I felt like jogging one Saturday morning so I did and it was refreshing.
Jose P Laurel Street is a long stretch. I pass by this street everyday by car and I love how the trees line the street especially near the Malacanang Gates.
While jogging though, I can’t help but stop at the wonderful things I see.
The first thing to see is the National Shrine of St Jude Thaddeus.
The church holds novena service every Thursday to St Jude. St Jude is known to be the patron saint of hopeless cases.
Farther along the stretch, there is a public park known as the Freedom Park. It is located in front of the Administration and Executive Buildings of Malacanang Palace. There is a tower with an Aguila (Eagle) on top, this represents the Liberation of Manila and is erected for the innocent victims of World War II.
Somewhere along the stretch, there is an ancestral house that has been converted into a full blown restaurant, Casa Roces.
One old house has also been turned into the Presidential Complaint Center.
Old houses can still be found along the street.
On the other end of the street is another church, the Regal Parish and National Shrine of Saint Michael and the Archangels, also known as San Miguel Church.
It is a church dedicated to the seven archangels namely Saint Michael, Saint Gabriel, Saint Raphael, Saint Uriel, Saint Selatiel, Saint Jhudiel and Saint Barachiel.
- Former President Ferdinand Marcos married former First Lady Imelda Marcos here.
- The remains of Don Domingo Roxas, patriarch of the Zobel de Ayala-Roxas-Soriano clans, is buried here.
Saint Michael fighting off a dragon in this statue in the front of the church.
Grateful for the sun rises anew, it brings hope and a new beginning.