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Holy Land Pilgrimage: Following the Footsteps of Jesus (Photo Essay)

About 85% of Filipinos are Christians and the Philippines is considered to be the 6th largest Christian country in the world.

Which is why it only makes sense that a lot of Filipinos dreams of visiting the land of the Bible.

To some, traveling to the holy land is considered to be the final step to fulfill their Christianity. But for most, traveling to the holy land means giving their life a far greater meaning.

At least that was true back in the day. Sadly, nowadays only a few remaining devoted Christians would want to visit the land of the bible.

As our generation gets younger and other travel destinations become cheaper, fewer tourists and pilgrims no longer consider the Holy land their “bucket list” destination.

Lucky for me as a young “Millennial,” I was blessed to be offered to join a group of pilgrims bound for the holy land. Join me, as we embark on a journey to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.

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ISRAEL: “Thank You, Philippines!” (Why Jews have a Close Friendship with Filipinos)

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The Jewish Rescue

In 1939, President Manuel L. Quezon opened the doors of the Philippines to 1,300 Jews escaping the Holocaust in Europe before the war erupted. This started the close friendship of Jews and Filipinos, which is commemorated through the Open Doors Monument in Tel Aviv.

In 2013, a documentary entitled Rescue in the Philippines shared the untold story of this Jewish rescue in Manila. It was heartwarming to hear the stories of Holocaust survivors who were based in Manila and how Filipinos warmly accepted them like their own family. 

Charity Repaid

In November 2013, Danny Pins, who is the son of a Holocaust Survivor in Manila, Margot Casell Pins, joined the American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to be the first ones on the ground in Tacloban and help the Typhoon Haiyan Victims.

He wrote a beautiful story in the Wall Street Journal entitled: “A Christmas Story of Philippine Charity Repaid“. I was crying by the time I finished reading the article. 

In 2014, the Israelis also showed their support for our own kababayan Rose Fostanes to win the reality singing competition X Factor Israel. 

Thank you, Philippines!

This 2015, this close Jewish-Filipino friendship is the inspiration behind the Embassy of Israel’s “Thank You, Philippines!” campaign. It started with the launch of the commemorative Philippine-Israel stamp featuring the Open Doors monument.

On February 26 at 7pm, Rose Fostanes is leading the Thank You, Philippines Jazz Fest at the Music Museum to celebrate the historical friendship between Israel and the Philippines.

This year’s Jazz Festival coincides with the commemoration of the 70th year of the end of World War II, as well as the liberation of Manila. It will highlight the Philippines’ role in the rescue of 1,300 Jewish people from the Holocaust.

Join us as we celebrate this Jewish-Filipino friendship in this Free Thank You concert.

(To reserve tickets to the free concert, please call +632 883-9500 or email [email protected] no later than Monday, 23 February 2015.)

Here are some additional information about the “Thank You, Philippines” Banner Program…

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HOLY LAND (Day 4 – Cana): “Valentine’s Wedding at Cana, Wedding Reception in Jericho, and Honeymoon in Jerusalem” @BoSanchez @IsraelTourism

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This was the most memorable Valentine’s Day for us, which started with the renewal of our wedding vows at Cana, a wedding reception at Mount of Temptation Restaurant in Jericho, then our honeymoon in Jerusalem. 

We’ve been married for 11 years, and this was the perfect marriage renewal for us. If you’re planning to renew your vows soon, it’s worth considering doing it in Cana in Israel, by going on a Holy Land pilgrimage.

Here’s the photo essay of our Valentine’s Wedding Day at Cana… 

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HOLY LAND (Day 2 – Tiberias): “Mount Tabor, Capernaum, and Mount of Beatitudes” @BoSanchez @IsraelTourism

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I personally like following the footsteps of Jesus’ early ministry in Tiberias with His disciples.

We visited the Church of the Transfiguration at Mount Tabor, then the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish at Tabgha, and had lunch near the shores of the Sea of Galilee.

After lunch we had a beautiful mass and annointing of leadership at the Church of St. Peter in Capernaum, then proceeded to where Jesus gave the sermon at the Mount of Beatitudes.

Then we ended the day with the best Feast I’ve attended, at the Blue Beach near the Sea of Galilee.

Here’s the photo essay of Day 2 of our Holy Land Pilgrimage with Bro. Bo Sanchez…

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HOLY LAND (Day 1 – Nazareth): “Kosher Breakfast, Mount Carmel, and Maria di Nazareth” @BoSanchez @IsraelTourism

Day 1- Kosher Breakfast and Nazareth  Our Awesome Planet-179.jpgWe started our Holy Land Pilgrimage from Tel Aviv, to Mount Carmel in Haifa, to Nazareth, and finally to Tiberias in the Sea of Galilee, which was where Jesus started His early ministry with His disciples. 

Israel has a population of 9 Million, with 6 Million Jews, 1.5 Million Muslims, and about 150,000 Christians. It is bounded by Lebanon in the north, by Syria in the northeast, by Jordan in the east, by Egypt in the southwest, and by the Mediterranean Sea in the the west.

Here’s a photo essay of Day 1 of our Holy Land Pilgrimage with Bro. Bo Sanchez…

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ISRAEL (Day 0. MNL ✈ HKG ✈ TLV): “En route to the Holy Land” @BoSanchez @IsraelTourism

Day 0- Manila - Hongkong - Israel  Our Awesome Planet-83.jpgWe joined Bro. Bo Sanchez’s “Receive Your Miracle” 10-Day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land last February 2014. It’s a life-changing and blessed experience that every Christian should do at least once in their lifetime. It’s best to go with your special someone and a great opportunity to renew your vows.

This Holy Week, I’ll be sharing with you a photo essay of our day-to-day experience throughout the pilgrimage. May these photo essays bless you and inspire you to go to Holy Land one of these days.

Let’s start with the beginning of our journey, from Manila to Israel…

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