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…and then God gave us some bread.

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Day 1 began with our journey to the reatreat house in Brgy. Matalaba in Sta. Cruz where we’d be spending some alone time with God. The overnight retreat was arranged by Lebs’ aunt, who is also the head of this Catholic prayer group in Sta. Cruz. Guided by our facilitator, Sister Dang, the overnight retreat allowed us three to reconnect with God through prayer, meditation, and inner silence.

We left Brgy. Matalaba the morning after. Back in the town proper (where the Rejano ancestral home is located) we spent the day getting to know the town.
First stop: downstairs, Rejano’s Bakery

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Lebs and SO helping the panadero (baker) make some bread sticks:

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pan de sal fresh from the oven, hopia, and some bread (I forget the name):

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Rejano’s Bakery isn’t just your typical neighborhood panaderia (bakery). Not only has it been around for more than 50 years–the bakery has also become famous all over the Philippines for its
star product, the uraro (arrowroot) cookies. Currently operated by Lebs’ aunt, Tita Mita, Rejano’s Bakery sells its products not only in Marinduque: I have personally seen them being sold in Kultura Filipino (SM Megamall) and in NAIA 3.

Here are the uraro cookies before baking:

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Finished product!

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Down To The South We Go (The Commute)

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As instructed by the expert tour guide (our Marinduquena friend), SO and I took the 7pm trip to Lucena, Quezon via Jac Liner (Kamias Terminal). Because the bus ride from Manila to Lucena takes about 3-4 hours, it’s most ideal to leave the city at 7pm so that passengers headed for Marinduque may be able to catch the ro-ro ferry going to the island at midnight.

The bus ride was smooth and considerably enjoyable because of the free wi-fi service. Yep, you got that right, free wi-fi. INSIDE the bus. While moving. Mabuhay ang Jac Liner!

This is me (right) quietly goofing around with Lebs, the host/tour guide (left). Photo was taken by SO. 🙂

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Internet speed was not bad at all, which allowed me to tweet and make Facebook status updates from Quezon City to Laguna. However, connection was lost when we reached the first town in Quezon. Mabuhay pa rin ang Jac Liner!

We reached the Lucena port at around 11:30pm, as expected. Lebs said that luck was on our side that night because the port wasn’t as crowded then as it usually gets during Fridays. The queue in the ro-ro ticket booth was short (thank God), so we had a few extra minutes for a snack and a smoke. :p

Since our it was a night journey (so heat was not gonna be a problem) we just bought economy-class tickets. Plus, SO has a tendency to get seasick, so the breeze (and the wide open windows) sure helped.

The ferry ride took almost 4 hours, but boredom wasn’t a problem for us since we had one another to chat and goof around with. Also, there were two functional TV’s in the area which kept passengers entertained while others were reading or asleep.

Lebs and I goofing around (again) in the ro-ro:

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We reached Kawit Port in Boac, Marinduque at around 4am. Immediately after alighting the ferry we rode on one of the public jeepneys parked right outside the port gates, which took us to our destination, the town of Sta. Cruz. This bumpy ride took another hour and 30 minutes, as Sta. Cruz is one of the last stops of these transports.

Finally, at almost 6am, we arrived in the Rejano ancestral home. After almost 10 hours of commuting, we were more than ready to go to bed.

Overly Underrated Marinduque

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My SO and I joined our good friend to her home province of Marinduque last March of this year for a weekend retreat away from the city. It was supposed to be just a quick “vacation” but our stay in our friend’s ancestral home was so relaxing (and her tita’s cooking so sumptuous) that we decided to stay for another day!

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So for all you travelbugs out there looking for a “new” destination in the PI, let me share to you what we saw, tasted, and experienced in the highly underrated province of Marinduque.

Simply click on the links below for a day-by-day account of our trip. Enjoy!

The Commute

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

The Journey Home