Mt. Banahaw's Pilgrimage Sites | Things to do in Dolores-Quezon
|Open:||Everyday, 6am to 6pm. Open even on holidays,|
|Address:||Brgy. Sta. Lucia, Dolores, Quezon|
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.
A shallow cave with an altar, Ina ng Awa Cave is considered the first church in Barangay Sta. Lucia. Devotees go here to pray for mercy and forgiveness for one's sins. At the right side of the cave is a short and narrow passageway where devotees walk on their knees while praying for forgiveness.
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.
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