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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Visita Iglesia in Naga City

What is a Pilgrimage? It is a religious journey: a journey to a holy place, undertaken for religious reasons.
What is it not? It is not an educational tour, it is not a party and it is not a picnic.

Objectives of the Lenten Pilgrimage: To have prayerful journey in unity of the sufferings of Christ and to reflect on the sufferings of Christ. 

Here's a prayer guide that you can use  for your visit iglesia. Please do take note that it's not limited to these prayers. If you will visit 14 churches, you can also make use of the Stations of the Cross

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The top four churches usually visited by Pilgrims are Basilica Minore, Our Lady of Penafrancia Shrine, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral and San Francisco Parish Church. There are other churches that you could visit while in Naga, they are all equally important in the Archdiocese of Caceres. You can choose only seven churches from this list.

Starting from the South of Naga, we have:

A. Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus - Concepcion Grande
B. Carmelite Church - Carmelite Monastery Concepcion Pequena
C. Immaculate Conception Parish Church - Concepcion Pequena
D. Holy Cross Parish Church - Tabuco
E. Our Lady of Fatima Church - The only Chinese Catholic Church in Naga City located in Brgy. Tabuco, walking distance from Holy Cross Parish
F. Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel - University of Nueva Caceres Campus (might be closed for the Holy Week), J. Hernandez Avenue, Naga City
G. San Francisco Parish Church - Brgy. San Franciso 
H. Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
I. Christ The King Church - Ateneo de Naga University Campus, Bagumbayan
J. Our Lady of Penafrancia Shrine - Penafrancia Avenue
K. Penafrancia Basilica Minore - Balatas Road
L. Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - Brgy. Carolina

Overview of the Churches in Google Maps (Approximate location only for some Churches)

Archdiocesan Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus
Concepcion Grande, Naga City
Photo by Jun Villegas
Easter Vigil at St. Jude Thaddeus Church

Carmelite Church
Caremelite Monastery, Concepcion Pequena, Naga City

Immaculate Conception Parish Church
Concepcion Pequeña Naga City (near Rotonda)
© NagaCityDeck

Michael Jude Ong Jacinto Photography

Photo by Flip Vision Productions

Holy Cross Parish Church
Tabuco, Naga City
Photo by Jun Villegas

Our Lady of Fatima Church
Tabuco, Naga City
Riverside View of the Our Lady of Fatima Church
Photo by: PIO9ID.blogspot.com

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel
University of Nueva Caceres, J. Hernandez Ave. Naga City
(This chapel might be closed by Holy Week)
UNC Chapel
San Francisco Parish Church
Downtown, Brgy. San Francisco, Naga City
Photo by Pedrito Ensomo
San Francisco Church's altar

Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
Elias Angeles St. Naga City
Naga Cathedral and the Patio

Photo by Sean Jamir
Christ The King Church
Ateneo de Naga University, Ateneo Avenue, Bagumbayan Sur, Naga City
Photo by Sean Jamir
Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine 
Peñafrancia Avenue, Naga City
Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine from afar
Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine up close

Our Lady of Peñafrancia Shrine main altar
Basilica Minore
Balatas Road, Naga City

If you still have time, you can go uptown Carolina
Photo by SSC CamSur
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
Carolina, Naga City

Photo by: SSC CamSur

Naga City: Lenten Special Menu

It's the Season of Lent and some of you (Catholics) are observing fasting and abstinence. Although it's only observed during Ash Wednesdays and Good Fridays there are some people who go beyond this observance and do extra sacrifices than the usual. I'm not indulging you to be gluttonous this time of the year but here are options here Naga if you will abstain from meat. Bookmark this page as we add more to this list!

Bigg's Diner Seafood Specials
(Please do take note that these are regular on the menu of Bigg's and you can enjoy them anytime of the year)

The good ol'  California Tuna Sandwich of Bigg's Diner 
is perhaps one of the ld time favorites of every local here in Naga.

Spicy Gamberetto 
I have personally tried this and it's spicily yummy! Enjoy it solo or for sharing.  

