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Under the C5 Road near Katipunan Avenue, the St. Clare Monastery is being sought by Catholics and non-Catholics alike who believe in the power of intercessory prayers of the "Poor Nuns of St. Clare". From a trivial request for fine weather on a very important date (like weddings,events,etc) to complicated domestic problems or any nagging personal problem, the contemplative nuns are believed to greatly help in asking God for the granting of prayer requests.
How this strong belief in the intercessory powers of St. Clare nuns came about, no one can categorically answer. But it is surmised by believers that a clear granting of prayer request might be derived from Sta. Clara's name (Clara=Clear), and eggs are usually offered as donations (clear eggwhites=Clara=clear weather).
To go there by car from Makati, take C5 Road, drive straight to Katipunan Flyover, exit to the road down ("ilalim") where the monastery is located. From Quezon City Memorial Circle, pass through UP, turn right to Katipunan Ave., go past Ateneo de Manila University, and turn right at Aurora Blvd. You will see the monastery as you turn right.
To commute, you may take LRT2 and alight at Katipunan Station. The monastery is walking distance form the station. Another option is to take a jeep from Cubao bound for Cogeo/Antipolo/Montalban and get off at C5 corner Katipunan. From UP, you may take a jeepney bound for Katipunan Ave. and alight near the corner of Aurora Blvd.
Updated Feb 21, 2009
Did you know that you can travel the Philippine Islands in just one(1) day! Its hard to believe but you can do it here. Actually you can make it up to even 1 minute only ... how can this be possible?
Try visiting this address: Located near Banawe Road Quezon City Philippines.
Actually this is in Fe del Mundo Hospital otherwise known as Children's Memorial Hospital. At the hospital lobby sits a big pond of miniature Philippine islands. (somewhat similar to what you can see in Luneta) Complete with landscapes and mountains. We tried taking the pics here while waiting for a friend here!
I am writing this in one of my "Off the Beaten Paths" since only a few people/travellers would really dare to go to this place just for this.
Updated Aug 3, 2007
Quoting from their website:
"The University of the Philippines Concert Chorus (UPCC), the official State University choir . . . [is a] veteran of 14 world concert tours. The Chorus contributed immensely to promoting the Filipino culture and heritage. As the University's premier ambassadors to the world, it holds the singular honor of being invited ten times to the . . . Aberdeen International Youth Festival in Scotland, four times for command performances for Queen Elizabeth II.
"It holds the distinction of being chosen as one of the world's best choirs at the 4th Lincoln Center International Choral Festival in New York City.
"Composed of select students from the University of the Philippines,the UPCC showcases works from both ends of the musical spectrum.
"This versatility is evident with the range of choral music it performs: Filipino zarzuelas, contemporary Filipino pop music, Broadway musicals, musical revues, jazz, rock and grand classical operas.
". . . [The] Chorus is recognized for being one of the ten best university choirs in the world."
If you're visiting the University of the Philippines for whatever reason, ask if the UPCC has a performance. Watch it, and you'll certainly enjoy it. I did. Everyone I know who watched one of their concerts did!
Updated Jun 25, 2005