Top Ten Quiet Places in the Philippines in 2009
Despite the hustle and bustle of urban and rural activities in the country, there is always a need to rejuvenate rest and relax in a quite place. Often a luxury to some, the top ten quiet places in the Philippines is a mixture of monasteries, resorts and places of prayer. The best places for ultimate peace and quiet life in the Philippines are the following:
Pink Sisters Monastery, Tagaytay
The contemplative pink sisters are not often seen wearing the Pink Habit on the monastery exterior grounds, but their place is known for peace and quiet that most urban people crave.
The Quiet Place Farm Resort
All 25 hectares of Bago City, Negros Occidental Land is offered up for silent in the very aptly named Quiet Place Farm Resort. Air-conditioned rooms, swimming pools, play areas and a beautiful hiking trail with lots of flowers and trees make this farm resort one of the best places to go to for quiet relaxation.
Trappist Monastery, Guimaras
The brothers of the Cisterian Order definitely has it made when it comes to promoting perfect peace and solitude. The Trappist Monastery in Guimaras is under the rule of St. Benedict and aside from the peace and quiet experienced by its visitors, it is also rich in all original souvenir items. Retreats are also offered for people who want to take a vacation and experience the serene lifestyle of the monks and nuns in this Guimaras monastery.
Notre Dame de Vie Retreat House
Literally meaning “mother of life”, this retreat house is managed by the French congregation of Notre Dame de Vie Institute. It is five hectares of land filled with gardens and spacious areas for prayer and rest. Instant quiet fills the visitor upon entering the tall gate along Susano Road in Novaliches, oblivious to the noise of the jeepneys and tricycles just outside it.
Santo Sing Kong Buddhist Church, Tondo
Tondo is an unlikely place for quiet and peace, but Santo Sing Kong Buddhist Church proves to be an exception. Buddhist pilgrims and curious sightseeing tourists are able to visit this very serene place along Morga Street.
Benedictine Monastery of Transfiguration
In the middle of the waterfalls, springs and rich biodiverse land lies the very peaceful Benedictine Monastery of Transfiguration in Malaybalay, Bukidnon. Situated atop San Jose hill, the monastery itself is shaped like a pyramid and is also prominent for the Monk’s Coffee Blend that many tourists come for, aside from the quiet. This was also designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin.
Ocean Sky Chan Zen Monastery
In little Baguio, San Juan lies the Ocean Sky Monastery. Zen meditation, calligraphy and other Buddhist values are all promoted in this very quiet place. It is one of the many Chung Tai Zen centers in the world which promotes Buddhism values and the Chinese language. They offer free Chinese lessons but they also welcome donations.
Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain
Inspired by Korea’s prayer mountain, Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain is a prayer place for protestants and born again Christians who want to rejuvenate themselves and have ample quiet time for reflection. Pastor Butch Conde of Bread of Life Ministries International (now known as Crossroads) acquired this parcel of land in the high area of Antipolo to serve as a retreat house.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and Monastery Lipa
The contemplatives experience joyful silence in the very serene area of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church and Monastery in Lipa City, Batangas. This also happens to be the site where the shower of petals and an apparition of the Blessed Virgin in 1948 appeared to Teresita Castillo.
MaryRidge Zen Retreat House
The Maryridge Zen and Zendo Garden in Tagaytay has the view of lovely Taal Volcano and lake. Very accessible, the place is entirely made of a well-maintained forest and is open to all quiet seekers and interested learners of Zen spirituality.
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