Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Jerry Orbos, S.V.D.

  • Departure Date:

    November 21, 2017

  • Countries:

    Philippines

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare Manila – Laoag – Manila via PAL Express plus irline taxes
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers
  • Airline Taxes
  • Three (3) nights 1st class hotel accommodation
  • Transportation by vans all throughout the tour
  • Meals on full board basis
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary
  • Daily Masses
  • Services of a local tour guide in Ilocos
  • Services of a Tour Leader and Pilgrimage Chaplain
  • Travel Insurance
  • Hotel Porterage of one (1) pc. of luggage

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About Your Pilgrimage

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.

Things We Love

  • Inspiring homilies and anecdotes of Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD
  • Be awed by the diverse bird species that flock Paoay Lake. Here, migratory birds from far off countries, visit the lake and find shelter.
  • The garlicky Ilocano longganisa tastes far different from other known longganisas in the country.  Pair it with Ilocos vinegar and your eyes will just roll with delight!
  • Be transported to another era in the past. Saunter along the Vigan  Heritage Village and marvel at century-old Spanish houses
  • Watch a breathtaking sunset from the La Paz Sand Dunes in Laoag, the only desert in the Philippines.

Things To Do

  • PRAY

    Pray before the miraculous statue of the Black Nazarene, also known as Apo Lakay, on your visit to Sinait Church in Sinait, Ilocos Sur.

  • CONTEMPLATE

    Contemplate on the fusion of clear turquoise waters, lush mountains, and the alignment of windmills by the West Philippine Sea at the Bangui Wind Farm.

  • HISTORY

    Catch a glimpse of history on your visit to the Malacanang of the North in Paoay. This was the official residence of the First Family in Ilocos Norte which now serves as a museum of the late President Ferdinand Marcos.

  • ADMIRE

    St. Paul Metropolitan Cathedral or Vigan Cathedral proudly stands in the heart of the city of Vigan. Quite remarkable is its impressive altar surrounded with hammered-silver panels.

  • TAKE HOME

    Ilocos is awash with loads of pasalubong items like:  braided garlic, Ilocos vinegar, bagoong, cornicks, longganisa, empanada, royal bibingka and much more. Make sure to bring home something for your family and friends.

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Booking Conditions

1) 50% deposit is required upon reservation.

2) Deadline for full payment should be at least one (1) month before departure date.

3) Cancellation Charges:
> 50% of the tour cost will be charged if cancellation is made one (1) month before departure.
> Full tour cost shall be forfeited if cancellation is done fifteen (15) days prior to departure date.

Terms and Conditions

BASIC TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: Airport terminal fee, hospitalization and other medical expenses, tours and transportation during free periods, porterage of extra pieces of luggage in excess of the maximum allocation (10kgs.), drinks and beverages taken during meals, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, fax, room service, tips for drivers, guides, tour escorts, and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

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