Last week, our family decided to go on a road trip in Laguna and Quezon which were provinces from Region 4, both located in the Philippines. We do not have an itinerary because my father wants to go to so many places but unfortunately, his day off is only for two days. Nevertheless, the trip was a good one.
Since my parents absolutely love vintage churches, our first destination was the parish church of Majayjay, Laguna. It was built in 1576, during the Spanish colonization in the Philippines. I love the exterior look of the church especially the vines which freely crept to the bell tower.
Shortly after that, we arrived in Lucban, Quezon wherein we stayed for the whole day. We also visited their church and we were all mesmerized by the beauty (and oldness) of it.
I took so many pictures because the whole place is just breathtaking. Plus, the people who work in the church are absolutely kind. There was this lady who was in charge of the donation box by the comfort room who helped us in finding a cheap but comfortable place to stay in. She was so cheerful as she gave us directions to different hotels and inns.
When we finished touring the whole church, we decided to walk around the town and to get something to eat. My father picked a restaurant just steps away from the church.
Inside Buddy’s, you’ll find wooden furniture with cute sunflower designs everywhere! The place radiates with calmness and good food. Their own version of Lucban’s famous “Pansit Habhab” is sooooo tasty! (And of course the Lucban longganisa tastes wonderfully, too!)
I love that they designed their ceiling with colorful “Kiping.” Kiping are rice wafers that are used to create an “arangya”. These are actually what the natives hung on their houses during the Pahiyas Festival.
Our next stop was Kamay ni Hesus shrine located also in Lucban, Quezon. The shrine houses huge statues of Jesus Christ and a very real (and big) version of Noah’s Ark and Garden of Eden.
Meanwhile, the church itself is marvelous. I have this thing with chandeliers and the Kamay ni Hesus church have tons of vintage ones. Ah, they are so pretty!
There is also a grand piano just below the altar and it’s not an old one. It’s shiny and black and new. (The middle aged guy who played it have such a nice voice.)
By the time we arrived at the traveler’s inn that we are staying at–we were all equally tired. But that didn’t stop us from taking one last, late night stroll.
Our first day in Laguna and Quezon was indeed well spent. I was glad of all the vintage places that we visited and even more glad to meet nice people. 🙂