The second summer capital of the Philippines – Tagaytay has a special place in my heart. The high altitude terrain, the pristine view of Taal volcano, the tranquil presence of nature and the wonderful people of the town; made the city one of the top tourist destinations of the country.
When I was a young boy, I associated Tagaytay with puppies because my father always brought us one whenever he came back home from the city with langka (jackfruit) and seńorita (a petite & very sweet type of banana).
My wife grew in the coffee town of Amadeo and saw the development of Tagaytay and my mother-in-law was a former educator in Tagaytay National High School.
From cogon weeds to tall residential skyscrapers, from hole in the wall businesses to bustling famous retail hubs and from a quaint town to an immerging industrialized city; the immense growth were seen everywhere you go.
But for me, Tagaytay was a place of love. My wife dreamt of having our wedding at the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes. Before, it was a covered court of her kindergarten school and the small old Franciscan chapel was the main church.
It was a place of friendly people. I remembered when we booked our wedding day at the church. It was raining cats and dogs but a friendly Franciscan brother offered us to stay at the convent and have lunch with the seminarians. The outpour of rain was a blessing, we booked our special day at the church, met our wedding suppliers; and found a reception venue – all in the same day. The next day, we flew back to Riyadh without any worries. God provided everything for that memorable day.
In less than two (2) years of getting married, there was a big challenge in my health but our prayer and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mother helped us a lot in my healing journey. Through her intercession, we faced the most difficult time of my life with hope and thanksgiving.
Since my wife is in town, we visited the Parish of Our Lady of Lourdes and took our mandatory selfie.
Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
Oh ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfortess of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Look upon me with mercy. When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes, you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. My loving Mother, obtain my request. I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity. Amen.