Month: October 2018

Afternoon Bread Time – Beautiful Sunday

Afternoon Bread Time – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 A nice quiet afternoon with the family and the scent of freshly baked bread floats near the entrance of the supermarket. We were going to do a little grocery  shopping, but the delicious scent has invited us to have a look. […]

The Tradition of Pasalubong

The Tradition of Pasalubong

Every time we travel to different places we often want to bring something home. The souvenirs that we take home varies from food, mementos, shirts from tourist spots and sometimes we even want to take home just too much. Here in our country we have […]

A Quiet Place at the Side of a Mountain – Beautiful Sunday

A Quiet Place at the Side of a Mountain – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108

Hello again everyone and it’s a great day to share with you the place where we stayed in, during our adventures in the province of Laguna Philippines. My father’s house located at the side of  a mountain. It has been years since we last visited here and looks like a lot has changed. Come with me today as I take you on a short tour around the area.


A Quiet Place at the Side of a Mountain

Just by the roadside a house which can be easily missed as it is covered by trees. Since it has been a while since we visited it was very hard for us to spot the place. We actually missed it and had to go back. With no house number, navigational apps are useless and we had to rely from our previous memories of the place.

After taking a  U turn back we spotted the house and parked on the side of the road. When we approached the gate the dogs started barking and my father came out to greet us. Getting to the house you would need to take a couple of steps down. I was surprised as the garden area is filled with plants and fruit bearing trees now.

The house has four floors and has the usual amenities like internet, satellite tv and of course the mineral water that flows in the faucets are free. It would be a great addition if solar panels would be installed to power the house.

This was not here when we visited. My father loves fish and if ever he wanted to have fish for lunch, just grab one from the small fish pond.

I had to take a closer look and I love the way he had it set up. Would look good if there were Koi fish instead, but he preferred the Tilapia fish.

The Tilapia fish is very abundant in our country and you could almost buy one in every market here. In this town there are two types of Tilapia the Batangas species which is larger and the local breed that is smaller with a taste that has a hint of grass. The locally grown Tilapia are raised in ponds that has grass growing which gives them that unusual taste. The locals doesn’t like the taste, but I love it as it gives that organic taste to it.

The ones that he has in the pond are the local breed and my father told me that they cooked a few last week.

He told me that if I wanted to eat Tilapia for lunch to just grab a few from the pond. Well, I’ll just leave the fishes in peace for now.

Apart from the fishes there are a lot of plant varieties in his garden. Some are native from the mountains while some are bought from the local plant store. I do not know much about plants and I do apologize if I am  not able to provide the names of the plants that I am about to show you.  I asked my old man if he knew the names, but unfortunately he had no idea. He just had them planted as it looked good in the garden. If some of you knows the names please do let me know.

This is something I know which is an orchid, but the specific name of this variety we have a problem there.

A beautiful yellow flower which looks like a Dandelion, but has less petals. Maybe it hasn’t fully bloomed yet with more petals. I hope someone could confirm the name of this flower.

More yellow flowers and these are smaller, but has a lot of budding flowers that hasn’t bloomed yet.

Now this is something I am very familiar with the flower called Santan. We have a lot of these back home and when I was a kid we used to draw a few drops of sweet nectar from this plant. As you could see there is a butterfly hovering around and I actually saw a lot here the past few days, including up in the mountain. It was unfortunate though as I was not able to get some decent photos of these lovely butterflies. I am still struggling taking shots of moving subjects and they tend to move a lot.

This is the bird’s eye chili which is very hot and is used often with our vinegar to give it that kick. Also is it very common you would find these in our local dishes. What can I say we love our food hot.

There are still some areas where my father hasn’t fixed up yet, but there are a lot of fruit trees in this part of the area.

He has around two or three coconut trees which can provide refreshing coconut water. The only problem is who would climb up the tree. Since no one is able to climb up the tree some of the coconuts are already old, but still up in the tree. Those that has fallen from the tree is good to extract coconut milk from. But the coconut water can no longer be enjoyed.

Other trees include guavas and are very delicious once ripe. I didn’t find any ripe ones yet at this season. It is also good to make into jam which is a perfect match with our local crackers.

I could say that this fruit tree is the cream of the crop in my father’s garden. This is called the Rambutan and it was a perfect timing to visit as it is Rambutan season. He has more Rambutan trees in the back that also has a lot of fruits.

Some are still unripe but there are a lot that is ready for harvest. My father said that I could get as much as I like.

From one of the lower branches I grabbed a branch with a bunch of red ripe fruits. That was easy and if I wanted more there is a pole with a hook that I could use to reach the higher parts of the tree. Some of you might be already familiar with this fruit which is hairy and red on the outside.

