Fr. Jerry Orbos, S.V.D.
July 18, 2017
Take a journey of faith in the scenic provinces of Cebu and Bohol, where a plethora of sacred places of worship adorn its cities. Join Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD on a 4-day Pilgrimage to Cebu and Bohol leaving on July 18, 2017. Marvel at the centuries-old churches and shrines tightly knit with Philippine history, and discover for yourself why Cebu and Bohol is one of the country’s premier pilgrimage destinations.
Begin your pilgrimage in Cebu, the cradle of Christianity in the Philippines. Visit the Church of Our Lady of Rule in Mactan where stories of miracles that took place in this neighborhood of Opon abound. Pray before the image of the Sto. Nino at the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino. Founded in 1565, the Basilica unearthed an unscathed image of the miraculous Sto. Nino, believed to have been left by Ferdinand Magellan’s expedition. Stop by the Magellan’s Cross, a historical landmark in Cebu, believed to be the place where Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross upon arrival in Cebu.
Travel to the south of Cebu to visit the Monastery of the Holy Eucharist, popularly known as Simala Shrine or Simala Church. Built in 1998, the castle-like church of the Simala Shrine is popular for the occurrence of several miraculous events, including the shedding of tears by an image of the Blessed Mother. In Sibonga, marvel at the astounding pre-war ceiling frescoes of the Church of Nuestra Senora del Pilar painted by Cebuano Artist Raymundo Francia in 1924.
Spend a full day excursion to Bohol, a tropical haven of natural beauty and home to a distinguished breed of Catholic churches dating back to the Spanish colonial regime. Visit the Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception or commonly known as the Baclayon Church, the second oldest stone church in the Philippines. Enjoy a hearty buffet lunch inclusive of live performances while on a Loboc River Cruise. Not to be missed are the scenic views of Chocolate Hills, Bohol’s most famous tourist attraction.
Cebu and Bohol is home to some of the oldest and ornate churches dating back to the Spanish colonial regime. Discover the rich culture and heritage of the Catholic faith in the Philippines. Join Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD on a 4-day Pilgrimage to Cebu and Bohol leaving on July 18, 2017.
Dear Pilgrim Center: My husband Aldo & I would like to praise & commend our Pilgrim Chaplain Fr. Dante Venus & our Tour Leader Bro. Monty for the very successful & memorable pilgrimage to Italy & the Holy Land we were very fortunate to join on March 26-April 8, 2018. It was very hectic to be sure, but still they managed our time very well that we were able to visit more places than was promised in the itinerary, and we are very appreciative of that. Likewise, the solemnity of the whole pilgrimage experience was still observed despite many of us in the group, myself included, often forgetting that we were pilgrims & not tourists 😉😉, taking photos, selfies, etc. instead of, or before focusing on what the local guide was explaining or on the scripture readings. I cannot fault us pilgrims on this because for many of us seniors, and I speak for my husband & I, that trip might be our first & last time to visit those places, so we made sure they were properly documented. Nonetheless, it was a truly spiritually uplifting & life-changing experience for us. We continue to thank our Lord for making that experience of a lifetime possible. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! Thank you very much to Fr. Dante, Bro. Monty & to each of us pilgrims in the group for the prayers, love, care & concern shown to each other. Let us continue to pray for and with each other. It is my hope that we meet each other again soon, to strengthen our bonds of friendships. Most sincerely, Leclec CabusoraMs. Leclec Cabusora
I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.Peter Joseph Mapua
The Pilgrims' Center always gives you the best. They let you feel like an Executive in terms of personal service & attention especially during pilgrimage. Their choices of pilgrimages and pilgrim chaplains are outstanding. You go back home very fulfilled and immersed...Marlene Silvestre