Our family’s observance of Holy Week in the past years has been as predictable as the sun rising in the east. We normally do Visita Iglesia on Maundy Thursday, have our family outing on Black Saturday, and hear mass on Easter Sunday. Last week’s Holy Week observance was no different. The hubby and I did Visita Iglesia on Maundy Thursday and after that, drove straight home in Bacoor with Mame and my sister Jodie. The rest of the family (both Mabalays and Techos) would follow us in Bacoor on Saturday morning for our family outing at Monterra Private Resort in Imus, Cavite. We weren’t able to hear mass on Easter Sunday, though, because our family outing this year was an overnight stay instead of just a day tour. But we made sure to drop by the church to pray on our way back to Manila on Sunday afternoon because the oldies said so.
When I got an invite to the Block Party (a weekend of art, food, and music at the Makiling Park of Ayala Alabang Village), I knew instantly our weekend will be relaxing and fun. It was a two-day event (March 28th and 29th) but we only went on the first day which was last Saturday. Since the hubby is currently enjoying his sem break from grad school, we drove to Bacoor on Friday night and went to the Block Party from our house the next day.
We got to the venue at past 12:00 p.m., just in time for lunch. It was a beautiful day but the sun was scorching hot. Good thing there were tables and chairs set up under the cool shades of trees. There were also mats with blankets and throw pillows scattered all over the place inviting people to lie down and relax. Cool music was also being played which added to the festive vibe in the park.
Spent the Holy Week with my entire family in our Cavite home. We made the most of what we had. We talked, giggled, laughed out loud, went out, ate, played and prayed. We spent our time doing the simple things we love to do. We were so engrossed in our own little world that before we knew it, Holy Week was over and we (my brother D, my sister J and I) already had to go back to the city. It’s one home-bound vacation I will never forget.
Have you done the religious tradition called Visita Iglesia? I have, but I was just with the boyfriend and my sister J. Oooops, his mom joined us, too! But she only stayed until the 3rd church as she still had work at the restaurant. We’re a small group this year, unlike last year where we were a big bunch, with two kids to boot (the boyfriend’s twin cousins).