26 Mar Celebrate The Holy Week and Visit El Salvador’s Divine Mercy Shrine
Holy Week in the Philippines or “Mahal na Araw” is a significant religious observance for our Roman Catholic majority and protestant groups.
It starts on Palm Sunday and continues through Easter Sunday which is celebrated differently among various families.
Some of us Filipinos plan a vacation with friends and loves ones, others stay at home to accommodate guests from the church, while many of our kababayan’s execute their acts of “penitensya” as a proof of faith, devotion and a path for redemption.
We may not be similar in our methods for celebrating this yearly occasion but each of us should give time to visit sacred locations meant for times like this. One of that is the famous Divine Mercy Shrine of El Salvador City.
The Divine Mercy Shrine is a Catholic monument in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, Philippines which features a 15.24-meter statue of Jesus as the center of Divine Mercy Hills.
The nine-hectare land for the Shrine was purchased for a nominal amount and structures in the compound were constructed with the help of donations. The shrine was completed in 2008 and serves as a pilgrimage site for Divine Mercy devotees.
How to get there?
1. If you have a vehicle, it will take about 30-40 minutes in order to reach El Salvador via the Butuan- Cagayan de Oro- Iligan Road. If not, you can commute with a bus or jeepney from the Bulua Terminal.
2. After reaching El Salvador City, you need to travel almost 2 kilometers from the National Highway in order to reach the Divine Mercy Shrine with the help of a habal-habal or tricycle which will cost you P10-20.00.
3. There is no ENTRANCE FEE, you can, however, give money through their donation boxes.
4. Wear a proper attire. (see picture below)
Check out Doodzkie Calderon‘s photos below higala!:
Have a Blessed Holy Week mga higala!