Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Larry Faraon

  • Departure Date:

    March 27, 2019

  • Countries:

    Philippines

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare Clark – Basco – Clark via PAL Express
  • Roundtrip transfers Manila – Clark – Manila by deluxe air-conditioned coach
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers
  • Airline Taxes
  • Three (3) nights hotel accommodation
  • Transportation by vans all throughout the tour
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B – breakfast; L – lunch; D – dinner)
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary
  • Daily Masses
  • Services of a local Tour Guide
  • Services of a Tour Leader and Pilgrimage Chaplain
  • Travel Insurance (for passengers below 75 years old)

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A pilgrimage is a time for rest, renewal and reflection. Pray, meditate and reconnect with God in one of the country’s dream destinations.  You are invited to join a 4-day Pilgrimage to Batanes with Bulacan and Pampanga with Fr. Larry Faraon leaving on March 27, 2019.

Begin your pilgrimage with a Mass at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Marilao, Bulacan which features a life-sized painting of the image of the Divine Mercy in its main altar. Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the gardens. Visit the Guadalupe Chapel in the church basement where an image of Our Lady is enthroned with its flowing water. Devotees believe that the water can heal ailments.

Next stop is a visit to the historical Barasoain Church (also known as the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish) in Malolos, Bulacan. Built in 1888, the Barasoain Church is the site of the First Philippine Republic, otherwise known as the Malolos Congress, and where the first constitution of the country was written.  This is the reason why it is called the Cradle of Freedom and Shrine of Democracy.

Head for The Holy Rosary Parish, formerly known as Santo Rosario Church. Today fondly called by locals as “Pisambang Maragul” (Big Church), it stands at the center of Angeles, Pampanga. The church has recently been recognized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts as a national historical site.

Travel onwards to Betis Church, also known as St. James the Apostle Parish Church, in Betis, Guagua, Pampanga. Considered as the “Sistine Chapel of the Philippines,” the main attraction of the church is the original ceiling mural done by the famous painter Simon Flores. Not to be missed is his original painting of the Holy Family, the artesian well in the patio, and the rare betis tree nearby. The Betis Church was declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum and the National Commission for Culture and Arts.

End the day with a visit to the San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor, Pampanga. Originally standing at 12 meters high, the lahar flow from Mount Pinatubo’s 1991 eruption reduced Bacolor Church’s facade into half its original height. The original door, which has been buried by mud and ash materials, can no longer be seen. What were formerly church windows, are now used as main entrances to this house of worship.

Depart for Basco, the capital of Batanes. Celebrate Mass at the charming Mount Carmel Chapel, uniquely modelled after traditional Ivatan houses. Also known as Tukon Chapel, the church offers picturesque seascape of the West Philippine Sea and the Pacific Ocean.  Head for the Basco Cathedral, also known as the Sto. Domingo de Basco. This first and oldest church in Batanes is dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Patroness of Batanes.

 

Proceed to the tiny Diura fishing village. Here, fishermen perform the Kapayvanuvanua ritual to signify the start of the fishing season. Head for the captivating town of Mahatao to visit the historic San Carlos Borromeo Church. Built by the Dominicans in 1789, San Carlos Borromeo Church is recognized as one of the cultural icons of the Philippines.

Continue your pilgrimage in Ivana to visit the San Jose Obrero Church, one of the best preserved churches in the region.  Stop by at the Honesty Coffee Shop, one of the most famous man-made attractions in Batanes. Uniquely known for its business concept, the store is unmanned and solely relies on the honesty of the customers for payment of goods.

 

Cap off your pilgrimage in Racuh Apayaman, more commonly known as “Marlboro Country.”  Be awed by the magnificent panoramic view of the ocean, windswept cliffs rising above the sea and lush green pasture land with a handful of cows leisurely grazing. Enjoy the moment where the ambience is simply sublime.

Join a 4-day Pilgrimage to Batanes with Bulacan and Pampanga with Fr. Larry Faraon leaving on March 27, 2019.  Let this pilgrimage be a perfect time of restoration and coming closer to the heart of God amidst the splendour of the scenic Batanes landscape and picturesque, historical churches of Bulacan and Pampanga.

Things We Love

  • The baroque-styled Betis Church in Pampanga is a wonderful showcase of Filipino craftsmanship.
  • Perched on top of the Naidi Hills, the Basco Lighthouse affords a spectacular panoramic view of Batan Island and Baluarte Bay.
  • Pure, clean, fresh air in Batanes! A far cry from the polluted air in the city.
  • Watch an awe inspiring sunset on Naidi Hills in Basco, with an uninterrupted view of the Pacific Ocean.
  • Spend some time to commune with God while visiting beautiful places and enjoying the company of new found friends.

Things To Do

  • GLIMPSE.

    The 100-foot Divine Mercy statue in the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Bulacan is the tallest Divine Mercy statue in the country.

  • FEAST.

    Feast your eyes and stomach at Cafe de Tukon in Fundacion Pacita. A delightful combination of good food and breathtaking views of the sea, mountains and the sky.

  • PRAY.

    Pray the Stations of the Cross at the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy where you walk along a calvary-liked path containing all life-sized images of the Stations of the Cross.

  • HISTORY.

    Learn a bit of Philippine history on your visit to Barasoain Church, which was the scene of the proclamation of the Philippine independence in 1899.

  • SEE.

    See the oldest limestone house in Batanes on your visit to the House of Dakay, a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Insightful pilgrimage chaplains
Senior citizen friendly

Testimonials

Our pilgrimage was worth all the hardships (I was having leg pains). We had an excellent leader in the person of Adrian, two priests Fathers Val and Ron, who gave us very nice pieces of advice and homilies, and of course the members of the group who were all very nice. Looking forward to join another pilgrimage.

Emily Bautista

It was the most profound experience I had in my whole life....Walking with the Footsteps where Jesus walked made my life more grateful and humble....My faith become stronger as I express it...A growing faith is a sharing faith....TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! SHALOM!

Carmen Nierra

Vir & I would like to express our gratitude for a wonderful pilgrimage we had from Sept 5-18. From checking-in last Sept 5 & all during the tour, we felt the care from a family. No words can ever describe how thankful we are.I almost cried last Sept 8, (my birthday) when we (2 of us have the same birthday) were given a surprise mini celebration when after our dinner, we were given a cake. I really felt the love of a family then.All these things made possible because of your capable coordinator Ms. Ging Igual. She's such a wonderful leader. Kudos to her.Rest assured that i will refer your company to all my friends who are planning to go on pilgrimage .Good day & may God always guide & protect all of you in the Pilgrims' Center/ Executive Resources, Inc.Cora FrancaPilgrim

Cora and Vir Franca

Dear Pilgrims' 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

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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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 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 (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.

EXECUTIVE RESOURCES, INC. has arranged for the various tour services to be performed under the responsibility of various contractors. Executive Resources, Inc., its employees or its subagent’s therefore only act as agents for the contractors providing the various services described in the tour and accept no responsibility or liability in connection with losses or accidental expenses due to delays of schedule, overbooking, defaults or “force majeure.” All tours and arrangements are subject to the general conditions specified by each contractor. Tour itineraries and prices are subject to change without prior notice. When making a tour booking, the passenger acknowledges and accepts the foregoing conditions.

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