How to get to the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio
Santo Tomas, Batangas, Philippines — The National Shrine and Parish of Saint Padre Pio or popularly known to many devoted Catholics as Padre Pio Shrine is one of the most popular pilgrimage site in Batangas, or better yet, in the region of CALABARZON. After the saint’s canonization in June 2002, Padre Pio’s devotees have grown in number and have visited this shrine for praying, healing, miracles, and peace of mind.
It is located at Brgy. San Pedro in Santo Tomas, Batangas, and is known to house the huge replica of the Glorious Cross derived from the design used for the Archdiocese of Lipa during the Jubilee Year 2000.
A part of the mass includes kissing of Padre Pio’s Relic, which is said to bring miracles and healing to illnesses.
HOW TO GO THERE
If you’re traveling by bus from Manila, go from either Buendia or Cubao terminal and ride a bus bound for Lucena. Alight at Barangay San Pedro in Santo Tomas, Batangas. If you’re not familiar with the landmarks, feel free to ask the conductor, and asked them where the nearest tricycle going to Padre Pio Shrine.
WHAT’S INSIDE THE PADRE PIO NATIONAL SHRINE
Saint Padre Pio is known to be the man of charity and piety. He is also a patron saint of civil defense volunteers, adolescents, and stress-relief. The church is designed with eco-friendly materials such as stone, wood, and bamboo to fit our tropical climate. It is also unique because of its salakot shaped roof which was conceptualized by Rev. Fr. Jojo Gonda. The salakot design which symbolizes the protection of farmers and fishermen from the heat also serves as a reminder of God’s protection against harm and evil.
You can also see that the cross at the crucifix and the altar table are made of driftwood to be consistent at the design of the main church.
Another building beside it is the Divine Mercy Sanctuary for Pilgrims where the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy held last January 2017.
PADRE PIO SHRINE MASS SCHEDULE
WHAT TO DO
Admire its architectural grandeur.
As mentioned above, the inspiration behind the church’s design is Rev. Fr. Jojo Gonda starting from salakot-shaped roof and its gazebo type of architecture which makes everyone welcome to listen to the mass, without any doors separating.
Attend the healing mass.
Most of the Catholics visit the shrine to offer some prayers and ask for healing. After which, you can light a candle (depending on the color you like representing various situations) which can be bought at the store.
Take a detour.
What’s exciting about the shrine’s location is its close proximity to Los Banos, Calamba, Mount Makiling, San Pablo, and Tagaytay. There are a wide array of restaurants to check out in Tagaytay, matched with the amazing view of the Taal Volcano as well as outdoor excursions you can do surrounding this area.
WHERE TO EAT
Here are nearby restaurants to check out after visiting Padre Pio Shrine in Batangas.
Address: Maharlika Highway | Ground Level, The LifeStyle Strip, Santo Tomas
A lot of frequent guests describe this restaurant as home to the best dishes in Batangas. Some of the best dishes to try include baby back ribs, crispy pata, and many more Filipino dishes! But not just that! The restaurant also serves quality all-American classics such as the Allegra’s Cheese Burger and pasta. Make sure to also try their Crispy Pork Sisig!
Address: Macarthur Highway, Santo Tomas
Indulge on great seafood and grilled dishes here at Finnside Ningnangan. This place has a great ambiance and lots of nipa cottages for big families. Must-tries include BBQ, grilled fish for seniors also chicharon bulaklak, crispy pata, There are lots of parking spaces in the area so no worrying with parking.
Rose and Grace Restaurant
Address: Maharlika Highway, Batangas, Santo Tomas
Most devotees head over at Rose and Grace Restaurant to indulge on Filipino cuisine. Bestsellers include bulalo, grilled liempo, lechon, shrimp tempura, paksiw, crispy tilapia, tulingan, lumpiang shanghai, and more. It has a relaxing ambiance, friendly staff, and dishes with a friendly price.
WHERE TO STAY
If you came from afar and wanted to roam around Sto. Tomas. You can choose from these different accommodations, depending on your budget. Read along!
Plumeria Hotel Batangas
Address: Km. 60, Maharlika Highway, Barangay San Miguel, Batangas, 4234 Santo Tomas
This 2-star hotel is just a 15-minute drive away from the shine and offers a comfortable stay to their guests, as their rooms are complete with a private bathroom, equipped with a shower and a hairdryer, a flat-screen TV, a seating area, and comfy bed. They also offer continental and à la carte breakfast.
ZEN Rooms Hacienda Darasa
Address: 791 Pres, President Jose P. Laurel Hwy, Tanauan
This 1-star hotel property offers the utmost comfort to their visitors via their 24-hour front desk and luggage storage space, and their rooms complete with a closet, desk, a large bed, and a television. All rooms are also airconditioned so expect a comfortable stay with a rate starting from Php 2,000 per night. The hotel has both free WiFi and free private parking.
Microtel by Wyndham Hotel
Features 78 rooms equipped with a bed with premium beddings, TV, sitting areas, a refrigerator, desk, and a private bathroom, this accommodation is surely best suited for those who are into comfort and convenience. The room also has complimentary slippers and toiletries too! There’s no worrying if you get hungry, as they have 2 restaurants and an outdoor pool in case you wanted to go for a quick dip.
Being the third-largest Catholic population in the world, there’s no wonder in the widespread of churches and places of worship in glorious and unique architecture. One of the finest examples of this grandeur is the Padre Pio Shrine in Batangas which is visited by devoted Catholics in the region to ask for help, cure their illnesses and pray for good intentions.
If you want to experience serenity and tranquility alone or with the whole family, then visit Padre Pio Shrine in Batangas.