Wednesday, September 2, 2009


I have been working more than a hundred kilometers away from home for so long. Although I regularly visit my loved ones, there are times—and they’re quite often—when I yearn for home especially when there’s so much stress in the workplace and the pressures of life seem to drive me crazy.

The last time I went to Gapan City for a brief sojourn and to unwind, I brought my digital camera with me and took photographs of the downtown area and other places I found interesting to visit. I thought it would be useful to have pictures of my hometown in Olongapo so as to lessen the effect of homesickness once it strikes me.

Let’s take a walk…

La Virgen Divina Pastora, Patroness of Gapan City
and the province of Nueva Ecija

Downtown Gapan (Tinio St., Sto. Nino)

Junction of Cagayan Valley Road and Olongapo-Gapan Road

Bucana (San Vicente)

Tinio Street, San Vicente

Downtown Gapan (San Vicente)

A portion of Tinio St., San Vicente (in front of
Gapan South Central School)

Tinio Street (Gapan City's main thoroughfare)

The almost-complete two-storey Gapan City Public Market

Tinio Street in front of Public Market

A building opposite Jollibee

San Viente near Public Market

Jollibee in front of the city plaza

The Three Kings Parish Church

Church's interior

La Virgen Divina Pastora National Shrine

Divina Pastora College

Delos Reyes Street leading to the Church

A slice of Vigan

The city plaza

Henry Lowee, my nephew, standing in front of our house

Our neighbors in the subdivision

Walter Mart Mall on National Highway in Bayanihan

Walter Mart's interior

Walter Mart Mall

Goddy (2nd from left, standing) with former classmate Mayor Eto Natividad

(center, seated beside Mrs. Natividad) & other classmates at a reunion

The Penaranda River separating Gapan City from

the adjacent San Leonardo town


Kablogie said...

Wow Philippines! Kahit di pa ako nakakapunta sa Gapan parang nakapunta na rin ako. Thanks for sharing this pix. ^_^

Goddy said...

Thanks, friend, for dropping by! Hope you enjoyed your visit.

Yodz said...

Nice place, and clean.
I heard it's the "Footwear Capital of the North?"

Mokong™ said...

hindi pa rin ako nakakarating dyan..thnx for posting Goddy...

Goddy said...

For Yodz: Thanks, friend, for your visit! Yeah, Gapan is the "Footwear Capital of the North". Slipper-making is the main industry. In our particular area, halos-lahat ng kapitbahay gumagawa ng tsinelas. Even our very own house was once gawaan ng tsinelas. I just didn't know why my youngest sibling stopped making slippers. There is an annual "Tsinelas Festival", from August 10-25, tapat sa cityhood anniversary ng Gapan.

For Mokong: Salamat din, Pareng Moks, for dropping by. Gapan is the southern gateway to Nueva Ecija. It's the first town (or city, for that matter)--just after the town of San Miguel in Bulacan. Kaya ang accent ng mga kababayan ko ay parang Bulakeno.