• Pinaytraveller,  Spiritual Travel

    The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem

    No one can read the Gospels without feeling the actual presence of Jesus.His personality pulsates in every word. No myth is filled with such life. No man can deny the fact that Jesus existed, nor that his sayings are beautiful. Even if some of them have been said before, no one has expressed them so divinely as he. -Albert Einstein   It’s been almost two hours since we entered  the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. We thought we were early when we got here at 7am but already, the hall was filled with people, forming a gigantic queue that led to the underground cave where Jesus is said to be…

  • Footnote

    Footnote: Walking in Jerusalem with a Cardinal

    A couple of years ago, I travelled to Israel with my JesCom Team to film a documentary which subsequently aired over ABS-CBN. The fact that I haven’t written about it is causing me constant frustration! I’ve attempted to sit down, sift through the thousands of photos I’ve taken,  and write about this unforgettable trip several times.  But life always gets in the way! *Sigh*   I will share this wonderful experience with you, soon. I promise.  For now, here are a couple of Footnotes taken in Jerusalem. The one above features my pretty Hush Puppies :). The other, below, shows the simple sandals of one of the most charismatic leaders…

  • Off-travel

    Off-travel: Mga Kwento mula sa Lupang Pangako

    Jesuit Communications Foundation, Inc. in cooperation with PLDT and UNILAB  proudly presents “Mga Kuwento Mula sa Lupang Pangako”, a back-to-back Holy Week presentation featuring two documentaries shot on location in Israel. For centuries, the Holy Land has drawn millions of pilgrims. It is an important place not only to Christians but to Jews and Muslims alike. Each year, thousands of Filipino Catholics flock to the Holy Land to relive the life of Christ – His passion, death, and Resurrection. In “Via Lucis: Sa Mga Yapak ni Hesus”, join a group of Filipino pilgrims as they follow the footsteps of Christ in “Via Lucis” or “The Way of the Light”, a new devotion which…

  • Travel Tips

    Travel Lessons from the Archbishop of Manila

    *This article was written before Cardinal Chito Tagle was elevated to the College of Cardinals. I have been privileged to travel with the good Cardinal Luis Antonio “Chito” Tagle twice:  four years ago, in Europe when he was still the Bishop of Imus, Cavite; and recently, in Israel, a couple of weeks after the announcement of his appointment as the new Archbishop of Manila.  Both were pilgrimages that my JesCom team and I had to film. That the trips were unforgettable is a huge understatement.  I have learned so much from travelling with Bishop (as we still fondly call him despite his new title) that I thought I should share…

  • Pinaytraveller

    2011: A Good Year for Travel

    After finally listing down all the places I went to in 2011, I still couldn’t believe how I have managed to go to so many places given my load at work and in grad school. Indeed, 2011 was a year of great blessings!  I haven’t blogged about many of these trips yet but let me share with you some of the highlights of the year. The year started off on the right, err.. feet  in January  as I welcomed the year by celebrating the Ati-Atihan Festival in my hometown of Ibajay in Aklan. Ibajay is the birthplace of Ati-Atihan and the best place to celebrate the Feast of Sto. Nino.…

  • Middle East

    Applying for a Dubai Visa for Philippine Passport Holders

    IMPORTANT:  I appreciate that you’ve taken the time to visit Pinay Traveller and read this post. But all the facts/information I know or am aware of regarding this topic are already here.  Please READ and UNDERSTAND what I’ve written. I will NOT answer questions whose answers can already be found on this page. You can also go through the comments thread to see if your questions have already been asked and/or answered. Please take note that this was posted two years ago so things may be different now. It’s always best to consult a reputable travel agent or the UAE consulate itself.  Thank you! 🙂   I just came from…