Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Day 16: Manila-Cabanatuan

At 6 am this morning, I continued my journey towards Cabanatuan. I was accompanied by two bikers from Las Pinas - Epee and his brother Ivan. Bobby also joined us as far as Marilao, Bulacan. At 8 am, we had breakfast at Bocaue, Bulacan. There were two kids with shaved heads who volunteered to watch our bikes while ordered food at Jollibees. We shared our food with them. We continued cycling along the Maharlika Highway. By 10 am, it was getting hot. We stopped for lunch at a roadside carenderia in San Miguel - the last town of Bulacan. By 1 pm, we continued biking but the heat became unbearable and we constantly stopped every 10 km to get cold refreshments. As we neared Cabanatuan I saw three streamers along the road with my name printed together with the theme of the Bike-Tour. We reached Cabanatuan by around 3 pm having covered around 127 km. Bishop Sofronio Bancud welcomed us. After our snacks with the bishop, Epee and Ivan said goodbye and went back to Las Pinas by bus.

I preached at the 5:30 pm mass which was presided by Bishop Bancud and concelebrated by seven priests. After the mass, we had special dinner with the bishop and my fellow priests. I am indeed very grateful for their warm welcome and hospitality.


Sed said...

Fr. Picx,

Thank you for your visit here at Cabanatuan. You have awaken in us our responsibility as Christians to proclaim the Gospel of peace and life. Sa pagbibisikleta niyo, makakaasa kayo na kami ay katuwang ninyo sa pagpapalaganap ng buhay at kapayapaan.

-Rev. Sed, St. Nicholas Cathedral, Cabanatuan City

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tiggangayjerryb said...

How nice Father you visited my beloved Municipality in Malibcong. I should come and join you.... thank you for visiting...

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