Monthly Archives: May 2012

TRAVEL | Kamay ni Hesus

I can’t dream of anything better than this wonderful heavenly place. It’s just so complete, a place where family can hangout, enjoy, as well as receive the blessings of God. Kamay ni Hesus is located somewhere between the city of Tayabas and the town of Lucban in Quezon province. Kamay ni Hesus is part of Lucban’s tourist spots, including its own rendition of Quezon’s San Isidro Festival, the Pahiyas Festival, which takes place every May 15th of the year.

My girlfriend and I decided to eat Quezon’s very own merienda, Pancit Habhab, in a cousine nearby, inside the shrine. We were so captivated by the place, its atmosphere, despite the hotness of the weather and lots of people around since its sunday.

After stocking some food in our stomach, we wandered around the park and took some pictures. The one below is the Noah’s Ark which is built just 2 years ago.

The park of the shrine is located at the back of the altar of the church of the shrine. There, families can go picnicking or just take pictures with the animal statues around, take a look:

No wonder, you’ll drain a lot of your energy, like I do. So feel free to take some rest. I even changed my tops to match the hot weather. And make sure to bring lots of water.

I’ve been to this place a lot of times. The highlight of the place, aside from the park-like feel, are its 292-steps shrine (as you can see in the pictures) located in the feet of Mt. Banahaw. This 292-steps stairs were first introduced to the public around 2005. My first visit is on 2008 and since then, I enjoy every steps I made with it.

On the top of the shrine, there, lies the 50-foot statue of Jesus Christ, which is another highlight of the place. Once you get to the top, people start to rest from their journey and some others take their prayers into the statue. The statue is said to be the 3rd biggest in the whole world.

While on your journey to the top of the shrine, you will encounter the 14 stations of the shrine, where people undergo the Station of the Cross Holy Ritual. Also, its the chance for people to take some rest and take pictures after some steps of their journey.

While on your way, aside from the beautiful statues of the stations, you will the wonderful landscape of the place, as well as the town of Lucban far away.

Once you get to the top, as I’ve said earlier, you’ll see more about Lucban, as well as the foot of the Jesus Christ statue.

Below the shrine, aside from the park, lies the Church of the Shrine which people attend for masses. The good thing about the place is that, the budget used to make this place were donations of several rich and wealthy people from around the country. Names of the donators were engraved in the floor outside of the church.

Indeed, it’s a good place to go to when you’re looking for real adventures. Kamay ni Hesus is surely one of the best hotspots in the country, as well as the whole world. Mabuhay Lucban!

|> Metallica – Metal Militia

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TRAVEL | Tayabas City

This day, we came to Tayabas City, in the province of Quezon, so that we can get together with my cousins and my Kuya who’s having his Silver Birthday celebration his 18th. I came with my girlfriend who never been to the province of Quezon.

These goofy photos were taken outside my cousins’ house in Brgy. Mateuna, Dela Torre, Fairview Park Subd. in Tayabas City, just before we go to Lucena City’s Pacific Mall.

The good thing in this area are the fresh area coming straight up your nose. The market, the establishments, restaurants and bars are just some small distance from there, so you don’t need fancy transportation and just walk there.

|> Metallica – Ride the Lightning

DIARY | AMA Fairview Faculty, Thank You…

They say “Life Keeps Going On and On”…

I went back to my Alma mater and learned a lot, shared a lot, and realized a lot. I found “true” bestfriends, “true” parents, and “true” love. In the end, it was a year of no expectations, and now it feels so good to reminisce each and every day.

I started teaching with only bare hands, less knowledge, and only a fighting spirit as high as what I could. There’s me feeling nervous, no idea what will happen to me the next few days, but thanks to my dear professors. They guided me little by little. They befriended me and left that strong impressions against them when I was still a student. Indeed, they are real people I can communicate with. And just like normal people, they are also problematic in their daily lives. That time, I became one of them. I finally understand the feeling of each of them. Exhausted, pressured, or whatever. In the end, they can still be happy, despite those negative feelings. This might sound like a documentary, but believe me, they’re hardworking. The College Dean, the one who keeps us in-line with our work is so friendly. It’s an opposite of what I have perceived during my school days. He is a real Man with outstanding principles in life.

Days passed. I started to feel secured. Everything is feeling alright and that’s when I realized, teaching is fun, full of excitement. Just don’t let S.T.R.E.S.S come inside your mind. And then Love came, so unexpected. That’s when I feel more excitement both in life and work.

There were times I feel anxious during my work. I don’t know whether I will be re-hired or not, or things just keep stressing me out. Well, despite those things, there are more and better ones that make me enjoy my everyday work. My co-teachers are all fun to be with, and with them I can endure every negative feeling I’m having. Thanks to them, I became stronger, and a better man.

Inside that big room, that faculty room, all we do is work and entertain ourselves. That’s the real deal. And when things start to fall apart, all we do is help each other, cheer each other. When good things come, we share the blessings. And when the fun days come, all you can see is a big smile in our faces.

Thank you to my dearest professors. You are all a very good companion in my stay in AMA Fairview. With you all, I learned a lot. Being the youngest was fun and exciting. I will cherish every single word you told me.

Thank you to our College Dean, Mr. Rodolfo Rosario. Despite having a higher position than us, you decided to take a chance to befriend us all. You are so remarkable.

To the forever-beauties of AMA Fairview, Ms. Bello, Ms. Morales, Ms. Austria, Ms. Torella, thank you so much for all the advice and for guiding me to become a good instructor. To Mr. Halamani who keeps on being funny but always believes in my skills, thank you. To Mr. De Guzman who is also fun to be with and shares a lot of his blessings, thank you.

To my bestfriends in AMA Fairview, Mr. Awat, who is almost having the same path as me and always helping me whenever I struggle, Ms. San Pablo, who is very responsible in everything she does and is also a very good joker, Ms. Salvador, who I always see as a very good mother and with a down-to-earth approach in teaching, Mr. Corpuz, who is always friendly and technically resourceful in teaching, Mr. Quinto, also a very good joker and an easy-going one that gives me advices in and outside teaching, Mr. Santiago, who keeps on entertaining us, washing out the problems of each other, Ms. Sarzaba, who is very thoughtful and guides me a lot whenever I have questions, Mr. Ceballos, who is a very good teacher and always prepares lessons very well, Mr. Foronda, who is very good in giving advices and plays a strong relationship with his students, Mr. Mendoza, who is like a real friend to me and shares a lot of stories whether connected to teaching or not, Ms. Lazaro, who is always fun to be with and tells funny stories, Ms. Zuniga, who keeps on sharing her blessings and her fun thoughts, Ms. Boco and Ms. Veniegas, whose like real sisters inside the faculty.

Also, a huge thanks goes to all my students who gave me various feelings but of all them was happiness and enjoyment.

Thank you so much for being with me, from the first day, until now. For helping me in my work, and things that are completely unrelated to it. Please take good care of “that person” for me as my last wish. Thank you and I promise to visit often. This is not a goodbye, and I will always be that young sweet, innocent-like child for you all. 🙂

|> Taylor Swift – Long Live