Holy Week 2010: A Venture North of Manila

Jared and I celebrate our birthdays a week apart and so months before our natal days, I drive myself into a frenzy doing research, checking rates and reading blogs on where we can go.

This time, we decided to go North on Good Friday and venture to the cuturally-rich province of Pampanga.

Here's what we did:

From Top left, clockwise: Our family stops for breakfast at NLEX to start our journey on the right foot; Jared amazed at a true-blue water pump; we just had to have our picture taken at the facade of Guagua church. It was huge!; dancing at the villa and Jared's look of delight as he prepares to devour his Jollibee pancake meal.

From top left, clockwise:Feeling at home on the villa couch; Mommy, Jared, Lola and Tati all smiles for the cam as we take advantage of the great light; Jared wants another serving of popcorn.

On Good Friday, we toured a few churches, the Macapagal's ancestral house and took part in a procession. From Top left, clockwise:a flagellant at the church door, Betis church ceiling, a statue of Christ during the procession and a popcorn vendor at work (popcorn was yummy)

On Good Saturday, Jared's actual birthday. All scenes from the King's Royal Resort pool area.

All in all, it was a good trip. A mixture of traditional immersion on our Holy week culture and good, plain fun.

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