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Ideal retreat after a day of worship

One of the many traditions held by Filipinos during their observance of Holy Week is the Visita Iglesia.

Catholics, young and old, could be seen walking—or driving—from church to church on Maundy Thursday. The number of churches one needs to visit varies, depending mainly on the country. In India, for instance, the faithful needs to visit 14 churches, one for each Station of the Cross. In our country, one usually needs to visit only seven churches, with two stations to be recited at each church.


The Philippines is teeming with beautiful churches for Catholics to visit, especially this Holy Week. However, hopping from one place of worship to another, while indeed spiritually enriching, can also be physically exhausting. Long trusted property developer Sta. Lucia Land Inc. thus provides you with premium hotels you can retreat to after completing your spiritual journey.

Splendido Hotel


Located in Alfonso, Tagaytay, Splendido Hotel promises guests some much needed solace and tranquility. It is surrounded with lush greenery paired with the picture-perfect backdrop: the famous Taal Lake and Volcano. The Spanish-themed Splendido Hotel offers well thought out amenities that allow guests to indulge in comfort and convenience.

For those who will find themselves in Tagaytay and Nasugbu in Batangas, they will have more than enough churches and chapels for their Visita Iglesia. There’s  Our Lady of Lourdes Church on the Tagaytay-Nasugbu Highway; Ina ng Laging Saklolo along the Tagaytay-Calamba Road; Pink Sisters Convent on Holy Spirit Drive, Divine Word Seminary on SVD Road, Caleruega Church in Batulao, Nasugbu:, Madre de Dios Chapel in Tagaytay City; and Tierra de Maria, also along Tagaytay-Calamba Road.



In Cainta, Rizal, Stradella has prime condotel units which you and your family can rent should you decide to go on a spiritual journey in Rizal.

At Stradella, you are afforded fantastic views of both the calming gardens and the exciting cityscape, or you can enjoy amenities such as the swimming pool and a play area for the kiddos.

This province also has a myriad of religious sanctuaries. Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia and San Ildefonso de Toledo Parish Church both in Tanay are favorite destinations of those who seek solitude especially during the Holy Week.

There’s the historical Our Lady of Light Parish in Cainta; St. John the Baptist Parish Church in Taytay; St. Joseph Church in Baras; St. Jerome Parish Church in Morong; and the Sta. Ursula Parish Church in Binangonan.



SotoGrande Iloilo is a six-storey full hotel development rising within Green Meadows, Iloilo’s first residential lake community. SotoGrande has a full service concierge and housekeeping team ready to serve and attend to guests’ needs.

Guests can enjoy the facilities of Green Meadows Country Club, including the covered basketball, tennis and badminton courts, bowling center, swimming pool, fitness gym and sauna.

In the South, Iloilo is known for its many breathtaking churches, which are considered national treasures. There’s the Church of St. Elizabeth of Hungary, or more popularly known as the Jaro Cathedral; the “feminist church” St. Anne Parish Church beside Molo Plaza in Molo; and the more than 200-year-old Santo Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church, or simply, Miag-ao Church, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the best examples of baroque churches in the country.

With Sta. Lucia’s offerings, you and your family can take the time to rest, recharge and renew your spirits this Holy Week.

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