rainy days, few years ago.  After the amazing tour in the antique house, time for another antique invasion in Casa Gorordo Museum.

Magellan's Cross

Magellans Cross
 This was my eight destination in Going Back to the History of Cebu

After my early lunch in a food stall near Casa Gorordo Museum, I proceeded to my next destination which is the Magellan's Cross. This itinerary was the one that the receptionist in Cebu Cathedral Museum  shared to me, so I followed it.  From the museum, I walked more than 400 meters going to this spot.  There were jeepneys passing the same highway, but I chose to walk to discover new things along the way.

Cebu Historical Places
I asked the people if where's the right way going to this site and they were so kind to me.  I didn't use my map because it's more complicated and I don't want to stare on the map while walking on the sidewalk.  Before I reached the cross, I passed by the gate of Santo Niño Museum.  I tried to enter that gate, but the guards didn't allow me, instead, they instructed me to enter on the entrance beside the rotunda of the cross.Magellan's Cross is Christian cross made up of wood erected by Ferdinand Magellan (a Portuguese explorer) during his exploration in Cebu, Philippines on April 21, 1521.  This cross can be found inside an octagonal chapel in front of Cebu City Hall and beside Basilica Minore del Santo Niño.  This one of the most prominent tourist spot in Cebu and Philippines.  But, the cross that you can see today is a tindalo wood where the splinters of the original Magellan's Cross were encased.  The wood of the original cross were deteriorated because the people were chipping some parts and making it as a souvenir in the belief that it's miraculous.

Magellans Cross Cebu
The chapel of this cross is made from stone and was built in 1841.  Then the new cross encasing the splinters of the old cross was established in 1845.  This exact location was the place where Cebu's Rajah Humabon, his wife Juana and 800 followers were baptized on April 14, 1521 and that was the very first Catholic mass in the Philippines.  The ceiling of the chapel shows how Magellan instructed the local laborers building this structure.  It also contains an image on how the people of Cebu was converted into Christianity.  Then, beside this chapel, another heritage site can be found - it's Basilica Minore del Santo Niño

Casa Gorordo Museum

Casa Gorordo Museum
This was my seventh destination in Going Back to the History of Cebu

When I am done with Yap-Sandiego Ancestral House this house was my next destination.  There's a huge difference between this two heritage houses in terms of it's architectural structure.  This Gorordo House shows how a prominent family lived during their generations.  From the floor, artistic walls, windows up to the roof top - it's really gorgeous. 

At the main entrance of this house, it's historical background was written and here's what it says: "This house was built in the mid-19th century by Alejandro Reynes y Rosales and was bought by Juan Isidro de Gorordo, a spanish merchant, in 1863.  Four generations of the Gorordo family lived in this house, including Juan Gorordo, first Filipino Bishop of Cebu, 1910-1932.

Acquired in 1980 by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.  It was restored and later opened as a public Museum.  Casa Gorordo has been declared a National Historical Landmark by Virtue of National Historical Institute Board Resolution No. 4, dated September 24, 1991." - courtesy of Casa Horordo Museum
Casa Gorordo Museum
The Guest Room - this room features a four-post bed with a canopy, an old aparador (closet), an armario (pillow rack) and lavador with porcelain basin.  The guest room was rarely unoccupied as, like other Filipino families, the Gorordos regularly hosted friends and relatives. - courtesy of Casa Horordo Museum

Photos above and below were taken at the Kitchen
This is a reconstruction of a traditional Cebuano kitchen which was used by the Gorordo household.  Typically, the kitchen was located in a separate hut because of the smoke it produced and as the precaution against fire.  Objects found in this house include ceramics, wooden utensils, glassware and cooking implements from the 1800s and the early 1900s.  Other interesting features are the earth-paved stove or abuhan, the food cabinet or paminggalan and the dish dryer or banggera extending from the window. - courtesy of Casa Horordo Museum

Photos above and below were taken at the Banyo
A bathroom or baño within the house is a luxury only for few families enjoyed in the 1800s and early 1900.  Same as the common detached baños or the tine, however, those in opulent households had open roof.  This allowed daylight and sometimes, rainwater into the bathroom.  Until the second decade of the twentieth century, water was brought upstairs by servants and stored in big ceramic jars.  The tub was used mainly by women and children.  - courtesy of Casa Horordo Museum

The azotea served many purposes.  In daytime, it was used for washing, drying and ironing clothes.  The cool breeze in the late afternoons and evenings made it an ideal place for relaxation, meriendas and intimate gatherings for friends and family.  The large martavan jars are both functional and decorative.  They are constantly filled with water to cool the breeze that enters the windows.  The whole terrace is shaded by two flowering vines; the yellow bells and the bridal bouquet, the latter being almost as old as the house. - courtesy of Casa Horordo Museum

After the exit of this heritage site, I took my early lunch nearby.  For only 60 pesos, I already had plain rice, soda and the delicious fish.  I stayed there for 30 minutes then proceeded to Magellan's Cross.

