Saturday, December 22, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012


D E T O U R    

I recently attended a college reunion to give one of our former classmates a despedida for that upcoming long term stay in the US. The reunion was held at Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar in Bataan. Aboard a van, all five of us were already having a great time even if five more classmates were not able to make it. We had so much fun that we got lost looking for a significant left turn that we were minding on the map printout that we had.

We got back on the right track 30 minutes later and realized that the left turn was supposed to be a right turn. So much for the map's reliability...

As we were approaching the resort, we spotted the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Shrine. Also known as the Bagac Friendship Tower (because it's situated in Bagac, Bataan), the Filipino-Japanese Friendship Shrine was actually erected by Japanese Buddhists in cooperation with the province of Bataan as a symbol of the friendship between the Philippines and Japan.

The shrine's central element is the buddhist bell. The buddhist bell, by the way, has inscriptions in three languages namely Nihongo (the Japanese national language), Tagalog, and, of course, English.

Interestingly, our journey that day also was about our friendship with each other standing more than a few decades after college graduation at the University of Santo Tomas. It was only fitting for us to step on the breaks at Bagac and make that stopover to have photo opportunities at the Bagac Friendship Tower. Wasting no time, we trooped towards the shrine and struck our poses.

At the time of our visit (Sunday), the shrine's caretaker was probably on a rest day. This is because there is a shrine caretaker that maintains the friendship park which is a good thing because significant parks like that is important for both local and foreign tourists to see.

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Travel Detour is a Turista Trails project to encourage making stopovers at significant landmarks in the provinces or Metro Manila. This post's detour: the Bagac Friendship Shrine in Bagac, Bataan.

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My travel stamina partner, Laminine   +   My personal blog, New Self    +   Pasig City Natin


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