By Kristine Tibayan

Holy Week is coming near and if you still have no plans, try visiting The Marian Orchard. It is located in a secluded place in Brgy. Malabanan, Balete, Batangas. A Catholic theme park for friends and family bonding, prayers, with a retreat house(private), observation tower, Chapel, Rosary Garden, Koi Ponds, and many more.

Angel's fountain
Angel’s fountain

A nice view while resting after a long walk
A nice view while resting after a long walk


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It is the place a lot of people go to every Holy Week so you would be right if you expect that it’ll be hot, it is summer. The place has a lot to offer, therefore it’s quite expected that this place is full during Holy Week.

Entrance of the Garden
Entrance of the Garden

Exploring more of what the Orchard has
Exploring more of what the Orchard has

It is the place to visit if you want to enjoy the nature (just don’t forget to bring an umbrella or anything that will help lessen the heat).

The Chapel of Marian Orchard
The Chapel of Marian Orchard

To the light
To the light

As a nature lover, this place has given quite a relaxed feeling as I was there. Seeing trees everywhere. This place was able to calm me down. If you love nature then this place would be breathtaking for you plus the flowers here are just beautiful.

Going down... seeing more of the orchard.
Going down… seeing more of the orchard.

Inside the Chapel, a closer look
Inside the Chapel, a closer look

Note that there is an entrance fee of P20 and for the parking fee, P10. Retreats and overnight stay in Marian Orchard can be arranged for you. This place is just 20-30 minute drive from the San Senbastian Cathedral of Lipa City.

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