Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Day 29 of PHL50 : The Sta. Maria Church and The Long Journey to Bulacan

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I departed Vigan early in the morning to visit the province of Bulacan. I thought it would just around 7 hours but it took me almost 10 hours to reach the town of Baliuag in Bulacan.

Santa Maria Church
From Vigan, I took a van to Santa Maria to visit the Santa Maria Church, one of the four UNESCO Heritage Churches in the Philippines. I already visited the other three so I felt obliged to visit the fourth and the last one to complete my list. Unfortunately, the church was closed when I went there so I was nit able to get a glimpse of its interior.


The Santa Maria Church is one of the four Baroque Churches in the Philippines. It illustrates a fortress-like structure which protects it from intruders or seismic activities. 






The Long Journey to Bulacan
After the visit to Santa Maria, I took a Partas bus going to Dau, Pampanga. I never thought that the bus would be like a jeepney in picking up and dropping off passengers. Should have I known it was that long, I would have taken the night bus.

After over 8 hours, I finally reached Dau and luckily I was able to catch the last trip to Baliuag. I did not have any reserved accommodation in Baliuag and I was surprised that it was very difficult to find a decent place to stay in town. Most of the accommodation were motel type which charge the guest on a per hour basis.

I did not have much time to look for a place so I decided to stay at Sunrise Inn. I did not feel comfortable at all but because I was tired, I was able to get some sleep still. 




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