Monday, September 24, 2012

My Church of Lilio

Religion plays an important role in the lives and culture of the Filipinos. It is not an understatement. The Spanish colonization of My Philippines in the late 1500s was founded on Catholicism thus, explains the amazing historical and amazing architectures of Catholic churches all over the archipelago.

In My Liliw, we are proud of our church. It is one of the landmarks that people who come to visit our small town. And since Liliw is located at the foot of the majestic and mystic Mount Banahaw, it gives a dramatic background to our well-grounded faith in God.
I was raised as a Catholic by my [very] religious Mom who was raised by my [very strict] religious Grandma. Given this scenario, I practically grew up in the doing what all Catholics do.
The significance of the St. John the Baptist Church in my personal opinion goes beyond faith itself. The structure is not only a physical reminder of our faith and culture but our way of life as well. Sunday Masses are a prerequisite to our week ahead as much as a conclusion to our weekend.
I am so proud of our church because it boost a unique structure way back in the 18th century. The craftsmanship of our forefather who built it with their sweat and blood is a reminded of how important manpower is to our small town.
Last summer I was able to visit this church once again after 5 years of being away. There is a great difference now from what it used to be. The facade is still the same but the altars are already altered or shall I say modified or improved. It is more ostentatious and grand than it was before.
There is an addition of the Shrine of St. Buenaventure, my most-loved Saint. And a lot of touch-ups here and there. I was able to attend several masses too and I was glad to see familiar faces as well.
Visit to my home town is not the same without visiting St. John the Baptist Church.


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Monday, September 10, 2012

ARABELA: A place I know from the heart

I'm a sucker for good food and good place to eat. And when you trust the people cooking the food for you, it will surely be a delicious and awesome dining experience.
Arabela rose to one of the finest restaurants in Laguna if not in My Philippines. Though small and unpretentious, it is unsurprisingly the only eating hub you can find in equally small town in Liliw, Laguna that is nothing but big in surprises. It is now famous among food aficionados in the country.
And it boasts not only good food...
but warm hospitality...
as well as homey and cozy ambiance that is very hard to find among high end restaurants in the city.
Arabela used to sell only cakes and brownies when they started. The owners, Bobby and Tonette Camello who are both good friends of mine were fond of baking and we [their friends] used to enjoy their cakes and brownies years ago when we spent almost all weekends at their home in Barangay San Marcos. Little did we know then, that they will turn their hobby into a multi-million [wink*] food business.
[With my friends and Owners of Arabela... Bobby and Tonnette]

Arabela - which comes from the names of their pretty daughters, Ara and Bela...was established in 2003. What used to be the well-known location of Socialite's Footwear is now the most sought after Italian/American/Filipino fusion restaurants that also serves pizza...
and other one-of-a-kind and all-time favorite dishes in affordable prices.
Now, that I got the chance to visit my hometown again after 5 years of being away, it will surely not be complete without catching up with old friends and having a taste of Arabela.

This is another entry for Food Trip Day.
Food Trip Day No. 13

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Author's Note: This is not a sponsored post. Arabella owners are close friends of mine. It just so happen that I love their food and the owner.

 This is regular weekly post for MY PHILIPPINES. For more interesting story about the beautiful "Pearl of the Orient"... click HERE.