Holy Week Guide 2016: 7 Churches in Quezon City for Visita Iglesia
by The Click List
most Filipino Catholics, Visita Iglesia (translates to: Church Visit)
is one of the most important activities during Holy Week where devotees
visit and pray in front of the Blessed Sacrament in at least
seven different churches.
Destination Drive: 4 Roadtrip Hidden Gems near Metro Manila
Living in the concrete jungle that is Manila, with a work schedule
allowing you to barely breathe (and the urban smog that often gets in
the way of fresh air), can often turn your stressed out hardworking self
craving for a quick escape -- the easiest solution being a short
roadtrip to anywhere exciting to refuel yourself with new and
interesting experiences that will boost your mood. For the veteran
roadtripper, though, not just any destination will do. After all,
frequent daytripping from Metro Manila has lead travelers to stick to
their 'tried and tested' mainstream cities -- which leads to everyone
and their grandmother's dog going to the same getaway places all the
A little change is good once in a while, and discovering hidden gems
while others go through their same old roadtrip itinerary is always
exciting. Ready to go off the beaten track? Round up your travel buddies
and fuel your wanderlust by exploring these three underrated
destinations just a short roadtrip away from Manila.
With 7,107 islands, the Philippines is every traveler's dream not
only to foreigners but to locals as well. From chilling on beaches,
chowing down savory dishes, climbing mountains to just relaxing, there
are a number of activities you could do in the country.
First up, where to stay? Looking for places to stay at these days
aren't as difficult as it was back then. There are a number of online
booking websites offering places to stay at affordable prices. Agoda
for example has the cheapest offerings when it comes to hotel booking
with discounts up to 75%. However, note that prices can change quickly
so act fast when you want to book something.
A hostel stay in the metro doesn't have to mean sacrificing in amenities and comfort. For smart travelers, Z Hostel
is something worth checking out (and checking into). With 30 rooms and
128 beds, this new Makati accommodation is considered the biggest and
only luxury hostel in the Philippines.
Z Hostel translates communal living into a modern and friendly
experience. Many solo travelers and avid backpackers choose to stay in
hostels for two main reasons: they are budget-friendly, and usually run
by (and accomodated by) sociable folk. It's a place where one can have
casual, communal hangouts with fellow guests that indulge in their
wanderlust, rather than a standard hotel's more formal, keep-to-yourself
'Simbang Gabi' (Night Mass) is a Christmas tradition
of hearing mass for nine consecutive days, December 16 to December 24,
and is widely practiced in the country by the Catholics. Also called 'Misa de Gallo'
(Spanish for 'Rooster's Mass'), Simbang Gabi is traditionally held as a
novena of dawn Masses, but Churches also have anticipated Masses held
during the previous night.
This tradition traces back during the Spanish era as dawn Masses for
the farmers before they begin their work early in the morning. Now,
almost every Church (if not all) in Manila that celebrate Simbang Gabi
have food stalls awaiting hungry parishioners after celebrating
Mass--Christmas favorites such as puto bumbong and bibingka are made fresh and served hot, paired best with hot coffee and tsokolate. Another tradition practiced by many parishioners is to make a wish after completing all nine days of Simbang Gabi.
to the unofficial Philippine holiday calendar, Christmas season has
started way back in September 1 and will last until The Feast of Three
Kings in January.
Feeling Scrooge-y even if it’s already the second of
December? You might want to visit these Christmas-themed destinations to
stir up the merry holiday feelings within you. The unique charm of
these places is guaranteed to take the Grinch out of you.