Turumba of Pakil

Last weekend, my friends invited me for a Laguna road trip, particularly focusing on the town of Pakil.

This is not the first time I've been here, kung tutuusin regular na ruta ko na to pag kailangan kong suminghot ng Baticuling sa Woodcarving Capital ng Pilipinas. Every time I go to Paete, its a must na dumaan ako sa St. Peter of Alcantara Parish also known as Diocesan Shrine of Nuestra Señora de los Dolores de Turumba but for no apparent reason, hindi ko pa masyadong nae-explore ang maliit na bayan na ito.
Pakil is a fifth class urban municipality.. and known to be the home of the Turumba Festival.

The Festival commemorates the Seven Sorrows of the the Blessed Virgin Mary and held 7 times each year between the months of April and May. It is also called Pistang Lupi because at the closing of each festivities the novena booklet is folded to mark the pause in preparation to the next lupi.

The Festival dates back to September 1788 when some fishermen discovered a painting of Our Lady of Sorrows on a 9"x11"oil painting in canvass in their fish net. Believed to be a religious image they decided to drop it off on a rock near Pakil Church so that they could continue their fishing duties.

One Sunday morning, a group of women found the painting and despite the bad weather condition during the night, the painting remained dry. When they tried to take the painting away, it was too heavy even for Mariangga which is the strongest of them. They quickly went to the parish priest, who in turn called the churchgoers and the church servers to get the image. Miraculously the priest was able to lift the image with ease and the people who witnessed it started to sing and dance in honor of Our Lady.


Birthday Celebration sa Estero

July is my birth month, alam nang maraming tao yan pero marami-rami din ang di nakaka-alam na:

-ka-birthday ko si Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Tisdale, at si Madam Imelda Marcos!

-ginawa ako ng nanay at tatay ko noong September 25, 1986 - pero ayoko nang usisain yung detalye.

-September 26, 1986, isa na akong ganap na embryo!

-unang tibok ng puso ko ay noong October 17, 1986

-at nang ipanganak ako noong July 2 1987, ang #1 song sa US Billboard ay I Wanna Dance with Somebody ni Whitney Houston -- EPIC!

This year, I decided not to celebrate my birthday since weekday naman at medyo maulan din. Instead, I decided to tag along with my sister in her shopping spree at Divisoria just to be treated for a surprise dinner at Estero after, thanks sis!

Estero Fast Food is situated besides the Manila-Beijing Friendship Bridge formerly known as the Ongpin North Birdge and as my foodie friends put it, your Binondo Food Trip will not be complete unless you eat here.

The place is in fact besides Ongpin's estero but don't let that bother you, surprisingly the place is relatively pleasant - carinderia type, open-air with no foul odors from the creek and very accommodating employees. This is like the nth time I tried this place but the first time for my sister.