Module of the Journey to Colonial Churches and Pueblos in the Bulacan Tour among the spiritual travellers of the
Institute of Spirituality of Asia
Carmelite Province of Blessed Titus Brandsma
ORGANIZED BY PIRKKO & TROYTOURS, INC.
The rationale of the spirituality journey: It is often said that spirituality has to be fully connected to the core of one’s being and concretely translated to daily life. For others, it is simply the advancement of one’s sense of being and sense of becoming.
Hence, the spirituality of history is a way of connecting with the past through appreciation and recognition of the indefatigable and unshakable faith of the people to God of history, of the noble and selfless love of women and men to the motherland.
It is a way of seeing past events and circumstances to the present and the future; a way of discerning individual and collective responses and contributions in crafting a better tomorrow for the Filipinos, especially to the poor yet struggling women and men in rural and urban communities.
Objectives of the spirituality journey: to see the churches and the pueblos in the province of Bulacan as the concrete product of the people’s sacrifices and the repositories of their ardent faith in God; to view the churches and the pueblos in Bulacan as mute witnesses to the struggle of the people towards the fullness of life free from want and despair, exploitation and oppression;
To look at the churches and the pueblos in Bulacan as mothers accompanying her children or the people of God to the journey on the path to building the church of the poor and for the poor; and to taste the heritage food in the province of Bulacan as integral part of the people’s history.
Thus, the spirituality of history is ultimately a way of being, doing and becoming.
Methods of the spirituality journey: Orientation on the rationale, objectives and itinerary of the spirituality journey, sharing of the general profile of the noble and historic province of Bulacan, brief description of every pueblo and church to visit and behold, personal utterance of prayer inside the church.
The other methods include a glimpse of the architectural design of the church, walking tour of the surroundings of the church (e.g. historical landmarks, nineteenth-century houses). Open discussion on individual and collective actions in the immediate future on the continuing efforts and initiatives for a better tomorrow for the Filipinos.
Convergence time at 5:30 am
In front of IFRS building
In Acacia Street, Barangay Mariana
7:00 am the start of the trip to Bulacan
|Pueblos and churches in the province of Bulacan||Historical and spiritual significance of the pueblos and churches|
|8:00-9:00 am: the pueblo and the church of Our Lady of the Assumption or Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion, Bulacan, Bulacan||Site of the battle against the British forces that invaded the country in 1700’s but victoriously resisted by the people.
Place of the struggle against the dying Spanish colonial government in 1898 led by General Gregorio Del Pilar and thousands of Katipuneros.
Birthplace of revolutionaries, propagandists and literary writers like Marcelo H. Del Pilar, Deodato Arellano, Maria Rodrigo, Fr.Mariano Pilapil, Pedro Laktaw, Valeriano Hernandez Pena and others.
|9:00-9:30 am: trip to the city of Malolos||Along Calle Real from Bulacan to Malolos|
|9:30-10:30 am: the pueblo and the church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Barasoain, City of Malolos, Bulacan||Site of the first constitutional assembly made up of ilustrados and insulares for the eventual independence of the Filipinos against Spain.
The site of the drafting of the first constitution of the Philippines in preparation for the inauguration of the Philippine Republic.
The site of the inauguration of the Philippine Republic signifying the freedom and independence of the Filipinos from Spain.
|10:30-11:00 pm: trip to the town of Calumpit
Snacks inside the bus
|Along the old mac Arthur highway|
|11:00-12:00 pm: the pueblo and the church of St. John the Baptist or San Juan Bautista, Calumpit, Bulacan||Site of the first attempt of the Augustinian friars to Christianize those living along the shorelines of the bay in Bulacan.
The site of the shipbuilding efforts of the colonial government for the use of Spanish forces during the Galleon trade in the 17th century.
The site of the bloody encounter between the revolutionary forces led by Antonio Luna and the pursuing American soldiers out to capture General Emilio Aguinaldo.
|12:00-12:45 pm: trip to Baliuag||Along Dona Remedios Trinidad highway|
|1:00-1:45 pm: Lunch of heritage food||Knights of Columbus Hall, Baliuag church|
|1:45-2:45 pm: the pueblo and the church of St. Augustine of Hippo or San Agustin, Baliuag, Bulacan||Site of the brute military force of American war of aggression through hamletting, Indian warfare and uncivilized warfare.
The site of the first local election as part of the policy of co-optation of local political leaders in the presence of Admiral Henry Lawton.
The site of the first ever student strike led by Jose L. Gonzales against the Thomasites calling the grown-up students “Indians” and “Negritos.
|2:45-3:15 pm trip to San Rafael||Along Cagayan Valley Road and inner road|
|3:15-4:15 pm: the pueblo and the church of St. John of God or San Juan de Dios, San Rafael, Bulacan||Site of the massacre of more than 800 Katipuneros including women, men, children and elderly on November 30, 1896.
Place of three of Rizal’s maudlin characters in his novel “Noli Me Tangere” or the tragic story of Sisa and her two sons, Basilio and Crispin.
The site of various peasant organizations in the 1930’s that continued to fight for genuine agrarian reform and against American colonial rule.
|4:15-5:00 pm trip to Angat and snacks inside the bus||Along the old road passing Bustos|
|5:00-6:00 pm: the pueblo and the church of St. Monica or Sta. Monica, Angat, Bulacan||Site of the retreating Katipuneros from Bulacan, Malolos, Paombong, Pandi and Hagonoy.
The site of bloody encounters between the Filipino revolutionaries and the American Yankees during the pacification campaign in 1899.
|6:00-7:00 pm: dinner of heritage food||Convento of Sta Monica church or to an ancestral house of the Villarama’s.|
|7:00-8:00 pm: a trip back to Manila||Along the old road and North Luzon Expressway.|
|Heritage food for lunch (tentative)||Rice, Calderetang manok, Lumpiang Sariwa, Embutido, Ukoy, Suman sa lihiya, Santol juice.|
|Heritage food for dinner (tentative)||Rice, Longganisa de Baliuag, Pindang Vaca, Fried Bangus Fillet, Salted egg with tomatoes, Pastillas de leche, Buko juice|
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