Last week, my mom, my aunt and I visited Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine at Tungkong Mangga, San Jose Del Monte Bulacan. I was so excited because I have always wanted to visit the Shrine where my mom used to tell stories how they visited it during Holy Week when they we’re young.
The shrine was built during the 1960’s; “Anita Guidote-Guanzon, who had the statue built in 1961 after she was pronounced cured from cancer of the uterus, after being given just six months to live” –(Joy Rojas (Contributor) - @inquirerdotnet
After being cured, Anita Guidote-Guanzon together with her husband Horatio converted their 20 hectare family farm into a public shrine and placed the marble statue of Lourdes at the niche of the rocky mountainside to be seen and prayed by millions of devotees that travel from different parts of the Philippines on Holy Week. Because of it, there are also testimonies of different visitors who had been cured from their ailment (there are also some “saklays” on the left side of the mountainside that symbolizes testimonies of being cured). My grandfather was one of the visitors who had been cured from his Kidney sickness and according to my mom; from then on they become devotees of the Lady of Lourdes.
(Main "Grotto" of Lady of Lourdes - the Replica of Lourdes in France)
("Ang tubig na bukal" which said to be the water of healing)
As we entered the Shrine, my aunt, my mom and I first prayed to the statue of Lady of Lourdes and then walked to visit the Stations of the Cross (where life size statues of Jesus Christ procession was built), and as we we’re visiting each station, there was a mother dog who accompanied us on every station (if only I have one photo of that brown dog).
The site was breathtaking, there are also like “Twilight” feel forest where my Mom used to tell me how their whole family sit and eat their food while waiting and taking some rest before starting their walk.
There is also a huge replica of the rosary where you can also pray.
Went at the top of the rocked mountain to pray and touch the Lady of Lourdes with our handkerchief.
After the long walk, we prayed at the Lady of Lourdes Church and did some quick snap shots before we left.
The place was really solemn and it gives me a lot of goose bumps and chills. Especially when we went at the top of the rocked mountain where we prayed and wiped our handkerchief on her statue, it was super calm (for me my heart was pounding with joy just by simply touching and praying to her). Despite on a very hot noon, I wasn’t perspiring that much. The place also gives serenity and a perfect place to pray.
Address: Graceville, San Jose Del Monte Bulacan 3023 San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, Santa Maria - Tungkong Mangga Road, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan