If you’re searching for a serene place to go to this coming holy week, check this landmark called Marian Orchard. You can also make this one of your stops if you’ll be doing Visita Iglesia in the southern part of Luzon at Brgy. Malabanan, Balete, Batangas.
Marian Orchard is a pilgrimage site for Roman Catholics that promotes the religion through the propagation of Marian devotion and other religious activities. The place was started by Lazaro L. Katigbak in 1988 after he acquired the land. In January 2015, Lazaro and FAITH Colleges (First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities) entered into a partnership. Maybe that’s the reason of the large improvements that we saw from a couple of years ago visit.
Upon entering the gate, you will be greeted with the picturesque view. On its side is a small chapel that can accommodate around 50 persons based on my estimate. Holy Mass is scheduled weekly at 4:30 in the afternoon and during holy occasions. There is also a small store/eatery near the entrance if you get hungry.
Holy Week and Religious Holidays
- No smoking
- Refrain from eating within the grounds
- Observe silence
How to Go to Marian Orchard?
The garden is just a few minutes drive from the highway of Lipa city. We went here easily with the use of Google Maps. But be sharp in searching for it because the signage is small and you may miss it.
- Ride a bus going to Lipa, Batangas. There are bus stations in Cubao – Jam and ALPS and Buendia – Jam, ALPS, DLTB, JAC, RRCG
- Depart at SM City Lipa
- Take a jeepney going to Jollibee Levitown (it’s near Robinson’s)
- Finally ride a jeepney going to Balete Batangas and tell the driver to drop you off at Marian Orchard.
For private cars, you can use Waze, Google Maps, Here or other nav apps.
From here, there are plenty of recommended point of attraction around Batangas:
Or you can book in hotels near Lipa City:
We’ll also be featuring Shercon just a few minutes away from this landmark.
Malabanan, Balete, Batangas
Open daily from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Last entry at 5:00 PM.
For group bookings and reservations: