Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    a Pilgrimage Chaplain

  • Departure Date:

    August 14, 2020

  • Countries:

    Philippines

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare via Pal Express
  • Roundtrip airport-hotel transfers by private coach
  • Airline Taxes
  • Three (3) nights first class 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 Pilgrimage Chaplain and a Tour Leader
  • Tips to guide, drivers and waiters
  • Travel Insurance valid for 4 days only
    (for passengers 75 y/o and below)
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary
    (B – Breakfast ; L – Lunch ; D – Dinner)

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Come along this spiritual journey and feel refreshed and renewed. Steeped in history, Iloilo is a city that boasts of its heritage, where the people’s way of life is deeply anchored in faith. Marvel at this queen city called the “La Muy Noble Ciudad” or “The Most Noble City” by the Queen of Spain. Join a 4-day Visita Iglesia Pilgrimage to Iloilo with a Pilgrimage Chaplain leaving on August 14, 2020.

Begin your pilgrimage in Sta. Barbara to visit the Sta. Barbara Church, known as the “cradle of independence” in Panay and the Visayas.  Next stop is a visit to the Church of San Jose (Iglesia de San Jose de Placer), the first church to be built in Iloilo City in 1607. The church houses two important treasures of Ilonggo culture and history – the image of Nuestra Senora del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary) and the replica image of Sto. Nino de Cebu.

Travel on to La Paz district to visit La Paz Church, where an image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage is enshrined. Honored for more than a century at the parish, Our Lady had enjoyed the love and affection of her devotees.  Proceed to St. Clements Church which houses the image of Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

Celebrate Mass at the San Joaquin Church. Built in 1869, the church distinguishes itself from other churches in the Philippines because of its militaristic theme carved on its façade. Visit heaven on earth at the awesome Garin Farm of San Joaquin, a unique yet enchanting blend of nature, spirituality and leisure. Spend time in prayer at the Pilgrimage Hill which features the story of Creation up to Christ’s ascension.

Head for the Church of Saint Thomas of Villanueva, commonly known as 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. Not to be missed is a visit to Sto. Nino de Arevalo Parish which houses the third oldest Sto. Nino image in the country.

Get some rest and relaxation during a full day Guimaras Island Tour. Celebrate Mass in the chapel of the Our Lady of the Philippines Monastery, the only Trappist monastery in the Philippines under the Cistercian Order.

Wind down your pilgrimage in Jaro 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.  End your Visita Iglesias Pilgrimage in Iloilo with a visit to the Parish of St. Anne in Molo. Also known as the “Feminist Church” or the “Church of Women,” Molo Church is distinctively hemmed by 16 women saints.

Iloilo is rich with religious gems and relaxing sights. Take time and make time to pray. Join a Pilgrimage to Iloilo with a Pilgrimage Chaplain leaving on August 14, 2020. Catch a glimpse of our storied past and discover the rich cultural heritage of the beautiful province of Iloilo.

Things We Love

  • The third oldest Sto. Nino image in the country is enshrined at the Sto. Nino de Arevalo Parish.
  • Mangoes from Guimaras is well known worldwide as the sweetest mangoes on earth!
  • Magnificent mosaics that adorn the interior of St. John of Sahagun Church in Tigbauan.
  • 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

  • BOW.

    Upon entering the spiritual area of the Garin Farm, you will come across the signage that reminds you: Humility is the Key to Eternity. You will need to bow upon passing at the low entrance to show reverence to the Divine.’

  • 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.

  • PASALUBONG.

    Grab delicious food souvenirs for your loved ones at the Biscocho House in Jaro.

  • ENJOY.

    Enjoy a rolling tour of the Iloilo Business Park or Megaworld which features the city’s bustling business and commercial district.

Why are our Pilgrimages different?

Spiritually focused journeys
Insightful pilgrimage chaplains
Quality accomodation
Expertly-crafted itineraries
Friendly and bonded groups
Senior citizen friendly

Testimonials

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

Hello Co-Pilgrims,

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 Cabusora

Leclec 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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2) The deadline for full payment should be at least one (1) month before the 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: 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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