This very timely since it is the Lenten Season or commonly known as Holy Week. This is the season that we reminisce the sacrifices that Jesus did to save the humanity. It is also the season when Catholics repent all
their sins and abstain. In Filipino we call it "Mahal na Araw" and we always hear the phrase "Mangilin ka".
Most Filipinos are doing "Visita Iglesia" during holy week. Visita Iglesia is visiting different churches. They believe that you can make a wish if it is your first time to visit that church and your wish will come true. Bulacan, Pampanga and Tarlac have numerous historic and holy churches like Barasoain Church, Malolos Church, San Guillermo Church, and St. Michael the Archangel Church.
If you are a devoted Catholic or even not, Monasterio De Tarlac is a good place to visit. It has a beautiful landscapes and castle like houses, has a beautiful scenery, and a gigantic statue of Jesus just like the one in Brazil. The said statue is the must see in Monasterio De Tarlac. Lastly, they held masses in the open area during Lenten season to cater the number of devotees.
|The Christ Redeemer Statue|
|Beautiful Sunset at Monasterio De Tarlac|
Monasterio De Tarlac is really far from the Tarlac City. I think it took us 1 hour and a half just to get there. There were tricycles for hire but I am not aware how much will it cost you.
From Manila, you just have to take NLEX then SCTEX and exit at Tarlac. From there, it will be another 1 and a half hour going to Monasterio De Tarlac. There are sign boards around the area and asking the locals will help. We got lost but it was fun, travelling with your family is priceless.
Ano, TARA GUMALA!