The taste of the Rambutan is sweet and sour, but the ones that they have here is very much sweet. Somehow similar to a grape and is very juicy.

Let’s open one up and show you how it looks like.

The soft and juicy flesh of the fruit is rich with vitamin C and calcium. The seeds are said to be edible once roasted, but yet I have not seen roasted Rambutan seeds in the market. This fruit looks weird from the outside, but as said never judge a book by it’s cover as you miss a lot from life.

I guess this is it for now and thanks for joining me in this short tour. A quiet place, peaceful and a great way to wake up everyday enjoying this small garden. If you have already tasted the Rambutan do share your thoughts and let me know what you think about place.

Hope to see you again soon and enjoy the rest of the Beautiful and Sublime Sunday everyone.

Enjoy more of the beautiful Province of Laguna and visit my old posts if interested.

In Search of Fried Duck

A Thousand Steps to “Tatlong Krus”

“Tatlong Krus” at the Summit of Mt. Humarap

Paete Church

A Resting Place at the Foot of a Mountain

Chisels from the Town Near the Bay

Meeting Extraordinary People

Pakil Church

Mucho’s Hauz

The Descent from Mt. Humarap



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The Descent from Mt. Humarap

The Descent from Mt. Humarap

This is the third part of our adventure on our trek on a mountain called Mt Humarap. We ascended the mountain to see the iconic Tatlong Krus near the town of Paete in Laguna, Philippines. It was a long and hard climb but we successfully […]

Mucho’s Hauz – Beautiful Sunday

Mucho’s Hauz – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 After our tour from the beautiful church called St. Peter of Alcantara Parish, we were ready for lunch. All that walking and taking photos got me really hungry. Since we are just visitors in this town we had no idea where […]

Take Me to Church “St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church” – Beautiful Sunday

Take Me to Church “St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church” – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108


It’s time to go back and continue to share our travel,  in this enchanting province called Laguna in the Philippines. A place filled with art, food, nature, stories and architecture. Today I am excited to share with you again one of my favorite subjects in photography which is churches. As some of you might already know this is a subject that takes me to the zone and would be very difficult to pull me away from it. Join me today as I take you with me around this church that was established in the year 1676.


St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church

This Roman Catholic church is located in Pakil, Laguna. Also known as Pakil church I have been told that a local horror movie called Shake Rattle and Roll part 11 was shot here. I have not seen the movie yet, but I guess this old church was a perfect venue for them. Like most of the Spanish churches in our country it also has been damaged multiple times by earthquakes.


The style of the church is a mix of Corinthian and Ionic design. The materials are made from bricks, gravel, sand and cement.


The church marker that was added in 1988. Written in our local language I took the liberty to provide the translation.

The Church of Pakil

Construction made from bamboo and nipa by Padre Francisco Barajas with patronage

of San Pedro de Alcantara when Pakil separated from Paete,1676. The construction of

the stone convent and church was ordered by Padre Fernando Haro, 1732; burned 1739

and completely finished ,1767; Tower extended, 1777; Unveiling of the Virgin of Turumba. 

1788; Again was burned, 1851; Reconstructed by Padre Juan de Llarena. Destroyed by an

earthquake the tower and roof of the church. 1881 Reconstructed by Padre Juan de Dios Villayos.

The ceiling and altar was installed by Padre Paulin Camba. 1883, Again destroyed by and earthquake,

1937 rebuilt by Padre Federico Diaz Pines with the help of the Confederation of United Catholics.

The altar was made into marble by Padre Joseph Regan and consecrated by Bishop Alejandro Olaila,

1959. The tower and ceiling was reconstructed  thru the management of the the Parish Council of the 

Laity, 1980-84.

From the outside you could already see the beautiful stone engravings on the walls of the church.

With so many details you would want to have a closer look at the time tested engravings. A patina on the stones has also developed thru the years which adds to the beauty of this architecture.

There are holes on the cross of the church which I think may have been installed with lights. It would be amazing to visit the church at night and feel a different vibe.

There are statues of saints housed on the walls outside. Time has caught up and fading paint and crumbling is clearly visible.

Before we go inside I figured to check the sides of the church.

Also decorated with stone carvings, the sight of it almost takes you back thru time. The power cables in our country are all above ground and I always think that it is very unsightly especially in front of beautiful architectures such as this.

Unlike, the few churches that we visited this one was not fortified with a buttress to withstand earthquakes. Although it has been damaged by earthquakes multiple times they still didn’t incorporate it.

