Find Your Inner Peace at Marian Orchard

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Its Lenten Season again, and for sure most Christians are looking for a place to find inner peace. The concluding week of Lent is Holy Week starting with Palm Sunday. Taking after the New Testament story, Jesus’ crucifixion is commemorated on Good Friday. And at the commencement of the following week is the jubilant celebration of Easter Sunday, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Holy Week, Station of the Cross

Many Christians commit to fasting. Giving up as well certain luxuries in order to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey into the desert for 40 days. Many Christians also add a Lenten spiritual discipline. Reading a daily devotional or praying through a Lenten calendar to draw themselves to God. The Stations of the Cross, a devotional commemoration of Christ’s carrying the cross is often observed.

Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Seven (7) Churches Visitation also known as Visita Iglesia on Maundy Thursday is one of the common tradition of Roman Catholics. There are lots of churches and pilgrims in the province of Batangas. One of the most visited during this season is Marian Orchard. A pilgrimage site for prayer and reflection located at Brgy. Malabanan, Balete, Batangas.

Started by Lazaro L. Katigbak in 1988 when he acquired the land. Eventually, he became partner with FAITH Colleges. Marian Orchard Faith Foundation Inc. (MOFFI) was then established, now duly-registered with the Philippine Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sacred Heart Tower Plaza

The place has European-inspired garden and spiritual oasis. It invigorates renewal of faith as there are lots of religious activities like hearing mass and station of the cross. They have a life-sized station of the cross where you can pray and meditate.

Rosarium

Picture Perfect Attractions Inside Marian Orchard

Two Hearts Promenade
  • Sacred Heart Tower
  • Chapel of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
  • Miraflores
  • Two Hearts Promenade
  • The Ruins
  • Rosarium
  • Garden Steps
  • Via Crucis Garden
  • Meditation Garden
  • Calvary Hill
  • The Grotto
  • Marian Plaza
  • Chimes of Mary
  • Plaza Fontana
  • Angel’s Gate
  • Mary Mediatrix Garden Plaza
  • Hall of Thanksgiving
  • Hall of Petitions
  • Dome of Mary Mediatrix

Visit their website for the photos of their different spot attractions.

Garden Steps
Chimes of Mary

Mass Schedule

  • Every first Friday of the month, Saturdays, and Sundays 4PM to 5PM

Operating Hours

  • Open everyday from 7AM to 7PM
  • Entrance Gate closes at 5PM (Last Entry)

Entrance Donation – New rates effective April 21, 2019

  • P50.00 Mondays to Fridays
  • P80.00 Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays
  • Children below 3 ft. are FREE
  • Students, Senior Citizens, PWD’s, and Balete residents can enjoy all-season P50.00 entrance.  Just present a valid ID.

For group bookings and reservations, please contact: info@marianorchard.org

They are still doing major upgrade and improvements to its existing features. Click this link for more details and updates.

Photo from marianorchard.org.ph

You can also visit this place on ordinary day. This place is perfect for family bonding because you could engage your children to strengthen their religious belief in our creator. You can also bring food and drinks and may take it at their snack bar. But be certain to observe cleanliness. They also have souvenir shop where you can buy religious items.

How to get there?

By Private Car. If Southbound, take South Luzon Expressway then STAR Tollway and exit at Balete Exit. Turn right (go left if Northbound) and just keep going for roughly 6 kilometers and you will reach The Marian Orchard in the left side. You may also use Waze or Google Map Application.

By Public Transportation. From Manila, take a bus from Cubao or Buendia bound to Batangas (SM Lipa Terminal). From SM Lipa, ride a jeepney or multicab bound to PKI, Lima, Tanauan or Calamba. Get off to Marawoy Levitown (landmark is Caltex and Jollibee). If the bus takes Balete exit then get off at Levitown. Ride a jeepney or tricycle and tell the driver that you are going to Marian Orchard.

Come and visit this wonderful pilgrimage site now with your family and friends and share to us your experience. Click this for more places to spend your time with your family. Don’t forget to share this article.

Aileen Joy Flores

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