Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Lucban

Kamay ni Hesus Shrine

“If one has faith, one has everything.” ~Ramakrishna~

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I have taken this adage by heart. Source: https://www.pinterest.com/explore/faith-quotes/

Lucban is not just popular for the Pahiyas festival. I was also introduced to “Kamay ni Hesus shrine” where thousands of believers visit, it is a 5-hectare property which you can sight the following:

Luklukan ni Maria,

Noah’s Ark,

Resurrected Christ,

Gallery of Saints,

Garden of Eden,

The Angels Hill,

The Marian Park

and the religious Murals.

A priest named Fr. Joey Faller put this up through donations from here and abroad.

On the side, I also encountered the Lucban longganiza and pancit habhab. These two are what Lucban is famous for.

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I “must” have a photo of the signages. #obssesivecompulsive
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History…
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That’s what I’m gonna climb.
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I can. And I will.

They also boast the beauty of Mt. Banahaw, a favorite of climbers, but not my cup of tea while I still hold admiration to those trekkers and mountaineers who would not mind the difficulty of conquering heights with those heavy and huge backpacks behind them.

Though I did just a little to be able to touch the base of “Kamay ni Hesus” shrine, it took us more than 300 steps to get there, and it was a good experience and a test of endurance as well. I now understand the unexplainable feeling of climbers when they already reached their goal however high it is. There is the “high”.. =) It was visceral.

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A replica of the famous Pieta.
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Readying myself to climb, we stopped by the “Noah’s arc”..
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Almost evening, I saw the moon…

It has drawn huge crowd of tourists (local and foreign), media, photoholics, and all kinds of people from all walks of life. We even encountered a vendor who came from Canlalay and its just a town away from my hometown. It was happy and fun…=)

I knew that some of the devotees are a bit overwhelmed, thanks to the stations equipped with benches where people can rest for a while.

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There’s a grotto too..
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Almost there..

It is very timely this Lenten Season that I reminisce back those days when I am religiously practicing my Faith. I remember that as a teenager, me and my choir mates would literally visit 13 churches to commemorate the 13 stations showing us the sufferings of Christ, as written that it is the only way to save mankind.  This sacrifice until now, is something that is very deep for me, coming from God our Father. With my bleak understanding, it was with a hope that mankind will not only acknowledge that kind of sacrifice, but to live by it, for it’s purpose.

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50 feet tall statue of Christ..
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Captured it in all angles..

Years back, my son’s father and I for some years, dedicated our time in doing the “Visita Iglesia” too. It was at that time when we eyed a church on a hill top in our hometown and planned to get married on that same church. Even if it didn’t meet my future husband’s must-have requirements for our wedding, I just knew I was wishing to have our vows on that particular church.

However, according to the Parish priest, we are supposed to get married at the Parish where we’re residing. It was a beautiful church. You will instantly feel the solemnity as it is standing on a hill, overlooking the vast lowlands of our hometown.

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Source: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/684336/priest-says-3m-people-drawn-to-shrine

As years passed, it is only during Lent (the Holy week per se), when I have the time to have my own definition of “peace”.  When everyone else got their tan lines after Easter, my skin is still in even tone. Like the “homebody” side of me at its’ strongest. There is a kind of pleasure, the simplest of its’ kind when you’re at home.

May the message of this season be in our hearts not only on these days, but the whole year through..

Happy Easter everyone! =)

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Appreciating my surroundings.. #newbud

Kamay ni Hesus Shrine & Healing Center is located at:
Brgy. Tinamnan, Lucban Quezon
Telephone: (042) 540 2206
Email: info@lucbankamaynihesus.com
Website:http://www.lucbankamaynihesus.com/

 

 

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Captivated by Caleruega…

Captivated by Caleruega

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature, and it will never fail you.” ~Frank Lloyd Wright~

I am home by now, but my mind is still in Caleruega, all Flora and Fauna (fishes, birds and a dog!), complete with a magnificent chapel, rooms if you want to stay overnight, serves food too, and a very kind dog, yes a kind dog! And lastly, any corner can be a place to commune with the Creator. When you go to Caleruega, you will be closer to God and be reminded of all His creations that we sometimes think as already ordinary. When in truth, they are not.

I once said, to be very lucky being near Tagaytay. It is an “Everything Beautiful Zone”! There are lots of hotels to choose from, restaurants, inns, parks, resorts, all sorts, farms, monasteries where you can have ube yams (one of my favorites), markets where you can find the freshest fruits and vegetables (I once bought a purple cabbage from there – which isn’t always available in the lowlands), there’s a mini zoo, there is also an area where you can purchase unique pieces of wooden (carved by local artisans) furniture, and famous for the famous smallest volcano in the world. Did I miss something?

A trip to Tagaytay is like a stress – buster. Cold weather, friendly people and everything nice! Just a few minutes after Tagaytay is Batangas.

Caleruega is just one among the endless list of spots in that area where you can relax and just be who you wanna be for a time. As if smelling the flowers and being one with nature is something you can not exchange with anything. For a time! (–,)

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No smoking! =p

Please take a look! (–,)

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I’ve always loved staircases! (–,)
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I especially liked this angle!
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Work of an artist’s hands…
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Most flowers in Caleruega are hard to find species…
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So pretty!
Captured this for my friend (Mia bunso)!
This is a flower…one of a kind!
This is the church…Attended a wedding here years ago…Chatty’s wedding! (–,)
I noticed they are equipped with useful signages. This one gives cautions to take care. “Ingat po!” is a Filipino way of saying “Take care” or “Be safe!”
Takin’ a rest from the long walks!
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One of my favorite photos of myself…
This corner is so heavenly!
How can we pass doggie?????? He is actually kind, he allowed us to pass! ahaha!
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Good boy!

You would not want to leave believe me. And because you need to, you know you are coming back.

Caleruega church is in Brgy. Kaylaway, Nasugbu, Batangas. You can contact them at: 0921 270 9890

Caleruega is just less than 3 hours from Manila.