As mentioned, it also has a Corinthian design in which is visible on the columns of the side entrance.

The bell tower is an iconic symbol in churches. I love the sound of those bells, but with all the churches that we visited, I have never been able to climb up the bell tower. Maybe on our next churches to visit I’ll have a chance to climb up.

The tower has two level and I think there are seven bells. The second level has four and the first one has three.

Time to see what the inside looks like and I was very hopeful to get more detailed shots inside.

There was a funeral on going and there was no chance to get closer to the altar. I guess I could only take photos near the entrance.

The big wooden doors of the church has that medieval feel to it. I’m not sure what type of wood is used, but I like how they kept its original form which adds to it’s character.

The Holy Water basin is quite unusual to what I normally see which are angels. This one looks like some sort of creature and I wish we had some to tell us the story behind it. With a crown, sharp teeth, pointy ears and there are spheres held with each hand.

The inside of the church is beautiful and I hope I could come back here to have a closer look at the artworks and retalbo that houses the statues.

There are painting on the ceiling which I could not make of. Now I really would need to come back here.

From the back the stations of the cross are paintings from unknown artists. The pews are no longer original and looks new. We had some churches that we visited that had pews that looks very ancient.

Since we didn’t have a chance to get closer we headed to the convent on the side of the church.

A small courtyard  is well kept and had the statue of the Virgin Mary in the center.

The hallways of the convent had stalls which sold rosary, holy water, prayer books, key chains and other religious items.

There is a festival held in this town during April and May called the Turumba Festival to honor the Our Lady of Sorrow.

The image of  Our Lady of Sorrow is a depiction of Mary being pierced with a dagger in the heart. As the story goes a painting was found by fishermen in September the 15th the year 1788. The painting was caught in the net of the fishermen in Laguna de Bay. The painting was surprisingly heavy so they left it on the shore. The next morning women found the painting as it was dry, another thing that was unusual no one could move it. They called the priest and other church members. Miraculously they were able to lift it and take it to the church. This was the beginning of the Turumba festival which is the longest and largest religious festival in our country.

The original painting that was found floating is located somewhere in the church and it is similar to the painting above. It is the one with the rotten wooden frame.

Another depiction of Our Lady of Sorrow.

Photos from previous festivals shows how grand the festival is.

Another section of the convent houses religious artifacts and more paintings.

This piece is painted on the ceiling and has no information of the artist and I asked around, but no one knew. If it wasn’t such a busy day it would have been nice to have a quick chat with the local priest. I could have learned a lot more about this church.

A framed copy of the Shroud of Turin. Most of you might already know what it is, but just to add information to others, it is a burial linen cloth that is said to bear the image of Jesus Christ.

Age also shows inside the convent with a ceiling that looks like it could fall anytime now.

We headed outside to see what else we could find.

A statue of an angel that has some sort of rag placed on it’s head. Could be one of the old statues that used to hold the Holy Water basin in front of the church.

The prayer area where you light up a candle. Usually there is a donation box when you light up a candle. Right now there is no one around praying this afternoon.

I happened to see a window by the side and was able to get closer shot of the retalbo.

All things comes to an end and the mass might be longer so there was no chance to take more photos inside. Still it was another enjoyable day for me.

The mountain behind the church has a large cross overlooking the town. It is a good thing I had my zoom lens with me to get a shot of the big white cross. I was told you could hike up to that cross which is less difficult than the one we previously climbed A Thousand Steps to “Tatlong Krus”. A great addition to this beautiful town and maybe we could climb up there if time permits.

Thank you for joining me in this short tour of Saint Peter of Alcantara Parish Church. Taking photos of churches is something I would never get tired of  or bored with. I has grown on me like a song that gives me peace. Looking forward to share more of our travels and I hope you join me again.

Until then have a blessed Sunday everyone.

Visit some of my old works to see some of the churches in the Philippines.

Paete Church

Manila Cathedral

San Agustin Church

Immaculate Heart Convent

Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral

St. Mary Magdalene Church

If you would like to see more of this amazing province and follow our adventure. Just visit the links below.

In Search of Fried Duck

A Thousand Steps to “Tatlong Krus”

“Tatlong Krus” at the Summit of Mt. Humarap

Paete Church

A Resting Place at the Foot of a Mountain

Chisels from the Town Near the Bay

Meeting Extraordinary People


Saint Peter of Alcantara Parish Church

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A Michelin Star and a Walk by the Bay

A Michelin Star and a Walk by the Bay

What is a Michelin star? To be honest I never really took time to know what it was. I only knew that stars are given to prestigious restaurants. When you see Michelin star on a restaurant it is a badge that the food is good. […]