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Take Me to Church “Nabua Church” – Beautiful Sunday

Take Me to Church “Nabua Church” – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 After that amazing close encounter experience with the deer at Ocampo farm. We headed back home at the quiet coastal village in Balatan to plan our next stop. It has been months already since I last visited a church and our […]

A Tranquil Afternoon “Hibiscus Camp” – Beautiful Sunday

A Tranquil Afternoon “Hibiscus Camp” – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 It was a beautiful afternoon and the weather was perfect.  After our dip in the cool waters of the pool, we took a little walk and explored more of the resort. The resort wasn’t that big but I was told that […]

Embraced by Nature “Hibiscus Camp” – Beautiful Sunday

Embraced by Nature “Hibiscus Camp” – Beautiful Sunday

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After that short stop at the fruit stand along the way. We continued to our original destination to Hibiscus Camp located at Consocep, Tigaon, Camarines Sur Philippines. A small resort that will truly capture the hearts of nature lovers with a majestic view of the landscape. Join me today as we take a dip in the cool water of the pool while enjoying nature.

Embraced by Nature “Hibiscus Camp”

Follow our adventure in the region on the links below

Part 1 The Long and Winding Road to Bicol

Part 2 Balatan Public Market

Part 3 Baresbisan Beach Resort

Part 4 Discovering Life by the Road

 

Just a few minutes away from our last stopover which was the fruit stand. Our guide Ate Daisy was very excited to show us the resort as she has been telling us how beautiful the place is. From the coastal village in Pararao where we stayed travel time will take you more or less 1 hour and 30 minutes. Unless you have a few stopovers which would be hard to resist.

The road we have been traveling getting here was an upward incline. A couple of  sharp turns and curves but not that difficult. The resort is nestled just above the foot of Mt. Isarog but as you could see it is not even halfway to the summit.

We finally reached our destination and vehicles can just be parked on the side of the road. If you do not have your vehicle you could rent a tricycle take you here from the town of Hanawan at the cost of 300 pesos or around $5.80 USD. Still, prices could depend on your haggling skills.

 

The sign they have outside is quite colorful which is like a large bottle cap. With a motorcycle on the sign, I could say that the owner loves bikes. With the name Camp Hibiscus definitely the owner is also a nature lover.

From outside you could already see plants and flowers greeting you as you find your way inside the resort.

The entrance is just a simple structure made from coconut trees and bamboo. It doesn’t look much from the outside and you could easily slip pass by if you didn’t know there is a resort here.

Business Hours

6:00 am to 6:00 pm

Entrance Fee (including swimming)

Adult – 100 pesos ($1.94 USD)

Senior Citizen and Children – 50 pesos ($.97 USD)

Overnight accommodation would need reservation ahead of time.

 

It would be advisable to bring food with you when visiting. In this case, we didn’t bring lunch with us except for a few crackers, nuts and the fruits we bought along the way. I was starving and was hoping they would be selling some food. Unfortunately, they do not have many options except for fried tuna. Maybe in the future, they would establish a restaurant in their resort.

Going down the resort the steps are a bit steep but there are coconut handrails you could hold on to. While I was going down seeing the trees surrounding the area, I felt that this place is something special. Not the usual resorts that we see everywhere but a place that has been made to blend in with nature.

It seems that they constructed the place adapting to the side of the mountain and terrain. Using the natural plants in the surrounding area and adding a lot more varieties of plants, trees and flowers.

Seeing a pool with a gorgeous view in the background is such a rare sight. There are not a lot of resorts constructed on mountain sides and not only that place is very clean.

The infinity pools are divided into three sections. The upper pool is 4 ft, the middle pool is three ft which is for best for the kids and the lower level is 4.7 ft deep.

The middle pool is decorated with figurines that feels like a storybook. The owner has put in a lot of effort adding in small details like these that make a difference.

The lower pool has a clear sign “No Buhis-Buahy Selfie pls”. This means “No life-endangering selfies pls”, probably that has been instances in the past where visitors took selfies on the edge of the pool. From the pool is quite a long slide down the mountain but some people do a lot of stupid things for a selfie. Along with the rules are no diving and smoking in the pool.

