Marian Pilgrimage 2014 by Nena Veloso-Mewshaw

Last May 3 to 19th was the date set by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM with the cooperation of Adam Travel Agency represented by Romel Paala, Jr. and over-all planning coordinator was materialized.

Eleven families participated in the religious pilgrimage: Lito and Lulie Victor; Anthony, Letty and Tony Perez; Brad and Lita Victorino; Mari Ao and Dean Lina Datu; Lynne Suguitan; Anna Pecjo; Rene, Tita and Chino Heredia; Genina Millare; Sr. Mary Patrick of the Good Shepherd Convent; Merly Zabala; Minerva Tanseco; Lulu Castaneda; Nena Veloso-Mewshaw.

We landed first in Paris, instead of a country that had the Mers epidemic, then on to Lisbon, Portugal, Santarem, Fatima, Santiago, Compostela, Bilbao, Lourdes, France, Nice, Monte Carlo, Pisa, Padua, Venice, Florence, Assisi, San Giovanni Rotondo and Rome.

It was a religious journey indeed. Our chaplain, Fr. Robert, celebrated mass in every place we visited. In between while enjoying the sightseeing tour by bus, we prayed the rosary and read the printed prayers in every place we were that were prepared by Fr. Robert and Dean Datu. We had our “Sharing Time” that helped us know more of each other. From Manila, we first boarded our plane as strangers and ended our pilgrimage in two weeks time, as brothers and sisters, sharing our spiritual blessings we gained from our whole trip.