Daily Archives: October 30, 2015

Guimaras: Holy Family Hills

The Glass Chapel

The Glass Chapel

Built in 2000 as a place for quiet reflection and spiritual renewal, Holy Family Hills is home to various religious sculptures and structures, which include those of St. Michael the Archangel, Blessed John Paul II, the Holy Family, and St. Therese of Lisieux.   It also has a Grotto of our Lady of Lourdes and a Glass Chapel (pictured above), and is perhaps most popular during Holy Week because of its Station of the Cross.  This was our stop after Neptune Pittman’s Garden.

Statues of the Blessed Virgin, St. Michael the Archangel, and Blessed Pope John Paul II

Statues of the Blessed Virgin, St. Michael the Archangel, and Blessed Pope John Paul II

The drive here was particularly jarring because of the rough road so when we reached its gate, I opted to walk to its main building.  On the way there, I passed by this patch of grass with yellow flowers.

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Google identified this as the Perennial Peanut (Arachis glabrata) and this site said it’s edible as its yellow flowers add a nutty flavor and crunchy texture to salads and stir-fries.  Hmm, interesting, because I always thought this is some sort of weed.

The place was sprawling and covers about 52 hectares (128 acres) and there are mango trees planted everywhere onsite.

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Did you notice the cow underneath the mango tree?  They’re everywhere too.
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After walking for about 15 minutes, I finally reached its main building, which is where the Glass Chapel is located (the one with the red roof).

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Here’s a closer shot just so I could capture the flame trees , which were in full bloom during our visit.

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To my right (when facing the chapel) were sculptures of these scenes from the Nativity, but it was just so hot I did not dare go far and took just two photos.

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There’s a tableau too of The Last Supper.

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This was my favorite among the many sculptures there because of its vivid color and more real-like facial expressions.

And here’s a collage of statues of The Stations of the Cross.  Again, as it was too hot, I did not dare venture far out and just took mostly zoomed-in shots.

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The Holy Family was also one of the most prominent structures on these hills.

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But my favorite would have been the views from the Glass Chapel, which was unfortunately closed.  Still, this view more than made up for it.

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And it’s because of the fiery flame trees, which happened to be one of my favorite trees during summer because of their lovely orange-red flowers.

Across the Glass Chapel was this giant cross.

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And if you go beyond the fountain, you’ll be rewarded with views of the sculptures and the hills.

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Rolling Hills is located in Tamborong, San Lorenzo, Guimaras Island.  Entrance is free.

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Note: Please refrain from wearing skimpy clothing (short shorts, spaghetti or tube tops, etc) when visiting this place (the caretaker told us that there were instances when they refused entrance to those who they deemed immodestly dressed).

For more information about Holy Family Hills in Guimaras, visit its official website.

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