Taal Ramble: Basilica de San Martin de Tours

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P1110751 This basilica is filled with childhood memories. I remember a little girl who would visit with her family every Holy Week. We would drive through SLEX and go on church hopping. I remember a random afternoon when the church was empty and quiet.

The image of a dark Jesus in a black horse became familiar over the years. P1110761 I remember running around the biggest church in Asia in my pretty Sunday dress.

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Years passed and we visited other towns and churches. This year, I returned to the basilica like it was something new and old at the same time. We've both changed. The "Taal" sign was different.

P1110746 This was the first time I was able to go up the bell tower. Perhaps my mother never knew we could pay Php50.00 to see the view of Taal town. I remember the old adoration chapel at the side.
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The bell tower offers a panoramic view of the town as the wind blows in your face.

It's like seeing the place with a different set of eyes.

This won't be the last time I'll visit the basilica again.


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