Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sky Fun in Tagaytay, Lingayen Beach and Manaoag Church in Pangasinan : Hot Summer Days

Wazzup Pilipinas!

What I did on my summer vacation? How I spent my summer?

Well, Last late summer vacation, we went to Tagaytay with my mom and my aunties as the blow out of one of my tita because she was celebrated her birthday.

First, we went to Picnic Groove to have pictures with snake and crocodile and also to roam around. We rode horses but one of my tita was scared of riding a horse so she can’t join with us, and last before going home at Pasig we went to “Sky Fun Amusement Park” to ride in the tallest Ferris wheel in the country at 63 meters.

I saw beautiful view of Taal Volcano. I can’t forget this place because of the beautiful view and nature.

The towering Ferris Wheel which we are calling as "SKY EYE" is one of the main features of the Sky Fun Amusement Park as this is set to be the tallest and biggest Ferris Wheel in the Country. Sky Fun Amusement Park is located at Tagaytay-Nasugbu Via Tuy Road, Barangay Kaybagal South, Tagaytay City. It is just beside Taal Vista Hotel and gives you a great view of the Taal volcano especially when riding the Sky Eye.

One more place I enjoyed last summer was Pangasinan. I can’t forget Pangasinan, because we celebrated there the Jesus’ Christ crucifixions. We ate different dishes like relyenong bangus, sinigang and many more. After we ate, we swam at the Lingayen beach.

Lingayen has a few beach resorts. Here is a list of Beach Resorts and Hotel in Lingayen Pangasinan. You can contact them directly for your reservations and ask them for their rates, packages, deals and other inquiry. Beach resorts include Capitol Resort Hotel, El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Spa, El Tonee's Hotel and Restaurant, Hotel Consuelo Resort and Chinese Restaurant, Lingayen Village Inn and the President Hotel.

That day, we decided to go at Manaoag Church to pray and after that we lightened the candle and prayed to remember Jesus Christ.

Our Lady Of Manaog Church is also known as the Shrine of the Nuestra Senora de Manaoag. Located in Manaoag, Pangasinan, the church was established by Captain Gaspar de Gamboa in 1720 and was donated to the Dominicans in 1722.

Perhaps the most visited religious desitnation north of Manila, "manaoag" is coined from the word "taoag" (tawag) or "to call" when centuries ago, a farmer on his way to his farm one daybreak heard the virgin mary calling him from the top of the tamarind tree (where the church is right now) instructing him to initiate the construction of the church. These days, thousands of devotees visit the town of Manaoag each day in response to the Virgin Mary's "tawag" or "call".

The image of Mary itself is said to have been brought to the Philippine Islands by way of Acapulco, Mexico by Padre Juan de San Jacinto around 400 years ago. Folk history even declares that it was the Virgin herself that designated where the church to house her image was to be built.

In the 17th century, locals had resisted Catholicism brought about by the Dominica. Even tribes from mountains close by refused to adopt Catholicism as a new religion. Hence, the friars introduced the Our Lady as a “powerful protectress.” Tales, from the vanishing church to the apparition of the Blessed Virgin atop a hill, had spread and made the conversion of the people to Catholicism much easier.

However, faith in the Nuestra Senora de Manaoag in years had to make way to highly-commercial activities such as the Galicayo Festival in December led by the local government each year.

We have fun because of the "sophistications" we have done but we got so tired. This holiday serve as to remember God sacrificed for us. We should rejoice it and have fun.

I can say that the summer vacation is important to us, because we used it to relax from having a stressful school year and we used it also as our boding time with our family, so we should use our summer vacation to have fun and enjoy.

Contributed by Alliah Faye S. Camila

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