A Run, A Pilgrimage, A time to run with Him

A day before we set in for the lenten break, we have decided to do an unusual Visita Iglesia.   Normally, we go to nearby provinces to spend time with Him.  To reflect, recollect, and retreat.  After all, He is the reason of our existence.  The reason for all the blessings that we are continuously receiving.  And the reason why we are in a better state of health to enjoy running.

Tomorrow, Maundy Thursday, Ems and I will be going around to have our 2010 version of the Visita Iglesia.  We were so blessed to finished a number of 3k’s, 5k’s, 10k’s, 21k’s, and one 42k race.  Now, it’s time to use those muscles to visit the different churches of the Diocese of Paranaque (the southern side).

We will be starting from our home parish, The San Isidro Labrador Parish located at Almanza Uno, Las Pinas.

The altar of the San Isidro Labrador Parish (photo from http://www.silpmusic.org)

From there, we will visit these churches:

  1. Holy Family Parish (BF Almanza, Las Pinas)
  2. St. Jerome Emiliani & Sta. Susana Parish (Alabang Town Center)
  3. Sacred Heart of Jesus (Hillsborough, Muntinlupa)
  4. St. Benedict Chapel (SBC – Alabang, Alabang Hills, Munt.)
  5. Jesus the Divine Healer Parish (Tahanan Vill)
  6. Resurrection of our Lord Parish (BF Paranaque)
  7. Presentation of the Child Jesus Parish (BF Paranaque)
  8. St. Joseph the Worker Parish (BF Las Pinas)
  9. Last Supper of our Lord Parish (Manila Times Vill, Las Pinas)
  10. Our Lady of Fatima Parish (Philamlife Vill, Las Pinas)
  11. Mary Mother of the Church Parish (BF Resort Vill, Las Pinas)
  12. Nature’s Church/Mary Immaculate Parish (Moonwalk Vill, LP)
  13. Our Lady of the Pillar Parish (Pilar Village, Las Pinas)

We hope to finish our running pilgrimage within 3 to 4 hours visiting and praying in these churches.  It’s a different way for us to pray the Station’s of the Cross.

A time to reflect, recollect, and retreat (photo taken at Bacolod Cathedral by my cousin Mike S)

Everything for His glory!!!

 

Running in Legazpi City

Last Tuesday, 28 July 2009, me and my colleague were sent to Bacon, Sorsogon to inspect the Compressed Air System of one of the Geothermal Drill Rigs of a big Geothermal Steam supplier in the country.  We took the 45-minute PR flight from Manila to Legazpi City arriving at 7:30am.  From there we took a 90-minute road trip from Legazpi City in Albay to Bacon, Sorsogon.

Geothermal Rig Site

Geothermal Rig Site

After our mission in Sorsogon was accomplished, we went back to Legazpi City in the afternoon since our return flight to Manila will be on Wednesday morning at 8:15am.

We explored the City of Legazpi around 5pm.  Since we just came back from Sorsogon, we just changed to our running shoes and walked going to the city proper.  We visited the Legazpi Cathedral after walking 1.1km.

Legazpi Cathedral

Legazpi Cathedral

a shot at the patio of the Legazpi Cathedral

a shot at the patio of the Legazpi Cathedral

The following day at 5:30am, me and my colleague ran going to Lignon Hill.  From the Legazpi City Airport, it was approximately 2.0 kms going to the foot of Lignon Hill. 

Lignon Hill: A view from the Legazpi City Runway

Lignon Hill: A view from the Legazpi City Runway

This way to Lignon Hill (and the Phivolcs observation site)

This way to Lignon Hill (and the Phivolcs observation site)

Lignon Hill is one of the tourist spots here in the City of Albay.  Every morning, a lot of Bicolano’s go to this place to run, jog, or just walk up to the peak.  This was also my first time to visit this place, thus I did not know what to expect.  After a walk break, we now started our ascend to the peak of the Lignon Hill.  The first incline was manageable until we reached the first 400 meters.  We never knew that there were portions with higher degree of inclination. 

1st incline

1st incline

The next 600 meters was more challenging.  Though I do not have the expertise and experience, I was estimating that the degree of incline was approximately 30 to as much as 4o degrees.

first time to use the takbo.ph singlet =)

first time to use the takbo.ph singlet =)

One of the toughest incline

One of the toughest incline

hmm, catching my breath - still 300 meters to go!

hmm, catching my breath - still 300 meters to go!

Reaching the top was rewarding.  It was just too bad that there were a lot of clouds on top of Mayon Volcano.

On top of the Hill

On top of the Hill

Currently, they have started to develop the area.  They have a Zip line that will run 200 meters.  The restaurant is already nearing its completion.

Resto on a hill

Resto on a hill

Do you still see the peak of Mayon?

Do you still see the peak of Mayon?

And the view on top – overlooking Legazpi City

From where I stand: Overview of the Legazpi City Airport Runway and an the Legazpi City

From where I stand: Overview of the Legazpi City Airport Runway and an the Legazpi City

We only spent 20 minutes on top of Lignon hill.  The cool morning breeze was relaxing – that we almost thought of taking the next flight at 11am.  And before we start our descend, I have to get a good look at Mayon.

Cloudy peak?

Cloudy peak?

It was a wonderful experience running Lignon hill.  Once this has been fully developed, I bet that this will be a good place for an evening run.

Time running out?! It's already 6:45 am and we need to be at the airport by 7:30am!

Time running out?! It's already 6:45 am and we need to be at the airport by 7:30am!

Running is really a great way to explore the numerous tourist spots in the Philippines. 

 

RBA: we made it just in time when the boarding was announced =)