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The Risen Christ at the Monasterio de Tarlac

A thirty-foot statue of the Risen Christ towered over the rolling landscape of the Province of Tarlac. We were at the hillside retreat of Monasterio de Tarlac for Tara Quin Tarlac, a familiarization tour spearheaded by Microtel Luisita to open the floodgates of tourism in the region.

A Monk at the Monasterio de Tarlac

A monk from the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastic Community approached us, welcoming us to the Mountain of Resurrection where the monastery is built on. We asked a few questions and he gamely answered, explaining the origins of their order and the monasterio itself.

The Chapel at the Monasterio de Tarlac

The Monasterio de Tarlac is not as old as the monasteries most people have in mind. In fact, its construction concluded only in the year 2000. Very, very recent, considering most monasteries are centuries old; well, at least those we see in Hollywood movies, them medieval ones complete with hooded monks and cobwebby halls.

Inside the Chapel at the Monasterio de Tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac’s claim to fame, besides the colossal statue of the Risen Christ, is the Relic of the True Cross which is enshrined inside the monastery chapel.

Remember Santa Cruzan? The story goes that when St. Helena dug under Calvary Hill in Jerusalem, he found three crosses. Unsure which one of the three was Jesus’, she asked a dying woman to touch all the crosses. The one that revived the woman was declared to be the True Cross.

The Chapel at the Monasterio de Tarlac

Through the years, that cross was passed through many hands until it was split up into smaller and smaller parts. In 2007, a splinter of that said cross was brought from Germany to the Philippines. It now resides at the white Baroque chapel of Monasterio de Tarlac.

The True Cross at the Monasterio de Tarlac (Photo from their Website)

The relic, which is purported to be miraculous, is housed in an ornate golden box under the church altar. The faithful are allowed to touch only the enclosed box after every mass. However, open veneration of the cross also occurs twice every year; during the 19th of January to commemorate its enshrinement and the 14th of September to celebrate the Servants of the Risen Christ anniversary.

The Monasterio de Tarlac

Besides that heavy religious stuff, the Monasterio de Tarlac is beautiful in itself. Elevated 300 meters above sea level, the air here is fresh and calming. Trees abound and the silence is a soothing change for frayed nerves; a perfect place to slow down and reflect.

The Monasterio de Tarlac

There are spots which looked a bit Disneyland-ish, but I guess it’s simply the Filipino kitsch that usually pervades most parks and open spaces. I honestly can do away with the castle-like parapets and turrets, but yeah, that’s just the snobbish me. I’m sure most Filipinos dig this kind of architecture.

View from the Monasterio de Tarlac

As the mass ended, a queue started to form for the veneration of the True Cross. While my companions lined up with the rest of the faithful, I took the time to revisit the monolith of the Risen Christ, now blazing white with the mid-afternoon sun. I stared at the landscape below, following the gaze of the Risen Christ, and heaved a sigh of contentment.
~ THANK YOU MICROTEL LUISITA AND TARLAC TOURISM BOARD FOR MAKING THIS TRIP POSSIBLE


Monasterio De Tarlac
Address: Mt. Resurrection Eco Park, Brgy. Lubigan,
              San Jose, Tarlac
Contact Number: (045) 493-3002 | (0916) 250-8414
Email: servantsoftherisenchrist@yahoo.com
Entrance Fee: PHP 50.00
Open Hours: Everyday 7:00AM to 6:00PM
Website: Click Here

GPS Coordinates: 15°26'11.3"N 120°25'51.9"E


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Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, April 8, 2014

28 comments:

  1. the guard at the entrance ask for the entrance fee of fifty pesos but according to this website entrance fee is free , i was there last 18 Jan 2016

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    1. Hi Pacman, during the time we went it was free. Maybe they now imposed a fee. Thank you for the info, will update my post :)

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  2. Its ok to pay entrance fee for the improvement of Monasterio

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    1. I agree Renz, and the entrance fee is not the expensive too :)

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  3. Is there any place to eat some foods like a picnic? What is the schedule of the mass on Sunday?

