Friday, October 24, 2008

Chapel on the Hill

Chapel on the Hill is a chapel in Batangas often overlooked due to the nearness of the more popular Caleruega chapel. This modest chapel is located inside the Center of Spirituality: Mary Help of Christians, Don Bosco grounds.

The main gate of the chapel is always closed unless there is an event or an occasion, but you can get in by using the larger gate just a couple of meters to the left.

Don Bosco Gate

Saint John Bosco

These are the stairs from the Don Bosco gate going up to the chapel. Just tell the guard that you are going to the chapel as the rest of the grounds inside are off limits to visitors.

The Crucifix that will greet you atop the stairs

The Chapel on the Hill

The chapel interior may not look that impressive in these pictures, but when it is made up with decorations during weddings it is really a sight to behold.

Chapel Grounds

The Carpenter Child Jesus

The Labyrinth

After visiting the chapel you should ask the guard if you can enter the Mary Help of Christians Garden. Sometimes they will let you in but there are times when they will tell you that it is off limits. It is probably off limits when there are students having a retreat there or when there are seminarians praying at the garden.

Virgin Mary Statue

The surroundings here are cleaner and looks more properly maintained than the hill chapel grounds. It reminds me of being in Baguio with the pine trees and ifugao huts. A sign underneath the huts says that this is holy ground, so no shoes and slippers are allowed.

Chapel on the Hill
Don Bosco, Batulao, Batangas
Tel. No.: +63 2 7435614 (Manila)


Michelle said...

Wow, what a beautiful and peaceful place. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my place.

Anonymous said...

a very beautiful place and your photos are outstanding!
thanks for visiting my blog.

Heart of Rachel said...

Lovely photos! I've been to Caleruega before but sad to say I've never been to the Chapel on the Hill. It must be worth visiting.

earthlingorgeous said...

Thanks for the trip to Don Bosco!

Kiko said...

thank you guys for dropping by! :)

Anonymous said...

It looks very, very different from what I remember how it was when we spent 3 (or 4) glorious and spiritual days here for our Group Dynamics course in college.

It was Father Armand Robleza who facilitated the activities. We even hiked and saw lands unoccupied as far as the eyes can reach. Sadly, that is not what it is today.

Thanks for visiting my bog :)

princess_dyanie said...

yay! i've been here when we did the visita iglesya last holy week! we entered thru the small gates w/ those steep stairs! :P

Anonymous said...

ey. bosconianne ako. pero i don't know that place. bad trip nman mga salesian sisters, sana jan nlng kmi nagretreat nung highschool days.

ang ganda ng place... hope i could go there too... :)

Anonymous said...

ay sayang, i never went into the garden. kasi naman, when i'm there its for weddings and after the ceremony, everyone is whisked away to the reception kaagad ;-)