Food Tasting by Dabianas Catering

Food Tasting was held at Veranda de San Vicente within Saint Vincent Seminary . The beautiful events place is conveniently located along Tandang Sora in Quezon City .

Dabiana’s Catering Services 

Dabiana’s Catering Services take pride from its humble roots in Cogeo , Antipolo. The company specializes on  wedding ,debut, birthday parties ,corporate functions, Christmas celebrations & Sporting Events.

We liked the lumpiang hubad , chicken teriyaki ,baked spare ribs , beef stew , pork , braise beef with mushroom among others.


For the participants of the food tasting event , it was like one stop shop , there is a mobile bar , make-up artists, videographer and photography services, live band,  custom made wedding or debut down among others .

GServe Band

Dabiana’s Catering Services also caters at Jardin de Miramar and other venue places.

Address: Block 2, Lot 40 GSIS Avenue, Cogeo Village , Antipolo City

Contact 0955 (322)2049 / 0919-676-3181
Simply call: 650-95-13/0995-3222-049/0918-6763-181

A Visit to Saint Vincent Seminary in Tandang Sora

221 Tandang Sora , Quezon City- Philippines

One could not miss this imposing church along Tandang Sora Avenue .  This had been a favorite wedding and events place . There is also an active sunday market within the seminary grounds with about 50 to 60 stall holders selling from native kakanins, ready to wear ( rtw ) clothes, children’s toy , food and accessories .

Santuario de San Vicente de Paul

The construction of the Santuario de San Vicente de Paul Church building started as a Millennium Project of the Philippine Province of the Congregation of the Mission.

flea market 

Well-known Filipino-Chinese architect Mr. Froilan Hong , who is sought after member of the designers’ academe recognized internationally.  He also designed the Manila Film Center . The Church ossuary is built just below the main church .

church door made by Mr. Micheal Cacnio -a TOYM awardee 2006 ( photo courtesy of Ms. Jo Quimpo )

History :

It was in the 2000 Provincial Assembly that the initial concept was given an approval. Earlier proposals advocated the maximization of the vacant lot in front of the seminary. Since the Seminary Chapel was open to the public and had become smaller with the increasing number of mass-goers, a bigger Church structure that would include a Pastoral-Social Center was seen as the best project for the said space. With the go-signal and permission coming from the Archbishop of Manila Jaime Cardinal L. Sin to build a shrine, the ground-breaking took place on March 25, 2003. The construction was slow and it took over 10 years before the church and surrounding venue place is slowly towards its full completion .

altar table design and made by Mr. Daniel dela Cruz ( photo courtesy of Ms. Jo Quimpo) 

Altar Set

The altar sets was designed and made by Mr. Daniel dela Cruz . He is industrial product designer -turned sculptor . The altar table of the church was patterned after the empty tomb of Christ after his resurrection . As described by John 20:17 ” John narrates how , when Mary of Magdalene told them that Jesus’ body had disappeared , Peter and John hurried to the tomb but but only saw burial cloths and the cloth that had covered Jesus’s head .

church lectern , main altar and priest seat / presidential  chair are all made from bronze

The altar piece , one whole artwork  from bronze , had a patina with gold hues. The empty tomb is reflected those full-length cover or lid had been towards the place where Christ’s body is found. Eight rays emanate from the lower portion which is illuminated with proper lighting fixtures . All these pieces were finished by the first quarter of 2015.

The Jesus Christ crucifixion was made by Mr. Jordan Mendoza. He is an artist son of well-known artist Mr. Jose Mendoza .  He named the bronze crucifix ” The last two minute of Christ ”

church seats

The church boast clean lines of pews, level play , very welcoming ambiance. It had a sitting capacity of between 800 to 1,000 people at any given day . In fact , the church had been a venue for some religious concert . It also had a good acoustic .

The windows are also well-placed and allow natural lights to enter the main church without adding artificial lights.  The church is well-ventilated .

Artist Haven

With its unique architectural design, Santuario de San Vicente de Paul commands attention as it stands imposingly along Tandang Sora Avenue. The beautiful structure whose construction started in 2003 has been gradually moving toward its completion especially in recent years.

There are several artists who help design and construct different art pieces and church pieces . Mr. Daniel dela Cruz, Mr. Jordan Mendoza, Mr. Micheal Cacnio , Mr. Willy Layug and Ms. Jo-Ann Pamintuan .

Chapel of the Our Lady of Miraculous Medal 

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal 

The chapel of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal is created in modern stylized  Philippine rococo architecture using old narra trees that were toppled down when a strong typhoon hit the place.  Instead of discarding the old trees. The congregation decided to ask for the help of well-known artist Mr. Willy Layug from Betis, Pampanga  province. Hence giving another life to the felled narra trees.

