By: Teresa Gomez
At the heart of Lucban, Quezon resides a peaceful and sacred garden called Kamay ni Hesus. This 5-hectare garden will make you experience heaven on earth with its cool, bright and solemn atmosphere. A sublime structure is the gigantic statue of Jesus standing at the top of the towering shrine along the highway towards Kamay ni Hesus.
Lucban, Quezon is a popular pilgrimage site. Pilgrims and ordinary people from different places come and visit the place not only for its beautiful and sacred garden but also because of its church where miraculous healing masses are celebrated.
Every healing mass is filled with faith and love. The church’s healing priest, Fr. Joey Faller, is testament to the devotion of the faith of the shrine’s pilgrims.
Before climbing the towering shine of Kamay ni Hesus, stroll around the sacred garden first so that when you reach the top, you will be able to compare the view from below. The garden has a very interesting theme, since it doesn’t just make people appreciate the place’s beauty, but, it also wants its visitors to understand the story it tells. The garden is home to parables of the Old Testament, bringing visitors to places like the Garden of Eden, where the fist man Adam and his wife Eve lived after God created them to the famous Ark of Noah.
Don’t forget to eat enough food before wandering around the garden of Kamay ni Hesus especially if you are planning to climb up its almost 300-step divine shrine. They have a canteen located inside Kamay ni Hesus compound where visitors are welcome to eat. The canteen serves Lucban’s famous and delicious pancit habhab and other delectable dishes such as sisig, chopsuey, fried chicken, fried lapu-lapu and many others.
Climbing the shrine is a must, especially for those who are regular devotees to Kamay ni Hesus. People who climb there believe that whenever you reach the top of the shrine, any wish made, before climbing, will come true. They also believe that by reaching the top of the shrine, you will be much closer to Jesus and He will heal the sickness and pain that you feel.
If you are planning to climb Kamay ni Hesus shrine, keep in mind the following reminders:
· Wear Comfortable clothes. Shorts and sleeveless shirts are prohibited.
· Bring a hat to prevent direct heat of the sun and water for dehydration
· Make a wish before climbing the shrine
Halfway towards the top of the heavenly shrine, you can see the entire place of Kamay ni Hesus which is fondly heartbreaking because of its beauty.
As you climb the shrine, you will notice that it tells the story of the Way of the Cross, from Jesus having His Last Supper with the apostles up towards His holy death and Him rising from it.
Interview with Fr. Joey Faller, the healing priest.
Lucban’s famous longanisa for only P140 per bundle (long) and P70 per bundle (small).
On your way back to Manila, you may pass along several horsemen wearing their native hats and colorful shirts. Lucban, Quezon is a lovely place to visit and the people living there are very hospitable and friendly.