Feeling a need for a quiet place for meditative prayers? Try going to La Sallette Seminary in Silang Cavite. They have life-size Stations of the Cross in their Meditation Garden. You will have a sense of peace as you make the via crucis and offer your life's problems as your share in the passion of Christ.
The chapel can be your final resting place for meditative prayers.
Filipino Cathoilics often include the Church of Our Lady of Candelaria in their Visita Iglesia itinerary during Holy Week.
The centuries-old church is known for its three beautiful baroque reredos (others call then retablos) that adorn the church. The main reredo highlightss events commemorating the life of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The central niche is occupied by the statue of the Nuestra Sra. de Candelaria. The left and right side reredos feature saints, reflecting the Jesuits' spiritual care and influence of Cavite.
Honey has long been known as an "Elixir of Life". Health buffs go to "Ilog Maria" in Silang Cavite to buy pure honey, propolis, pollen and other honey-based products like soap, shampoo, body lotion, feminine wash, etc. The Store is open 10am-5pm Tuesdays to Sundays, and is closed on Mondays and holidays.
The Honey Bee Farm is open for field trips and educational tours with a minimum of 50 persons. Less than that, I understand they charge a minimal fee per person.
The Honey Bee Farm is strangely called "Ilog Maria" (River of Mary) because of an unforgetable family experience... It had not rained for 5 months in February 1987 because of a phenomena called El Nino. The farm owner's son called his mother long distance and told her that all the black pepper, coffee and other crops that were planted for the last four years were dying. His mother had very strong faith, so she asked to be fetched and brought to the farm. There, she prayed the Holy Rosary at about 9:30 am, and hardly ate lunch. They remember that at about 3 pm, it became very dark, then they heard the sound of clattering on the roof. Ice as big as marbles fell from the sky, followed by a thunderstorm that lasted for about 30 to 45 minutes. The mother cried that what she had asked for in prayer was granted miraculously...and miracle it seemed, for when they left the farm, their 4-wheel drive Land Cruiser had to traverse the slippery, muddy dirt road, but when they reached the highway 700 meters away, the ground was dry... up to Manila.
As history would have it, the owner's son went to the local office of the Department of Trade and Industry in 1997 to apply for a trade name for their livelihood, and they used the name "Ilog Maria Honeybee Farm" in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary with whom his mother had fervently prayed for rain. The name has proven to be lucky for the business which is now being sought by local and foreign health buffs/advocates.
When we went there, famous actress Chin-Chin Gutierrez was there with a friend, and they bought so many products.
Ming's Garden Center and Coffee Shop is owned by former first lady Ming Ramos. They sell ornamental plants of different sizes and color. There's a cafe, with comfortable seating areas. We were there late in the afternoon and the mosquitoes were already making their rounds.
We ordered the tuna melt sampler with pineapple macaroni salad (P138), iced lemon tea cooler (P58) and brewed coffee - Barako+Arabica (P60). Coffee's too mild for me. I just read from an article today that their bestsellers are La Paz Batchoy, beef pot roast and choco-banana walnut cake. Try those in case you visit.
**This was an ad hoc visit and I didn't have my cam with me. Sorry no pics. :)