Posts Tagged ‘Lucban’

just in front of the reception...

On my parents 30th wedding anniversary, we decided to celebrate with some friends and workmates. We are headed to Lucban, Quezon as we wanted to visit Kamay ni Hesus Shrine.

One month before the celebration, I suggested that we have an overnight stay and l volunteered myself to look for a resort. I have came across several resorts and I decided to present to them the idea of staying at Batis Aramin since it’s the nearest resort I saw on google map.

where to park?

I would consider Batis Aramin as a nature park.

Guests can enjoy a lot of activities ranging from backpackers to  family activities to group / team building activities. Aside from the landscape which included a man-made river and several bridges to go around the resort, they also have swimming pools, boating/ fishing area, picnic areas and an adventure camp.  The adventure camp offers rope course, obstacle course, open field area, wall climbing tower, rappelling tower and zipline.

room rented.. good for more than 10pax

Accommodations can vary from backpackers to large groups.

They offer:

  • Fan/ Aircon Rooms
  • Rest House
  • Cottages
  • Function Halls
  • Hotel Accomodation

peaceful…

The room we settled for is comfy. It can accommodate more than 10 pax with its own washroom inside the room. The room we was airconditioned with mattresses available for use. They also have enough space for our luggages in the room (mini walk in closet 😀 ) with towels, toilet papers, soaps and shampoo ready. It may not be the most expensive room in the resort but it is more than the ordinary dormitory room we can get in other resorts.

one of the available pools…

Good thing about the resort aside from the amenities is that they do not charge corkage. You can bring your own food and drinks (of course booze included).  The resort has its own mini store just behind the reception area and they offer snacks, drinks and other supplies you may need. Several barbeque stations are situated around the pool area and they also have a restaurant ready to serve your favorite native food. Do not hesitate to ask for help for paluto because they are very much willing to help.

pool with slides...

How to get there:

  1. Via Rizal (Driving – Majyjay Route)
  •  Masinag, go straight to Sumulong Highway then turn left until you reach Sumulong Circle (you wouldn’t miss the turn since it’s the last turn to take before the one-way sign to Antipolo Church) or take the Tikling junction route and go straight until Sumulong Circle.
  • Go around the rotonda and take the right turn which should lead you to other Rizal Towns.
  • Go straight ahead until you reach Pililia.
  • Two options are available, go up the mountain by taking the left road or to go straight and enjoy the the view of the bay. (at this point you are soon to enter Laguna District).
  • As soon as you reach Pagsanjan, turn right (going to Sta. Cruz) then turn left on Pagsanjan Public Market.
  • Go straight to Magdalena and as soon as you see the Y road, take the right route and go straight to Majayjay.
  • From Majayjay, take the main road and turn right going to the the church. You should pass through zigzag roads and rice fields.
  • In about 30 – 45 mins (depending on your step on the accelerator), you should reach Lucban.
  • Turn right just after the Plaza (main thoroughfare), and go straight ahead going to the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine.
  • Before reaching the shrine, you should see the signage of the resort on your left.

2.   Via SLEX (Driving)

  • From SLEX, take the Calamba exit to Los Banos.
  • Go Straight to Pagsanjan then follow the Majayjay route above.

OR

  • From Pagsanjan Town Proper (where the Municipal Hall and Church are located), take the left turn going to Cavinti Laguna.
  • Go straight, you should still pass several zigzag roads and slopes until reaching Luisiana.
  • From Luisiana, go straight until you reach Lucban.
  • Turn right just after the Plaza (main thoroughfare), and go straight ahead going to the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine.
  • Before reaching the shrine, you should see the signage of the resort on your left.

3.  Bus Transpo

  • RIZAL – from Tanay, take a jeepney going to Siniloan. Transfer to a Lucena City bus route in the terminal in between Siniloan and Famy. This should pass by Lucban. Take a jeepney or tricycle to the resort.
  • LUCENA  – from Manila, take a bus headed to Lucena City. From Lucena Central Transport Terminal, take a jeepney or bus headed to Lucban. Take a jeepney or tricycle to the resort.

gazebo in the garden..

Batis Aramin is not just good for family / barkada outing. The resort is also a good venue for garden weddings and team buildings.

group pic...

Contact Information:

  • Brgy. Malupak, 4328 Lucban, Philippines
  • Landline +63 42 540 7320 | Mobile +63 917 595 4145
  • info@aramin.ph

Website : Batis Aramin Resort

Kamay Ni Hesus

Posted: May 10, 2012 in Luzon, Photos, Travel
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Family Picture

We were able to do it!

We paid a visit to our relatives residing in Project 6, Quezon City last April 8. It served as a mini reunion for us as well. Two of our aunts who are living abroad came home and our grannies from the Salcedo side were also present. It is very seldom that we get the chance to meet up and share our stories.

It was a surprise for me when tita Marvie (my tita from the US), hugged me and told that she is fond of my FB posts. She even remembered my post about the cebu pacific incident we had. After lunch, everyone is sharing stories, experiences and travels over the years and that is when an out of town church visit was discussed. Initially, we agreed to visit Manaoag but since my family will be in Laguna for the rest of the week, we then changed it to Kamay ni Hesus.

Kamay ni Hesus

The Church and Hill to Ascending Christ

Kamay ni Hesus is considered as one of the top lenten destination. Strategically located in the slope of Mt. Banahaw in Lucban Quezon, the compound (as I think of it), is one of the best pilgrim venues in the country.

The church is situated in the middle of the compound. Its backdrop is the famous 292 steps leading to the 50 – foot Ascending Christ Statue. Surrounding the church are several life size statues of saints, Virgin Mary and angels.

Statues

Several statues of the Virgin mary

The entrance to the hill of 14 stations of the cross is the Garden of Eden. As soon as you enter the gate, you will be astounded by the beauty of the garden and Noah’s Ark. Noah’s Ark is sometimes looked into as a play ground but it is not just that. It is a place of prayer and tranquility. It offers rooms/ function area for pilgrims and retreats.

Station of the Cross

on our way up the hill…

Station of the Cross

Halfway up…

As you go your way up to the hill, you can enjoy the beauty of nature and the scenic design of the compound. Halfway the hill and you can start seeing the whole compound and the beauty of Laguna’s and Quezon’s landscape.

the view

view from top… (halfway up)…

It is also considered as a healing center. They are offering healing masses every week with Fr. Joey Faller (http://www.joeyfaller.org/) .

Statues

Other life size statues…

Don’t fret. If you think you will get tired, thirsty and hungry on this trip, the answer will be YES! but food shops are available. They offer their local favorites pancit habhab, bulalo, lumpia, buko juice and a lot more. Pasalubong center is also in the vicinity.