31 January 2011

BAKAS, Norzagaray Bulacan

BAKAS literally means, marks-traces or footprints. BAKAS is situated or a portion of Angat River, a very interesting spot where the foot markings of the legendary Bernardo Carpio and his pets can be found. It is one of the attractions in Norzagaray Bulacan.
The markings are best viewed on top of the boulders but getting there is hard, first you must know how to swim. At noon time the water level starts to go up, the current is strong making it hard to swim near the huge stones.


About Bernardo Carpio - a story of  a man with superhuman strength have been passed from our ancestors to present generation, the legend says that in Bernardo Carpio's travel he stopped and rested and left his 2-feet footprints on a mound of adobe stones. The markings are still there, because of this story the place was called BAKAS.  

It was an unplanned visit just to relax and enjoy nature's simplicity. 
It's just a few hours drive from Manila to Norzagaray. There's a way from Tungko, Fairview and from Bulacan going to Barrio Matictic, Norzagaray but I took the way from Sta Maria to Norzagaray. 

Cottages are available at Php200. 

The road going to BAKAS is rough but I saw portions of the it started to be develop. Take a tricycle tell driver to bring you to BAKAS, fare is Php20 per person. 

Commuting could be a little tricky but it's worth the effort when we arrive in the place. Enjoy fresh air, cold and clean water. 


No other Amenities available except Cottages and Comfort Rooms made from Coconut leaves.

Snail and Clam

What other way to relax and spent your weekend is to be in a quite place, and take a deep breath with fresh air. It's a nice way to spent it with family, friends or just being ALONE. 

BAKAS, Barrio Matictic, Norzagaray Bulacan.
Getting there:
From Bocaue Bulacan, take non-aircon (ordinary) buses going to Norzagaray. In Poblacion Norzagaray, take a tricycle and tell driver to bring you to BAKAS. Jeepney from Sta Maria Bulacan going to Norzagaray will also bring you to Poblacion. 

24 January 2011

112th Anniversary of the First Philippine Republic

January 23, 1899, the First Philippine Republic also known as the Malolos Republic, was inaugurated at the Barasoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan with General Emilio Aguinaldo as the President, a government constituted by Malolos Congress. 

As we celebrate the 112th Anniversary of the First Philippine Republic,it is a great time to commemorate the historical church and events that happened 112 years ago. Visit the Historical Barasoain Church, the Cradle of  Democracy in the East.

General Emilio Aguinaldo's carriage.

 The Adoration Chapel of Barasoain Church

Barasoain Church is an hour drive from Manila to Malolos Bulacan.

13 January 2011

Diocesan Shrine of Mary, Mother of Eucharist and Grace

The House of Prayer in Bulacan

Also called House of Prayer, Mother of Grace and Eucharist located at San Vicente, Bulacan.

Behind the altar is glass window where you can see through is the huge statue of the Blessed Mother. The church has a museum and a replica of the Holy Land.

Entrance of Holy Land Replica - inside this cave are various Religious replicas, big and small, mostly life size images. The stairs on the right leads you to the Blessed Sacrament. (Shown below)

Agwawan Beach, Mariveles, Bataan

San Isidro, Mariveles, Bataan

I have been in this place many times when I was a child especially during summer vacation but I never remember having a close-up view of Agwawan Beach. We were happy just viewing it from the top of the mountain, just a few blocks away from my uncle's house. 

I never thought that I will  see the beach more closely since nobody from the family had the time of going there, not until recently when a family friend wants to go near the beach, without hesitation I joined them so I could take photos.

Cloudy sky

I love standing here to watch the stunning beauty of this place every time I visit my uncle and his family in Mariveles, Bataan. Years ago, there were no means of transportation in this village so you'll definitely enjoy going up and down the mountain to reach your destination unless you have your own vehicle. Recently, (after more than 10 yrs) I came back for important family affair. This time I saw changes in the area; tricycles are awaiting at the High-way, housing are started to build inside the village.

As usual, I am excited to stop for a moment on my favorite spot so I could see the beauty of the overlooking beach and so I decided to walk. It's still the same, as always I love everything about it..the sky, the island, the blue water, the trees and the fresh air. I stopped for a moment and for the first time, I took photos. Why first time? because I don't own a cellular phones/digital camera when I used to go here. 

Fishing area

Grace enjoying the Rocky beach of Agwawan

Going to Mariveles, Bataan:

Take Genesis Bus located in Pasay and Cubao Terminal or along EDSA
Genesis Transport Services, INC
Terminal: Unit 101 A Giselle Park EDSA Cor Rotonda Pasay City
Tel No: (02) 551-0842

You may also take Bataan Transit (Bus terminal located in Aurora Blvd, Cubao)

10 January 2011

Bacnotan, La Union

An old Catholic Church since 1868, St. Michael The Archangel Catholic Church
Bacnotan, La Union

La Union - considered one of the top tourist destination  by many beach lovers, scuba divers and surfers. San Juan beach, Bauang Beach and San Francisco-Canaoay-Pagudpud Beach are the most visited beaches of La Union. Aside from the waters of La Union, other interesting and tourist attractions are the Religious structures and Cultural heritage of the province; Bacsil Ridge, Luna Watchtower, Museo de La Union, Pottery-making and Blanket-weaving just to mention a few.  

Going there will take you about 7 hours by Bus. We headed to Partas bus in Cubao terminal and the bus left before 7am by 2pm we arrived in Bacnotan. Going on a private vehicle will only take you about 5 hrs. The trip was comfortable, the road was smooth except  at some areas of Pangasinan. Thanks to waypoints , it guided our way with their navigational aids like GPS data, photos and tips. 

Partas Bus Fare is Php400 Cubao to Bacnotan.

Stop over at Sison, La Union

After the 2nd stop over at Sison La Union, I thought it will be less than an hour to Bacnotan so I started getting ready and finished my "baon" but it took another 2 hours to reach Bacnotan.

Bacnotan, a first class municipality in the province of La Union. Ilokano is their language spoken. Economic activity mostly are farming, fishing and tourism. The place is very quiet and clean. Tricycles and jeepneys are the means of transportation. There is a very old Catholic Church that's so beautiful, St. Michael the Archangel is just few walks away from where we stayed. One Sunday, I was able to hear mass and it was said in Ilocano. 

the interior


What you'll see at Bacnotan Town Plaza? Park with a fountain and old church bell located just across the Catholic Church, nice place for picnic. The Bacnotan Town Hall just infront of Town Plaza. 

I was looking for eateries or restaurants that would offer Bacnotan's best delicacies but unfortunately haven't found one except for few sari-sari stores around the vicinity. You may take tricycle going to Public Market where you can buy your everyday needs from food, household products to personal necessities.

Well, the place is very quiet and clean. I love the fresh air, the plants and trees around the town plaza. I can say, free from both air and noise pollution. People are very warm and will greet you with a smile.

On our way back to Manila, we were able to pass Taboc, San Juan La Union popular for  clay pottery crafts. I bought a lampshade at Php 200 made by Red Clay Pottery Crafts. The lamp I bought usually sold at Php350-400. :)

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