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Renewal Batch 2 (Balay Isabel 2011)

About twenty friars coming from different parts of the Philippines left their convents to gather in Balay Isabel, Batangas. Their objective was to go through Petak and Leman’s “The Way of the Shepherd” and the GIRM.

“The Way of the Shepherd” is John 10 applied to personnel management and served as a launch pad for the friars to examine the way they deal with the people they work with whether in their respective communities or outside of these. There are seven management principles that helped them examine themselves as pastors.

The review of the GIRM was basically for the friars to familiarize themselves more with liturgical rubrics.

Balay Isabel is a semi-private resort located on the shores of Taal Lake. The friars stayed in houses which also served as their place for rest and prayer. The three day exercise also served as a bonding activity. Photos are found at the Gallery.

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A Trip Around Taal Lake

Yesterday, our community went around Taal Lake visiting in turn the Lipa Cathedral, the Carmel of Lipa, the Cathedral of Taal. The Lipa Cathedral (San Sebastian) and the Taal Cathedral were both built by the Augustinians. The present form of both churches date back to the 1800s although the foundation of Taal Cathedral (San Nicolas) dates back to 1575, just ten years after the Augustinians landed on Philippine shores.

San Pedro to Lipa

It was raining when we made our way to Lipa City reaching it after an hour’s ride. By then the sun was already shining and there were a lot of people on the cathedral ground. This is in sharp contrast to the Iglesya ni Cristo Church just some meters away which was empty. After a few minutes at the Cathedral, we went looking for the Carmel of Lipa which was the site of a miracle of roses some years ago. It is said that the Vatican is reviewing its case. Then from Carmel we proceeded to Taal and the massive stone Church that used to be the largest in Southeast Asia.

Around Taal Lake

The Taal Cathedral is one massive edifice. It is one of the churches that the Augustinians left to the diocesan clergy in the 1900s. The Augustinians held on to their parish churches until that time, the last of the friars to accede to secularization. One of the main reasons for this was the 1898 Revolution.

More pictures are available at the Gallery.

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Our Trip to Infanta

The Friars from the Mother of Good Counsel Community did their R and R on February 23, 2009 with a trip to Infanta, Quezon. Infanta is just across the Laguna de Bay from San Pedro, Laguna, a four-hour drive. The trip brings one around the Bay and through the winding roads between mountains and alongside the coast.

San Pedro to Infanta

There wasn’t much to see in Infanta town proper. If you remember the flooding disasters of November to December of 2004, Infanta was one of the worst hit in Asia. If you don’t remember it, refresh your memory with the following links:

Los fraylesThe Church of the Holy Infants and St. Mark is still under renovation. We saw the marker for Fr. Charlito Colendres and the victims of the November 2004 flash floods. The priest was one of those who died trying to save other lives.

We took our lunch in one of the town’s restaurants, ordering dinuguan, fried chicken, batchoy and chopsuey. Perhaps the conversation about how Infanta has a well established BEC made me think of the BEC as a source for a new culture (the culture of the renewed Christian as you find it in Evangelii Nuntiandi). In fact, the "batchoy" we had for lunch made me reflect on the diversity of cultures between Iloilo and Infanta. In Iloilo, "batchoy" is noodles with meat; in Infanta, "batchoy" is meat with miswa. Both taste good however, but I would recommend the Infanta "batchoy" to those who’ve just had a lot to drink.

We also went to the Infanta Fish Port, 12 Km. from the town. We could have stayed longer if not for the fact that it was growing late in the afternoon. On the way back to San Pedro, we stopped by the Exotic, a multi-awarted Restaurant of Laguna. This is the second time we took our coffee there. It is near an ancient Church whose Angelus bells told us to go back home.

There are more pictures from the trip at the Gallery

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