It was summer this year when my family decided to spend the holy week in Baler, Aurora. Surfing it is! But there’s one catch: I have to go to Baler on my own. They traveled via private transpo which unfortunately can accommodate only 4 people (my younger sister, mom and her 2 office mates) which means I have to go there via commute. Not a big deal for me since I’m used to commuting but being the adventurer that I am, I told myself: I cannot go to Baler directly. There must be a side trip along the way. And so I did a research and voila, I saw myself traveling to the cities of Gapan and Cabanatuan in Nueva Ecija. This is #BudgetTrip featuring #BTNuevaEcija and here’s a run down of my day trip to what is considered as the Rice Bowl of the Philippines.
Note: This is a quick travel guide. Will be posting full details for each destination so I hope you could check that out!
HEADING UP NORTH
LA VIRGEN DIVINA PASTORA
Gapan Gapan!! ✌ Touchdown Nueva Ecija. First stop on my first ever solo trip: La Virgen Divina Pastora or Three Kings Parish Church in Gapan. The interior of this church is just wow! The wood ceiling + painting is beautiful. And yes, I've finally bought my own action cam. More selfies for me. 😂 #BudgetTrip #SoulSearchingInNuevaEcija
Since it was holy week, the church was filled with people going on a pilgrimage. I was even hesitant to take photos out of respect so most of the shots I took are what I call ninja shots. But yeah, I can’t help but fall in love with La Virgen Divina Pastora. The intricate details on the ceiling was so lovely especially the painting.
GAPAN ANCESTRAL HOUSES
WALKING AROUND THE CITY
CABANATUAN: THE TRICYLE CAPITAL
GENERAL LUNA SHRINE
SUNSET AT CAMP PANGATIAN
THE ROAD TO BALER
Spending the Holy Week here in Baler with family and friends. There's so much to be blessed for such as this opportunity to go on an out of town trip with my mom and sister. Our last trip together was years ago. Thank you God for giving me the best people. I'm really grateful for that. ☝🙏 May we all have a blessed holy week! #BudgetTrip #SoulSurfingInBaler