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Thursday, June 30, 2016

Widening of C6 Road

It’s been a while since we visited the Napindan Bridge in C6 Road, Taguig City. There are a lot of constructions going around the Napindan Bridge. The former marsh land was reclaimed and I have no idea what will be constructed there.

I also noticed that C6 Road, Taguig is being widened. Two lanes are being added and I guess it will go passed the Napindan Bridge up to Pinagbuhatan, Pasig City probably all the way up to Taytay, Rizal. This is great news especially for those travelling from Taguig City to Taytay, Rizal. I sure hope the contractor will finish this project in December 3, 2016 as posted.

Construction/Concreting of Additional Two Lanes at C6 from Napindan to M.L. Quezon Taguig (Phase I) 2nd LD Taguig City

Contractor: Harley Construction Inc / Armando U. Khong Hun General Contractor Inc (Joint Venture)

Date Started: March 23, 2016

Contract Completion Date: December 3, 2016

Contract Cost: PHP 141,263,798.57

Implementing Office: DPWH-National Capital Region

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C6 Road from Taytay and Pasig going to Taguig City.

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1 of the 2 lanes almost completed.

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View of Rizal Province from C6 Road, Taguig City.

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Travel by Foot

Ever since I got my DSLR in December 2011, I tried my best to travel as much as possible. DSLR and travelling goes hand in hand. I’m not earning much at the call center, and I don’t have a car so I do my travel mostly by foot and using public transportation. My favorite part is travelling by jeep. You can go town to town by riding the jeep which always stops at the Poblacion or Town Center (where the Parish Church, Municipal Hall and public market is usually located).

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My most recent travel was with my photography club and we went to San Juan, Batangas.

Five years of travelling and I have so much more to visit – so many towns and provinces to go. When I travel to new places, I always make it a point to take pictures of the church, town hall and market. I also tried to take pictures of the local food, their version of the jeep or tricycle and the local trade or industry. I also try to visit town fiestas as much as I can and to join out-of-trips either from coworkers at the call center or at the photography club.

In the entire travel trip I had the opportunity to experience, some of the things I learned are to wear light shirts (that seems to have ventilation holes) and comfortable shoes. I love walking around the city to take pictures up close and also as a form of exercise.

Lately I’ve been looking for good brands of travel shoes and someone introduced me to Mizuno. They’re known for running shoes but I guess it won’t hurt to use it as travel shoes as well. Mizuno has been one of the brands that make good quality running shoes. Who knows, I might also end up as an indie runner like Leo Kevin Mendiola.

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Baler Church

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An old house in Pulilan. Taken during the famous Carabao Festival.

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Church of Bagac, Bataan.

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I’ve been to Cubao numerous times but I just recently visited the Immaculate Concepcion Church in Cubao, Q.C.

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We had a Visita Iglesia in Pampanga for 1 day. My friend saw this church (Sta Rita) on ANC and we decided to travel this church and nearby churches by foot and via jeep.

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We got invited to enjoy the town’s fiesta in San Luis, Pampanga.

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We visited Mt Samat National Park last National Heroes Day 2015. There are some stairs to climb to reach this famous cross.

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We visited Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan last year. This resort is huge and you really have to prepare your legs for a lot of walking. Bring comfortable shoes.

Our Lady of the Abandoned, Marikina City

I’ve been visiting Marikina City for more than 8 years now, ever since I was asked to be a ninong of a wonderful boy. Every Christmas season, I would visit Marikina City to visit my inaanak to bring gifts but I never thought of visiting its main church. My inaanak resides near the Concepcion Church, which I already visited, but it was just recently that I visited the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church (Dambana ng Ina ng mga Walang Mag-ampon) in downtown Marikina City.

I’m surprised that it’s walking distance from the Sports Center (where the jeepney station is located) and that the Pasig-Marikina jeep passes by this wonderful church. I never noticed this church in all those years that I’ve been visiting Marikina City. I’m glad that I decided one day to look for this church. Lately, I’ve been visiting churches in Metro Manila.

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This establishment, Cafe Kapitan Restaurant, is located just across the Our Lady of the Abandoned Church in Sta Elena, Marikina City.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Monasterio de Sta Clara, Katipunan

The Monasterio de Sta Clara (St Clare Monastery) is located along C-5 Road in Katipunan, Quezon City. I visited it a few days ago. I was in Marikina City that day and I decided to visit the famous monastery.

From Marikina Town Proper, I rode a jeep to Cubao and drop off to C-5 Road in Katipunan. Its a few meters away from the Katipunan Station of the LRT Line 2. I walked on an overpass to the other side of the road and followed the path where vendors are selling eggs wrapped in colorful cellophane.

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The Monasterio de Sta Clara is one of those places of prayer where you will really find peace and tranquility (same as St Pio Chapel in Libis). There are statues to Saint Francis and Saint Clare. At a distance, I thought I’m seeing the entrance to the chapel, but it turns out to be the rear wall of the chapel.

There are lots of photocopied novena to Saint Clare lying around her statue. I took one, copied it, and posted it here on this blog.

Saint Clare of Assisi (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253, born Chiara Offreduccio and sometimes spelled Clair, Claire, etc.) is an Italian saint and one of the first followers of Saint Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies, a monastic religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition, and wrote their Rule of Life, the first set of monastic guidelines known to have been written by a woman. Following her death, the order she founded was renamed in her honor as the Order of Saint Clare, commonly referred to today as the Poor Clares. (Wikipedia)

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Eggs are donated to the sisters residing at the Monasterio de Sta Clara, C-5 Road, Katipunan, Quezon City. It’s wrapped in colorful cellophane with each color representing certain prayer.

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Is this the logo of the Order of St Clare?

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Statue of Saint Francis near the entrance of the Monasterio de Sta Clara, C-5 Road, Katipunan, Quezon City.

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Copies of the Novena to Saint Clare are left at the foot of St Clare’s statue.

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The chapel at the Monasterio de Sta Clara. It’s very… serene and spiritual. The same feeling I had when I visited the Chapel of St Pio in Libis, Quezon City.

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The statue of Saint Clare at the Monasterio de Sta Clara, C-5 Road, Katipunan, Quezon City.

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