Batangas: National Shrine of St. Padre Pio

Located in Sto. Tomas in the province of Batangas, the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio is a pilgrimage site dedicated and inspired by Saint Padre Pio.

The shrine initially started out as a bamboo and nipa chapel back in 2003. Then on November 7, 2005, a 1.6 hectare agricultural land was donated to the Archdiocese of Lipa by the a generous couple. A year later, another generous individual donated 200 square-meters of land to provide the right of way to the site. This land would be the site of the new chapel and later on the Shrine of St. Padre Pio.
The salakot like roof as seen from the bell tower
Devotees hanging handkerchiefs dipped in the Well of Hope or Bukal ng Pag-asa 

St. Padre Pio welcomes the pilgrims to the shrine

St. Padre Pio belltower
St. Padre Pio 
A relic inside the Relic of the Holy Cross
Holy Week brings in thousands of pilgrims

Construction of the new chapel in the new site started in 2009. In the next few years, other structures were built in the site like the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Chapel of Saints, the belfry, the parish rectory, the Sanctuary of the True Cross of Christ, and the St. John Marie Vianney Chapel of Reconciliation.
Chapel of the saints and baptistry
St. Padre Pio Rectory

The Shrine of St. Padre Pio received two important relics of St. Padre Pio in 2010. In the same year, the shrine was declared as one of the pilgrimage churches of the Archdiocese of Lipa during its Centennial Year. Then on September 14, 2015, it was declared as the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio.
St. Padre Pio shrine chapel shaped like a salakot
Inside the chapel
The wishing well inside the chapel of St. Padre Pios

The church and most, if not all, of the infrastructures in the shrine vicinity were built following a Filipino inspired design. Its main materials were wood, bamboo, stone, and sasa (a type of bamboo).  Looking at the church from a distance or from the top of the belfry, you'r notice that it looks like a giant salakot. A salakot is a native head wear that is worn by farmers and fishermen to protect them from the harsh effects of nature. The salakot also stands as a symbol of the Filipino identity.

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I got to visit the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio with my family during our Batangas - Quezon 2017 Visita Iglesia. It was the first church/ shrine in our list. Just a heads up, if you're heading there during the Holy Week, expect heavy traffic. Try to arrive early so that you'd get to avoid this. There are homes offering paid parking but the shrine has a very wide parking space that could probably fit 100 vehicles.

Overall, the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio should be included in your pilgrimage sites to visit in Batangas. The place is perfect not only for religious people but for nature lovers as well.

Getting there:

From Pasay City in Manila, ride a bus going to Lucena City. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Barangay San Pedro in Sto. Tomas, Batangas. To be exact, tell the conductor to drop you off the bus stop nearest Padre Pio National Shrine (He knows that quite well as many pilgrims go there). Once there, ride a tricycle going to the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio.

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Comments

  1. Hi! Do you have their schedule of masses? I'm planning to go there with my kids and it would be great if we will also be able to attend a mass. TIA

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    1. Hi you can check out the updated mass schedule in my blog.

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  3. Informative article, just what I wanted to find.

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  4. ask ko lang po kung may mass ng saturday ngayong sept

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  5. Ask ko lang po what time ng mass bukas sept 8,2018

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  6. Hi! May I ask their mass schedule for sept 19, 2018? Thank you! 😄

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    1. Last mass npo b ang 12pm s sept 23?

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    2. Hi! Please refer to the new mass schedule listed above. Thank you.

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  7. Ask ko lang po ang schedule ng mass bukas sept 23, 2018.. Tnx po

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    1. Please refer to the new mass schedule above. =) Thank you.

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  8. What time po ang a.m mass tomorrow?

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  9. Ask lng po schedule mass tom sept.23,2018

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  10. Hello po, may schedule po ba ng mass on Saturday? I'm from Manila po and I want to go to National Shrine of St. Padre Pio

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    1. Pag Saturday usually may Healing mass ng 9AM next is 5PM

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  11. Good morning. Is there an available lodging house within the compound? I would like to be there for the vigil/veneration of st. pio's relic this October. Thanks

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    1. Hi there are lodging houses near the shrine. Meron din sa town proper. =)

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  12. Pede po ba malaman ang mga lodging malapit s shrine para makapagpabook napo kami kasi taga olongapo pa po kami mag asawa want nami magpnta sana this oct s veneration nya

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    1. Pinakamalapit ang Lima Park Hotel at Microtel.
      Mas mura ang Microtel though and mas suggested ng mga bumibisita sa shrine.

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  13. Pede din po malaman what time mag umpisa un veneration ni saint pio sa oct 20

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    1. Sorry, I'm not pretty sure about that. Pero ang healing mass eh 9AM po magsisimula.

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  14. tanong ko po kung open po sya ng kahit anong oras sa october 19, 2018 kasi pupunta po kami ng gabi .Anong oras po ang mass sa saturday

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    1. Open naman po. 9AM and morning mass ang 5PM ang anticipated mass. =)

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  15. Hello po,ano po pinakamalapit na beach resort from padre pio?

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    1. Malayo po ito sa mga beaches. Mas malapit po ito sa Taal Lake. Pero kung trip niyo po talaga magbeach mag drive po kayo southwards towards Laiya / Lobo. Pwede rin po papuntang Quezon may mga beaches sa Sariaya and Pagbilao.

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  16. Hello po, ano oras po ang mass sa sunday October 21,2018? And do you have any idea kung magkano yung pamasahe from alabang to sto. tomas? thanks po.

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    1. Hello po! Halos whole day po ang mass pag sunday. You would see it po sa schedule na pinost ko sa itaas. =)

      Bus fare around P100 -120 po. =)

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  17. Saan po best parking area dito, plan ko po this sunday pumunta

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    1. Hello there! May malaking parking area po sa Shrine mismo. Pag Holy Week, nagbubukas ang mga kabahayan sa tabing kalsada para ipagamit ang mga parking spaces nila (may bayad po ito).

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  18. Ano pong viahe ang sasakyang bus kapag galing batangas port? Saan po drop off? Salamat sa magreply.

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    1. May mga bus po na pa Turbina then sasakay po ulit kayo ng bus na pa- Sto. Tomas (Lucena bound buses).

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  19. Nice blog! Are there shops nearby the shrine which sell handkerchiefs or rosaries?

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    1. Hello there! Yes there are shops that sell these.

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  20. Hello po from mindoro here, ano pong viahe ng bus sasakyan namin para makarating sa padre pio shrine,saan po drop off? Thank you

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    1. From Batangas Port po sakay kayo ng bus going to Turbina Terminal. From there may mga buses na pong papunta sa Sto. Tomas, Batangas.

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  21. Hello po ano po masasakyan pabalik from padre pio shrine to manila, may buses po ba nagdadaan along the way or need pa pumuntang terminal? Thanks

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    1. Fron the shrine kailangan niyo po munang magtrike to bring you to the town proper. From there may mga bus na po.

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  22. Hello po from cabuyao here. How to commute po papunta sa shrine.anong jeep na papunta saan po? Thnkyou po

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  23. Good day po! Mga ilang oras po ang biyahe from quezon city? Kasi kung didiretso po ako ngayon doon, may maaabutan pa po ba akong event ng veneration ni padre pio? Please help.....

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    1. Hi Lady. The trip is usually around 2 hours kung walang traffic.

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  24. good day! ask ko lang ano alternative rpute na pwede sakyan papuntang church?

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