A serene, lush, and quiet environment, ideal for prayer and meditation (and nature trip.)
If you live at Metro Manila or its outskirts, looking for a place where nature and spirituality meets more significantly, search no more. Located at Sitio Calumpang, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City, Rizal, Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain is the place to be.
With its road directly connected to Marcos Highway, it is easily accessible to motor vehicles, public and private alike.
Assuming you are coming from the direction of Marcos Highway, Sta. Lucia / Robsinson’s Metro East area, ride a PUV en route to Cogeo Gate 2. Alight at the Cogeo Town Plaza area, in front of Chowking, then ride a jeepney en route to Paenaan Camping farm. Tell your destination as ‘Prayer Mountain’. At the side of the road, one can see steel mile posts, advising the tentative distance to the site.
Basically, there is an entrance fee of 50 pesos, but it still depends on your stay. There are overnight facilities available. For more details, the facility can be contacted directly.
Me and my friends visited on December 3, 201o. We rode a jeep to reach the place. I got a bit dizzy on the way, due to endless road twisties, but my sacrifice and endurance paid off. The place is, marvelous, no, spectacular is the right term. As we entered, we saw a convention facility. There is a cafeteria too.
Basically, there are two main places on site. The cliff area and the pond area. The cliff area, downwards on the hillside, has prayer huts – tiny huts where anyone can pray, while at the same time, marveling at the beauty of the plants, towering trees, and the mystic appearance of the sunlight. There are also private prayer rooms available.
The pond area, this is what I liked most. Up on the hill, this place is located. There is a man-made lagoon, abundant of fish such as carp. There is also a small hut, log seats, bridges, and most entertainingly, growing pomelos. There are many flowering plants, and some fruit-bearing trees. On a sunny day, one can simply sit on the grass, and commune with God right there and then, while marveling at the Glory of His creation.
We took the opportunity to take some photos. We were quiet during our stay, paying respect to God and others who are praying/meditating.
Outside, there are some places to eat. The most notable is the Bulalo Restaurant where we ate, and the food is good.
This is a place definitely worth visiting. Just can’t help but stand in awe at the beauty of our Lord’s creation.