The Philippines is among the biggest Catholic countries in the world. Because Holy Week paves way for a long weekend break for both the religious and the non-practicing Catholic citizens, most people opt to travel with family and loved ones during this season to reflect and go back to God.
Filipinos use the Holy Week as a chance to contemplate on their relationship with God. However, with the overwhelming life in the city, finding a solemn place to reflect becomes a challenge. Wow Pilipinas Partylist suggests these top destinations to consider this Holy Week!
1.Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia (REGINA RICA)
The Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia (Rica) in Tanay, Rizal, is a 13.5-hectare site built for those who want to have a holy pilgrimage or just a place for meditation.
2. Simala Shrine, Cebu
From afar, the Monk monastery in Simala, Cebu looks like a palace lying on a large land in Lindogon-Simala. It was said that this shrine brought miracles in the area when the statue of Blessed Virgin Mary dropped tears on several times.
3. Intramuros, Manila
If you don’t want to get out of Manila, go ahead and do your Visita Iglesia at Intramuros! Among the churches arre Manila Cathedral, San Agustin Church, San Ignacio Church site, Guadalupe Shrine in Fort Santiago, Knights of Columbus Fr. Willman Chapel, Lyceum of the Philippines University Chapel, and Mapua University Chapel, all located inside Intramuros.
4. Kamay ni Jesus, Lucban, Quezon
Looking forward to a road trip? Prepare yourself for a long drive to get to Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Lucban, Quezon! Kamay ni Hesus is a sacred place that offers a space for both leisure and meditation.
5. Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan
For Catholics doing Visita Iglesia, the 14 Stations of the Cross are represented through life-sized statues at Calvary Hill. There’s also a Rosary Hill starring 155 large beads, and a natural spring known to have healing miracles is located below the Our Lady statue.