Just in time for the Lenten season, my friends and I decided to go to Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon, a short escape from stress at work.
We were 15 in the group. We rented a van for Php 6,000.00 for 2 days and a night. We took the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to reach Lucban town proper. It was a 3-4 hours ride from Manila.
Be sure to pack light. There are plenty of pasalubongs you can’t resist to buy.
|These are my travel buddies for this trip.|
Our first stop was at the Minor Basilica of St. Michael de Archangel which is known to have the longest nave or aisle among the Spanish colonial era churches in the Philippines.
|My friends ♥|
|Yep, it’s me. Hi! 🙂|
There is an on-going mass at the church when we arrived but we were not able to attend to since most of the girls wear short so we just decided to stay outside to respect.
The next thing we did was to find a resort where we can stay for a night and is near the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine. We were undecided between Nawawalang Paraiso Resort and Hotel and Batis Aramin Resort and Hotel. Please see separate blog here.
Above all, we chose to stay at Nawawalang Paraiso Resort and Hotel. We checked out as early as 7:30 am so we can attend the mass at Kamay ni Hesus.
|Kamay ni Hesus Church|
|View inside the church. (Photo not mine)|
After the mass, we started climbing the grotto where you can pass through life-size stations of the cross. Reaching the top was truly rewarding. You will see the Statue of Ascending Christ.
|Kamay ni Hesus Shrine|
Aside from the grotto, you can also visit Noah’s Ark, Garden of Eden, and Pasalubong center just behind the Kamay ni Hesus Church. There is also a playground for children. After we bought pasalubong, our last stop was at Kamayan sa Palaisdaan. We had our lunch in there floating bamboo rafts. We ordered Sinigang na Sugpo, Fried Tilapia, and Pinakbet.
|Floating bamboo rafts (Photo not mine)|
|Pilipit-Kalabasa for Php 6.00 only|
After our lunch, we started our roadtrip back to Manila.