The Silence of Monasterio de Tarlac
Set on the summit of Mt. Resurrection in Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac, this monastery is home to the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastic Community. It enshrines the relic of the True Cross of Jesus, believed to be the only fragment of the cross left in Asia. From the lowlands of Lubigan, the 30-foot statue of The Risen Christ stands imposing in this 278-hectare Eco-Tourism Park.
The Monasterio de Tarlac is constructed with so much intricacy in building design. It is filled with trees, bushes and flowers. But its excesses are subdued by the deafening silence. This is haven for those who wish to get spiritual reflections, rejuvenating a weary soul from the harried world and just be in commune with nature. Despite the vast open space, it weaves an indescribable feeling of closeness with nature and God.
- There is no public transport going up to the monastery. It is expected that you bring your own vehicle.
- You may hire a tricycle from the main highway in San Jose but it can be very costly.
- Don’t complain of the very far location because it is really meant to be that way (monasteries are constructed far away from the noise of the city).
- There is a store that sells refreshments but it closes early.
- The best time to visit the Monastery is early morning and in the mid-afternoon.
- No fees are collected in the Monastery.
- Contemplative monks live there so always follow the rule of absolute silence.
- Clean as you go, as always.
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