I would just leave it up to you about your thoughts on this fantastic view. Cool clear water, majestic mountainous view of the horizon and all these embraced by surrounding nature. How would you like to spend some time here just relaxing in the pool?

There are times of the day that a cloud passes over this place and the fog adds a dramatic effect to the place.

I was asking what was keeping them from taking a dip. The water was too cold but your body would adjust once you are fully submerged. I also took a dip later on and I find the water quite tolerable once you get used to it.

Another interesting area in this resort is this bridge made from coconut trees and platforms built around the trees. It is amazing how they built structures by adapting instead of destroying the surroundings.

Let’s take a walk to the other side and see the beauty surrounding the place.

This area is like a gorgeous wild garden surrounded by different types of flowering plants. I do not know much about plants but see if you could identify some of them and please do let us know.

A plant that has black and green leaves. I am not sure if the leaves turns black when they get older or if it just sprouts both green and black leaves.

Part of the bridge is being overrun by plant growth, maybe they get trimmed down at some point.

A perfect spot for lovers and would be a good place to have a nice, quiet, candle light dinner.

Well, we could see that a lot of people could not help to leave their mark. Like a tree tattooed with the names of people who we will never know. Maybe love stories too that we will never know how it ended up.

From this point you could get a good view of the lower pool. As you could see that is quite a long drop if you try any dangerous selfies. Best to just relax inside the pool instead of doing crazy stuff.

Hiding in one of the coconut trees on the bridge are some very interesting things. I think these are not edible but very beautiful in their strange little way.

Another fascinating plant that has white leaves in some sections. Could be a part of the flower and this is the first time I have seen this type of plant.

I went up to the second section of the bridge that leads to another surprising area of the resort.

The pathway led to a garden filled with more plants and flowers. So many gorgeous flowers but there is one specific flower that I was looking for. The place is called Hibiscus Camp so I was expecting there would be a lot of Hibiscus flowers everywhere. It would be strange not to find the flower in this place as it is what the resort has been named after.

Beautiful flowers everywhere you look but still the Hibiscus cannot be found.

I  have seen so many flowers already and I still believe that there is a Hibiscus flower hiding somewhere. Perhaps it is not the season for the flowering plant. Still I am not giving up and continue on with my search.

For now, this ends the first part of our trip to Hibiscus Camp. There is still so much to share in this beautiful place. I hope you enjoyed this part of the tour and next time I will be sharing with you the upper part of the resort. A cabin beautifully decorated with unique pieces and overlooks above the whole resort. Plus a pool that we discovered later on this trip.

Thank you very much for joining me today and please do leave some comments. I would love to hear from you what you think about this resort. Until then may you have a peaceful Sunday and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

 

 

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Baresbisan Beach Resort – Beautiful Sunday

Baresbisan Beach Resort – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Hello everyone and welcome back to another adventure to the Bicol Region in the Philippines. Last time we visited a market in Balatan where we saw an abundance of dried fish, vegetables and some local sweets. It was a hot day […]

The Long and Winding Road to Bicol – Beautiful Sunday

The Long and Winding Road to Bicol – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Welcome back to a brand new series of our travel here in the Philippines. A series where I will take you with me to visit popular sites, discover places and learn more about our culture. In this new series we will […]

Take Me to Church “San Jose Church” – Beautiful Sunday

Take Me to Church “San Jose Church” – Beautiful Sunday

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Travel leads to discovery, experience, learning and sometimes it makes us realize who we really are. Our trip to the Island of Corrigedor in the Philippines has been an amazing experience for me and my family. Although all things comes to an end and let me share with you the final part of this series. What better way to end this trip is to take you a humble church that is nestled along the road, facing the ocean near the port.

San Jose Church

If you would like to find out more about this series. See how got here on this island and follow our adventure.

