|Angat River attraction|
|The courtyard of the St. John of God Parish Church|
The modern day town of
now sits at peace with its past and at a close proximity to Metro Manila,
roughly 2 hours by private car. Everything that the brutal past glorified, its
locals no longer romanticize. They merely continue to learn from it. As a
matter of fact, a so-called Angel Festival is being celebrated every September
29 to promote benevolence among residents in honor of the Christian faith’s
Seven Archangels, namely Raphael, Gabriel, Michael, Uriel, Raguel, Remiel and
Saraqael. The festival eventually culminates with a parade of heavenly-looking kids
in angel costumes.
|Floating Diner at Angat River|
|St. John of God Parish Church|
Local tourists in other places may dismiss the whole province to not be worth one’s visit only because they are yet to learn of
San Rafael. You’ll be
surprised that there are actually a lot of things to enjoy in this river town
as I experienced during my spontaneous weekend visit.
How did I enjoy my recent visit of
Reflecting At The Historical
of God Parish St. John
While recently booked at the gorgeous Glass House of the newly-opened San Rafael River Adventure, I was encouraged by its staff to visit the nearby church since my arrival was on a Sunday.
The church is a 10-minute drive away from the resort. I was told that it’s next to the local market where I planned to buy fruits for my companion for lunch since the resort restaurant is still being built. Unfortunately, the market was closed. The church, however, was still open for a scheduled wedding ceremony. Had I known that there was a museum next to the church, I certainly would have checked it out also. I ended up just walking around the patio or courtyard behind the museum.
I would later on learn from the resort staff that I should have also checked out a space off the side of the convent where a mysterious blood-stained wall is being referred to by locals as a remembrance of the Noli Me Tangere character, Crispin (mentioned in Jose Rizal’s famous novel) which they believe to be a real person tortured to death in the area.
It will be interesting to revisit the town this September 29 for the Angel Festival to witness the parade of kids in angelic costumes.
|Riding the ATV in San Rafael|
|Jet Ski ride at Angat River|
Riding A Watercraft At
and ATV In The Countryside Angat River
Enjoying A River Cruise
Another way to experience the placid
is over a delicious meal of Bulacan delicacies (sticky sweets like Sapin-sapin and Kalamay) aboard the floating diner of the San Rafael River Adventure. The intrepid dining experience is the only river cruise in this part
of Angat River Luzon because the body of water of the town
is still considered clean and pleasant to traverse. The river cruise is safe as
passengers are required to wear lifejackets and there’s a restroom for
emergencies. Also, there’s a crew on board with a speed boat tugging the entire
shebang. The ride culminates with a view of a nearby a habitable islet that
locals refer to as .
|San Rafael River Adventure|
The next time you’re heading to
City or anywhere in Central Luzon for
a spontaneous getaway, make a side trip to Bulacan’s San Rafael. You’ll be surprised to discover
that you can consider it to be your destination instead.
Where To Stay In
? San Rafael
|The infinity pool at San Rafael River Adventure|