TRAVEL | Kamay ni Hesus
I can’t dream of anything better than this wonderful heavenly place. It’s just so complete, a place where family can hangout, enjoy, as well as receive the blessings of God. Kamay ni Hesus is located somewhere between the city of Tayabas and the town of Lucban in Quezon province. Kamay ni Hesus is part of Lucban’s tourist spots, including its own rendition of Quezon’s San Isidro Festival, the Pahiyas Festival, which takes place every May 15th of the year.
My girlfriend and I decided to eat Quezon’s very own merienda, Pancit Habhab, in a cousine nearby, inside the shrine. We were so captivated by the place, its atmosphere, despite the hotness of the weather and lots of people around since its sunday.
After stocking some food in our stomach, we wandered around the park and took some pictures. The one below is the Noah’s Ark which is built just 2 years ago.
The park of the shrine is located at the back of the altar of the church of the shrine. There, families can go picnicking or just take pictures with the animal statues around, take a look:
No wonder, you’ll drain a lot of your energy, like I do. So feel free to take some rest. I even changed my tops to match the hot weather. And make sure to bring lots of water.
I’ve been to this place a lot of times. The highlight of the place, aside from the park-like feel, are its 292-steps shrine (as you can see in the pictures) located in the feet of Mt. Banahaw. This 292-steps stairs were first introduced to the public around 2005. My first visit is on 2008 and since then, I enjoy every steps I made with it.
On the top of the shrine, there, lies the 50-foot statue of Jesus Christ, which is another highlight of the place. Once you get to the top, people start to rest from their journey and some others take their prayers into the statue. The statue is said to be the 3rd biggest in the whole world.
While on your journey to the top of the shrine, you will encounter the 14 stations of the shrine, where people undergo the Station of the Cross Holy Ritual. Also, its the chance for people to take some rest and take pictures after some steps of their journey.
While on your way, aside from the beautiful statues of the stations, you will the wonderful landscape of the place, as well as the town of Lucban far away.
Once you get to the top, as I’ve said earlier, you’ll see more about Lucban, as well as the foot of the Jesus Christ statue.
Below the shrine, aside from the park, lies the Church of the Shrine which people attend for masses. The good thing about the place is that, the budget used to make this place were donations of several rich and wealthy people from around the country. Names of the donators were engraved in the floor outside of the church.
Indeed, it’s a good place to go to when you’re looking for real adventures. Kamay ni Hesus is surely one of the best hotspots in the country, as well as the whole world. Mabuhay Lucban!
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