Part 1 Voyage to the Island of Corregidor

Part 2 Exploring the Island of Corregidor

Part 3 The Ruins of Middleside Barracks

Part 4 The Last Stand of Battery Way

Part 5 The Colossal Gun of the Island: Battery Hearn

Part 6 The Haunted Hospital of Corregidor

Part 7 The Mile Long Barracks

Part 8 Pacific War Memorial Museum

Part 9 Pacific War Memorial Museum “Weapons of War”

Part 10 The Eternal Flame of Freedom

 

If you would check the map, the church is unmarked. I had to mark it myself to give you an overhead view from above. Although if you would be docking from the port, the church is hard to miss as it is just along the road going to south beach.

This is the last part of our tour and it took us a while to get back from where we started. It was a very long walk back coming from The Eternal Flame of Freedom site. There are very few vehicles that rarely passes by except for the Sun Cruises tour vehicle. One of the drivers pulled over and asked us if we needed a lift back even though we are not part of the tour. Something that we are greatly thankful for, as we are already tired from all the walking. Thus, I recommend you to take the Sun Cruises tour if ever you want to visit the island and skip all the walking.

There is not much known about San Jose Church. I tried to find any historical background from the church, but it seems it has not been documented online. But based from what I learned from the staff. The church was used by the local residents on the island. It has been there even before the war. Although it could not be concluded if it was established during the Spanish occupation.

The church facade doesn’t look ancient and probably has gone thru a lot of restorations in the past years. It has that certain charm that emanates a peaceful aura being surrounded by trees.

The windows on the church look old and may have come from the original structure. The windows are made from Capiz which is a popular material made from shells since the Spanish era.

This is the main entrance to the church does give you that feel of Spanish influence. Some churches has elaborate arches even with intricate stone carved designs.

The door looks old, but has been painted pink on the outside. I prefer doors that are left unpainted to emphasis on its age and just allowing the elements to give it a natural finish.

The church is small and its size is good enough just for a small village.

The interior walls has been wash painted by beige paint and is slowly fading away. The building materials looks to be made from hollow blocks which has been cemented. Unlike the old Spanish churches we have previously visited which has been constructed with bricks.

All the windows in the church are made from Capiz. One window has been covered with plywood which might have been damaged by a storm. I hope they get it replaced as Capiz windows can still be purchased.

The wooden ceiling gives it a rustic feeling and has been well maintained. I have not seen any traces of rotting or water marks on the ceiling.

On the upper portion, just above the entrance is a painted scene of Jesus praying the Garden of Gethsemane.

The chandeliers hanging from the ceiling looks medieval, but I cannot say if it is an antique. Lit up by 10 warm white light bulbs, it gives the wood a cozy glow.

There is a confession box on the right part of the church. Just above it are parts of the stations of the cross which goes around the walls of the church. Stations of the cross comes in different forms painted glass, paintings, stone carvings and in this case it looks like to be wood carving.

This is the side entrance of the church which leads thru another entrance on the other side.

The afternoon light give the interior a soft glowing light inside. I was the only one here at this time as most of the tourists are busy at the beach and visiting the tourist spots. I consider myself very lucky as being alone inside a church is a very serene experience. The silence uplifts my spirit and the ambiance almost speaks to me. Telling me not to worry about anything even if only for this moment.

The part of a church which I love the most are the painted glass windows. They are an art form which best describes history and spirituality. Here there are no painted glass windows, but instead colored glass adorn the arches of the doors and windows.

A dove hovers above the holy water font and can be found in all three entrances of the church.

The front right side of the church has the statue of Saint. The statue has clothing and features of a Filipino. There are two Filipino Saints who were canonized. One is San Lorenzo Ruiz martyred in Japan and the other is Pedro Calungsod who was martyred in Guam.

I could say that the statue is of San Lorenzo Ruiz due to his connection to Japan where he was martyred. Since the island was captured by Japan, I believe it is fitting to have his statue here.

The front left side of the church has the statue of Saint San Jose. First I was trying to figure out who the Saint was until I just realized the name of the church to be San Jose. San Jose which is the local or Spanish name of Saint Joseph the carpenter or husband of Mary.

Saint Joseph is considered to be the patron Saint of workers. It is possible why they chose the patron Saint for the church is because of the workers in the village. Probably during the Spanish era when most of the locals were used as workers on the island. Well, we cannot really tell as there is not much documentation about the church or village.