He also done several art works which included some religious icon that were given to Pope Francis and other foreign dignitaries . He also did the main altar and Marian images at the Our Lady of Mercy Parish Church in Novaliches .

The chapel sitting capacity is just between 20 to 25 people.


Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament / Perpetual Adoration Chapel

The chapel is air-conditioned and had a wooden seats for the devotee. According to the parish head . There were some attempt by burglars a couple of years ago to get the items inside the chapel.

Monstrance with relic of Saint Vincent 

Parish Museum 

The group was given a first hand tour  by Father Raul Pura at the parish museum where we saw some of the church pieces , vestments , relics , fixtures from the church before the modern art pieces were installed in 2015.  Some of the important church items are made from a well-known maker from Bulacan .  The tour was facilitated thru Ms. Edna del Rosario and Mr. Randy  Angelo Diono .


church lectern made from hard wood 

Bulwagang San Vicente

Bulwagang San Vicente is located just beside the main church and just above the parish office. The venue place had a sitting capacity between 300 to 350 people , ideal for weddings, debuts, seminar , baptism and conferences. The food tasting event was co-hosted by Hizon Catering and their partners.

There is also a mural art work by local artist.

Contact :926-80-63 Church 

For Reservation:   ( Events and Wedding : 584-83-01 / (0917-8912208 )

Note : Photos were from the author and Ms. Jo Quimpo – All photos were taken within the premises of the church and seminary ground with proper coordination from the parish . 

any use of the photos – Please cite this blog


Souvenir Program 2015 Sanctuario de San Vicente

Novaliches Diocese :

FB Veranda San Vicente 

A Journey to Himlayang Pilipino in Tandang Sora

Philand Extention, Barangay Pasong Tamo, Tandang Sora , Quezon City – Philippines

driveway going inside the memorial park

Himlayang Pilipino is a 37-hectare memorial park located in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Tandang Sora. It used to be around 5 hectares when it was first established in 1971. A tall wall complete with sentry watch tower replicates old intramuros . I think it completes the historical ambiance and paying tributes to the victims of the last world war.

moog ng intramuros ( intramuros wall fortification -replica)

The Aguirre Group acquired Saint  Peter Memorial Park from its original owners, the Francisco- Bautista family.  The replica fortification of Intramuros ( Moog ng Intramuros ) walls were built in the 1970’s . It is complete with watch tower and fortification and walls. however going up to the walls is restricted .

Dambana ng Alaala

It eventually acquired more lands for the expansion project in the late 1970’s until achieving the 37 hectares . They are still expanding the park by buying more adjacent lands and a construction of a 2-storey columbarium near its perimeter walls.

Francisco -Bautista family mausoleum ( founder of the memorial park)

It was known back then as Saint Peter Memorial Park and was owned by the founder of Saint Peter’s Life Plan and Memorial Services until it changed the ownership .

Saint Vincent Seminary and Church- ( This seminary is located along Tandang Sora avenue , a few kilometers way from the memorial park) 


The chapel is located at the center of the main park and serves as a focal point of the memorial park.

interior of the chapel

The memorial park is located near within subdivisions and residential areas.  This is not my first time to visit this place . I have visited this countless of times , since we have some distant relatives and family friends that were interred and buried within the grounds. 

 Florante at Laura

It was later changed to its current name due to the company owner’s idea of making the whole place a historical site other than a normal memorial park.

Emilo Jacinto shrine

General Emilio Jacinto, He is also known as the “Brain of the Katipunan”—counts as among the many heroes of the Philippine Revolution that are buried in Himlayang Pilipino. Jacinto wrote for the Katipunan’s paper, Kalayaan, under the pseudonym Dimasilaw; he authored the Kartilya ng Katipunan as well. Jacinto died of malaria on April 16, 1899 at the age of 24. The monument  was created by the sculptor Mr. Florante Caedo and unveiled on December 15, 1976.

Gabriela Silang cement mural

Some of these sculptures are Emilio Jacinto, Gabriella Silang, Teresa Magbanua,  Malakas at si Maganda, Florante at Laura and many more.

Himlayang Pilipino is known for having sculptures portraying some of the most famous people and events from Philippine history and legends.

