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    Monasterio de Tarlac

    by miguel_arcangel Written Aug 19, 2013
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    Monasterio de Tarlac is run by the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastic Community. At an altitude of 300 meters above sea level, one can get a bird's eyeview of the plains and the western portion of the province.
    At the edge of the hill is the 30 foot Risen Christ statue, likened to that of Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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    Saipan Beach

    by miguel_arcangel Written Aug 19, 2013
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    It was summer time, and thought of things to be done, I asked colleagues to locate us a body of water so we can immersed ourselves and fight the summer heat. Since we visited the Monasterio de Tarlac that day, we explored the terrains of San Jose to look for the beach that is not a beach but rather a river.

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    Support The Monastery

    by cyndymc Updated Feb 20, 2010
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    The monks do not solicit donations, but you can show your support to the Servants of the Risen Christ by buying things at their religious store, or buying some souvenir calendars and fans. You may also give voluntary cash donations together with your prayer intentions envelope.

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    Picnic On The Hill

    by cyndymc Updated Feb 17, 2010
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    You'll have the best picnic at the Monasterio de Tarlac Picnic Grove, whether you eat on the picnic benches in the sprawling garden or at the Picnic Gazebo. You'll have a better appetite because of the cool climate despite a sunny day, with the wind kissing your cheeks as you feast your eyes on the beautiful rolling terrain of San Jose.

    There are also picnic benches at the parking lot.

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    Statue of The Risen Lord

    by cyndymc Written Feb 17, 2010
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    A towering 30-ft statue of the Risen Christ serves as centerpiece of a garden in the sprawling Monasterio de Tarlac overlooking the town of San Jose. From the country road, this white statue serves as guide to motorists going to Tarlac Eco-tourism Park. Upon reaching the Park, it is usually the first destination of tourists/pilgrims/photographers.

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    Relic Of The True Cross Of Jesus Christ

    by cyndymc Updated Feb 17, 2010
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    Monasterio de Tarlac was entrusted to be the home of a relic of the true cross of Jesus Christ. The relic is kept in a silver reliquary enshrined in a glass case set in the middle of the altar of the church.

    How the relic was handed down to a budding monastic community in the Province of Tarlac is a touching anecdote, a test of "faith and sacrifice", as described by Frater Archie Cortez, founder of the monastic community. When he visited the Diocese of Essen in Germany in 2005, he met Msgr. Volker Bauer and his community. Monasteries in that part of Germany were said to be closing down, so upon hearing that Frater Cortez was starting a monastic community, Msgr. Bauer asked him if he was interested in receiving and taking care of the relic belonging to an old monastery. However, there was a precondition for its donation: the construction of a church dedicated to the relic. Frater Archie Cortez agreed to accept the relic although he didn't know where/how to get the money for the church construction. He only relied on his faith, believing that "if this was God’s plan He will do it.” ...The rest is more than history; it was divine providence. View their website for the beautiful story.

    On top the tabernacle is the Latin inscription "Ave, Crux, Spes, Unica" which means "Hail, the Holy Cross, Our Only Hope." This is the monastery's way of dedicating the church to the Holy Cross.

    The relic of the True Cross is exposed for viewing only on two days of the year: January 30 and on Sept. 14. On other days of the year, the pilgrims are allowed to pay homage to the cross fragment in the reliquary after the daily mass. They line up to get a chance to touch the reliquary and offer prayers. Just touching the reliquary makes one feel so blessed spiritually.

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    Pilgrimage to Monasterio de San Jose

    by cyndymc Written Feb 17, 2010
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    Fast becoming one of the most popular piligrimage sites in the country is Monasterio de Tarlac, made famous by the presence of a relic of the true cross of Jesus. The relic is enshrined in a reliquary under the altar.

    In the beginning, pilgrims could attend only the 10 a.m. Masses on Saturdays and Sundays, but the number of pilgrims swelled since the time the Monasterio de Tarlac Chapel opened its doors to the public for mass and veneration of the relic of the true cross of Christ. This prompted the monks to hold masses for the pilgrims everyday except Thursday at 10am. The monks of Monasterio de Tarlac are so hospitable and patient. Pilgrims and tourists are able to join them in masses, prayers and veneration, thus learning to experience the Gift of Silence while communing with God through nature.

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    Must See: Tarlac Eco-tourism Park

    by cyndymc Updated Feb 17, 2010
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    The Tarlac Eco-tourism Park was launched early part of 2001 by the provincial government under the leadership of Governor Jose "Aping" Yap. It was conceived to be "a project to provide a place in the province where people and nature can co-exist in harmony with each other". So, in a 278-hectare forested land located at an altitude of 308 meters above sea level, "a sanctuary for environment and nature lovers" came into fruition. No less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo officially declared the place as "ecotourism park and campsite" when she issued Proclamation No. 602 on April 12, 2004. This paved the way for the creation of a Special Projects Office which facilitated "the construction of concrete roads, electricity, water system, eco-park buildings and other amenities for the campsite". The highest elevation within the park is said to be no more than 500 meters above sea level.

    The Tarlac Eco-tourism Park has a sunny but cool climate just perfect for the natural ecosystem of flora and fauna, including farm and wild animals, native as well as migratory birds. So far, the only animals I saw were goats and sheep. The park is a combination of second growth forest, with some grass lands and cultivated areas.

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