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    1. Hi Jonathan, there are places you can eat inside the complex, as for picnics, I'm not so sure though. :)

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  4. paano po pumunta jan from manila na naka bus lang? san bababa na malapit mismo sa monasterio de tarlac? meron ba masakyan na public bicycle going mismo sa monasterio? please need answer..

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    1. Hi Angel, I'm not sure if there are public transport going to the Monasterio de Tarlac. I will update this post if I find one.

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    2. Thanks Christian Sangoyo...nakarating na dn ako last june 19...

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  5. pano punta pag commute lang? is it possible? thanks po

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    1. Yes, kasi kmi nag commute lng dn from manila...sakay ka any bus bsta going tarlac siesta terminal, from terminal sakay ka tricycle going terminal ng jeep papuntang san jose. Dn sabihin u nlang sa jeep driver na ibaba ka sa me sakayan ng pa monasterio.. tricycle dnnun paakyat going monasterio need u lng kausapin un driver na pti pagbaba antayin kau kc wla kau masakyan pababa..nun kmi kinontrata nmin un driver na paakyat at pababa til bus terminal ng tarlac city kc wla na dn jeep going city..kung meron man cguro madalng lng kc nun kmi wala tlga kc 3pm na kmi nababa..magtanong lang kau kc nice nman un mga tao dun.. medyo mahal un tricycle pero worth it nman.. hopefully makatulong to sayo.. salamat☺

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    2. Hi Angel! Thank you for sharing those information, it would surely help a lot for those planning to commute to the Monasterio de Tarlac. :)

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    3. Hi angel.. Can u translate to english about the information that u stated above about the public transport going to the Monastrio de Tarlac. I'm sorry i can't understand because i'm not a philipines. Thank u so much...

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    4. Hi angel.. Can u translate to english about the information that u stated above about the public transport going to the Monastrio de Tarlac. I'm sorry i can't understand because i'm not a philipines. Thank u so much...

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  6. Thank you Christian, It almost 60 km or 1 1/2 hours travel from our place. I'm from Licab Nueva Ecija. We will visit the place maybe 2 week of July since we have a car now. Also SM Tarlac is near in Siesta Bus Terminal along Romulo Highway.

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    1. Hi Jonathan! Enjoy your trip to Monasterio de Tarlac! :)

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  7. makakaakyat kaya ang bus dun if i bring my pilgrims group? bus or coaster?
    dpo ba masyado matarik ang daan

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    1. Yes, I think a bus or a coaster can navigate the road with no problem :)

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  8. Hi, Me and my Friends would like to Visit and Attend mass there...?
    Can You help me out..?
    Thanks ������

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    1. Hello,

      You may view the mass schedule here:

      http://monasterio-de-tarlac.weebly.com/events.html

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  9. Hi, I would like to know the mass Schedules of the Monesterio..?

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    1. Hi Carla,

      You may view the mass schedule here:

      http://monasterio-de-tarlac.weebly.com/events.html

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  10. hello... I'm a teacher in Saint Columban's College.Hope u'll help and guide us for we will visit the monasterio this coming dec. 2,2016 .We will be there around 10-11 a.m We have 160 students.God bless... Can't wait to be there. Salamat po

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    1. Hi teacher! Unfortunately, I'm not from the monastery, maybe you can request a guide once you get there. :)

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    2. Hi Teacher, you may contact them for your guidance. Hope this will help.

      Email Address: fr.archie_cortez_src@yahoo.com * servantsoftherisenchrist@yahoo.com
      Mailing address: Servants of the Risen Christ P.O. Box#21, Tarlac City 2300
      Telephone: (045) 493-3002 * 0916-250-8414 (mobile)

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  11. When will be the public veneration of the cross this coming year?

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