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第六和第七天 (2015/02/02-03)︰
今天我們經過馬卡蒂市,菲律賓金融中心,到馬尼拉美軍公墓和紀念館,在美國之外最大的美國墓地。然後我們去了黎剎公園, 再到聖地牙哥古堡︰ 最初於 1571 年由本地人建成,曾是木頭圍成的城寨,作為防禦工事。16 世紀西班牙人侵佔菲律賓後, 將其改造成石城,作為基地使用。後來它又成了囚禁和處決重要政治犯之地。二戰時,又被日軍佔領,從而遭到美軍炮轟。 如今成為菲律賓的一道歷史最為悠久的古跡景點。 (參考來源) 聖地牙哥古堡是馬尼拉 Intramuros 的一部分。然後,我們經過 Quirino Grandstand 就是教宗方濟訪問菲律賓實作彌撒而超過 600 萬人參加這個彌撒。

然後,我們前往馬尼拉主教座堂。在這裡教宗方濟與神父和修會人士做彌撒。接者我們去聖奧斯丁聖堂。之後為了好玩我們搭 kalesa,馬車。

最後,我們去 Mall of Asia,亞洲最大購物中心之一。已經下午三點了,但我們還沒有吃午餐因為我們沒有感覺到餓。但是陳貴榕主任想嘗試 Jollibee 的東西,所以我們在 Jollibee 吃了午後點心。

我們繼續購物。傍晚我們就回家了。在 Alabang Hills Village 大門,我們停下來讓我的台灣同伴們可以經歷搭三輪車的樂趣。

到家我們就吃了在馬尼拉我們的最後晚餐。

2015 年 2 月 3 日,我們在菲律賓的第七天,我妹妹,蔡怡文,把我們送到 NAIA 機場的第一航站。我們要回臺灣去了。幾年前,NAIA 機場的 第一航站被罵為全世界最爛的機場之一。雖然裝修尚未完成,看起來已經很不錯了。辦理登機手續的區域很明亮,氣氛絕對是現代的。機場工作人 員都非常有禮貌和友好。

非常感謝酈家帶給我們在馬尼拉一個美好和最愉快的兩天。

感謝邱秀萍小姐提供很多的照片。

Day:   1   |   2am   |   2pm   |   3   |   4   |   5   |   6&7   日

Sixth and Seventh day, February 2-3, 2015:
Today we went through Makati City, the financial center of the Philippines, on our way to the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, the biggest American cemetery outside the U.S. From there, we went to Rizal Park and then to Fort Santiago, the defense fortress which is part of the structures of the walled city of Manila referred to as Intramuros ("within the walls"). ( reference). Then we passed by the Quirino Grandstand where Pope Francis, during his visit to the Philippines, said mass attended by more than 6 million people.

We then proceeded to the Manila Cathedral were Pope Francis said mass for the clergy and religious. And then to San Agustin Church. After this, we rode a kalesa, a horse drawn carriage, just for the fun of it.

Lastly, we went to the Mall Of Asia, one of the biggest malls in Asia. It was already about 3:00 pm and we had not taken lunch since we did not feel hungry at all. But Miss Chen Kuei Jung wanted to try something from Jollibee, so we had merienda at Jollibee.

We continued shopping and in late afternoon we went home. At the gate of Alabang Hills Village we stopped to let my Taiwanese companions experience a tricycle ride.

At home, we had our last supper in Manila.

February 3, 2015, the seventh day of our stay in the Philippines, my sister Yvonne brought us to NAIA airport terminal 1 for our trip back to Taiwan. A few years ago, NAIA terminal 1 was criticized as one of the worst airports in the world. Although the renovation is not completed yet, it looks very nice now. The check-in area is brightly lit and the ambience is definitely modern. And the airport personnel were very courteous and friendly.

Thanks a million to the Lih family for the wonderful and most enjoyable 2 days we had in Manila.

Thanks to Miss Chiu Hsiu Ping for many of the pictures she provided.

Fr. Visminlu Vicente L. Chua, S.J. /蔡由世神父 / 2015/02/11

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