Weekend Story: Pippo’s 6th Birthday in Heaven + Roadtrip to Liliw, Laguna + Feast Day of St. Michael the Archangel in San Miguel, Manila

I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but every time the hubby and I observe the birth/death anniversary of our little angel (September 28th) and the day falls on a weekend or falls close to the weekend, we take a leave from work, go to a church we haven’t visited before, and just spend time together. It’s been sort of a tradition for us as we go on with our lives here on earth without our son Pippo. So, last Friday, we did just that by going on a roadtrip to Liliw, Laguna.

six years and counting

After cleaning his niche and offering candles, flowers, and prayers in his name on Thursday night, we went home in Bacoor. The next morning, we woke up early and hit the road for Liliw, Laguna. We had always wanted to visit the place and we thought this occasion was the perfect opportunity to go. We heard there’s a beautiful church there so why not check it out, right? Plus, we wanted to find out for ourselves why the town’s been named the slipper capital of the Philippines and the footwear capital of Laguna.

Here are some photos from our Liliw escapade:

welcome to Liliw!

During our day tour at Liliw, Laguna, we did as tourists do. First, we visited the St. John the Baptist Church and said a prayer. While we were there, we also appreciated its red-bricked facade and baroque style architecture by taking photos.

British parked by the church front

church interiors

full view of the church

because I’m a sucker for doors with character πŸ˜›

Then, we explored the line of shoe shops on Gat Tayaw St. We bought several pairs of quality footwear the town is known for. We got a pair each for all our family members back in Manila. Natuwa naman sila at buti na lang, kasya sa paa nila, haha.

the busy and progressive street of Gat Tayaw in Liliw

inside one of the shops

some of our Liliw finds

We also had a leisurely lunch at Arabela, a quaint little cafe that serves delicious Italian fares at prices that won’t burn a hole in your pocket. We loved their food (from appetizer to dessert!) and the service staff were friendly. They almost forgot our pizza order, though. Oh, and please beware of the low ceiling or you run the risk of hurting your head! Other than those little misses, I’d say we truly enjoyed our dining experience at Arabela and so we still highly recommend it.

this way to Arabela

with my roadtrip buddy

Arabela’s kesong puti pizza

The hubby and I would meet with my SIL Albie in Bacoor on Friday night and we would all drive back to Manila on Saturday afternoon to spend time with our family and celebrate the feast day of St. Michael the Archangel. We heard the morning mass the next day with my in-laws and I spent the rest of the afternoon with my side of the family. It was another packed weekend but one where we had lots of fun and made happy memories. I can only wish for more weekends like this!

post-mass groufie with my in-laws

date night with the hubby (good reason to satisfy our katsu craving!)

Have an awesome and inspiring week, friends! πŸ™‚

May you choose happiness always,

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