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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Caleruega on ShadowMan's Day

last november 21 was ShadowMan's birthday. perhaps because we were so tired, heading from Tagaytay to Manila; he dropping by Ian's still, and me left at home to cook spaghetti, around 9pm, blogging time, my brain cells were no longer working ok, thus the 'ek-ek' blog that failed to capture the highlight of the day --- my hubbylabs' birthday!  and perhaps to show how burned out we were in our worlds --- me struggling with headaches, vomiting and an upset stomach in naga; and he, with a big conference to handle at smc, there was no blog at all for nov 22.

The view we come for in Tagaytay...

ShadowMan drove all the way to Tagaytay. Here amid a raging sunset on a Saturday.
it's the first of many birthdays spent with him at 41.  ShadowMan has this morbid idea of dying at the age of 65, which what? would leave us 24 years to spend his birthday?! no way. no deaths this time, we have 24 and many more years to celebrate life, we two 'ancients' who know more this time. the pictures here attest to how Nov 21 was spent, the highlight of highlights of which was a visit to Tagaytay and an old Church ran by the Dominicans called the Caleruega.  our love is as old and renewed as this church.

The Caleruega is actually not in Tagaytay but Nasugbu, Batangas. According to Wikipedia, the name actually comes from the birthplace of St. Dominic in Spain.


 
 

The magnificent altar showing Jesus's Transfiguration. As such, the church is also called the Transfiguration Chapel.
The Holy Chalice, an unmissed detail, at the center.


Resurrection and Transfiguration in symbolic form.
The Birthday Boy in bloom...
The Caleruega is also a Church within a park of pine trees such as this one. ShadowMan found the place 'too bright' on what appears to be a dusky day.
Hungry na? I bet you are...me too...
Take this call muna from Cel...Relaxing amid the breeze and view of the mountain ranges...
  
My Michael surrounded by angels. This is the winding staircase inside the Old Seminary.
We'll have fish for lunch then?  Here's the pond below the winding staircase.
And a sip of mountain water...
 
We'll always be together my love...Happy Birthday!

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