Bustos, Bulacan province
Lopez Ancestral house
The group went to the nearby Lopez Ancestral House and took some time to take photos of the house.
Calado is made from wood exterior or metal although a lot of the lace exterior ceilings. The pierced wooden fretwork openings (calado) along the top of doors or openings. This also serves as both artistic work of art , divider which allows air to pass through the ceilings and walls of the house.
The main sala set was done in hardwoods done in an art deco era . They are made in a style which is called Ambassador style sala set with some floral motifs and rattan seat woven frames
bedroom with four poster bed and ceramic white urinal
The Ivatan Vernacular Houses
Bahay at Yaman ni San Martin de Porres, Inc. (Saint Martin) is committed to improve lives of disadvantaged children (e.g. street children, foundlings, abandoned children, children victims of domestic abuse, victims of child labor) through the various programs being implemented, both in the residential care center and in the community-based programs.
We were greeted by the children, nuns and priests which gave a short briefing about the foundation, their mission and vision. Then our group while eating Filipino kamayan -style boodle fight .
tour participants enjoyed the simple but very hearty organic lunch
Our group were entertained by the children of the foundation
The group was first established in Santa Cruz , Manila which eventually flourish and was established around 2003 in Bustos with the help of generous patrons and benefactors.
one of the larger villas which can be rented out for events and retreats
According to our companion, The project of building the community started on a slow phase since the group only depended on donations from their benefactors and from people within the community.
Eventually, the dormitory -style houses where completed and more local and international donors came.
barbershop ( barberia)
Here is also a gift shop, green houses for vegetables, retreat houses , small pond for tilapia cultivation , school , barber shop, chapel and areas are planted with vegetables and ornamental plants.
Tiendesitas -Souvenir shop made by the children of the center
Currently, the Bahay houses about 150 abandoned street children , or children which their families could not afford to feed.
The macaroon being sold at the souvenir shop also helps the children augment their everyday allowance . They are being sold for Php 60.00 per pack
ivatan style house
The children are taught on how to do household chores , given shelter, bake cookies and macaroons , make rosaries and given education.
Capilia de San Martin de Porres
We also toured the large chapel which was made from adobe stones, bricks , old wooden doors and recycled woods. One must remove their shoes upon entering the shrine as this is one of the places where one can pray and ask for plenary indulgence.
interior of the chapel
The construction started around 2007 was finished in 2009 before it was finally completed .
group photo of the participants
The group did a souvenir shot taken at the Saint Martin of Porres chapel before we embarked another journey .
Note : Those people with a good heart or want to help this noteworthy advocates set by the foundation, Please try to visit their website link or email them for pledges , contributions whether in cash or in kind.
(+632) 7107033 (Bustos)
(+632) 5211938 (Tondo)
18 Maginoo St.Brgy. 105 Zone 8 District 1, Tondo, Manila
Links to previous posts:
Lakad Pamana of Bustos, Bulacan part 4: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2016/01/21/lakad-pamana-of-bustos-bulacan-part-4/
Lakad Pamana of Bustos , Bulacan part 2 : https://renz15.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/lakad-pamana-of-bustos-bulacan-part-2/
Lakad Pamana of Bustos, Bulacan part 1: https://renz15.wordpress.com/2016/01/18/lakad-pamana-of-bustos-bulacan/