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    THE ADORATION CHAPEL

    by davidjo Written Sep 5, 2014

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    Between St. Joseph's Parish Church and the museum you will find the Adoration Chapel, a place of worship where believers go to worship Jesus Christ who is believed by Catholics to be present Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.

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    JESUS AND THE TWO THIEFS

    by davidjo Written Sep 5, 2014

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    In the museum of Las pInas Church you can see the two convicts that were crucified each side of Jesus. Although the scriptures don’t mention their names they are commonly referred to as Dismas and Gestas. Dismas was the good thief and possibly the first saint as Jesus said that he would be beside him in heaven. The other criminal rebuked Jesus and was impenitent, however this is only mentioned in St. Luke’s Gospel. Other gospels just mention he was crucified between two thieves, both of which mocked him, so believe what you want .

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    FITTING IN TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD

    by davidjo Written Sep 5, 2014

    Opposite Las Pinas church is one of the nicest police stations I have seen in the country. It is constructed in an old style with a balcony on the second floor. The fire station is also in the building.

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    A TINY PLAZA

    by davidjo Written Sep 5, 2014

    Opposite Las Pinas church are steps leading up to Plaza Rizal, and a statue of Jose Rizal stands by the steps. Senator Manny Villar recently helped restore the plaza. The plaza itself is not much to look at as it is very small indeed.

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    THE ACADEMY IS NEXT TO THE CHURCH

    by davidjo Written Sep 5, 2014

    St. Joseph’s Academy is in the grounds of Las Pinas Church and is the oldest Catholic education institution in Paranaque. Inspired by St. Joseph, its patron the academy tries to educate the pupils with Christian values. The academy was established in 1914 by two Belgian Missionaries, Fr. Jose Van Runenkelen and Fr. Victor Zaiel and remains a popular education facility today.

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    SMOKERS, YOU HAVE A PATRON SAINT !!!!

    by davidjo Written Sep 5, 2014

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    Saint Ezekiel Moreno y Diaz was born in La Rioja, Spain bu became a missionary in the Philippines. The chair which he sat upon at the Las Pinas Bamboo Church can be seen in the church’s museum along with his bust and a plaque. He arrived in the Philippines in 1870 and was soon posted to Palawan where he contracted malaria. His next post was at Las Pinas where he worked tirelessly to help the locals. Later he was transferred to santo Tomas and a few more places after that. For a while he was stationed in Bacoor and Imus where they suffered cholera outbreaks. He managed to give the last rights to around 3,000 victims. Apparently only 3 died without receiving the last rights. In 1888 he was posted to Colombia where he became bishop but he died in his native Spain in 1906. He is the patron saint of cancer.

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    LAS PENAS OR LAS PINAS

    by davidjo Written Sep 5, 2014

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    In the museum of Las Pinas Church the old original bell is on display with an inscription which Las Penas is mentioned indicating that the town was called thus back in 1820, during the days of Father Diego Cera. The guide told us that it took 20 men to carry the bell.

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    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE OLD CONVENT ?

    by davidjo Written Sep 5, 2014

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    Next to Las Pinas Church is Antillan House which used to be an old Spanish Convent which now serves as the entrance to the Bamboo Organ Foundation where you can find a museum, Souvenir shop and the Parish Adoration Chapel. Entrance TO THE Museum is 100 pesos for adults, 50 pesos for seniors, students and children. Included in the price is a tour led by one of the students at St. Joseph’s Academy next door. We had a student called Ken who explained everything about the church, the organ, the museum and was extremely knowledgeable when we asked a few questions. Among the more interesting exhibits is the old confession box.

    the old convent confession box our excellent guide , Ken
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    THE BAPTISTERY AND THE PEWS

    by davidjo Written Sep 5, 2014

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    It is worth pointing out that the pews are mostly made of bamboo which has been cut carefully and polished, and only the frames are made from quality wood. The stone baptistery is near the altar and it looks as if it too has been made from volcanic rock.

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    NOBODY HAS AN ORGAN QUITE LIKE THIS ONE

    by davidjo Written Sep 5, 2014

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    Father Diego Cera started building this bamboo organ in 1816 before the church was St. Joseph's Parish was completed and finished his task in 1824. The organ was made entirely of bamboo except for some metal on the trumpets. The bamboo was collected and buried in the sand for a year which is a method to protect it against termites, weevils and other harmful insects. Although the organ was damaged several times it was sent to Germany and restored in the late 20th century.
    Unfortunately the lights inside the church prevents good photography.
    For more information contact www.bambooorgsn.org.

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    THE BAMBOO ORGAN CHURCH

    by davidjo Written Sep 5, 2014

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    St. Joseph’s Parish Church is known as the Las Pinas Bamboo Organ Church or just Las Pinas Church which was constructed from 1795 to 1816. Before then there was a church on the site made of native materials that Father Cera bought for just 150 pesos, but his new church was made from Volcanic stones. The area where the church was built was quite far out of Manila in those days and the locals consisted of fishermen, farmers and laborers who were poor, so instead of donating to the church they volunteered their time and skill to help with the construction. The church had 3 naves, a dome, side altars, a baptistery and two sacristies.

