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Visita Iglesia in Batangas-Quezon

Posted in Tourism, Travel by Erineus on March 9, 2009

Updated March 01, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – On April 9, Maundy Thursday, Inscribe Tours brings participants to seven fascinating churches in Batangas and Quezon for its annual Visita Iglesia tour.

The tour starts with breakfast at the picturesque Mt. Malarayat Golf & Country Club in Lipa, then heads to the colonial town of Padre Garcia for its first church stop. Established by the Recoletos, the Most Holy Rosary Church’s original structure dates back to 1776. Next stop is St. James the Greater Church in Ibaan, which was administered by the Augustinian priests for over 100 years until it was turned over to the Oblates of St. Joseph in 1915.

The Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Rosario and St. John Nepomucene Church in San Juan are next on the itinerary. Its foundations were built with stones and bamboos in 1803, while the latter church was transferred to its present site in 1890.

Lunch is at Virgin Beach Resort in Laiya, San Juan’s popular tourist destination, which is renowned as the “Boracay of Southern Luzon” for its powder-white sand beach. After lunch, the tour heads to Quezon, visiting San Pedro Bautista Church in Candelaria and St. John the Baptist Church in Tiaong. Last stop is Villa Escudero’s quaint chapel in time for the “washing of the feet” Lenten rites. A tour of Villa Escudero’s famed museum, housed in the resort’s beautiful, pink-hued church, a walk through the bucolic surroundings, and sumptuous buffet dinner of native specialties cap the day.

For inquiries and early-bird discounts, call Gerry or Karla at 840-5912 and 575-8370.

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