Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban – the Philippines’ Answer to “Christ The Redeemer” in Brazil
Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban or the Hands of Jesus Shrine is a must-see tourist destination located in Quezon province. It is famous for the legends that revolve around the healing church located in the area and also the staircase museum (sort of) of all the important biblical events. Considering the religious devotion of the Filipinos, seeing hundreds of people here everyday is no surprise. For the believers, this place is worth visiting.
If you’re planning to visit Quezon, you should definitely pay a visit here.
How to get to Kamay ni Hesus in Lucban
The compound is located at least a kilometer from Lucban; therefore, do remember that no matter from where you are coming here, you’d have to spare at least half of your day, especially if you’re staying in a hotel / visiting from Manila.
The easiest way to reach the destination by private car is taking the South Luzon Expressway and existing at Calamba interchange. However, if you want to use the public transport, you can hop on one of the buses at the terminals located in Buendia-Taft and Cubao Avenues, Manilla. Those buses will take you to Sta. Cruz from where you can take a jeep to reach Lucban. It would take an hour or so for you to reach the destination from there by a tricycle. However, if you want to take the route through Calamba, you’d find passenger vans heading towards the Lucban.
Things to do at Kamay ni Hesus compound
Kamay ni Hesus is located in a place that is flanked by vegetation. The whole of the compound offers relaxation yet devotion. It is almost as if you enter a paradise and wait to see events unfold in front of your eyes. Take your time as you ascend the stairs to the top of the hill where the giant statue of Jesus with open arms is waiting. Yeah, it’s like Rio de Janiero’s “Christ The Redeemer” statue.
Here are the things that you can do / see inside
1. Join the mass
Or, more precisely, the healing mass. Presided and conducted by the Rev. Fr. Joey Faller, the mass focuses on relieving your stress and healing your physical and spiritual health. It is conducted every Wednesday and Sunday in the church at around 9:30 am.
2. Reach the resurrected Jesus statue
The main attraction of this place is the 300-step hike towards the main statue of Jesus. Along the way, there are life-sized statues of the 14 stations of the Cross where you can take a moment and marvel at the devotion with which the statues have been created. Although the hike is a little daunting, you’d be relieved once you reach the resurrected Jesus spreading his arms atop the hill. The views of the green forests surrounding the area are simply breathtaking.
3. Meditate at “Noah’s Ark”
The part of the Kamay ni Hesus that provides a respite for meditation and reflection is the Noah’s Ark. There you can take some moments to contemplate your faith or just ease out your stress
4. Let your children play in the “Garden of Eden”
The Garden of Eden is a simple playground for children with simple slides. If you are thinking of taking your children with you, they’d enjoy this place quite a lot.
5. Shop for your loved ones
There are definite shops or pasalubong centers located near the base of the climb where you can buy souvenirs or gifts to take back home for your loved ones.
Kamay ni Hesus is a dedication of the creators to the tribulations faced by Christ. However, with that, it is also a perfect leisure time that can truly ease your nerves out. Perhaps that could be the healing that you’d receive.
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