Tandang Sora ( Melchora Aquino )  monument crafted by renowned artist Florentino Caedo

Melchora Aquino shrine


In today’ present memorial park , It is part of Banlat – ( then Caloocan City) – this is also the place where Melchora Aquino home and estate is located . The present area ( Himlayang Pilipino ) is part of the vast estate and where Katipuneros fought the Spaniards into the vast forested areas which presently covered Project 8 , Barangay Talipapa ( Novaliches , Quezon City ) to Pasong Putik , Busok in Novaliches .

rain tree of acacia – some of these trees were already there when the park was opened to the public

The forest where Tandang Sora gave Bonifacio and his men refuge and healing became the latter’s second home. No one knocked at Tandang Sora’s door who was not invited in. To the hungry she offered the bounty of her table.  To the sick and the wounded she offered the healing touch of her hand. The weary mind and body she offered the solace of her home.

Melchora Aquino tomb

Her remains were re-interred  from Mausoleum of the Veterans of the Philippine Revolution at the Manila North Cemetery from 1919 to 1970 then Himlayang Pilipino from 1970 until 2012 .

In time for her birth i-centennial last January 6, 2012 Melchora Aquino remains was transferred to  Tandang Sora National Shrine in Banlat, Quezon City.

Today this site is not a forest anymore but a refuge still. It is now Himlayang Pilipino – The Filipino’s resting place. Here the legends and myths of our people and the history of our lands have been given concrete form in murals and sculptures.

posh mausoleum- although fewer ( the park had its own share )

Historical Personalities and Celebrities :

It is a showcase of Filipino art and culture and a testimony to the courage and strength of the Filipino soul. Thus, with the assistance of the Bayaning Filipino Foundation, Inc., the remains of Filipino heroes were transferred to the Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park which has served as the repository of the remains of Tandang Sora for  over 40 years and General Emilio Jacinto where monuments crafted by renowned artist Florentino Caedo have been erected in memory of their heroism and patriotism.

There are several well-known personalities which were buried within the memorial park, among them are Mr.Salvador ” Bubby ” Dacer, Mr. Manuel Amoranto Ramirez  ( writer)  , Mr. Rolando Santos- Tino ( Poet, dramatist  dramatist, director, actor, set and costume designer, critic, essayist and educator ) .Mr. Lito Calzado and Ms Maria Antonia Ussher ( parents of actress Iza Calzado ), Secretary Oscar Orbos parents and some relatives were also buried .

There are also celebrities , well- known politicians and  who bought family lots and immediate families were buried.

African tulip tree and ficus growing


There are joggers and bicycle groups which visit the park on a regular visit. Most of them are residents of nearby subdivisions and those with families interred inside the memorial park. The park also boast of some native trees ,  magnificent sculptures and host to native birds.  There is also a chapel where one can silently pray .

Vicinity Map:

Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park:

Himlayang Pilipino Plans:

Facebook Page: Himlayang Pilipino

Link to previous post: Melchora Aquino bi-centennial

Contact : (632) 927 9671 to 75 Local 229/251

Melchora Aquino Bi-centennial celebrations

Melchora Aquino or more popularly called Tandang Sora is said to be the mother of Katipunan . Part of the citywide celebration is that the body of the heroine will be transferred from her final resting place to be transferred to the  Tandang Sora shrine located at Banlat in Quezon City.

event / celebration logo

On January 5, Tandang Sora’s remains will be exhumed and placed in a flag-draped casket that will be carried by a horse-drawn carriage during a funeral procession from the Himlayang Pilipino to Quezon City Hall.

Military and police personnel will provide escort assistance during the funeral procession.

banner of the event

There will be a funeral ceremony within the city hall compound  where people will have the opportunity to offer their final respects to Tandang Sora, who has been recognized for her exceptional heroic contributions in the struggle for Philippine independence and liberation despite her advanced age.

City hall officials will be joined by descendants of Tandang Sora, especially officers and members of the “Mga Apo ni Melchora (Tandang Sora) Aquino Association Inc., in welcoming the heroine’s remains.

An overnight vigil will also be held at QC Hall hosted by the cultural and tourism affairs office, office for senior citizens affairs, scholarship and youth development program, general services department and the Liga ng mga Barangay.

On January 6, the 200th birthday of Tandang Sora, a memorial mass in honor of heroine will be held 8:00 am at the QC Hall before her remains will be finally transferred to the Tandang Sora shrine for re-interment.

Tandang Sora’s remains will also be carried by a horse-drawn carriage during a funeral procession, this time, from QC Hall to the Tandang Sora shrine.

Tandang Sora100 peso- bill (image taken from

Tandang Sora was featured in local Philippine paper bills, 5 centavo coin and stamps.

1969: Melchora “Tandang Sora” Aquino – Melchora Aquino, 50th Death Anniversary; Set of 3 stamps

(images taken from

“5 Sentimo” coins

( taken from papercoinage‘s website)

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