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Mindorenians Hit it again!

Mindorenians Hit it Again!

Tiberias, Capernaum and See of Galilee Trip
June 12-13,2009

with the guys!
“You and US together for fun” was the MIS theme in the previous organized fund raising trip in the above mention Holy Places in Israel.  The trip was designed to promote camaraderie, fun and enjoyment among our officers, members and guests.

We left Tel-Aviv around 7:30 pm and arrived at our destination, Tiberias at 10 pm where we stayed overnight. Tiberias is located in a western part of the country and has its peaceful and majestic attractions.  Local restaurants, the Lake and its wonderful sceneries mesmerized us all.

The travel started by a prayer   led by Mrs. Merly Ganan to guide our journey.  Our President, Ms. Nenette Gajisan welcomed the participant and all the officers joined to make the trip more fun.  At the bus, Jenny Tecson together with our treasurer, Cheryl Sevegan dominated the floor and hit it again by their jokes that made the entire bus flowed with laughter.  Thanks Jen and Che for  the laughs, you guys are truly amazing!

During that night, we also celebrated the birthday of our member, Ms. Beth Dimaano together with us.  She made her wish, blew the cake and toast for her success that made the trip unforgettable for her and us.Inuman na!

1_635411153lWe played Traditional games in celebration of the Philippines 111th Independence celebration, “Habulan”, “Patintero” and more that hooked our attention and enjoyed the night, (it made us remember our childhood memories with these game, what a great feeling!).  They danced, drank, chat laugh that temporarily brought them into different happy world away from the ordinary world of Care Giving. What a great night we had, sleeping on the tent while the place flowed with laughter and positive energy.

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The following morning we proceeded to Jordan River where John The Baptist made baptism to Jesus. We felt the sanctity of the place as we went inside. We took pictures and enjoyed the feeling of being been there as we felt the holiness of the place.

1_351668594mAfterwards, we moved on to our next destination, the Sea of Galilee. We went to Kibuts Ginosaurem where Yigal Allon center was located.  Its wonderful architectural design caught us in full awe. There, we rode Noah TVJ 9026 boat.  The sailing started and we raised the Philippine flag and sang the national anthem. This moment made us so happy as we celebrated the Independence Day that moment.  Thanks to the warm and friendly crew of the boat. We really enjoyed the journey, breathtaking views, with the wonderful people as described. The crew put on music and everybody went on dancing non-stop! It was really fun. (Let’s go Latino guys, laugh out loud!) The Sea of Galilee is the place where Jesus walked on the water and calmed the storm.

Mindorenians at Tiberias

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We docked into God’s Holy place Capernaum. We saw the remains of St. Peter’s Church where inner   room became the first Christian church.

Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tiberias

The White Synagogue which we’re seeing today lies above some portions of the earlier basalt synagogue in existence during Jesus’ day. In 69 A.D., the Romans destroyed it during the First Jewish Revolt.

Sea of Galilee

Afterwards we moved to our final destination where Jesus made the miracle of feeding thousands of people with bread and fish. Tabgha, is located near Capernaum.  Inside is the sacred Church of Heptapegon.  We offered prayers and felt the holiness of the place.

Afterwards, we left the place for lunch.  We shared the delicious lunch prepared by our very good and industrious chef, our Vice Pres.  Juvy Sarmiento and  Ms. Neri Gain. Thanks guys for the wonderful lunch.

We went home tired, exhausted but fulfilled, satisfied and happy.

mindorenians5Our appreciation and sincere gratitude for all the participants who joined the trip, thanks for sharing your precious time with us and we will treasure it forever. See you next time folks!

Mabuhay ang Lahing Mangyan at ang Lahing Pilipino sa mundo! God bless us all.

Having Fun at Dead Sea, Masada and Jericho,Israel

Last April 10-11, the first Fund Raising Field Trip of Mindorenians surely brought pure fun and joy to all the groups participated. We left Tel-aviv at around 8:00 pm going to the Dead Sea.

Dead Sea View along the way

Dead Sea View along the way

While on the bus, here’s the guys doin’

Officers playing the music while..

Officers playing the music while..

all these guys are dancing on the bus!

all these guys are dancing on the bus!

with dance partners!

with dance partners!

These guys are really cool.  From Tel-Aviv until the destination, they were laughing and just having fun.  We had trivia games, it’s your joke and lot of games to entertain them.

When we finally arrived there, here’s the scenes..

snack time!

snack time!

just posing!

just posing!

Look at what they’re doing!

Anong parusa?

Anong parusa?

Magbanda kau!

Magbanda kau!

Hindi ba nakakahiya tong gingawa ko? hahaha!

