020413 - The Urban Tracker (In La Union) :Temple Run from Redeemer To Ma-Cho

The elevating climb's final stop is a fortress on the top.
ome local folks instructed me to follow the route passing the Health center on Barangay 1. 


The course took few minutes plus patience once you sloped up and made an ascent to the elevated part of the neighborhood. It took me no time to reach this word-of-mouth fortress where Christ The Redeemer be seen towering above the city.

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Christ The Redeemer's signature hand stretch
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Facing the sea, the towering statue is a head turner from downtown.
A redeeming feeling abounded once on the foot of Christ The Redeemer statue. The relic could be a smaller version but the labor of love and dedication is obvious in summing up the shrine. The sunlight was still bearable with the local kids having their playful stint on the foot of the statue. 

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The panoramic view of San Fernando from Christ The Redeemer viewpoint
The general view of SFDO here was priceless, riveting, breathtaking and looking at the monument with its open arms gave a sense of gratitude and peace to the great beyond. A glimpse of the angle of the bay from where I stood offered a good postcard remembrance.

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Site map of the Macho Temple
Another temple visible in distance seemed inviting. But this time, we needed to get back to the main highway where the main entrance is situated. So, after meeting up my team near Plaza, we ventured in another temple run. Time to conquer Ma-Cho Temple, gaining its ground starting from the highway point.

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Parasols hanging about the entrance to the temple
Ma-Cho stands for a name of dynasty or Chinese Emperor. From the entrance, a map mounted on the shed gave us an overview of the boundaries of the compound. The main structure here could be the office ornamented with these parasols.

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Some kind of ritual is happening inside the temple
Just a week from now, it;s Chinese New Year. We proceeded with the main temple to seek blessings not without reading these cautions. Then the altar in its all glory gave us chills. Chinese men inside the temple were whispering some kind of silent prayers in another language. They looked like rabbis or monks but they were into some kind of a ritual. So we left them unbothered. 

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Tablets that foretell the answer to your wishes as displayed on temple's entrance.
In tradition, you can make a wish using a tablet. The position of the tablets once they landed aground would indicate an answer as interpreted by the positions. Instead, I resorted to paying respect by the laying of the incense – of specifically 3 of them. But we were overwhelmed more of the calmness and architectural propensity of the temple.

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The structure symbolizing the 5 main door entrance
From its back is where the pagoda located beside the shrine of Ma-Cho. And over the gardens, the 5-door main entrance gave a spectacular view of SFDO. The garden itself, already a relaxing parade of Chinese inspired artifacts including the 12 gods and the.Ma Cho Temple that's something not to be missed for authentic temple experience.

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A temple won't be around without a bell
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Exquisite Chinese architecture applied on the temple's overall design
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