Bocaue, Bulacan...known as the "Fireworks Capital of the Philippines"
There is more to fireworks --> I should say.
So in order to prove that, I went there and see for myself what is to discover.
April 23, 2015: Went to Bocaue. It is relatively near from my hometown.
From Meycauayan I will pass by the municipality of Marilao then after is the municipality of Bocaue.
When I reached the Mc-Arthur Hi-way Meycauayan, I noticed a manong selling some art stuff. I approached him...
His name is manong Teddyboy, a resident from Santa Maria, Bulacan. He usually sell his wares in Santa Maria. But today, he went to Meycauayan to sell his wares: colored ballpen and spiral stencils. . I bought one of his stencils and continue with the short journey to Bocaue.
When you enter the complex of the Shrine of St. Kim Andrew, you might feel you are in a different country (ignoring the hot / humid weather!)
St. Andrew Kim Tae Gon is believed to be the first Korean Catholic. He was ebatified by Pope Pius XI on July 5, 1925 and canonized by Pope John Paul II on May 6, 1984. St. Kim was enthroned as secondary Patron Saint of Lolomboy Parish (as stated in the memorial tablet). St. Kim has a great significance to Lolomboy, Bocaue as he went to here during his stay in the Philippines to study.
Constructions are still ongoing on the complex. One building that I noticed are the picture above, it seems like a mansion. Out of curiosity, I entered inside upon the approval of one of the kuya in the construction.
The building is almost complete. The facade is of European inspired.
What is being left to built is the topmost deck of the building.
Inside the building, rooms can be seen.
Perhaps the building would be for seminarians or nuns.
I do not know yet.
We'll see in the future...
The Shrine of St. Andrew Kim is located at Lolomboy Bocaue, Bulacan.
From Meycauayan Mc-Arthur Hi-way:
-Take the jeep going to Bocaue and tell the driver to take you off at Lolomboy The landmark would be McDonalds and Jolibee.
-Cross the street and walk straight ahead. The Shrine would be a hundred meters away. You will pass by a gate guarded, tell the security guard that you will go to the shrine.
From Metro Manila:
-FX to Bocaue or Bus to Santa Maria would be an option
-From Bocaue exit NLEX, you can take a jeep going to Meycauayan, Monumento, Malanday. Tell the driver to take you off at Lolomboy, Bocaue. The landmark would be McDonalds and Jolibee (I do not exactly know where is the last destination of FX to Bocaue)
-Walk straight ahead from Mcdo. The Shrine would be a hundred meters away. You will pass by a gate guarded, tell the security guard that you will go to the shrine.
*The complex is open from 7:00am-12:00nn; 1:00pm-5:00pm
Ang "kenyo" ay salitang hango sa Bulakenyo. Layunin ko na mas makilala ang aking lalawigan.