DAY 3 OF I.E.L. in the Philippines

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A DAY for CITY TOUR...January 28, 2018 Sunday -the third day was spent to get to know more about the Philippines. It began with hearing mass said in Filipino at the Manila Cathedral.

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Manila Cathedral: a basilica dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception

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 The Holy Mass...

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Gist of the homily:  May we always remain awed and fascinated by God

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Then the IEL delegates visited San Agustin Church and Museum 

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San AGustin Museum

 

The oldest church in the Philippines... 

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Lunch at the famous Ilustrado followed where everyone enjoyed the Spanish ambiance and cuisine.

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Then we proceeded to Silahis Gift Shop for souvenirs.

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In the afternoon the IEL delegates learned more about the life and works of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal at the Rizal Shrine. and Museum....

Gate of Fort Santiago

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Fort Santiago in Intramuros "City within walls"

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The dungeon where hundreds of Filipino and American soldiers died of starvation, just months before the liberation of the Philippines

 

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at the Rizal Shrine and Museum...

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at the National Museum

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Juan Luna's famous spolaerium painting

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life size portrait paintings of Amorsolo...

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Then an hour was spent at the Mall of Asia for a very quick shopping of Filipino delicacies and souvenirs at Kultura. 

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Dinner was at the Aristocrat where the delegates enjoyed Filipino cuisine and the popular past time  ...Karaoke!

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 Day 3 was a time for reminiscing the past... 

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retracing the footprints of Dr. Jose Rizal as he walked from his cell to Luneta Park where he was executed.

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appreciating the freedom and liberty we enjoy now... 

 

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and simply having fun and sharing laughter together

 

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 as one big happy and growing family of St. Candida Maria de Jesus!