I heard a lot about Cotabato since I was a small kid. It will be difficult to erase that name in my memory for a song by the famous local band, Asin, always reminds me of a place called "Cotabato". The first line of the song goes something like this.."Ako'y isinilang sa isang bayan ng Cotabato...". Lot of negative stories have been told regarding this beautiful city. Some people even connoted the city as a place of violence. But for me, this place is like just a place anywhere in the country where violence also can exist. Maybe events here are just being exaggerated. If you watch the news on tv, some places have even more violence compared to Cotabato. Some stories relates the violence to conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims long time ago. Christianity and Islam are the major religions in Cotabato. Religion differences can also be blamed of the conflicts between Cotabatenos. No Cotabatenos want their city to be tagged as one of the violent places, neither Christians nor Muslims.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Saturday, March 10, 2012
|Sta. Monica Parish @ Pan-ay, Capiz, 1774|
Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion in the Philippines. Almost 80 percent of it's population are Roman Catholics. This is due to Spanish colonization and influence as they occupy our country for about 333 years. Along with the religion they brought are the churches which are considered to be the "House of God or Worship". Churches are scattered all over the country, most of them are historical. Historical in the sense that they were not only built for over a hundred years now but most churches were made as refuge during natural disaster, and war. Some churches served as protection from pirates. Some church were beautifully built while some were bounded with simplicity. Churches also have different interesting stories behind them.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
Albay province is very rich in historical sites, educational places and recreational venues. This is the Home of the famous and most active Mayon Volcano. But aside from Mayon there is the famous Cagsawa Ruins, Lignon Hills and so many others. In its capital city alone, Legazpi City, two days is not enough to visit all the beautiful places here. If you happen to visit Albay, here are some things to do on a one-day tour:
Of course, Mayon is your primary target when going to Albay. This is given so we will proceed to other destination aside from Mayon Volcano anyway you will see Mayon in every place you go in the city of Legazpi and other nearby towns.
Perhaps most Filipinos, especially travelers, knows about the famous Penafrancia festival here in Naga City. It is a whole month celebration that happens every September. Participants of the celebration are not only the people from Naga or Camarines Sur but all of the Bicol Region. People from other parts of the country and foreigners are also participating this religious event. And when we are talking about the Penafrancia festival, Naga Cathedral is one of the place that is being highlighted. This place serves as the temporary refuge of the Nuestra Senora de Penafrancia after she has been processioned from her permanent house which is the Basilica de Penafrancia Church.