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September 15, 2009

Quezon Province Getaway

After six years of graduating from college, the barkada was able to see Maricel. She lives in Mauban and every time the group has a time to meet in Manila she can’t join us. She invited us several times to visit her and have a vacation in Mauban but we always have excuses. This time, finally we decided to come because this was her big day. September 12 was her wedding day. Only 5 of us came, Noel, Donna, Jing, Amor and me. We all waited for Debby but she has many inexcusable excuses. She didn’t go with us. We rode the JAC Transit from Cubao to Lucena then GTExpress van from Lucena to Mauban for almost 6 hours because of traffic and heavy rain. When we finally reach Icel’s home, her family warmly greeted us. They were all kind to us. The dinner they served is superb. I personally like the shrimp with coconut. The next morning we all went back to Lucena for the wedding.

The reception was just located in front of the church (Diamond Hotel). The food is good but the venue is masikip for 200 guests. During the reception, we all witness the unique wedding traditions they have in Mauban. (My goodness! Ang Daming Pera). When its time for the bride to throw the bouquet, Amor and I quietly slipped outside, leaving Donna and Jing inside the hall. They told us we are madaya. I really don’t like that part of the reception. After dinner we had a good time taking pictures at the hotel garden. We all want a picture that all of us are jumping what we don’t know how to time it. We ended into some wacky shots. At around 10pm, we all went back to Mauban to rest.

Sunday Morning we went to Lucban to visit the Kamay ni Hesus Via Dolorosa Grotto and Healing Church. Here, they have healing masses by noted priest Father Joey Faller. The view from above is breathtaking. I will definetly come back here with my family.

After our short pilgrimage, we went to Kamayan sa Palaisdaan were we ate using our hands. (no spoon and fork). Amor and I are used to eat with our hands because we are Kapampangans. At the end of the day, we were all tired and it’s time for Donna, Noel and Jing to go back to Manila. Amor and I extended our vacation till Monday. We had all a nice time spending our weekend in Quezon Province. We will come back again on Ate Sharon’s wedding or on baptism of Icel’s first child, whichever comes first.


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