It was in October of 2008 when Enfant Cheri teachers together with the juniors and seniors of that particular academic year went to a school trip in several historical sites and famous landmarks in the Greater Manila Area.. It was a four-day sight-seeing and bonding as was what the trip was all about.
Our first stop was in Kawit, Cavite to set foot on the very site where the Proclamation of the Philippine Independence was held on June 12, 1898. The group then headed to Tagaytay before we headed back down the city and let go of our students to their most anticipated destination - Mall of Asia.
The main stop was at the PAG -ASA Planetarium at the prominent city of stars - Quezon City but before we went to the main dish of our tour, we stopped for an appetizer at the ABS-CBN building hoping to catch some glimpse of the Kapamilya stars but sadly, not even a fading star did show up. So off we went to PAG-ASA where the group was warmly welcomed by a Cherian student's uncle.
After lunch time, went to the Malacanang where we were given the privilege to tour around the inside premises of the palace as we were considered to be personal guests of the then first daughter - Luli Arroyo.
We boarded on a ferry boat bound to the highlight of the tour which was at the Corregidor Island. As soon as we arrived, we started to explore the tad-pole shaped island riding in an open bus. We never missed climbing those century old buildings and canons used during the time of war. We went through the Malinta Tunnel where President Manuel L. Quezon hid his family. It was a great feeling to have visited for real the place which I have read in the history books since my elementary years.
The House of the Senate was our last stop with no less than the then Senate Deputy Secretary for External Affairs - Mr. Paul Pineda (who is the uncle of one of our students in school ) as our tour guide. Although there was not a single senator present that day, still it was worth sitting down in the hall where they usually hold their regular sessions.
That trip was truly unforgettable and is sure one of my best trips around the Philippine islands.