Fish Creole, Daing na Bangus and Tuna Salpicao

The Coffee Pod Cafe
White Seafood Pasta 
CLICK HERE for Coffee Pod's Review
Photo by Black & White Scribbles

Tuna Tail

Krypton Grill's Seafood Menu is also for the win!
CLICK HERE to know more about Krypton Grill

Only available at Jack's Blue Plate Diner Pili Branch 

Woodstone Kitchen & Bar

Naga City - Woodstone Kitchen has been one of our all time favorites when it comes to a twist in Bicol culinary. From its humble beginning back in 2013 in Bora Hut Food Temple as it's first location and as the last resto standing in the food complex, Woodstone Kitchen now has joined the entertainment and dining strip of Magsaysay Avenue. All your favorites are now in a bigger kitchen and place plus a bar. Everything has just gotten better and we have personally witnessed its growth in the industry.

Photo by Nick Astig

Woodstone Kitchen & Bar is now located along Balatas Road, in front of DWLV, Magsaysay Avenue Naga City. Customers with cars need not worry on where to park since the front yard can accommodate around 6 to 8 depending on the kind. As you enter, an open bar will welcome you. Though this is an open bar, access to the place is safe and secured.
Photo by Nick Astig
With enough lighting on the table for your food and drinks, the lights from the main bar will definitely set your mood accompanied by chill house music or a live acoustic performance every Wednesdays to Sundays from 9pm to 1am. Beside the main bar is spacious garden with tables. 

Photo by Nick Astig
Because Woodstone is more than just a kitchen, they now have a BAR. Many if not most of the drinks are definitely new in the menu and you will never run out of options. They have cocktails, beer, mocktails (non-alcoholic), shakes, hot drinks and a lot more!

Photo by Nick Astig
The bar's design is a mixture of wood and metallic displays.

Photo by Nick Astig
A sight of miniature bottles. This made me smile, because we also have a few at home. 

Photos by Nick Astig
For me, this lamp has been very symbolic for Woodstone.
It somehow reminds me of Woodstone's humble beginnings back in Bora Hut Food Temple. 

Around January of this year, Woodstone has finally opened the newest wing of the restaurant. A fully air-conditioned dining area cozy enough for family gatherings. On the right wing is a function room are three long tables, suited for corporate and office meetings with a sliding wooden door for exclusivity. You don't have to worry about the music outside the bar because it's actually sound proofed and all you can hear is a little of the beat of the music. 

Woodstone's Function Room
And now the latest facility is the private Videoke Room! If you're lucky enough that the room is available, then enjoy your food with your own type of music that you can sing out loud.

Photo by Stay, Stray, Play & Feast
It's not anymore a debate that Woodstone has grown so well into a food destination here in Naga City. Back when Woodstone was just a smaller kitchen, my first impression was "sayang ng menu nila, bagay ang food sa isang FULL restaurant". I'm glad that this has become a reality. This is because Chef Ton of Woodstone has been very witty when it comes to creation of new dishes and expansion has been a breeze. 

Who will ever forget the first ever Crispy Pinangat in Bicol? 
Woodstone has indeed went beyond the "Pizza, Pasta, & Meals" tagline.

Woodstone's version of Paella. Huge serving indeed! Sulit na sulit sa presyo!

Bicol Express Pizza!! You should try this!
Photo by Nick Astig

Photo by Nick Astig
Antonio's El Diablo Grilled Pizza
(Spicy bbq sauce, cheese, ground angus beef, black olives, bell pepper, onions and anchovies)
Pork Sisig

Their Nachos has been my favorite appetizer!
Aglio Olio would be my favorite pasta in Woodstone. 
The Cripy Tuna Tail and Lechon Belly has been gaining popularity too.

Woodstone is definitely one of the best in Naga. If you haven't tried it, it''s never too late, 
visit Woodstone Kitchen & Bar with your friends or family. 

Other Woodstone Kitchen blog posts:
CLICK HERE Humble beginnings of Woodstone Kitchen
CLICK HERE A Testament to the "Little Kitchen, Big Taste"

Woodstone Kitchen & Bar
In front of DWLV, Balatas Road
Magsaysay Avenue, Naga City

Monday-Thursday, Sunday - 8:00 am to 12:00 am
Friday & Saturday - 8:00 am to 2:00 am
Live Acoustic Performances every Wednesdays to Saturdays - 9:00 pm to 1:00 am.

Facebook Page: Woodstone Kitchen & Bar
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