Sunday, May 25, 2008

An hour in Antipolo

Last week was my friend Martin's birthday. Every year, he would visit the Antipolo Cathedral as a "panata" or devotion. Coincidentally, it was also the feast of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage/ Virgin of Antipolo.

Too bad it was a Saturday. I think they save the parade and all on Sunday. Nonetheless, there were lots of "suman" (rice cake wrapped in banana/ palm leaf), cashew nuts and a tiangge of trinkets. After the mass, we took a short stop at the plaza for snacks, "pasalubong" (gifts for friends and family back home) and some snaps.

Apostles atop the cathedral entrance

Kiosko of the Virgin of Antipolo - The only remnant of the original church destroyed in World War II

"Pagsisikap" (Perseverance)