As I left thru the side entrance, all the places that we visited flashed thru my memory. I felt a bit of sadness as I know that this church is the final stop and the next step is aboard the ship to journey back home.

As we slowly sailed back home and the light slowly dying out. I stared at the tadpole shaped island and said a little prayer for those who fought defending what is right. I am thankful I was able to go on this journey with my family and experience life, history and nature in the small island in the Philippines called Corrigedor.

Thank you for joining the final part of our series. To those who joined the tour thru this series, it was a pleasure to have you along with me. The stops that we made throughout the island has been amazing. The map below shows almost two hours of travel time by walking, but in reality it took us almost 5 hours to complete the tour.

This concludes this series and I do hope you join me again next time for another adventure. See you again soon. Cheers!

If you love churches come and visit the links below. These are just a few of the churches in the Philippines I have visited in the span of 2 years. I will continue to visit and discover more in our future travels.

Majayjay Church

Lilio Church

Calamba Church
St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church

Paete Church

Manila Cathedral

San Agustin Church

Immaculate Heart Convent

Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral

St. Mary Magdalene Church

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Take Me to Church “Majayjay Church” – Beautiful Sunday

Take Me to Church “Majayjay Church” – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 In our travels sometimes unfortunate circumstances leads us to discovery. Still in the province of Laguna in the Philippines we were headed out to town of Majayjay. The road going to the town was very difficult, navigating in an upward and […]

The Underground Cemetery of Nagcarlan – Beautiful Sunday

The Underground Cemetery of Nagcarlan – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Last time we visited the beautiful Lilio Church in Liliw Laguna, Philippines. Thank you very much for all the support to those who loved the tour. Today on our next stop I will take you with me on a tour to one […]

Take Me to Church “Lilio Church” – Beautiful Sunday

Take Me to Church “Lilio Church” – Beautiful Sunday

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Last time I took you with me on a shopping spree for some flip flops and I am very pleased that you enjoyed going thru the shops with me. We are still in the town of Liliw Laguna, Philippine and something pulled me away from the shops as I sensed serenity close by.  The sun was high in this afternoon but the air was cool. I noticed a familiar structure a couple of blocks away. A structure built from red bricks and the cross on the top is clearly visible. It was a Spanish colonial church and immediately my heart raced as churches are my favorite subject. My mind was going wild imagining the things that I would see in this ancient church. Join me today as I take you for a walk along the altar and see the beauty of this architecture.

Lilio Church

As I took a break from taking photos of the shop. I went to the other side of the street and this is when I saw the red church at the end of this street. As some of you may know church architecture is my favorite subject as it allows me to connect with the past during the Spanish era. This is the 9th church that I have visited and hoping visit more as we travel along.

As I came closer you could already notice how old the church is with baroque style architecture which is prevalent during the Spanish occupation. A lot of these churches has survived fire, earthquakes and has undergone multiple restorations throughout the years. Let’s find out more about the history of this church.

 

At the entrance you will be greeted with statues of Saints. The one below is a depiction of Saint Sebastian who was martyred tied to a tree and killed with arrows.

I am not an expert when it comes to Saints and could not recognize a lot of the statues.  Here I just found out about  San Isidro the Saint of the farmers.

Today there is a wedding being prepared as chairs and tables are set up on the grounds. Also on the grounds is a gazebo where you could notice two lovers probably making promises of forever.

As I walked closer I decided to check the side of the church first. Here these is a statue of Mother Mary with locals praying to her and looking at the back draft of the bright blue sky.

In all of the churches I have visited the 14 stations of the cross is present. Some are wood carved, painted on glass and here it is made of stone that goes around the place.

It is also known as Saint John the Baptist Parish Church, Liliw church but locals refer to it as Lilio Church. It is constructed from red bricks and adobe. The color makes it a center of attraction in the town of Liliw. From a distance the color is very noticeable and instill interest to anyone who glances at the structure.

