Marian Orchard – A Sanctuary of Prayer (half-day DIY tour)

Right before the pilgrimage city of Lipa, is a Catholic theme park called The Marian orchard.  The prayer sanctuary located in the municipality of Balete is truly a sight to behold. It features a chapel, an observation tower, fountains, a prayer garden and shrines of several saints.

Sacred Heart Tower
The entrance ticket is no less fancy 🙂
Sacred Heart Chapel
Pathway to the Garden of Saints

The over-all experience was fun. Battling the humidity as you roam around under the scorching heat of the sun is all worth it. (If you don’t mind getting a little bit tanned :))

Shrines of the Saints

The place induce a very calm and serene atmosphere very suitable for prayer and meditation.

The picturesque well, guarded by sitting angels

My favorite part of the garden is this fountain highlighted at the center of the premise in between the Sacred heart Parish and the Mary Mediatrix of All Graces prayer hall.

Saint Joseph Shrine

This shrine is under renovation but still look picturesque.

The Ruins – which is actually the visitor center.
In charge of this secret garden is this charming querubin 🙂
Prayer garden steps
Mary Mediatrix of All Graces prayer hall

Our eyes feast with the colorful surrounding thanks to the blooming flowers of different shades.

This part of the vicinity is still under renovation/construction.

The Catholic Sanctuary is open from 7am-5pm and has an entrance fee of 50php (as of writing- April, 2017).


Starting point : Cubao, Metro Manila

7am – Jam terminal(Cubao). Choose Batangas/lemery bound bus. Alight at SM Lipa (right before grand terminal, along the road where you can ride jeepneys to levitown) – fare: 132php

9am – Ride jeepney (or tricycle) to levitown (caltex gas station) – fare: 8php – jeep, 30php – tric

9:10am – Ride jeepney (right across caltex) and alight at marian orchard entrance – fare: 15php

9:30am – Marian Orchard – 1-2 hours is enough to explore the vicinity.  Entrance fee: 50php

11:00am – tric back to jeep station going to levitown – 30php

11:15am – jeep to levitown (caltex) – fare: 13php

11:30am – jeep to SM city Lipa (grand terminal)

Take bus heading back to Manila (Cubao) – 123php

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