On Christmas Day 2012 we loaded up the van with family & friends and headed to Tagum City as a spur of the moment trip to go to the new Gaisano Mall. We wound up taking a quick side trip just off the highway to see the Rosary behind the Christ The King Cathedral - and although I had seen it listed online before - I had no idea how impressive it would be.
My honey & her cousin told me it was the largest Rosary in the Philippines - but they did not know if it was also the largest in the world. Of course I had to Google it - and found an article that explained:
"An 85.5-meter-long rosary, made of linked beads, lines a pathway going to the giant bronze statue of the Risen Christ."
"Tagumeños, as locals from the city are called, are hoping the Guinness Book of World Records would officially recognize it as the world’s largest prayer beads."
"We are hoping that it will soon be declared as the largest Roman Catholic rosary in the whole world," said Edwin B. Lasquite, the city information officer II."
The article goes on to list a rosary in Brazil and another in Egypt that are currently listed in the record book - but this one is actually much bigger then either of them.
The huge bronze statue of the Risen Christ towers above in a beautifully maintained garden setting that makes for a pleasant view as well as a perfect photo opportunity.
The Christ The King Cathedral is also an impressive site, showcasing a beautiful blend of modern and classic architecture. On the outside, it reminded me a bit of the story book style castles I had seen in Holland and in fairy tales. Inside the church, I was overwhelmed with the immense size of the temple and the high ceiling,
It is just a short distance off the main highway, and only a couple miles from the new mall, which makes it very easy to combine several activities into a quick trip just as we did.
Whether you are visiting Tagum City, just passing through, or looking for a destination or attractions to see on your next trip - this is definitely worth visiting.
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