Padre Pio Shrine

Pan-Philippine Highway, Santo Tomas, Batangas

Padre Pio Shrine
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Aldwin D.
4.0 Stars
4

A very nice pilgrim site. Still developing the area. Lots of parking, ignore the pay parking area (free parking inside)

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Amabel Kay L.
4.0 Stars

I liked it.

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Yina M.
4.0 Stars

It will be my first time to review a church. We drove all the way here to pray for my lolo. It would be my second time visiting the church and this week was Padre Pio's feast "week". Unlike other churches, this is more like a chapel and a very conservative one at that. They require you to dress appropriately and are ready with shawls for those who need the extra coverage. They have a systematic way of giving communion and also prioritize those who are in wheelchairs.

We arrived pretty early in our dictionary for the 10:00 am mass but it was already full. Since i was looking for the restroom, it allowed me to explore the courtyard and go to the different parts you could pray and meditate. There are so many signs that remind you to keep silent and despite the number of people inside, walking around, the noise level is kept to a minimum. I continued to walk in and out of the rooms that allowed for love offerings. You donate a certain sum and get to light a candle/s for your intentions. If you don't have a prayer in mind, there are prayers pasted on the wall for you to consider. There's one room that's not lit and is dependent on the lit candles. I went in and it was pretty dark, felt eerie but I would have imagined it would look very nice and charged if all those candles were lit.

The center of the courtyard hosts a square where children can feed the pigeons, doves and other form of aviary brave enough to mingle with humans. Again, there are signs that warn the accompanying adults of the children to not chase, shoo and kick the birds. The courtyard has a pretty big bird bath, too. There are two flagpoles and two big tents that allow more churchgoers to attend mass. They are lined with benches that are quite narrow. It can be uncomfortable but i didn't feel that way as i was only seated for an hour more or less. Huge screens also show the altar and the priest, the sound system is not very clear outside. We settled here since the chapel was full. My brother was bothered by the whiny kid seated beside him - to think he's the one with kids!!!! Ok, so his girls aren't unruly kasi.

My favorite portion is passing under the alcove of strewn rosaries. What's funny is that my mom goes here all the time and has never seen this. She was surprised and found this pretty, too. That sorta baffled me. Her reason? Mainit kasi.

There is ample parking but once mass starts, it'll be full.

There are many devotees of Padre Pio so i would assume that this place is always full. It's hard to come by and meditate I think. But i do appreciate how solemn the mass is that you can concentrate on what the priest says. Today it was Kindness, Mercy and Compassion. Simple keywords to take with you.

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Marti M.
5.0 Stars

We visited Padre Pio's shrine in anticipation of his feast day on Sept 23 and there are already a lot of preparations at this time considering the solemn declaration of the National Shrine of Padre Pio which was held yesterday, Sept 14.

It's been only a month or two since we last visited the Shrine but so many developments can be seen. The parking area has been expanded. With this year's celebration, mass goers can occupy tents just outside the main "salakot" church.

If you intend to visit the Shrine on Sept 23, I suggest you come as early as possible. Best to plan your trip to arrive at the Shrine by 6am. From our experience, the entire Pan-Philippine Highway stretching from Sto Tomas to San Pablo City becomes very congested already at around 7:30am. At this time, devotees would already walk from the highway to the Shrine.

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Daylight M.
5.0 Stars

today, sept 14 is the solemn declaration of the national shrine of padre pio in batangas. me and mom went there amidst the distance and heat. we felt blessed and the 'high' feeling is unexplainable. thank you for the blessings :)

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Abby M.
4.0 Stars

Healing. I loved the bamboo trusses and the open facade. So fresh!

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Paul G.
5.0 Stars

2015 Semana Santa/Visita Iglesia/Via Crusis at St. Padre Pio Shrine at Sto. Tomas, Batangas.
Every Thursday, we usually visit churches in Manila/Makati area only. This year we decided to go here instead.
We got stuck in traffic mainly due to the sheer volume of pilgrims on their way there too. Decided to park a few meters away from the shrine and just walked.
The shrine was built of wood, bamboo and stone with a roof shaped like a giant "salakot". A 4-story Belfry tower houses three bells imported from Holland.
There is also an Adoration Chapel where the blessed sacrament is displayed128591 and underneath it is the Chapel of the Saints and Baptistry where different saints are displayed.
Statues of saints surround the church.
Stations of the cross are located around the shrine.
We heard mass at 430pm which lasted 2 hours.
Pray hope and don't worry!

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Aileen L.
4.0 Stars

Went to Padre Pio chapel last Thursday with hubby. This is one of my favorite chapel because I find this place peaceful and some said its miraculous.

I was surprised that many things changes like the parking parang asa mall kana, then I saw beside the chapel there was custaroonery too. Then I was wearing skirt glad they have malong so I can still go inside. They are really strict with the dress code. People there were disciplined in terms of their turn just to get close with St. Padre Pio.

When we left we paid parking around 30 to 40 pesos parang asa mall kami which we stayed there 30 mins lang naman

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Chili G.
4.0 Stars

It's our second time at the padre pio shrine, the first time was before our trip and we went back last Sunday to give thanks for a year of recovery for me.
When we went the first time, it was around 2PM so there was no one around, you can freely explore the shrine and other places. Last Sunday, we arrived just as the 5PM mass was ending. Glad we got to catch the benediction.
Nice to go at night too cos of the lights and we enjoyed the cool country breeze. However, they close early, they started switching of the lights before 6 and it was our cue to go.
Good place to enjoy nature and God's presence at the same time.

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Chili G.
4.0 Stars

After being sick and cooped up for a few days, my husband and I decided to take a short drive to sto. Tomas batangas to see the padre Pio shrine and to give thanks as well.
One of padre pio's sayings is 'Pray. Hope. Don't worry!' And I think this is kinda perfect is most situations. Since it was a Sunday, we were there in about 45mins (from alabang). The land around the main church is still undeveloped so it's a bit muddy.
We went inside the main church which was a circular, open structure with a lot of native touches. The whole roof is made out of 'pawid' and they also used natural wood and capiz windows in the altar.
We visited the store where I bought a small statute for my mom and some votive candles to offer.
There's also a belfry which you can enter for 20 pesos and you'll be able to see the life history of padre pio.
I really liked the fresh air and open atmosphere. However, i disliked the number of people using their mobile phone around the area, I find it disrespectful. Also, a lot of (young) couples make it a ligawa place. Ugh.
Bonus tip - it's near the PEPSI co plant where they sell 1L bottles for only 30bucks hehe 128513

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Jannia Noelle M.
4.0 Stars

When we visited this place construction is ongoing. They're probably preparing for the coming holy week. There are areas that are closed like the upper portions of the tower-like structure. But the lower portion specifically where the drinking jars are located is open. The 14 stations of the cross in statue can be seen at the perimeter of the compound.

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