Tom and Cathy returned to the Philippines in January 2004 in order to have their son, Zachary baptized. They left Houston, Texas on January 8, 2004 and returned to Houston on January 31, 2004.
Going to the Philippines their itinerary was as follows:
Coming back from the Philippines their itinerary was as follows:
Here are some pictures taken during this trip. We hope you enjoy them!
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Here we see Zachary being baptized as a Roman Catholic. The baptism ceremony took place on Saturday, January 24, 2004 at Consolation Parish-Recoletos in Laray, Inayawan (a suburb of Cebu City). The baptism ceremony was preceded by a one-hour seminar conducted in Cebuano (Aray!).
This is a view of the living room inside the house of Cathy's family. The house is in VIP Village, Laray, Inayawan (a suburb of Cebu City). As you can see, the floor is covered with very nice ceramic tiles. The same tiles in America would cost you a fortune, which is probably why Cathy and Tom don't have them in their house. A diamond shaped glass block is embedded in the far wall. Overall, the construction of the house was very nicely done.
This picture was taken at Tops (the main hill overlooking Cebu City) at sunset. This was the first time that Cathy's family had ever been there. From left to right: Jonavel, Eve, Zack, Ayan (standing), Cathy, Salud, and Nino. Tops offers a spectacular view of the city, especially at night time.
This picture was taken during the grand parade of the Sinulog Festival which took place on January 18, 2004. The parade itself always takes place on the third Sunday in January in Cebu City but it is preceded by an entire week of celebrations. The festival honors the miraculous Santo Nino (i.e., Christ child).
More Sinulog fun. Pit Senyor kang Mama kini, Pit Senyor kang Papa kini. So the story goes, Ferdinand Magellan gave a carving of the Santo Nino to Queen Juana upon her baptism in 1521. When Miguel Lopez de Legaspi returned 44 years later his men found the original carving still intact. Thus was born the legend of the Santo Nino and His special protection over the Philippine Islands.