Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Vicente Gabriel SJ Bautista

  • Departure Date:

    February 26, 2024

  • Countries:

    Vietnam

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare via Philippine Airlines
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • 4* hotel accommodation on twin-sharing basis
  • Meals as specified in the itinerary (B – Breakfast ; L – Lunch ; D – Dinner)
  • Tours as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of an English-speaking guide all throughout the pilgrimage
  • Daily Masses
  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • Services of a Filipino Tour Leader and Pilgrimage Chaplain all throughout the tour
  • Travel Insurance

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A praycation is a vacation with the Lord where where your soul finds rest in God. It is a delightful mix of prayers and reflection, visits to beautiful sites, and partaking of local experiences, while enjoying the company of fellow travelers. Come along this spiritual journey and feel refreshed and renewed after an 8-day Praycation to Northern Vietnam with Fr. Viel Bautista on February 26 – March 4, 2024.

Fr. Vicente Gabriel S.J. Bautista is a liturgist and is currently assigned as Vice Rector at The Manila Cathedral with the Archdiocese of Manila. He is also appointed as formator of Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary.

Fr. Viel began his vocation journey at age 13, when he studied high school at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary in Makati City and at the John Paul II Minor Seminary in Antipolo City. He pursued his college studies at the San Carlos Seminary.

Fr. Viel’s homilies are posted on the various social media sites of The Manila Cathedral. He is also one of the team of priests who regularly lead the “Daily Morning Prayer” at Veritasph.net and the Youtube channel, @catholic_life, includes short clips from his homilies.

Fr. Viel is a man of prayer, and his love for God is infectious. His homilies are honest, uplifting, and brings one closer to God.

Begin your praycation in Hoa Lu Ancient Captial, the capital of an ancient Vietnamese Kingdom called Dai Co Vet in the 10th century. Hoa Lu is known as the first capital of Vietnam and has a wide range of historical landmarks. Besides its historical significance, Hoa Lu is also known for its breathtaking beauty. Head for Ninh Binh, a mesmerizing area known locally as “Ha Long Bay on Land,” thanks to its magical riverine landscape, with sheer limestone mountains rising up from the paddies. Not to be missed is a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Trang An Landscape Complex, known for its stunning karst formations that include limestone mountains, caves, and rivers.

Next stop is a visit to the Phuc Nhac Parish, known as the Martyr’s Shrine Center, where the relic of St. Agnes Le Thi Thanh (1781–1841), one of the first female Vietnamese martyrs, is displayed. The Phat Diem Stone Cathedral, built in stone and wood in 1891, is a stunning architectural masterpiece. It boasts a sublime combination of Vietnamese and European architectural styles. The cathedral is one of the oldest in Vietnam, with an age of more than 100 years.

Enjoy a full-day visit to the different beautiful and ancient Catholic churches of Nam Dinh. Marvel at the Phu Nhai Church, also known as the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, considered the biggest church of Gothic architecture in Vietnam. Not to be missed is a visit to the Bui Chu Cathedral, with the full name of Cathedral of Mary, Queen of the Rosary, built in 1885 by French colonists. It is considered the cradle of Catholicism in Vietnam. The diocese is reportedly Vietnam’s first place where Catholicism was introduced by foreign missionaries in 1533. Return to Ninh Binh for dinner and overnight accommodation.

Leave Ninh Binh for your two-night stay in Hanoi, literally a “city between the rivers.” Vietnam’s capital city is layered with French and Chinese influence and offers well-preserved French colonial architecture, religious sites, and several historical landmarks of Vietnamese imperial periods. Visit the Pilgrimage Center of Bang So in Thuong Tin district of Hanoi City, built in honor of Martyr Fr. Peter Le Tuy, who bravely bore witness to God by willingly sacrificing himself and shedding his blood to show his loyalty to the faith and the Church. Explore Phung Khoang Church (Our Lady of the Rosary Church), built in 1910 and situated in the western part of Hanoi. Stop by the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. This commanding construction was built from 1973 to 1975 to house the embalmed body of Vietnam’s greatest political leader, Ho Chi Minh. Visit Saint Joseph’s Cathedral, also known as Hanoi Cathedral, whose architect was inspired by the Neo-Gothic style of the Notre Dame de Paris

Wind down your praycation with a relaxing overnight Halong Bay Cruise. Bask in the serenity of limestone sculptures hewn by nature. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has roughly 2,000 islands and islets with beautiful grottos, hidden ponds, mangrove forests, and unusual stone formation.

Join a Praycation to North Vietnam with Fr. Viel Bautista on February 26 – March 4, 2024. May you experience the presence of God throughout your journey, loving you and giving you rest.

Things We Love

  • Daily masses by a Pilgrimage Chaplain.
  • Extensive collection of well-preserved relics and monuments of ancient Vietnam on your visit to Hoa Lu Ancient Capital.
  • Watch the sunset over the calm waters of Ha Long Bay and wake up to a serene morning surrounded by karsts while on a Ha Long Bay cruise.
  • Yummy and healthy Vietnamese meals are already included in the travel cost.
  • Enkindle friendships with fellow pilgrims. It is a joy to travel with new-found friends of similar interests.

Things To Do

  • LAKE.

    Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi is admired for its beauty as well as insight into the daily lives of Hanoians. Watch locals practicing their daily exercise and Tai Chi routines in the gardens by the water’s edge.

  • HISTORY.

    Hoa Lu Ancient Capital, as the first capital of Vietnam, is rich in history with a wide range of historical landmarks.

  • UNIQUE.

     The Phat Diem Stone Cathedral is renowned for its unique architectural style of a stone cathedral built like a Buddhist pagoda.

  • GOTHIC.

    The St. Joseph’s Cathedral is the oldest church in Hanoi and was built resembling the Notre Dame Church of Paris.

  • PLETHORA.

    The province of Nam Dinh boasts a plethora of beautiful basilicas and ancient Catholic churches.

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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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  • Passport with six (6) months validity from date of departure
  • Visa Application Form
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1) A non-refundable US$ 500.00 deposit is required upon reservations together with a photocopy of a passport (valid for 6 months from date of departure) and Pilgrim’s Profile plus the visa fee.

2) Full payment in U.S. dollars is required before ticketing but in no case shall it be later than thirty (30) days before departure date.

3) The following cancellation charges will apply:
> 45 days before departure date – US$ 500.00
> 30 days before departure date – 50% of the Tour Cost
> 20 days prior to departure date – Full tour cost will be forfeited.
> Admin fee US$200.00 for any visa denial.

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BASIC TOUR COST DOES NOT INCLUDE:  airport taxes, visa fees and documentation expenses, insurance, hospitalization and other medical expenses, tours and transportation during free periods, porterage of extra pieces of luggage in excess of maximum allocation (23 kgs), drinks, and beverages taken during meals, items of personal nature such as laundry, telephone, fax, room service, and other expenses not mentioned in the itinerary terms and conditions.

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