The construction was started in 1643 and was completed in the year 1646. Spanish colonial churches have very similar catastrophes throughout the country. The church was damaged by an earthquake in 1880. Here I did not notice any buttress on the sides of the church. The buttress is an additional support constructed on the sides of the church to be able to sustain earthquakes. Fire is also a very common disaster when it comes to churches. Lilio church suffered a fire that damaged a part of the church in 1898.

 

From the outside  light holder and the painted glass perfectly matches the red bricks. It feels like taking a step thru the past as you gaze at this beautiful structure.

 

 

 

Thru the years people have passed thru these doors. Brides dressed in white, people looking for repentance, in search of peace, all have their own reasons to visit the church. As for me I am in search of passion for the identity of this architecture. Let’s go inside now.

The main doors were locked and I  entered thru the side entrance.

Here you could see different sorts of souvenirs being sold. From bracelets to statues of saints, you can buy them as a memento of your visit.

Old chandeliers adorn the side entrance. It looks old but I am not sure if it is from the 1800s.

Let’s go inside and see what beauty resides in this place.

It is always best to visit churches in the afternoon. Most often there are just a handful of people unless there is a wedding, baptism or dinner.

The afternoon light glows giving the interior a solemn ambiance. A nostalgic touch that matches the ancient structure.

The retablo is another highlight when it comes to churches. It houses the Saints and can always be seen at the front of the church. There are those carved in wood and others are even plated with gold.  The three altars here was mentioned to be finished with gold leafs.

I didn’t get a chance to inspect the retablo closer as you must consider there are some people praying. Any form of disturbance is disrespectful, the main why I am always careful in my shoot.

I took a couple of shots from the front to share with you some different angles.

As always my favorite is the painted glass windows. I took two shots of the windows. First photo looks great from the inside but you can’t really see the beauty of the painted windows.

Second shot I dropped the ISO to highlight the colors of the windows. Here the colors comes alive.

This is the second set of the painted glass windows.

I just love how the light shines thru the painted glass. Like a miracle from the heavens that reminds us that there is always hope.  It is something that I would never ever get tired of.

Moving on I had to explore the other places in the church.  Exploration leads to discovery as I  always tell my kids. May it be a small room, a small path or an unexpected turn.

Statues plays a major role in churches. I did a content a couple of months ago about a place where statues are crafted by hand to be used in a church.

I could never fully explain the depiction of the dead body of Christ. I guess a lot of you might not know that I am not a Catholic. My passion for it’s art, architecture and history grows each time I visit new churches.

Looking across the statue is a room for prayer.

A retablo that has a burning image in the center instead of a Saint. I had no one to ask about it during my visit.

There was also someone praying inside so I just left the room in a hurry..

Beautifully crafted and I  will try to find out more about it. In case I would encounter it again.  Maybe some of you may have an idea and please do share.

The candle room is another part of the church that can always be seen. Some even have its own structure just for the candle room.

Just past the candle room is a small chapel. This chapel was constructed in honor to the town patron San Buenaventura.

Another painted glass with St.  Peter and St.  Paul. Looking from inside it looks like that they are behind bars. It reminded me how the the Saints endure persecution which led to martyrdom.

As I exited the chapel, I  glanced once more on the candles that are burning. Light a candle and say a prayer it is open for everyone.

The warm glow of the candles is a prayer by someone and we will never know what was whispered to the heavens.

That concludes out little tour in this red bricked church called Lilio. If you love churches and architecture please let me know what you think as I would love to hear from you.

Here are the links of the other churches that we have visited so far. Feel free to visit the history and find peace within these architecture.

Calamba Church
St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church

Paete Church

Manila Cathedral

San Agustin Church

Immaculate Heart Convent

Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral

St. Mary Magdalene Church

Resource

Lilio Church

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Walking on Sunshine – Beautiful Sunday

Walking on Sunshine – Beautiful Sunday

My Share for #BeautifulSunday initiated by @ace108 Hello again and we are back to the amazing province of Laguna in the Philippines. In this series I will be sharing with you the highlights of our travel. Today I will take you to Liliw Laguna which is the Tsinelas […]