March 17, 2018
Sto. Tomas Batangas
Today, I celebrate my birthday. I am very thankful for the gift of LIFE. Saint Padre Pio of Pietrelcina is famous when it comes to healing. I’ve been to Saint Padre Pio in Libis Quezon City and I feel the spirit as I enter the said church.
I got interested visiting their church in Sto. Tomas Batangas on my Birthday to send prayers also intended for my mother who’s very ill at the moment. She’s having stage 2A breast cancer and we are really concerned about her health. I am hoping that St. Padre Pio would be of help by sending our prayers Lord God.
We went out around 7 am to start our journey. We arrived to Batangas at around 11:30 am. Good thing, we were able to attend the scheduled mass of 12 noon.
We were looking around and we were so amazed by the holy place.
The interior of the church was extremely awesome as it’s like everything was made of bamboo.
We offered special intention for the 12 noon mass for my mother. Masses can be offered for special intentions. The donation for every intention was PhP 100. They were giving out receipt too.
On the other hand, if you would like to give any amount, there are envelopes in the area where you could write your wish/es and slip in donation to go with your petition.
After the mass, the priest requested everyone to approach in front of the altar with the items they wanted to be blessed. He said a short prayer and prayed over everyone before the blessing of the Holy Water.
Ricky and I were exploring the place.
There’s an area where you could light up your candles.
We bought candles with different colors. Each color had its own meaning.
Before you lit up your candle, you need to pray.
Here are some of the areas that we explored.
*Relic of the Holy Cross
*Stations of the Cross
*Holy water Sanctuary
*Saint Pio Fountain of Hope
Beside the Fountain of Hope, people could lock their prayers through handkerchief, rosary or padlock.
How to get to Saint Padre Pio in Santo Tomas Batangas:
Whether you’re traveling from Quezon City or Pasay, or anywhere from Metro Manila, the first thing you have to find is a bus going to Lucena City. There are many choices:
*JAM in Kamuning QC
*JAC in Taft, Pasay and Kamuning QC
*DLTB in Taft, Pasay and Kamuning QC
If you are coming from Cubao area or LRT-Gil Puyat station, board a bus heading to Lucena City, Quezon. Tell the conductor to stop the bus at the corner of Barangay San Pedro in Sto. Tomas Batangas where there is a small road going to the shrine of Padre Pio. At this corner, tricycles are available on the left side near the 7-Eleven Store. You just need to tell the bus driver and conductor to drop you off at Padre Pio Shrine.
If you have private cars coming from Manila, take the South Super Highway and proceed via SCTEX. Take the Lipa-Talisay exit and proceed turning right. You will be guided by road signs.
For more information about the National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio:
National Shrine of Padre Pio
Brgy. San Pedro,
Sto. Tomas Batangas
(043) 455 0984
(043) 701 0018