Mt. Banahaw | A Tree Planting Event

Mt. Banahaw
I’ve been to different outreach programs; I even organized some of them before. I already attended some forums and seminars about environmental hazards. But, this is my first time joining a Tree Planting Event in a mountain. Organized by Jeff and Sadeck; participated by some mountaineers, outdoor enthusiasts and travellers. This event focused on planting more trees for the next generations and to prevent soil erosion resulting to flooding in the metro.

Nowadays, flooding and soil erosion is one of the huge problems in mountainous part of the country as it destroys livelihood, assets and even life. Actually just today, August 18, 2013, we encountered habagat and typhoon Maring, so all of us were affected! And according to DENR, the numbers of forest areas in the country lessen because of illegal activities. So we decided to have a “Tree Planting Event” at the holy mountain – Mt. Banahaw.

We chartered a jeep from Taft going to Brgy. Kinabuhayan (jump off of Mt. Cristobal) in Quezon. We met at McDo along LRT 1 Taft Station at 12 midnight. I recognized some participants and first time to see some new faces. The weather wasn’t that good because of the easterlies and the low pressure area in northern part of Luzon, so we all thought that everything will flow according to plans, but read our story below to find out what we encountered.

Mt. Banahaw
The weather was fine when we’re on our way to Quezon. We had several breaks in some 7-11 store along the way, but we had our final break at San Pablo, Laguna where we took our early breakfast at Friendly Mami along Maharlika Highway. They were actually featured in Manila Bulletin’s Dining Section on April 26, 2012. 

Tree Planting Event
Everyone of us was excitedly waited for our guide Kuya Lito near the basketball court. We grabbed that time to prepare for our today’s journey. Some bought coffee in nearby vendo machine while Saddeck chose preparing a 3n1 coffee mix. It was his first time using his stove and when he couldn’t make a flame, sir (I forgot his name) helped him. Next time, he needs to make sure that he reads the instructions. “Basa-basa din pag may time”

Tree Planting Event
When Kuya Lito and his son arrived, we read the rules and regulations issued by the DENR and WE PRAYED! After that, we proceeded to DENR at around 4:45AM and picked the seedlings that we’ll be going to plant at the holy mountain.

tree planting
Real smile while holding the seedlings! Everyone got excited holding the seedlings of Nara tree; some picked the larger ones, but mostly selected the smaller sizes but older enough to survive their new environment. We stayed at DENR area for few minutes, and then started ascending!

trail mt. banahaw
We started planning our trees at 6:30AM. There were 20 participants in our group plus our guide, Kuya Lito and his son, so we’re 22 in total. We brought and planted 22 seedlings for the next generation. We are hoping that the 22 newly planted trees will survive in all factors in their new ecological unit.

mt. banahaw trail
Since Mt. Banahaw is still not open to the public; I easily recognized the beautiful flora and fauna in every corner of this holy mountain. The photo above is a proof of its richness; this gorgeous orange forest ornament wrapped by a pure white fog.

video
The video above is my 360 degrees shot at Kapatagan taken at around 8:30AM. As what you can see, the fog was really thick that made us chill because of the cold wind blowing our skin. Based on what you heard, the wind was strongly blowing the trees in the area.

Summit Mt. Banahaw
We reached the summit at around 10:58AM, NO CLEARING, just a thick fog and a cold strong wind welcomed us. Instead of feeling frustrated at that moment, we enjoyed it! because we were able to reach that level and we’re all okay. After waiting the last group, we had a short break, and then prepared our lunch. Lunch break served as our social part – as in umaapaw nang pagkain, KANIN NGA LANG, tapos daliri nalang ulam! To all the pipz who shared their foods, thanks a lot! Special thanks to Cheng, because she brought and shared us her unique and the only ADOBONG ASIN, garnished with pork and oil. Sa alat ba naman, naging main ingredient ang asin ng hindi inaasahan!

