"Visita Iglesia? Why don't we do the Panata instead?"
I was merely joking when I made the suggestion, but oddly enough, it clicked. I have med the trek to Antipolo on foot before, and I was toying with the idea of doing it again. Doing it in the company of friends seem like a good idea.
"Let's meet at Greenbelt and start from there. I already have a general idea of the route we will take."
And so it happened that Thor and Bee were with me for the trek to Antipolo.
Santo Nino dela Paz
"Oh my, touch the color grey" Thor exclaimed.
"Yes," I said.
"Yes!" Bee concurred.
This is going to be a fun trip, I told myself.
Church of Sts. Peter and Paul
I planned a straightforward trek; the usual route I've traversed the past couple of times. But Thor broached the idea of Visita Iglesia... well, visita iglesia lite; the original Visita necessitated fourteen churches, one for each station of the cross. For our purpose, we will visit seven.
Immediately, I scanned my mental map of the metro, trying to figure out the churches along my original path. There were just four. I tweaked my path and came up with a couple more. Thor consulted online but the suggestions there weren't exactly along our general path.
It will have to do for the moment, we'll just have to think of something on the fly.
Nuestra Sra. de Gracia
I am, for the most part, a non-practicing Roman Catholic. I've been raised in the rites and the dogma and for the greater part of my formative years, have been participating in the rituals. I still believe in the core values, but it has been years since I participated in the celebrations.
I may have stopped attending masses, but churches are still one of my favorite haunts for reflection. And it does help when the church has excellent architecture. It's a plus if they have some service to help you meditate and send your wishes up to the cosmos.
This trip thus far promises an opportunity for reflection.
to be continued...