Holy Week re­treats

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - PROPERTY - By Din M. Vil­la­fuerte @din­mveeINQ

In just two weeks, most parts of the Philip­pines will be in a flurry of ac­tiv­ity in ob­ser­vance of the Holy Week. Be­ing a pre­dom­i­nantly Catholic coun­try, this sea­son is sig­nif­i­cant to Filipinos and comes with many tra­di­tions and prac­tices.

As it’s also a long holiday, many would usu­ally take this op­por­tu­nity to sneak out of the metro and take a much needed breather from the hustle and bus­tle of city life.

Long­time prop­erty de­vel­oper Sta. Lu­cia Land Inc. of­fers leisure and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments which, aside from be­ing the per­fect holiday getaway, can also be a nice re­treat in the same area as some of your pop­u­lar Holy Week des­ti­na­tions.

PAMPANGA

Mean­while, those who wish to wit­ness a reen­act­ment of Christ’s Pas­sion and Death can head over to Barangay San Pe­dro Cu­tud in San Fer­nando, Pampanga. Ev­ery Good Fri­day, about a dozen or so pen­i­tents flag­el­late them­selves and are nailed to a cross. The event has drawn thou­sands of lo­cal and for­eign vis­i­tors ev­ery year.

Though the Catholic Church has frowned upon the peo­ple’s reen­act­ment of Christ’s cru­ci­fix­ion, the Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Cul­ture and the Arts has in­cluded the Cu­tud len­ten rites in the In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Her­itage In­ven­tory of the Philip­pines.

Va­ca­tion­ers and home­buy­ers can find so­lace at The Bev­erly Place in Mex­ico, Pampanga. The prop­erty fea­tures a club­house, ten­nis court, bas­ket­ball court, swimming pool, and an 18-hole cham­pi­onship golf course, thus as­sur­ing you that you will never run out of things to do when wind­ing down here. The Bev­erly Place also prom­ises a breath­tak­ing view of Mt. Arayat.

BAGUIO CITY

Devo­tees and tourists alike will surely flock to Baguio City to visit the Our Lady of Lour­des Grotto. Lo­cated on Mi­rador Hill, the grotto is a pop­u­lar pil­grim­age site. Vis­i­tors need to climb a to­tal of 252 steps to reach the im­age of Lady of Lour­des, af­ter which it has be­come cus­tom­ary to light a can­dle and say a prayer.

One home op­tion here is the Pinewoods Golf and Coun­try Club and Res­i­den­tial Es­tates which prom­ises to be your per­fect refuge in the City of Pines.

Breathe in the fresh and cool Baguio air at the 220-ha mas­ter­planned coun­try es­tate that con­sists of clas­sic Amer­i­can colo­nial-style homes as well as town­houses and con­do­mini­ums. Soon enough, guests can check in at the Pinewoods Ho­tel which guar­an­tees first­class ser­vice, whether you are book­ing a stan­dard room, lux­ury room or suite.

AN­TIPOLO CITY

If you are in Manila and hap­pen to no­tice groups of peo­ple walk­ing to­wards the di­rec­tion of An­tipolo in Rizal, that’s be­cause it has be­come a de­vo­tion for some to travel by foot to the Na­tional Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voy­age, or An­tipolo Cathedral. An­other pop­u­lar pil­grim­age site, many trek to An­tipolo Cathedral dur­ing the Holy Week to visit the dark wooden im­age of Nues­tra Senora de la Paz y Buen Vi­aje, the pa­troness of safe jour­neys.

In An­tipolo, Sta. Lu­cia has quite a num­ber of of­fer­ings whether you are in search of a quick getaway or a com­mu­nity to build a home. The Sum­mer Hill Ex­ec­u­tive Vil­lage and Green­land An­tipolo both have well-thought-out ameni­ties in­clud­ing parks and play­grounds and other recre­ational fa­cil­i­ties. It also prom­ises stun­ning, scenic views of the me­trop­o­lis, es­pe­cially come night­time.

Sum­mer Hill Ex­ec­u­tive Vil­lage

Our Lady of Lour­des Grotto

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