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    STATUE OF FRAY DIEGO CERA DE LA VIRGEN DEL CARMEN

    by davidjo Written Sep 5, 2014

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    As you enter the compound of St. Joseph’s Parish Church you will come across an interesting statue of Father Diego Cera, which was inaugurated as recently as July 1995, coinciding with the church’s 200th Anniversary. The statue shows Father Diego studying the plans for the church while three workers prepare the wood or bamboo at the construction site. The statue was sculpted by Napoleon Abueva, one of the most famous sculptors in the Philippines.

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    Evia Lifestyle Center

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 2, 2014

    This typical suburban strip mall is located in the upscale Gated Villages part of Las Pinas, along the boundaries of Las Pinas City , Muntinlupa City and Bacoor City Cavite Province, along the intersection of Daang Hari and Daang Reyna Road. This mall and the nearby gated villages (called subdivisions in the Philippines) is actually owned by a housing consortium (Vista Land) that is headed by a Philippine Senator. The strip mall has mostly coffee shops like Starbucks, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, some restaurants like Shakey's Pizza, Brasas Brazilian Churrasceria, Mc Donalds and a Rustan's Fresh Supermarket to name a few.

    Opens: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday

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    The Evia Lifestyle Center, the upscale commercial center that brings this community together, provides an outdoor extension of nearby homes with a touch of class, taking to heart its slogan: Being your home outdoors and the basics everyday. Its Everyday Building, the first phase of this development, has opened its doors to the public with guests dropping by its tenants: Starbucks Coffee, Rustan’s Supermarket, Accupoint and McDonald’s. And, that’s just the Everyday building. Evia’s Development doesn’t stop there. People can also look forward to the Global Village Building; the Club; Serenity, where the cinema may be; and, Evia’s river development, a feature that’s definitely unique throughout the country

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    Miraculous St. Nino de Providencia

    by cyndymc Updated Jun 2, 2009

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    Do you believe in miracles? I do; people who have been "touched" by the Sto. Nino de Providencia give testimonies about their miraculous healing, and that's how I learned about it. Fortunately, a former secretary in my husband's company knew where it was.

    The story on the miraculous Sto. Nino's healing oil is traced back to the time Rodrigo “Boy” Gonzales Jr., then a medical intern, had an accident on Good Friday of 1982. He was struck on the head by what seemed to be a steel bar near the Labor Hospital. After an operation, he went into coma for 6 months, until the neuro-surgeon gave up on him, and told Boy’s mother Cora and sister Lorna to bring him home.

    Hearing about Boy's condition, a friend brought the cape of Our Lady of Peñafrancia and put it around him; he woke up but had amnesia for many years. He did not recognize anybody, but he shed tears when someone called his name. Such condition led his sister Lorna to question God’s mercy; she stopped praying and going to Mass... until the first sign of Sto. Nino's miracle happened at about 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 27, 1992 when the image was placed in their living room and the family prayed incessantly for Boy. Fr. Noel Adolfo, then a deacon, was with them; he blessed the image.

    When Lorna was alone in the house, she saw a liquid that seemed to be like oil oozing from Sto. Nino. She confirmed it was oil when she touched it. Instinctively, she scooped up the oil and repeatedly rubbed her brother with it. The nuns of St. Pius X in Philamlife Village were asked by the Gonzales family to help put things in order. They wiped the oil off the floor with towels and later used these to wipe the sick. Healing reportedly occured.

    A chapel was built next to the Gonzales house (ironically, it would have been Boy's clinic). Msgr. Josefino Ramirez blessed the chapel in 1992; it was dedicated to the Infant Jesus of Providencia.

    News about the miraculous Sto. Nino spread. Sick people came and prayed to the miraculous image. In thanksgiving, they celebrated the anniversary of the miracle every Jan. 27. When Boy's mother died away in 1995, Lorna continued the celebration. Devotees donated food. Later, celebration of Sto. Nino's fiesta became every 4th Saturday of January. Thanksgiving packs containing a Rosary, prayer, tiny bottle of oil and handkerchief are given away.

    By the way, Boy recognizes his sister, is aware of his surroundings, and eats properly. Lorna believes the Sto. Niño healed him.

    The chapel is open Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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    Whole Body Massage

    by cyndymc Written Jun 1, 2009

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    If you have more free time, don't just settle for a chair massage (for head, shoulder & back). Have a detoxifying sauna and a whole body massage after. You can choose your type of massage: Chinese, traditional "hilot", Thai, Swedish, etc. You need not go to a resort spa to do that. At SM Southmall, you can have the pleasures of a resort spa in the mall complex.

    Again, my daughters and I prefer Relaksasi for this. When you enter the door of Relaksasi, you seem to be transported to a different place, what with the Buddha images, harem-like rooms and smell of aromatherapy candles and exotic flowers, the sensually romantic lighting effects and piped-in music. The uniformed staff attend to you like you're the most important guest in the house. And after the massage, you are given a face towel and basin with wam water to pat on your face and body, in case you don't want the feel of the massage oil. Then, you will be served a cup of hot green tea or iced tea, whichever you prefer.

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