Fr. Gerard Deveza
July 27, 2020
The province of Bicol is well known as one of the major pilgrimage sites in the Philippines. Center of the 300-year old devotion to the Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia, Naga has been declared as Pilgrim City of the Philippines, the only city of its kind. Century-old churches and historical sites, mouthwatering cuisine and Mount Mayon awaits you in this unforgettable 4-day pilgrimage to Bicol with Fr. Gerard Deveza leaving on July 27, 2020.
Your pilgrimage will begin with a Mass at the Penafrancia Basilica Minore in Naga City. Home to the original image of the miraculous Our Lady of Penafrancia, the Basilica boasts of large stained-glass windows depicting the highlights in the more than 300-year old devotion to the Patroness of Bicolandia, lovingly called by the locals as “Ina”(Mother). Visit major sites in Naga such as the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, Holy Rosary Minor Seminary, Ateneo de Naga, Colegio de Sta. Isabel and many more..
Stop by Nabua, Camarines Sur to visit the Holy Cross Parish, one of the oldest churches in the Bicol Region. Enjoy your dinner in Daraga, Albay before proceeding to Sorsogon City, where you will be staying for two nights.
Marvel at the wonders of nature that Sorsogon has to offer. Pass by Rizal Beach in Gubat before proceeding to Barcelona, to celebrate Mass in St. Joseph Church. Also known as Barcelona Church, it is considered to be one of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the Bicol Region. Steeped in history, the St. James the Greater Parish Church in Bulusan was established inside a Spanish garrison back in 1630. The church is still surrounded by the garrison’s walls and has a reputation among locals as being the “little Intramuros of Bulusan.” Proceed to Bulusan Lake. Nestled at the foothills of the active Bulusan Volcano, Bulusan Lake’s landscape is lush, its surroundings quiet except for the occasional rustling of leaves, the gentle paddling from canoes, and the distant chirping of birds. Visit the Divine Healer Academy, founded by pilgrimage chaplain, Fr. Gerard Deveza and his friends in 2002.
Onwards to Albay to view the stunning Mayon Volcano, the world’s most symmetrical volcano. Mayon Volcano is undoubtedly the icon of Bicol and is the most famous of the 7 volcanoes of the region. Visit Cagsawa Ruins, remains of a 17th century church built by the Franciscans, which was destroyed by an eruption of Mount Mayon in 1814. The site was declared a national cultural treasure in 2015.
Continue your pilgrimage with a visit to Daraga Church or the Church of Nuestra Senora de la Porteria (Our Lady of the Gate), the crowning glory of religious architecture in the province of Albay. Stop by the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Great, also called the Albay Cathedral, the Episcopal seat of the Diocese of Legazpi.
Cap off your pilgrimage with a visit to Mayon Skyline in Tabcao City to enjoy awesome panoramic views of Mayon Volcano, Pacific Ocean, and its surrounding towns, lakes and mountains. Not to be missed is an enjoyable cruise along the Legazpi Boulevard in Albay which offers stunning views of Mount Mayon across a glistening lake that reflects the sunset in the evening.
Join millions of pilgrims who have paid homage to “Ina” (Our Lady of Penafrancia). Embark on a 4-day Pilgrimage to Bicol with Fr. Gerard Deveza leaving on July 27, 2020. May this spiritual journey be an opportune time to enrich your spirit and give you strength to face life’s daily challenges.
The whole pilgrimage is a new and fulfilling moment in my life. It’s a nice feeling being with the Lord in His important day. And also, gaining new friends and becoming my new extended family is something I will treasure. I hope that this is just the beginning and we’ll continue to get in touch with one another despite the distance.Brenda
It was indeed a wonderful Pilgrimage: very rich in history, a thanksgiving of blessings, a spiritual renewal and nourishment, and finally ending in a test of Faith.
Thank you so much Pilgrim Leader, Ging Igual, for standing beside us up to the last stretch of our 13-day journey - more particularly in the handling of an unexpected situation (cancelled flight in Mexico and re-direction of flights to make sure the 38 Pilgrims reach LA for their respective flight bookings). Ging, you were an angel to us so blessed with energy, passion, love and Milagrosa. We really felt the presence of Our Lady of Guadalupe fielding angels every step of the way.
The Pilgrimage to California Mission Churches and Our Lady of Guadalupe gives me personal inspiration for the work and activities of the next chapter of my lifetime: farming with promotion of agriculture for millennials (inspired by the scenic view of farms in California), tourism (which is a major industry in all places we visited), and support for a favourite major seminary in Tagaytay and a scholarship fund for deserving individuals (thru a non stock non profit institution).
Thank you to my Co-Pilgrims and prayer partners for the prayer support, sharing of life experiences and friendships; Fr. Tony, thank you for your spiritual reflections and service; Fr. Jerry Orbos for an overflowing spiritual reflections and enabling us to have the needed personal encounter with Jesus and Mama Mary (it was like a 12-day Holy Retreat); and the Executive Resources for making a very nice pilgrimage package a part of our lifetime.Ms. Emma
Lord, we cannot find words enough to say how grateful we are to You. Our pilgrimage made us realize that Your love for us is more than what we deserve.
To all our co-pilgrims, thank you for making us feel we belong to this new family. To Fr. Dante, thanks for your prayers and pieces of advice for our spiritual nourishment. To Sis Lea, for taking care of each one of us. To Sis Joy, thanks for the contagious joys and laughters.
To our prayer partners, Sis Maribel, Melvy and Didick and Bro Mon and Sis Jot, thank you for your prayers. We will pray for you, too!
To The Pilgrim’s Center - Executive Resources, thank you for accommodating us in this Eastern Europe Pilgrimage.
God bless us all always!Albert and Adee
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 CabusoraLeclec Cabusora
My husband and I just came back from a wonderful trip to Israel - with Franciscan Fr Reu Galoy. Thank you Pilgrim Center for the arrangements. We are so happy and satisfied with all that you have done for us. Kudos to Yanyan and Monty from Pilgrim Center, and Fr Reu and Ronin for your caring services. It was a spiritual journey and we felt the abiding presence of the Lord all throughout.Ann Arguelles Cortes
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 and Vir Franca
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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