Fr. Jerry Orbos, S.V.D.
April 27, 2018
A pilgrimage is a prayer and a quest to encounter God. Embark on a unique spiritual adventure. Join a 4-day Pilgrimage to Dumaguete with Siquijor with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD leaving on April 27, 2018.
Begin your pilgrimage in Dumaguete, a university town and the provincial capital of Negros Oriental. Dumaguete is more relaxed, and life here moves at a steady, calm pace. Visit the seaside campus of Silliman University. Established in 1901, it is one of the oldest universities in the Philippines. It is also the country’s first Protestant university and the first American university in Asia. Stop by St. Catherine of Alexandria Cathedral, also known as the Dumaguete Cathedral. Built in 1754 to 1776, the Dumaguete Cathedral boasts itself as the “Oldest Stone Church in Negros.” Just a stone’s throw away from the Dumaguete Cathedral is the Belfry of Dumaguete. Also known as the Campanario de Dumaguete, the Belfry of Dumaguete, is one of the four watchtowers that once existed in the city. The bell tower was used as a warning device against invaders during the 1800s. Not to be missed is a leisurely stroll along Rizal Boulevard. Constructed in 1916, Dumaguete’s waterfront promenade along Rizal Boulevard is a scenic quarter-mile lined with old fashioned street lamps. It holds a big part of the city’s provincial charm and has become a very popular landmark.
Take a short ferry ride bound for the island of Siquijor. Serene Siquijor is endowed with scenic beauty, archaic churches and natural attractions. Visit the San Isidro Labrador Parish and Convent in Lazi. Constructed by the Augustinian Recollects, the Baroque church was established in 1857. The convent, one of the oldest and biggest in the country, was erected in 1887. The church complex is among the Baroque Churches of the Philippines and is declared as one of the historical, landmarks of the Philippines. Continue with your visit to other old and historical churches in the island such as St. Francis of Assisi, Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Augustine Parish. Stop by the 400-year old Balete Tree, known as the oldest and biggest tree in the province and a popular landmark. Not to be missed is a visit to Salagdoong Beach, an awesome place endowed with clean, fine white sand set against the backdrop of light blue waters.
From Siquijor travel back to Dumaguete to proceed to the Manjuyod Sandbar, often referred to as “The Maldives of the Philippines.” Spend time dolphin and whale watching at the Tanon Strait. Wind down your pilgrimage with a visit to “Our Lady’s Garden,” where you can recharge and reflect on the blessings received while on pilgrimage.
Pray, reflect, marvel at the beauty of nature and of our rich culture. Join a 4-day Pilgrimage to Dumaguete with Siquijor with Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD leaving on April 27, 2018. Let this life-changing experience brings you closer to Jesus and bring about a greater sense of life’s purpose.
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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