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.

The Stations of the Cross













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. Hello there! Here's a schedule of masses in Padre Pio for this month:
      Saturday, May 5, 2018, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
      Mass
      Sunday, May 6, 2018, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
      Mass
      Sunday, May 6, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      Mass
      Saturday, May 12, 2018, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
      Mass
      Sunday, May 13, 2018, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
      Mass
      Sunday, May 13, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      Mass
      Saturday, May 19, 2018, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
      Mass
      Sunday, May 20, 2018, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
      Mass
      Sunday, May 20, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      Mass
      Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      Spanish Choir Rehearsal
      Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7:00 PM - 8:30 AM
      English Choir Rehearsal
      Saturday, May 26, 2018, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
      Mass
      Sunday, May 27, 2018, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
      Mass
      Sunday, May 27, 2018, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
      Mass

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