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Puerto Princesa Palawan Family Reunion

"Palawan is a sight to behold. The people are friendly and warm. We are happy to be there." These were the last entry in my last Palawan post, when my husband and I visited in 2010. (Read the full post here...>>>Out Working in Puerto Princesa Palawan)

When we left for Manila, we promised ourselves to come back and bring our family next time.  We finally had the chance to do just that, when my brother and his wife, visited us from abroad.

Our return to Palawan, has just become a Family Reunion.

We got very little time to prepare and we were all busy at work, since we needed to make everything hassle free for the youngest and oldest of our family members, we decided to book our tours via a travel agency.

 I found Legendary Tours Palawan in one of the travel expos we have visited in Manila and I am proud to say we got our tours at real good discounted rates.  It was a swift transact with Carina and Christian of Legendary Tours. They were very efficient and accommodating, hig…

Birthday Road Trip to Kamay ni Hesus

Wondering of a special thing to do for my birthday weekend led us to a roadtrip to Kamay ni Hesus Shrine.  Kamay ni Hesus is a famous pilgrimage site, known for it Healing Church.
It sits on a 5 hectare land that also includes a Via Dolorosa Grotto, Noah’s Ark, Sea of Galilee, Holy Family Park, and the Pastoral Center founded by the Healing Priest, Fr. Joey Faller.
I thought it would be nice to attend mass to give thanks for the past wonderful 41 years and pray for an even more blessed years ahead.

The Healing Church

We arrived at 10am and missed the  9am. The following mass starts at 5pm anticipated masses during Saturdays (I have appended below the daily mass schedule, for reference).  

Next stop is the Via Dolorosa Grotto, which features the Fourteen (14) Stations of the Cross.
It was a tiring walk up the grotto's steep (290+) steps, you would literally have to carry yourself to reach the top.

So tired, but we got to look fresh in front of the camera...

Yehey, almost at the top :P


Back to Nature at Villa Elma ~ Lucban Quezon

For my birthday weekend, we went on a family road trip to Kamay ni Hesus Shrine (a well-known Catholic pilgrimage site). As it was quite a long drive back home to Manila from Lucban, Quezon Province, so my husband and I decided to stay the night at Villa Elma.

Villa Elma is a scenic nature park with bed and breakfast, located at the foot of Mt. Banahaw.
We stayed at the Log Cabin.  This accommodation is good for 6+ guests.  There is a room upstairs with a queen sized bed and a sofa that converts to a bed on the ground floor.  There is a small restroom downstairs and full bath on the 2nd floor.

Only the upstairs bed room is air-conditioned, but it was okay at the ground floor too, as weather at the foot of Mt Banahaw is fresh-cool.  It felt like we were in Baguio.

The room upstairs is nicely decorated ~ adorned with paintings and other work of arts.

There is also a veranda upstairs.   

Our window opens to this delightful view (Yes, I wanted to take this papaya tree home with us).

Chickens ro…