video
After lunch, we thought the weather will change but it didn’t happen, but that’s okay! 12:30PM, we left the summit and we started descending the mountain. The rain drops were falling, then after few minutes, the drops transformed into strong rain showers. The wet trail transformed into a muddy one and the water was flowing along the trail while we’re descending in a hurry. The water was cold; the wind was colder, so the feeling wasn’t that good! But those factors didn’t stop us enjoying Mt. Banahaw. 

holy mountain
We reached Kapatagan at around 1:30PM at we waited there until we’re completed. The weather was still the same, but we were not hearing the rain drops or the winds hissing sound anymore because it was changed into hilarity and happiness. Because the trail was slippery because of the rain, instead of being upset, we made that time to know more about ourselves. We also counted if how many times fell on the ground and how many times we stood up and proceeded – that’s applicable to our life, isn’t it?

Hiking Mt. Banahaw
I was taking photos of the grass but I accidentally included the faces of these people and with the fog as the white background. This time, good thing that the rain stopped, so we waited the rest by talking anything that came to our mind.

When we’re complete, we continued descending. We thought that everything will be fine, because it’s just two hours trek going to the jump off at Brgy. Kinabuhayan, but we encountered another challenge that hindered our speed. We were walking on the trail that serves as the trail of the horses that transports veggies for their livelihood, so the soil was eroded and the mud was really thick. So, that remaining time was spent in balancing, bending our knees and holding to the grass and trees for our brake. I think the mud didn’t hinder us in terms of speed, I think it helped us a lot! We almost run because the gravity was pulling us down.

DENR Mt. Banahaw
We finally made it! We reached DENR at around 3:49PM. Then, we proceeded to the “holy river of Banahaw,” took a rest, cleaned ourselves and our dirty stuff while waiting for the rest. Some people were fetching water from the river, because according to the believers, the water on the river is miraculous as it can cure any diseases.

It will be my second time visiting this river, the first time was during our climb in Mount Cristobal, where some called it the “Devils Mountain” Just to give you an idea, at the river near the entrance (probably the beginning of the river) the Religious Zone can be found where a foot mark on the rock can be found. The believers said that the foot mark there is from Jesus Christ. I don’t want to comment on that belief, but all I can say is: if you are Christian, you need to believe in the Bible; you need to live based on the Bible and not just for some belief created by humans. FAITH TO OUR GOD is the ONLY WAY FOR A MIRACULOUS LIFE.

The rain drops were falling on the ground, so after cleaning and taking a break at the nearby store, we proceeded to our service and left Brgy. Kinabuhayan. Majority of the group were sleeping, I know that because I was staring to them the whole time. The rain and the wind got stronger and stronger; so instead of listening to that noise, I turned on my iPod and listened to the songs of Beyonce, Mariah Carrey, Rihanna and Shakira to relieve the stress I felt because of the storm. We took our dinner in Bulalo restaurant along the high way of Laguna. We stayed there for less than an hour and then proceeded to our destination. We were on the way, when we encountered a storm, please play the video below:

video
The wind and rain hitting the windshield was really strong! The other participants woke up because of what’s happening outside. The other cars opened their hazard lights because it was almost in zero visibility to prevent accident. We were in that situation for almost two hours, so kudos to our driver! We finally reached Taft, so we thought everything is fine now, but the water in the terminal  was in kneed high level, so that’s another problem. I was thinking of the situation in my area in Cainta, Rizal; because our subdivision is a flood prone area.

Different plans came into my mind because I was considering everything. Finally, we (with a new found friend) proceeded to MRT Station, took a ride going to Ortigas station while our bags and other stuff were wet. The passengers in the train were all neat and we didn’t care about it! When we get off at Ortigas Station, we saw high water level along EDSA. Walked going to Robinsons Galleria, took a ride in the bus (good thing that we were the first ones entered the bus so we were able to get a seat.) I was the first one get off the bus, so I said Good Bye to my new found friend! I walked, took a short jeepney ride, but when I was at the tricycle terminal, the drivers couldn’t make to our street because we’ll be going to pass along the street filled with flood and the water can reach the trike’s motor and might stop. Another tricycle arrived at the terminal and his trike is higher compared to the others, so he said YES. Another passenger entered the trike and he’s soooo cute! I was in left part holding my huge backpack placed on the trike’s floor and he was on my right. He’s shoulder touches my shoulder; he was embracing his small backpack. When we’re along the street with deeper flood, he said: “uy, yung bag mo baka mabasa” so I grabbed my bag and put on my lap, he was so kind and his voice is still in my mind until right now! I am so KILIG!! And I finally reached my apartment securely. Thanks for reading our story see you next time!

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