Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Ryan Barrios

  • Departure Date:

    August 15, 2018

  • Countries:

    Philippines

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare via PAL Express
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers by private coach
  • Airline Taxes
  • Three (3) nights hotel accommodation
  • Transportation by private air conditioned coach
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary
  • Roundtrip private boat transfers to Guimaras
  • Services of an English-speaking guide during the tour
  • Services of a Tour Leader and Pilgrimage Chaplain
  • Tips to guide, drivers and waiters
  • Travel Insurance valid for 4 days only
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary (B – Breakfast ; L – Lunch ; D – Dinner)

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Steeped in history, Iloilo is a city that boasts of its heritage. It was named as “La Muy Noble Ciudad” or “The Most Noble City” by the Queen of Spain during the Spanish colonial era. Marvel at this queen city where the people’s way of life is deeply anchored in faith and its colonial-era churches are a living testament to this. Join a Pilgrimage to Iloilo with Fr. Ryan Barrios leaving on Augut 15, 2018.

Begin your pilgrimage in the Jaro district where Mass will be celebrated at the Jaro Cathedral  or Nuestra Senora de la Candelaria, the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Jaro. The image of Our Lady of Candles, enshrined in the church, is the second oldest Marian image in the Philippines and was crowned by St. Pope John Paul II during his visit on February 21, 1981.  Still in Jaro, see old colonial houses of sugar barons and Hispano-Filipino houses of the elite such as the Lizares Mansion and the Casa Mariquit.

Participate in the Blessing and Inauguration of St. Padre Pio Chapel  and Convent of the Missionaries of the Child Jesus in Batuan, Pototan, Iloilo City where Fr. Ryan Barrios will deliver the homily. The Mass celebrants will include :  Most Rev. Jose Romeo Lazo, D.D., Archbishop of Jaro as the main celebrant; Most  Rev. Angel Lagdameo, D.D., Archbishop-Emeritus of Jaro as the co-celebrant.; and Rev. Fr. Gian Maria Di Giorgio, OFB, a former sacristan of Padre Pio, as a concelebrant.

Visit the  Parish of St. Anne, which is also known as the “Feminist Church” or the “Church of Women.” because of the all female saints that adorn the sides of its walls. Not to be missed is a visit to the Sto Nino de Arevalo Parish where the third oldest Sto. Nino image in the country is enshrined.

Enjoy a full day Guimaras Island Tour. Visit the Our Lady of the Philippines Monastery, the only Trappist monastery in the Philippines. Celebrate Mass at the Chapel and spend time in prayer and meditation.

Head for the Church of Saint Thomas of Villanova, commonly known as the Miagao Church. The church is famous for the painstakingly detailed sculptural relief on its pediment. Built in 1731, it is considered as one of the oldest churches in the Philippines. The church was designated as one of the best examples of the Baroque Churches of the Philippines and included in the list of World Heritage sites by UNESCO.

 

Take time and make time to pray. Join a Pilgrimage to Iloilo with Fr. Ryan Barrios leaving on August 15, 2018. Catch a glimpse of our storied past and discover the rich cultural heritage of the beautiful province of Iloilo.

Things We Love

  • The majestic, grandiose and elegant Miagao Church is bedecked with intricate motifs, including the image of a saint carrying Jesus while holding on to a coconut tree.
  • Attend the blessing of the Shrine of St. Padre Pio Pietrelcina in Batuan, Pototan culminating with the celebration of the Holy Mass.
  • Mangoes from Guimaras is well known worldwide as the sweetest mangoes on earth!
  • All female saints put along the main aisle of the church of the Church of St. Anne or Molo Church.
  • The stunning Nuestra Senora de la Paz y Buen Viaje Church (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Church in La Paz) is an awesome showcase of Ilonggo artistry. It has already become a preferred wedding church among locals.

Things To Do

  • VISIT.

    Visit Jaro Cathedral or the Cathedral of Our Lady of Candles, considered as the second National shrine in the Visayas after the Basilica del Santo Nino in Cebu.

  • BRING HOME.

    Buy fresh, wholesome and homemade food products at the Trappist Monastery in Guimaras

  • HISTORY.

    See how the people of Guimbal protected themselves,  during the pre-Hispanic era,  from the attacks of possible marauders and Moro pirates at the Guimbal Watchtower.

  • FEAST.

    Feast on iconic Iloilo eats such as La Paz Batchoy, Pancit Molo, Barquillos, butterscotch and  an endless list of amazing food that Iloilo is well known for.

  • RIDE.

    Enjoy fresh sea air on your boat ride from Iloilo to Guimaras.

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Testimonials

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 Cabusora

Ms. 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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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.

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BASIC TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE: airport terminal fee, insurance, hospitalization and other medical expenses, tours and transportation during free periods, porterage of extra pieces of luggage in excess of the maximum allocation (10 kgs.), 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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