Bisita Iglesia is a Filipino-Catholic tradition which is practiced every Holy Week (Maundy Thursday). This is the time when people reflect about Jesus Christ sacrifice as narrated in the Station of the Cross. “Bisita Iglesia” was a Spanish term that means “Church Visit” in English. (Note: Spain brought Catholicism in the Philippines.) It literally means visiting different churches. Usually, we visit 4-5 churches. On each church we read and pray for 3 stations. After that, we transfer to another church again to read and pray for the 3 stations until we complete the 14 station of the cross. It’s a simple way of sacrifice because we need to transfer places, walk a long way and pray in each church. This 2015, my family had “Bisita Iglesia” in Silang and Tagaytay, Cavite. Tagaytay is one of the popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. Let me share you my experience with the pictures I’ve got.
Photo Essay time! ^^
La Sallete is the first church stop we went to. This place is really wide/spacious. I’ve been here before for my 1st year high school recollection retreat. You can also do picnic here.
Next is this the 7 archangels church. I felt a high energy vibes upon visiting this place. (It’s elevating my soul! HAHA) I’ve been also here before when I was in high school. This is my favorite because I like the ambiance and the chapel has those intricate interiors too. I can see angels everywhere.
After that we went to Pink Sisters, It is only a 3 minutes walk. Along the way, there are so many Tiangge/ bazaar that sell “Tagaytay” Products. This place is more crowded. Also, I can’t take pictures inside the church. I saw nuns wearing pink nun attire. It’s so solemn inside.
Here are the products we bought. There is the Wild Honey that I really don’t believe if it’s really a real pure wild honey. Also, there’s the Turmeric (Luyang Dilaw / Orange Ginger) which is a really healthy drink. Then, I’m actually the one who insisted to buy Lettuce. I saw it with a really healthy green color.*eyes sparkling* Recently, I am fond of eating vegetable salad. The thing that made my mom get surprised with this lettuce is it’s being sold with the soil. It’s still planted! I really laughed at my mom’s shocking facial expression. On the other hand, my dad loved it and bought it without a doubt. I really prefer buying it because it’s cheaper. You’ll get 3 Lettuce plants for 50 pesos only. Unlike in supermarkets, 1 lettuce is already 50 pesos. HAHA!
Lastly, we went to Our Lady of Lourdes Church. It’s not supposed to be the last but we change our way because of the heavy traffic. Also, dad got lost in the summer heat. He decided to finish all the stations there.
If you have specific intentions or petitions, you can light candles here. There is a candle color guide posted there.
Yours Truly (the Photographer)… Do I look exhausted…? I’m supposed to make an OOTD blog using this picture but I changed my mind. Haha! Holy Week is a time to reflect and meditate. I really prefer doing this kind of activity in this time. It’s really the reason of these holidays except to those who are not Catholic or Christian. The station of the cross reminds us the story of salvation. It’s how Jesus Christ became our saviour. True Love was shown through the cross. It’s amazing!
“Love covers over a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8