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.
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 :))
The place induce a very calm and serene atmosphere very suitable for prayer and meditation.
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.
This shrine is under renovation but still look picturesque.
Our eyes feast with the colorful surrounding thanks to the blooming flowers of different shades.
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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