Fr. Jerry Orbos, S.V.D.
November 21, 2017
A pilgrimage represents the journey each of us makes in this life. It is an important aspect in our walk with God. Set aside time to be with God: present in his creation, present through the homilies of our spiritual guide, present in the face of the neighbor, walking side by side with us. You are invited to join a 4-day Pilgrimage to Ilocos with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD leaving on November 21, 2017 and may you experience the presence of God throughout your journey, loving you and giving you hope.
Ilocos is one of the rare places in the country that have strongly preserved its heritage. Our pilgrimage begins in Laoag, the capital of Ilocos Norte. Laoag is known as the Sunshine City and the city is a delightful blend of traditional and modern lifestyle. Upon arrival, you will enjoy an afternoon tour of the city which includes a mass at St. Williams Cathedral Church (Laoag Cathedral). Visit the cathedral earthquake baroque bell tower called the Sinking Bell Tower because it has been sinking under its own weight due to seismic activity through the centuries.
Proceed to Vigan, the capital of Ilocos Sur. Included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, Vigan is one of the few remaining 16th century towns in the Philippines. Visit various historic churches that dot the city. Celebrate Mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral, also known as Metropolitan Cathedral. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the city’s cobblestoned streets. Marvel at the mansions of yesteryears that boast of unique architecture that fuses European, Oriental and Philippine building designs. Vigan is also recognized as one of the New7 Wonders Cities of the world.
Next stop is Bacarra, to visit the historical Bacarra Church founded by the Augustinians who dedicated it to St. Andrew. The Bacarra Church is famed for its centuries-old, domeless or “beheaded” belfry. Continue driving north to Burgos, the most northwestern town on the island of Luzon. Have a photo stop at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, also known as the Burgos Lighthouse. Visit the Burgos Wind Farm, the largest wind farm in the Philippines. Feast your eyes on pristine white sands of Pagudpud’s Saud White Ivory Beach.
Proceed to Sarrat to visit the Santa Monica Parish Church, also known as the Sarrat Church. Built in 1779, the Santa Monica Parish Church is renowned as the largest church in the whole Ilocos Norte province.
Wind down your pilgrimage in Paoay, where you will celebrate Mass at the awe inspiring Paoay Church, also known as the St. Augustine Church. Paoay Church is included in the list of UNESCO World Heritage sites as one of the four Baroque Churches in the Philippines.
Join a 4-day Pilgrimage to Ilocos with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD leaving on November 21, 2017. May this time of rest and reflection attune all pilgrims to listen to the Shepherd’s voice with the hope that everyone will return to their homes changed and renewed.
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
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