Biyaheng Bicol – A Trip to Remember
As someone who leads the Pastoral Services at Victory U-Belt, I could say there are many “firsts” that I experience most of the time.
April 29 to May 1 marked another “first” for me.
As a pastor who is much involved in Pastoral Services (weddings, child dedication, memorial services, counseling), there are many “firsts” and “always” that I experienced. And last April 29-May 1, 2014 is listed among these.
I brought my wife and kids to the Bicol region to officiate the wedding of Dax Cledera and Mabel Pasiona in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur.
It was my first time to conduct a wedding in that region. And it also marked the first time for my family to travel to one of the country’s most this beautiful places.
We experienced firsthand the warm hospitality of Bicolanos while tasting their mouth-watering delicacies like laing, ginataang manok, malasuki, suman, puto, etc.).
We were captivated at the majestic Mayon Volcano, viewing it from the famous Cagsawa Church Ruins in one of the fields of Camalig, Albay. We also saw the fascinating Sunflower Plantation of Kawakawa Hills. It sure was a treat for me and my family.
Honestly, it is always amazing to behold God’s creation. Nature testifies on the majesty and glory of its Creator.
In fact, nothing and no one can deny the magnificence of God’s creation.
I am always grateful for the opportunity to meet people. What a joy and a privilege to minister to them in the milestones of their life or just talk and get to know them in ordinary times.
It is always a blessing to experience the kindness and warmth from other people, just like our Bicolano brothers.
But more than anything else, what makes our ‘Biyaheng Bicol’ a trip worth remembering is the opportunity to enjoy God’s handiwork and meet wonderful people.