Jerusalem | 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. Sta Lucia, Dolores, Quezon|
Kweba ng Husgado (Justice Cave) is notorious for testing one's purity of spirit. Unrepentant sinners are said to have difficulty crossing the cave tunnel, regardless of their size or weight. Spelunking here takes an hour, requiring a flashlight. Visitors would have to crawl through most of the way and watch their head for limestone.
Sta. Lucia Falls marks the first destination of pilgrimage sites at the foot of the mystic Mt. Banahaw. Getting to the river and the falls requires a 276-step descent, which can be back-breaking for children and old people. The gate to the staircase is marked with stalls selling candles, amulets, herbal medicines, and snacks. Travelers may join the ritual of mystic folks by buying a candle and an amulet. Light the candle as an offering to a religious statue along the river, and have the amulet blessed among the falls. Along the river are three religious icons, namely that of San Miguel, Petra Mentral, and Jesus Christ. To the right of the riverbank are two showers of water, so-called "falls", named Tubig ni Ama (Water of Father) and Tubig ni Ina (Water of Mother). Devotees believe that drinking the water or washing one's self here can relieve ailments in the body.
The mystic volcano of Mt. Banahaw draws legions of devotees every Holy Week. From its steep trails, dense foliage, and mountain folks lurk many stories of heavenly spirits, supernatural elements, and even alien encounters. While the mountain itself has remained closed to the public, the foot of Mt. Banahaw is open not just to pilgrims but also to nature lovers. The pilgrim begins with a 10-minute walk through a vast campsite shaded with towering coconut trees. This is where thousands of devotees camp during Holy Week. At the end of the trail is the steep descent to Sta. Lucia Falls. After washing one's self from the purported holy waters of the falls, you'd have to climb back up the 276-step stairs and continue on with the other stations. The six other stations form the shape of a rosary, which loops back to the entrance of the falls, and a trek back to the vast campsite. The entire activity may span three to four hours of trekking. Guides may be secured by asking from village folks (approx. P300/guide for a group 6 to 10).
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
Nawawalang Paraiso Resort & Hotel first opened its door in April 1985.
Through the years, Nawawalang Paraiso Resort continues to be one of Quezon’s favorite holiday, retreat and dining venues. With its alluring, pleasant and enjoyable charisma, the resort has been attracting thousands of loyal and satisfied guests. Dubbed as “The Lost Paradise”, it is living up to its promise as the ultimate place for fun, rest, recreation and romance.
The development of Batis Aramin rooted from the childhood dream of Mr. Filomeno D. Valde. The property has been sold to the family when he was still young. It has become a favorite picnic place for his friends. It is a blessed land because old folks say that the place used to be the hiding place of the Holy Sepulcre (Mahal na Senyor) during the World War II. Fascinated by its green meadows, abundant vegetation, cool fresh air and its ever flowing crystal clear water from the spring called the ARAMIN, he decided to convert it to a resort.A pool and several cottages were built. It formally opened in the Easter of 1997. It was flocked by thousands and eager picnickers during its opening salvo since there was no resort in the vicinity. It was classified as Special Interest Resort by the Department of Tourism. Additional cottages for overnight accommodation were added in subsequent years. A 14-room hotel was built in 2005 and a multipurpose sports court was added in 2006. Air conditioned multi purp0ose halls were added. Several villas were also built in 2007.
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. Sta Lucia, Dolores, QuezonGet directions