Hindi ba nakakahiya tong gingawa ko? hahaha!

and here’s more!

yes, panalo kami!
yes sir!

yes sir!

yes, panalo kami!

Pahabaan tau!

Pahabaan tau!

These guys are really cool and made us laugh till death.  Love you guys!sea dipping!

We also visited Masada, the Fortress.  I am really amazed of this place.  nette-328

with the guys!

with the guys!

Masada (Hebrew for fortress), is situated atop an isolated rock cliff at the western end of the Judean Desert, overlooking the Dead Sea. going up at Masada

coming up!

coming up!

we're at the top!

It is a place of gaunt and majestic beauty. On the east the rock falls in a sheer drop of about 450 meters to the Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth, some 400 m. below sea level) and in the west it stands about 100 meters above the surrounding terrain. The natural approaches to the cliff top are very difficult. It was really amazing! With it’s breathtaking views overlooking the Dead Sea and Jordan area, we were really astonished of it’s magnificence. Their historic contribution is Israel’s history between the Roman empire really wowed me. We saw all the artifacts and the entire kingdom during their regime that are worth remembering. This is the place where the defenders – almost one thousand men, women and children – led by Eleazar ben Ya’ir, decided to burn the fortress and end their own lives, rather than be taken alive.

nette-375The heroic story of Masada and its dramatic end attracted many explorers to the Judean desert in attempts to locate the remains of the fortress. The site was identified in 1842, but intensive excavations took place only in 1963-65, with the help of hundreds of enthusiastic volunteers from Israel and from many foreign countries, eager to participate in this exciting archeological venture. To them and to Israelis, Masada symbolizes the determination of the Jewish people to be free in its own land.

After that we proceed to Jericho,

The Jericho and Israel Border

The Jericho and Israel Border

a Palestinian Area governed by Jordan government. It was my first time to enter into Palestinian area and i am ambivalent though i am excited how Arab people lives. We passed through Israel border and after 50m entered into Arab border which brought me a little nervous feeling. Laughing Mt. of Temptation

We visited the Monastery of Temptation, Jericho. The summit of Mount of Temptation, rising to a height of 350 meters above sea level and commanding a magnificent and panoramic view of the Jordan Valley, is the site where Jesus (pbuh) spent forty days and forty nights fasting and meditating during the temptation of Satan, about 3 km northwest of Jericho.

The way up to the monastery

A Greek Orthodox monastery was built in the 6th century over the cave where Christ (pbuh) stayed. This spot is another of the holy sites said to have been identified by Queen Helena in her pilgrimage of 326 AD.

The mountain; which from early Christian times has been called the Moun

t of Temptation; was referred to as “Mons Quarantana” by the Crusaders in the first half of the 12th century, and is locally known as Quruntul mountain (from Quaranta meaning forty, the number of days in the Gospel account of Christ’s fast).

The way up to the monastery

To climb up the bare, rocky slopes of Quruntul mountain might sound daunting, as the path leading to the Monastery of the Temptation is very steep and difficult to ascend but is well worth the walk, which is in fact a trek of only 15-30 minutes but we’re lucky because we took the cable car but still i am afraid because of it’s shaky position. And when we got there, my fear of heights heightened again when i saw how steep the cliffs are and i need to wear my shades so i am not conscious to climb into the monastery. But it’s really worth our time and effort.
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The nearly 30 to 40 caves on the eastern slopes of the mountain have been inhabited by monks and hermits since the early days of Christianity.

the way to the monastery

the way to the monastery

nette-415nette-414nette-419We really enjoyed the entire trip, so fulfilling and tiring but it’s worth it.

We got back to Tel-Aviv at 5pm Saturday with smile on our faces.  See you next time guys! muah!

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

MAHALAGANG PATALASTAS ANG PASUGUAN NG PILIPINAS AY WALANG PASOK SA MGA SUMUSUNOD NA ARAW NG ABRIL 2009

The Philippine Embassy will be closed on the following dates during the month of April 2009:

* 06 April (Monday) – Araw ng Kagitingan

* 08 April (Wednesday – Start of Passover (Pessach)

* 09 April (Thursday) – Maundy Thursday

* 12 April (Sunday) – Easter Sunday

* 15 April (Wednesday) – End of Passover (Pessach)

* 29 April (Wednesday) – Independence Day of Israel

SA ORAS NG PANGANGAILANGAN, MAARING TAWAGAN ANG NAKATALAGANG OPISYAL SA TELEPONO BILANG 054-4661188 IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL THE DUTY OFFICER AT TELEPHONE NUMBER: 054 466 1188 MARAMING SALAMAT PO

From: Philippine  Embassy of Israel