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“Healing Place”

Sacred Relic of The True Cross
Tarlac
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9 reviews
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“Healing Place”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

This is our second time to visit Monasterio De Tarlac. And still, we love it. We attended the 10:30am Sunday mass and we really felt the healing and solemnity of the place. You would not feel bored or sleepy with the two-hour mass. I really loved the part where people would form a line to offer their envelopes with prayer intentions written and the priest would pray over us. Right after the mass, they would allow visitors to have a quick experience of going near the sacred relic of the Holy Cross. The view was still amaaaaaaaaazzzzziiiing because you were standing on top of Mt Ressurrecion. Restrooms were very clean --- well maintained. Be sure your car is in good condition as well as your driver before going up the Monasterio.

Visited May 2013
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Mabalacat, Philippines
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“Comments from a non-Catolic”
Reviewed April 14, 2013

My family and i visited this place which was more known as Monasteryo de Tarlac without any idea what it actually was.

From what we have heard then, it has a breathtaking view from the top. Little did we know, despite the name, that it was indeed a Monasteryo.

Being non-Catolics, of course we were more interested in the view and the grounds, no offense meant by that. We respect Catholics, and all other religions for that matter.

Anyways... Going there was difficult especially for first-timers who were not sure which way to go. It was like going to Baguio, what with all the steep zigzag roads. But the view up there was worth it. It was a very quiet place that was good for relaxation, meditation and just having quiet conversations with your loved ones and friends. They were not very strict on food being brought, but of course one should know better than to bring alcoholic beverages. Duh?!

We enjoyed a good two hours there and did not want to haste going back downtown, if not for the poorly lit roads. It would be advisable to go there at daytime and go back down before the sun sets...

Visited May 2012
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Luzon, Philippines
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“you'll never know it's there”
Reviewed March 2, 2013

I wouldn't have known that it exists if I weren't from Tarlac. It is a steep climb and you would see it's really atop a mountain. your car should be in good condition when you go there. jeepneys even put rock or kalso while going up. once up there, you'll say that it's definitely worth it. aside from the Holy Relic being there, the scenery was just so wonderful. there are also other activities after attending the mass. you can either go up to have picnic at the grove or go down to swim in the river in Lubigan or do sport activities at Tarlac Recreational Park.

Visited November 2012
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Manila, Philippines
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“Monasterio de Tarlac”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

My daughter told me about this place. Coming from Manila, take the NLEX and SCTEX. Exit at the last toll. We left Alabang (on a Sunday there's less traffic) at 8.10 a.m. and got to Gerona at 10.40 a.m. About an hour's drive away from Gerona, Tarlac (where we had lunch in Isdaan.) The monastery is nestled high up in Mt. Resureccion. The road up the mountain is rather good . There are signages but we asked around while going from Gerona to San Jose, Tarlac.
The place is so serene. And you'd be amazed finding a place like this high up the mountains. You can have a good view of the mountains surrounding the area.There's a very small chapel where the priest talked about the origins of the monastery.
The restrooms are clean and well maintained. There were souvenir items but they werent as good as the ones found in the Manaoag shrine. A make-shift diner for pilgrims who want quick refreshments, but nothing really fancy.
On our way back to Manila, we had the misfortune of taking the alternate route, thanks to that green signage that looked really "official"... Unfortunately, the alternate route was really more of a series of dirt roads and unfinished concrete roads which took us to Capas, Tarlac. It felt like an eternity of dirt roads amidst empty farmlands that stretched like eternity. Ones we hit Capas, it was a smooth drive passing thru small towns that led to Mabalacat, though. I think once the roads there are done, it will provide a good bypass road for a faster travel to the Monasterio.
Might be back for the Holy Week.

Visited February 2013
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Tarlac
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“Top of the World”
Reviewed January 8, 2013

It was indeed a memorable experience to visit Monasterio de Tarlac. We enjoyed the view going up to Mt. Resurrection. Just make sure that your car is in good condition before going there. Nothing to worry if it's your first time, signages are everywhere to guide you to Monasterio. We went there on a Sunday and we were able to catch the 10:30am mass. The celebration was very solemn---really a place to meditate. After the mass, church-goers could take pictures all over the place. It was like you're on top of the world since you could see mountains, ricefields, roads, etc. Souveniers were also available but the most unique experience was to actually visit the place where the true sacred relic of the cross was preserved.

Visited December 2012
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