Kamay ni Hesus in Quezon – A Guide for Visitors
Re-evaluate your relationship with God at this shrine in Lucban, Quezon.
By Rheinalee Casupanan
March 30, 2017
Kamay ni Hesus—A Miraculous Shrine
The Kamay ni Hesus Shrine at Lucban in Quezon is a sought-after pilgrimage destination known for its miraculous healing masses and the steep hill that leads to a majestic Risen Christ statue. Given the Philippines’ rich Catholic culture, it is no surprise that thousands of devotees flock here, especially every Holy Week to repent, reflect, and give thanks.
If you are planning to have a blissful out-of-town escapade, consider driving down south to this holy and peaceful sanctuary.
How to Get There
If you are coming from Manila, you have to prepare yourself for a long drive to get to Kamay ni Hesus Shrine. Multiple routes are available for you choose from but it still might take almost half of your day before you reach this destination. No matter how tiring that sounds, don’t be discouraged because the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine is really worth the long drive. Here are some of the easiest route options you can take:
On Private Car (via South Luzon Expressway)
The easiest way to go to Kamay ni Hesus Shrine by car is to take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and exit at Calamba. Before you reach the town of Lucban, you will have to pass through the numerous towns in Laguna including Los Baños, Bay, Victoria, Pila, Sta. Cruz, Pagsanjan, Cavinti, and Luisiana. The Shrine is one kilometer away from Lucban town proper.
On Public Transportation (via Manila-Sta. Cruz-Lucban)
There are bus terminals located in Cubao or Buendia-Taft Avenue that offers daily trips to Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Prepare around PHP 120.00 for the fare and a great amount of patience for approximately three hours of travel time. Alight at Sta. Cruz and take a jeep bound for Lucban. Kamay ni Hesus Shrine is about 15 to 20 minutes away from the town proper by tricycle.
On Public Transportation (via Manila-Calamba-Lucban)
With the same Sta. Cruz-bound bus, get off at SM Calamba and look for the passenger van terminal where you’ll find PUVs headed to Lucban. From there, take a tricycle to Kamay ni Hesus Shrine. Estimated travel time from Calamba is about two to three hours.
What To Do
As much as it is a sacred place, one can say that there is a solemn balance between leisure and devotion at Kamay ni Hesus Shrine. Admission is free and their doors are always open for people who want to experience peace and solitude. Here are some of the things you can do at this five-hectare pilgrimage site:
Attend the healing mass
Filipinos from all parts of the country go to Kamay ni Hesus Shrine to attend the healing mass presided by Rev. Fr. Joey Faller. His vision to establish a healing center sprouted from a personal tragedy he had, which, instead of disheartening him, encouraged him to treat people who are sick and spiritually weak. Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church regularly holds healing masses every Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9:30 AM.
Walk uphill and pray at the Stations of the Cross
There are over 300 steps on the way to the peak of the hill and you can reflect on the sacrifice of Jesus Christ along the way. During the Lenten Season, a lot of devotees follow the trail of life-size sculptures of the 14 Stations of the Cross in hopes that their prayers will be granted. The journey to the top of the hill, however challenging, is also inspiring whenever you look up and see the 50-foot Risen Christ statue—his hands spread out, seemingly encouraging you to go on until you reach the top.
Go on a retreat at Noah’s Ark & Pastoral Center
Every Catholic knows the story of Noah’s Ark. This part of the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine is specifically constructed to be a place of prayer and meditation for people who wish to reconnect with their faith.
Learn about the Bible
Life-size replicas of Biblical scenarios and characters are positioned at various parts of the area. Being there feels like visiting a huge outdoor museum. Look forward to seeing Lulukan ni Maria, Garden of Eden, Gallery of Saints, The Angels Hill, and The Marian Park. Both adults and children will absolutely enjoy wandering around the spiritual haven, taking pictures in between, and educating oneself about the Holy Bible.
What to Buy
There is an area within the five-hectare shrine where you can buy various souvenirs for keeps. Like any other out-of-town trip, your visit won’t be complete if you miss these pasalubong items:
There is a Religious Store beside the Kamay ni Hesus Healing Church where you can buy key chains, rosaries, healing oil, books, and figurines of various sizes. Prices of rosaries, necklaces, and bracelets starts at PHP 25.00, and figurines can be bought for as low as PHP 50.00.
Lucban’s signature dish will complete your Quezon Province visit and you sure can find it within the vicinity of Kamay ni Hesus Shrine. Pancit Habhab is usually served on a piece of banana leaf and is meant to be eaten without the use of any utensils. Each serving is only worth PHP 10.00.
You can also find a store within the area which offers the aromatic and garlicky Lucban longganisa. Its price ranges from PHP 75.00 to PHP 150.00 per kilo.
Other goodies, pastries, and delicacies
A few steps from the foot of the hill shrine are stores where you can buy local specialties that Lucban is known for. For only P35 per piece, you can buy broas biscuits, pinagong, and otap for your family and friends.
Meditating and renewing yourself spiritually offers a great way not only to nurture your soul but to spend your vacation time as well. You might have forgotten to reflect amidst the tiring city life, so make sure to reconnect with your faith when you get the chance—and there’s no better place for it than the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Lucban, Quezon.
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