Our family, Sison Squad, did not waste a bit of time when we heard about the new 50-feet image of "Padre Pio", Mountain of Healing. It is located in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan (30-45 minutes from our residential place).
September 23 was a feast day for Saint Padre Pio.
I have read reviews about it and did not realize how sky-high it is. But of course, we brought drinking water, some electrolyte drinks, and snacks in case we may need it.
You may find the whole view through this link:
Video Credit @Coach A.
There is a chapel (a small building to worship) which has regular masses of 3 PM every Sunday and at 9 AM every 23rd of the month.
Padre Pio, also known as Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, O.F.M. Cap., was a friar, priest, stigmatist, and mystic, now venerated as a saint in the Catholic Church. Born Francesco Forgione, he was given the name of Pius when he joined the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin. He was an Italian priest and saint of the Roman Catholic Church
Who would have thought we were able to arrive there, safely?
It looks to be a secluded place as there are a lot of trees, the road is small even if it is smooth and the transportation would be hard for you if you do not have a service or own vehicle. Yet, mosquitoes are everywhere that might bite any part of our skin. It could also be harmful as we have kids with us.
And, look at this parking lot they have in there...
I almost yelled when my husband pulled over the car to park.
Look at the picture below:
There were no hazard signs or any reflectorized fence to warn the tourists or devotees.
Here are some reminders before reaching the top of the mountain:
Here's the chapel there.
Then, we started walking... (it's really high)
Honestly, in the middle of it, I was thinking if I can still make it. But, I had this mindset of "NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD" to a willing heart.
At this moment, my legs were shaking. I could not look around as I felt to be falling.
'Til, we made it!
We lit candles for prayer intentions. We were so blessed for another accomplishment.
Saint Padre Pio is revered as a man of charity and piety. Also known as the patron saint of civil defense volunteers, adolescents, and stress-relief, Saint Padre Pio's life and works have inspired several devotees in the Roman Catholic Chruch from all over the world.
(If you do not have a candle, don't worry because there are young ones who sell candles up there).
Always be faithful regardless of the religion we have. Be grateful.
There is an easy way beside the stairs provided exclusively for senior citizens, sicked and persons with disabilities (PWDs).