Dogged Devotion

Kalayaan, Laguna / Boljoon, Cebu / Dauis, Bohol / Magdalena, Laguna, the Philippines

June 2010, March 2011, April 2011, and November 2011

All Dogs Go to Heaven went a movie title. I think there might have been a grain of truth in it after seeing some canine parishioners in various churches I visited. They gave the phrase “faithful as a dog” a literal spin.

Dog Looking at Jesus in Magdalena Church

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From Under the Sun to Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine

Panglao and Dauis, Bohol, the Philippines

April 3, 2011

Even a whirlwind trip to Bohol would not be complete without sun-worshiping and spelunking. I gotta hand it to my sister for packing our itinerary with as varied an experience as night and day. From bumming around the beach to cavorting in a cave, she got it all covered in the space of a few hours.

Beach Buds: The Transcendental Tourist and his Sister at Bohol Beach Club

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Lights and Shades

Dauis / Panglao / Baclayon, Bohol, the Philippines

April 1 – 3, 2011

Bohol, already blessed with natural gifts – the Chocolate Hills and the tarsier, is embellished with some of the most visually dramatic Catholic churches in the country. I visited the province with my mother and sister, not on a spiritual journey – none of us is Catholic, but for a more sensuous reason – for our love of heritage and art.

The Sun Sets on Dauis Church

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Food Porn and Our Daily Bread

Tagbilaran / Dauis, Bohol, the Philippines

April 1 – 4, 2011

The quickest way to a traveler’s heart was through his tummy. The province of Bohol, home of the Chocolate Hills, was not known for its food though. However, this cookie-shaped island and the adjacent Panglao Island, which looked like a crumb on the map, got me at first bite.

Mom, the Food Critic, in Dauis, Bohol

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