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With most of the citizens gone to the provinces for the Holy Week, Manila transforms into a peaceful city, one that actually invokes prayer and introspection at a time when it cannot be more appropriate. Some of the people who stay and take advantage of this rare quiet perform their spiritual duties by participating in the traditional Visita Iglesia, or Visit of the Churches- 14 Churches as a contemplation of the 14 stations of the cross. Aside from the religious experience, this journey gives one a glimpse of some of the best Filipino-Spanish architecture in the region.

The WikiPilipinas Travel Guide presents the Manila Visita Iglesia Itinerary, featuring fourteen of the most beautiful churches around the city of Manila. One by one this virtual tour will showcase these religious sanctuaries, including basic information on routes, expenses, and other travel concerns.




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"Hi, Mindy! School's out until June. I wonder how to keep my kids entertained for the next few months. May you please give me tips on how to keep them busy at home? Thanks! -Sam"


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Hi there, Sam! It's good to put some of that free time to good use! You may want them to learn a new skill. Let them take swimming lessons, attend a sports clinic, or enroll in an activity they're interested in. These activities will keep them fit as well. Better yet, spend time together by teaching them how to ride a bike or how to skate. Hone their artistic skills. Teach them how to make crafts with recyclable items. Teach them how to cook! Prepare a pizza or a salad together. You may also want to teach them the value of money at an early age. Help them set up a juice stand and advice them to save their earnings for future use. Teach them how to be responsible, let them take care of a plant or a new pet. There are endless possibilities where your kids will be kept busy during the summer break, just be sure that they are safe and that they enjoy what they do.

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There are movies so successful in infiltrating the public's consciousness that decades after their release, people can still reenact specific scenes with the lines intact. Case on point: the pivotal scene in Himala, which has already been recreated and parodied a million times (and still counting). These memorable sequences have built careers, provided awards, guaranteed box office success, and spawned dance remixes. Here is a list of those passages in our nifty reminder of the most memorable lines in Philippine cinema.


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  • April 1, 1978Ninoy Aquino appealed to teachers to uphold the freedom and integrity of the elections for the Interim Batasang Pambasa to be held in six days.
  • April 1, 1901 – President Emilio Aguinaldo volunteered to swear his allegiance to the United States. It formally ended the First Republic and recognized the sovereignty of the US over the Philippines.Nine days ago, Aguinaldo was captured by the Americans in his secret headquarters in Palanan, Isabela. He was held at the Malacañang Palace as a POW from 28 March to 20 April but was treated more as a guest than a prisoner.


To learn more about Philippine history and literature, visit Filipiniana.net

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Mary Jane Veloso is a former overseas filipino worker (OFW) who is sentenced to be executed by a firing squad in Indonesia for attempting to smuggle 2.6 kilograms of heroin into Indonesia.

The 30-year-old mother of two was arrested, tried and sentenced to death in 2010. She began making headlines in January 2015 after Indonesian President Joko Widodo rejected her request for clemency. Veloso is the only Filipino on Indonesia's death row.


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