The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila
121 Arzobispo Street, Intramuros
There are two essential elements in a pilgrimage: the journey and the destination. It is said that we are a Pilgrim Church because our final destination is the Kingdom of God. In our everyday life we make pilgrimages to remind us of this.
There are many holy and devotional sites all around that can allow us to enter into a meaningful meditation and prayerful reflection of our true pilgrimage.
PILGRIMAGE PILIPINAS offers help in this process, facilitating the physical travel, ensuring its comfort and defining destinations that should provide spiritual upliftment and nourishment.
We, therefore, bless and commend this endeavor and endorse PILGRIMAGE PILIPINAS to our priests and lay faithful in the Archdiocese of Manila.
Thank you and God bless!
Manila, 11 February 2011.
+GAUDENCIO B. CARDINAL ROSALES
Archbishop of Manila
Addy Austriaco, DLS-CSB student:
By going to the various locations of Laguna, where ... creativity is shown through their local food, art and clothing, it made me happy to be a Filipino ... the trip really opened my eyes even more.
Ryan Cua, DLS-CSB student:
Mr. Velasco was very knowledgeable of everything even things not related to the tour... I really learned a lot of course most of them were the stories of how the churches came to be and about the saints and such ... The trip made me realize that every church has its own history, its own stories and its own miracles, which makes each one unique in its own way. Lastly, it is not the because we go to church and pray that makes it holy, its because we are there that's why it is holy since we are the presence of Christ.
Elie David, DLS-CSB student:
The Visita Iglesia was a very enriching experience for me. As an architecture student, I was able to appreciate the beauty of each church that we visited and at the same time, learn more about our country's own architecture. I learned that the style of the churches we visited in Laguna was Earthquake Baroque, and this allowed them to withstand calamities and remain intact until today. I also learned that Filipinos back then used egg whites to build the churches. This shows how resourceful our people were.
Aside from its relation to my course, the Visita Iglesia made me feel fulfilled because I was able to join a church visit for the first time. It was like a spiritual journey that helped me become closer to God. Also, I was able to bond with my blockmates and Dynarel teacher, and I really had a great time with them.