At St. Kinga’s Chapel inside Wieliczka Salt Mine, 100 meters below ground level in Poland. Listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it’s an underground of cave chambers, grotto, chapel and sculptures — all made of salt. Seated, l.-r.: Jun Estanislao and Cristina Chupungco, Anita Lukban, Fe Goco, Luzviminda Torres Hecker and Conrado Justo Jr. Standing, l.-r.: Bautista Augusto Cadiz, Fr. Choy Ramos, Crispulo Constantino and tour guide Gregory Brostel.


Engr. Julian “Jun” Loleng Jr. and his wife of 50 years Aster Loleng of Nutley, N.J. were among the 20 Filipino pilgrims who toured Eastern Europe’s holy places from Sept. 22 to Oct. 7 in the Year of Faith.


Joining the Lolengs to Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovenia (plus Switzerland) were Rev. Fr. Juancho “Choy” Ramos, pilgrimage chaplain; Anita Lukban, pilgrimage coordinator; Anthony “Tony” and Luzviminda “Luz” Hecker, Imelda Abueg, Alfredo and Fe Goco, Bautista Augusto and Azucena Cadiz, Conrado and Corazon Justo, Artemio “Art” and Aurora “Rory” del Rosario, Crispulo and Maura Constantino, Estanislao and Cristina Chupungco and Zenaida Gonzales.


Among the places visited were Prague (Infant Jesus), Czestochowa (Black Madonna), Krakow (Divine Mercy), Salzburg (Sound of Music), Czesky Krumlov, Vienna, Bled, Linderhof, Munich and Pope John Paul II’s birthplace in Wadowice, Poland.


The Filipino pilgrims with the statue of Pope John Paul II in Wadowice, Poland.


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