Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Visit to Kamay Ni Hesus Healing Center

I once read the account about the Kamay Ni Hesus Healing Center in Quezon Province. It was a story on how Father Joseph Faller, a Roman Catholic priest heeds the call of God to perform miraculous healing for the sick even when his faith is almost faltering. It came as a surprise for Father Faller, when people who attended his mass and were prayed over got miraculously healed of their illnesses.

The Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center is located in Barangay Tinamnan, Lucban, Quezon. It is considered as a pilgrimage site, it has a Healing Church, a renewal center for the Diocese of Lucban, and the Grotto of Healing and Purification built on a hill where people climb to see colorful statues and sculptures illustrating The Stations of the Cross. One can choose to climb through the 292 steps on the left ascent or the 278 steps on the right ascent. Although there are lesser steps on the right ascent, the way is steeper. Climbing the hill is already a solemn sacrifice significant for the faithful. Once on top of the hill, you will be rewarded with a majestic view of Quezon province. The Grotto climb is not for everybody even through the stairs. The elderly, disabled, and those with health conditions may not be able to manage the climb. While those who can manage must carry with them bottled drinking water and ensure to keep a towel handy.

The 50-foot statue of Christ dominates the entire landscape

There is a portion in the park where stories from the Old Testament are depicted by life size figures which represent events in The Book of Genesis and Exodus. The Koi ponds were an instant attraction for my three grand children. The scene depicting the eviction of Adam and Eve from paradise is adjacent to a hefty roofed candle-offering stand. Noah’s Ark with its life size animal sculptures occupies the southern section of the compound. The Ark is actually a functioning building of the Healing Center.

Construction of the Grotto began in 2002 and has since become a popular place of pilgrimage during the Lenten season in the Philippines. The task of building a place of healing seemed discouraging to Father Faller because he has no means to finance the project nor have the property to erect the center. Perceived to have been divinely intervened with, the project eventually gained support from lots of friends and colleagues. Supporters from the Philippines and abroad who claimed to have received the miracle healing and cure through Father Faller, started contributing for the construction, completion, continuous operation and maintenance of the Healing Center.

Healing masses are held on prearranged schedules so people have to check beforehand if they wish to attend services, otherwise; you can simply visit and experience the sanctity and peace of the Healing Center. You can promenade in the park, pray in the Healing Church, or scale the 278 steps of the Grotto towards the 50-foot statue of Christ located on top of the hill. The Healing Center envisioned the hill to be a place for people to reflect and commune with God.

My grandson JD enjoyed the Koi pond

Everyone is welcome to visit the Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center. It is situated along the main road that winds up and down on the foothills of Mt. Banahaw. A minimal fee for parking is all you need to pay before entering the compound. There are numerous food stalls, carinderias, and souvenir shops within the Healing Center. After we complete our visit, we took fancy to experience Lucban’s famous Pancit Habhab. Although we did not gobble the pancit in the traditional habhab manner, the delicacy was exceptional because the noodles were freshly prepared.

Lucban's famous Pancit Habhab

A delightful serving of Pancit Habhab, a dash of
black pepper and a sprinkle of suka (vinegar)

If you are driving to Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center, take the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) from Metro Manila and take the Calamba Exit. You will then be on the National Highway heading towards the outlying towns of Laguna. Through the National Highway drive east towards Los Banos, Bay, Victoria; I took a much shorter route by turning right towards Calauan instead of heading towards Sta Cruz and Pagsanjan, take note of this significant road marker; the junction where huge duck sculptures are located. Drive south, once you reached an almost parallel Y-junction, take the left carriageway, it will lead you through series of up and down winding road which eventually end in the towns of Nagcarlan, Liliw, and Majayjay. From Majayjay I continued towards Lucban via the Majayjay – Lucban Road. Lucban town proper will be your next stop, drive further south and you will finally spot Kamay ni Hesus Healing Center. It is only a kilometer away from the town center.

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