Padre Pio Shrine

Pan-Philippine Highway, Santo Tomas, Batangas

Padre Pio Shrine
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Aileen L.
5.0 Stars

Padre Pio Feast Day was every 23rd of September and glad we made it that evening so we can give thanks and same time went there with my family to pray for our daughter who will be taking her ACET Exam the following day.

Just to give you a background and history of Padre Pio, according to their official website, Who is Padre Pio first? Francesco Forgione – or more widely known as St. Pioto the world – was born on May 25, 1887 in the province of Benevento in Pietrelcina, a farming town in the Southern Italian region of Campania, as the fourth of seven children to Grazio Mario Forgione (1860-1946) and Maria Guiseppa De Nunzio (1859-1929). He was baptized the day after he was born in the Sant’ Anna Church in Pietrelcina by Father Nicolantonio Orlando, and was named Francesco because of his mother’s devotion to St. Francis of Assisi. He was privately tutored until his entry into the Capuchin Friars Minor at the age of 15. With feeble. On September 20, 1918, the five wounds of our Lord’s Passion appeared on his body, making him the first stigmatized priest in the history of the Church. Crowds began to pour into the Capuchin monastery to hear Mass from St. Pio and for him to hear their confession. The Supreme Congregation of the Holy Office imposed restrictions on St. Pio and ordered his removal from the monastery of San Giovanni Rotondo. However, the order was suspended when it provoked great reaction among the citizens of the town, who rose up to prevent St. Pio from being taken from them. St. Pio, on the other hand, continued his life of prayer and intense fulfillment of his apostolic ministry, through confession and perfect obedience to his superiors and the ecclesiastical hierarchy. Worn out by over half a century of intense suffering and constant apostolic activity, his health grew worse. On September 23, 1968 shortly after making the sacrament of confession, renewing of religious vows and receiving the sacrament of extreme unction to Padre Pellegrino, St. Pio died in holiness with the names of “Jesus, Mary” on his lips.The Diocesan process for St. Pio’s canonization began on March 20, 1983 and was closed on January 21, 1990. Padre Pio was beatified by Pope John Paul II on May 2, 1999, after the miraculous healing of Mrs. Consiglia De Martino of Salerno, Italy, the needed miracle for the beatification, was approved by the Congregation for the Cause of Saints. On December 18, 2000, the miraculous healing of 7-year old Matteo Collela of San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, the needed miracle for canonization, was approved by the Congregation for the Cause of Saints. Blessed Padre Pio was declared a saint by Pope John Paul II on June 16, 2002.

The St. Pio Chapel started off as a small room in one of the office buildings that housed a golf pro shop. With the continuous promotion of devotion to St. Pio, more and more people visited the make-shift chapel, and we had to move it to a larger place. From having a chapel in a small office space with an office desk for an altar, the chapel is now large enough to fit around 500 church-goers at one time.The chapel’s façade was inspired by the structure of the Church of Our Lady of Grace in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. Its design represents the desire to bring St. Pio closer to the hearts, minds and souls of his spiritual children, by providing them with a roof that bears a resemblance to the church wherein St. Pio once celebrated mass, heard confessions and blessed the people.An Italian Capuchin priest once visited the chapel and exclaimed, “Huh? I’m back in San Giovanni Rotondo!” the moment he saw the St. Pio Chapel. This is the kind of remark we are expecting from one who visits the chapel for the first time --- that he would feel as if he were in Our Lady of Grace, the church where St. Pio stayed at in Italy.

During the construction, there have been numerous renovations before we were able to create the appearance of the original church, because the only basis we had were pictures taken from magazines or given by pilgrims. Creating the perfect ambiance was a priority because we were ever mindful of St. Pio’s reminder to “not embarrass him in any way.” Being a devotee of St. Pio comes with the responsibility to never put him in a bad light --- and this became one of our inspirations while building the St. Pio Chapel.The chapel is constantly undergoing improvements and the interior of the chapel as you currently see it is a dynamic picture of what is best at the moment or at present. In fact, a few devotees who regularly visit the chapel often comment that the chapel is never the same whenever they return. The changes don’t apply only to the interior structure, but even to the little details such as the altar vessels and linens, the candle stands, the arrangement of the pictures on the walls, and even the priests’ vestment --- just to name a few. The renovations in the St. Pio chapel will never end for as long as there are still ways to make it more beautiful than it already is.

