Banal na Bukal | Things to do in Dolores-Quezon
|Open:||Everyday, 6am to 6pm. Open on holidays. Takes 3 to 4hrs to explore together with the other pilgrimag|
|Address:||Brgy. San Pablo, Dolores, Quezon|
Prisintahan Caves are made up of two caves each devoted to St. Peter and St. Paul. Here, visitors may follow the devotees' ritual by writing their name on a specific wall using their bare finger. This is to "present" or introduce themselves, hence the name of the caves. Once introduced, they can make wishes in their prayer, and ask them to be granted.
A popular religious site among residents of Quezon, Our Lady of Sorrors Shrine marks the preliminary pilgrim site before heading to the foot of Mt. Banahaw. The first church was built with stones, sand, lime, and egg whites. It was burned down during the Filipino-American war, but the brick and stone walls survived and are still standing today as part of the new structure. Located in the garden behind the church is a path called Via Doloroza. Beautifully landscaped, Via Doloroza features stations where devotees may offer prayers. The life-sized relics recount the difficult times of the Blessed Virgin, from the time the Holy Family escaped Bethlehem, to the death of Jesus Christ. To the right of church is a museum established in 1999. It houses the many colorful vestments of the Blessed Mary. Seen also are antique chalices, relics, and bottles of perfume. Donations are encouraged for the upkeep of the museum.
The descent to St. Jacob's Well takes about three to five minutes of crawling, and requires a flashlight. Upon reaching a small clearing inside, you'd have to climb down a steel ladder to reach the water. Submerging one's self in the water is believed to cleanse the mind and soul.
Things to do nearby
- Get to know Filipino culture like never before in a tour around Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort!
- Enjoy a sumptuous Filipino buffet beside a rushing waterfall
- Wander around the huge expanse of the resort and meet various bird species along the way
- Watch the country's cultural legacies come to life during the Phliippine Experience Show
Where to stay
Experience the allure of Philippine country life at Villa Escudero Plantations and Resort.
A self-contained working coconut plantation, It was founded in the 1880s by Don Placido Escudero and his wife Dona Claudia Marasigan. Originally planted to sugarcane, the crop was converted to coconut by their son Don Arsenio Escudero in the early 1900s. A pioneering agro-industrialist, he built the country’s first working hydroelectric plant to supply his dessicated coconut factory and Villa Escudero, where he and his wife Dona Rosario Adap built in 1929.
Their children opened the estate to the public in 1981. From its humble beginnings, the resort has become a prime tourist destination for locals, overseas Filipinos and a wide array of foreign visitors to the country. It has a worldwide reputation as a showcase for the Philippines’ rich cultural heritage, offering a beguiling glimpse of its history, cuisine, dress, customs and natural beauty a mere two hours away from Manila.
Unwind and get close to nature at this resort in Quezon, this place invites you to take a breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, while still offering you the basic amenities you need. Whether you’re looking for a new adventure, in a new town or a quiet respite from your busy schedule, this relaxing getaway has you covered.
Getting there and around
Brgy. San Pablo, Dolores, QuezonGet directions