Santo Tomas Things to Do

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    National Shrine of Padre Pio (2)

    by machomikemd Written Apr 7, 2015

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    part two of my tips with more pictures.

    located about 1 kilometer from the Maharlika Highway (National Road) in Santo Tomas Batangas. The National Shrine of Padre Pio of Pietrelcina Italy is famous around the World for Devout Roman Catholic Piglrims as he is one of only 3 saints that bore the "stigmata" or wounds of Jesus Christ and his Shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo in Southern Italy near Bari is one of the famous Pilgrimage Sites for Roman Catholic Pilgrims around the World. Here in the Philippines, There are two Shrines Devoted to Padre Pio, one at the St. Pio of Pietrelcina Center in Libis, Quezon City, where his relics are displayed for veneration, and the National Shrine of Padre Pio here in Sto. Tomas Town of which is the larger one and is more famous site for pilgrimage as the place host a Large, Native Philippine Style, dome-like, open-air church, where his imposing image welcomes devotees and where a huge cross with the Holy Family hands from the ceiling. It also has a Station of the Cross and Calvary Site and th place sell many religious items from the San Giovanni Rotondo Building Beside the Main Church.

    There are healing masses every 23rd of the month and regular masses from 6:30 am to 8:30 am and 5:30 to 6:30 pm during weekends for the faithful.

    admission is free but finding parking space around is a drag as tens of thousands of devotees converge at the site during weekends, producing traffic gridlock in the National Highway up to the entrance to the Shrine.

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    National Shrine of Padre Pio (1)

    by machomikemd Written Apr 7, 2015

    this will be a two part tip with more pictures around the sprawling site, located about 1 kilometer from the Maharlika Highway (National Road) in Santo Tomas Batangas. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina Italy is famous around the World for Devout Roman Catholic Piglrims as he is one of only 3 saints that bore the "stigmata" or wounds of Jesus Christ and his Shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo in Southern Italy near Bari is one of the famous Pilgrimage Sites for Roman Catholic Pilgrims around the World. Here in the Philippines, There are two Shrines Devoted to Padre Pio, one at the St. Pio of Pietrelcina Center in Libis, Quezon City, where his relics are displayed for veneration, and the National Shrine of Padre Pio here in Sto. Tomas Town of which is the larger one and is more famous site for pilgrimage as the place host a Large, Native Philippine Style, dome-like, open-air church, where his imposing image welcomes devotees and where a huge cross with the Holy Family hands from the ceiling. It also has a Station of the Cross and Calvary Site and th place sell many religious items from the San Giovanni Rotondo Building Beside the Main Church.

    There are healing masses every 23rd of the month and regular masses from 6:30 am to 8:30 am and 5:30 to 6:30 pm during weekends for the faithful.

    admission is free but finding parking space around is a drag as tens of thousands of devotees converge at the site during weekends, producing traffic gridlock in the National Highway up to the entrance to the Shrine.

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    Visit the Padre Pio Chapel

    by machomikemd Updated Apr 7, 2015

    At the Main National Road (Maharlika Highway) in Santo Tomas, just after the right turn going to the huge Padre Pio Shrine is the Padre Pio Chapel, which is located a few meters away from the road. The Chapel is the main House of Worship in the Barangay San Pedro Part of Santo Tomas Town and it has some artifacts and religious items from the Huge Padre Pio Shrine in Barangay San Pedro. THe Chapel is small and has a small altar and some wooden benches and is the preliminary Stop of Roman Catholic Pilgrims Going to the Main Shrine about a Kilometer Away.

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    Streets of Santo Tomas, Batangas

    by freddie18 Written Jul 22, 2007

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    Just like any other streets in a small town, Santo Tomas' roads are normally narrow and congested. This is true due to the fact that the town is full of tricycle on the street. A tricycle is a common public transportation in Batangas and in Santo Tomas in particular.

    Although it is dangerous to walk along the street, the local people are used to walk on short distances, not aware of the risk they are facing. I lived in this town for many years, but still I do not have the courage to walk on the street...not unless it is really necessary.

    The road in the first photo I posted is a highway, and obviously it is wider and vehicle run so fast. The second one is a narrow street within the community, school, and government building zone that is why the risk is minimal. Other than that, the streets of Santo Tomas is safe, people are friendly, and the rest you have to experience when you visit the town.

    A Highway in Santo Tomas, Batangas A Narrow Street in Santo Tomas Community
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    A Visit to Santo Tomas Batangas Catholic Church

    by freddie18 Written Jul 22, 2007

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    The Santo Tomas Catholic Church has been part of my life until now. I was born in the community where it is situated. I was baptized, studied my secondary curriculum in a school beside the church, got married and had wedding officiated here.

    I spent my high school days going inside the church almost everyday during my four-year secondary school. After many years away from the town, I still visit the church to pay respect, meet the people, and chat with friends.

    A View of Santo Tomas Batangas Catholic Church Santo Tomas Batangas Catholic Church
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    Marker at Malvar's Park & Monument

    by freddie18 Written Jul 22, 2007

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    I have posted a photo of General Miguel Malvar's marker of his monument and park in Santo Tomas, Batangas. The information about him was in Tagalog but I will give you an idea on what was written in there:

    General Malvar was born in the Barrio (now called Barangay) of San Miguel, Sto. Tomas, Batangas on September 27, 1865. His parents are Maximo Malvar and Tiburcia Carpio. He studied first at Padre Valerio Malabanan School. He became a gobernadorsilyo of Santo Tomas in 1892. One of those who joined the Philippine forces against the Spaniards. He was a leader in the Philippine Revolution from 1896 to 1898.

    General Malvar was the last general to surrender to the American occupational forces. He died in October 1911.

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    General Miguel Malvar Monument

    by freddie18 Written Jul 21, 2007

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    General Miguel Malvar is a famous figure from Santo Tomas, Batangas. He was a leader in the Philippine Revolution from 1896 to 1898. As a former resident of the town, we always celebrate his birthday. He was born on September 27, 1865.

    On my latest visit to the Philippines, I had the chance to visit his monument situated in the centre and thickly populated area in Santo Tomas, Batangas. I am posting some pictures of him which I want to share to those who are interested.

    Today, I still know the younger generations of General Miguel Malvar. Their old houses are still intact and noticeable as soon as you enter the town.

    Monument of General Miguel Malvar Mother Lily with Ludy Trambulo at Malvar's Park General Miguel Malvar Monument Mother Lily with General Miguel Malver
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