12th of AprilMarco The Soul Explorer is one among the first bloggers that I have regular and fun interaction with in the blogosphere when I was just starting this blog. And it is such a pleasure thought that he is still around exploring and blogging up to this day. Some of our common blogger friends had gone hiatus and has not come back yet.
Marco is one among my favorite person in the blogosphere. Probably because we share the same passion for running and exploration. I usually call him “lakwatsero” – the most fitting Tagalog word that best describes his personality and passion. I wish someday I can also do his other passion - mountain climbing.
For me to describe Marco as a blogger and in person? (Yep I already met him in person ha ha). Apart from being one good looking guy (no argument on this!) he is also a pleasant and a well- mannered guy.
As a blogger he is supportive and thoughtful. In spite of being the male and older counterpart of “Dora” he never fails to surprise me with his simple yet sincere thoughtfulness. Out of the blue he will drop a comment to my blog or a “hi” or any conversation anywhere online. That is, as long as he's not in any mountain top, backpacking, going against rapids, dancing in festivals, tasting weird food or finishing a race!
Take for example this request. I did not even ask twice. I was really delightfully surprised finding this entry on my email inbox! THANKS Marco! More power to you and may you never get tired sharing your exploration to all of us! Now let’s see/hear it from you!
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin
Before heading to our next activity, we passed by at the only church in the town. This is a well-known landmark in the town of Sagada –is the only town in the Philippines that is almost Anglican where in 95% of locals baptised into the Episcopal Church of the Philippines. It is located at the Episcopalian Mission compound and it was sanctified on the 8th of December 1921.
Behind of the church is the school of Saint Mary’s Highs School, the Calvary Hills and fifteen to twenty five minutes hike is the echo valley, and you can see the hanging coffins. You can pass by at the Sagada Cemetery before you reach to the echo valley. Truly a nice view at the back!
We were able to get inside the church because it was open and able to take some pictures in it. So lucky! And, minutes after the mass had begun. The church is quite small, but it simple and looks nice. The altar has rocks at the back which looks so different.
This should not be missed when visiting the place!