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.
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.
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.
Did you notice the cow underneath the mango tree? They’re everywhere too.
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).
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.
Across the Glass Chapel was this giant cross.
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.