The Chapel Rooms
The Calandra Room is named after the late Mrs. Vera Calandra who helped establish The Centre and its prayer group. The room is the small area enclosed with sliding glass doors, located at the end of the left annex of the chapel (facing the altar). This room was constructed especially for families with small children and babies, and is made to be almost soundproof to avoid distraction of the church-goers who seek silence and solemnity in the chapel. The built-in speakers in the Calandra room allows adults seated in the area to still hear the homily of the priest, and the sliding glass doors permit them to receive Holy Communion in the main chapel.

The Bishop Jesus Sison Memorial Hall can be accessed by taking the stairs located within the Calandra Room. This room serves as the audio-visual area wherein presentation and videos regarding St. Pio are regularly shown. This hall is named after the man who introduced the Capuchins to the Philippine Centre and donated the first relic glove of St. Pio.

The Rev. Fr. Alessio Parente Patio is the outdoor area behind the chapel, which houses the statue of St. Pio, as well as the candle-lighting stands wherein you can offer your prayers to St. Pio. The life-size Statue of St. Pio was replicated from a photo taken soon after he received the visible stigmata, and the wounds on both hands are emphasized in its intricate design. Also erected here is the statue of the crucified scourged Jesus Christ.

The gift shop provides devotees a variety of St. Pio items such as novenas, rosaries, medallions, statues, reading materials, and other religious items sold at reasonable prices. The novenas available are translated into Filipino and the different local dialects, as well as Mandarin and Spanish. The Garden Angel Aviary is a small outdoor area located right outside the right annex of the main chapel (right side if facing the altar), and houses a collection of Guardian Angel figurines and live birds.

There were many flowers offered to Padre Pio on his feast day. Believers and his followers were there to commemorate his feast day and offered prayers for their loved ones just like us. Many prayers have been answered through the intercession of St. Po of Pietrelcina and that’s why we are a follower of Padre Pio and many shared their personal stories on how Padre Pio helped them miraculously and had changed their lives.

Here is the address and schedule of Mass at Padre Pio Chapel:
St. Pio of Pietrelcina Chapel (of the Philippine Centre for St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Inc.)
RER Compound, 188 E. Rodriguez, Jr. Avenue (C-5), Bagumbayan,
Quezon City, Metro Manila 1110 Philippines
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
4:30 pmRosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pmHoly Mass followed by anointing of holy oil & veneration of the St. Pio’s relics
Wednesday
4:15 pmRosary and Novenas to Our Lady of Perpetual Help and St. Pio.
5:30 pmHoly Mass followed by anointing of holy oil & veneration of the St. Pio’s relics
Saturday
(Anticipated Sunday Mass)
4:30 pmRosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pmHoly Mass followed by anointing of holy oil & veneration of the St. Pio’s relics
Sunday
10:00 amHoly Mass followed by veneration of the St. Pio’s relics
12:15 pmHoly Mass followed anointing of holy oil
5:00 pm HolyMass followed by veneration of the St. Pio’s relics
7:00 pmMass followed by followed anointing of holy oil
Every 23rd of the month
12:15 pm HolyMass followed by veneration of the St. Pio’s relics
4:30pmRosary and St. Pio Novena
5:30 pm HolyMass followed by veneration of the St. Pio’s relics
* The St. Pio Chapel is open daily from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm

* Please don't forget to observe proper dress code when visiting.

Padre Pio pray for us 128591

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Chili G.
2.0 Stars
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Just came from the padre pio shrine and it was disappointing to say the least 128542 we would go there about 2 or 3 years ago and it and it was such an escape from the city. It's a place where you can be away, be quiet with your thoughts and offer your intentions. Now it has become a literal marketplace - may tiangge, vendors, cameramen, food, toys etc. People have made it a pasyalan. I understand Filipino family values of being together but that's not the place. The solemnity is totally gone 128532 I even had to ask somebody to move cos I couldn't read the prayer kse nag se selfie sya 128530
Sayang, sayang talaga. Naging moneymaking na and whoever man yung priest shame on you for allowing all those stalls and structures to be built right around the church.

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Aldwin D.
4.0 Stars
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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.
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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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