Take Me to Church "Divine Mercy Monastery" - Beautiful Sunday

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Welcome back to another episode of our travel here in the Bicol region of the Philippines. Last time we visited one of the oldest church in the region which is said to be 400 years old. As we were headed to one of the popular tourist sites, a church came up in our navigational app along the way. It is located halfway to a hill called Kawa Kawa and we decided to stop by as I love visiting religious architecture. We often visit old churches but today we will be visiting a monastery that is only five years old. Walk with me today as I share with you the charm of this place.


Divine Mercy Monastery


Join in the tour and see our previous adventures in the region.

Part 1 The Long and Winding Road to Bicol

Part 2 Balatan Public Market

Part 3 Baresbisan Beach Resort

Part 4 Discovering Life by the Road

Part 5 Embraced by Nature "Hibiscus Camp"

Part 6 A Tranquil Afternoon "Hibiscus Camp"

Part 7 A Charming Mountainside Food Shack

Part 8 The Antlers of Ocampo

Part 9 Nabua Church


Driving from our previous stop in Nabua Church it will take you around 38 minutes to reach the monastery. Originally we were headed to a ruins location and this place is just along the way to our destination. Maybe just around 2-3 minutes away from the main road as you would make a turn going up hill.

I have not been here yet nor have I seen photos of the place online. Didn't get a chance to do some research about the place since it was not in our plan. I was expecting to see an old church but I was surprised to see a structure that looks very new.

The complete name of the Monastery is "Divine Mercy Monastery of the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Trinity" and is located in Tabaco Rd, Ligao, Albay in Bicol. It was constructed in 2014 and is being run by the Nuns of the the Holy Trinity.

The design of the church is very different from the old Spanish churches that we have visited in our past travels. The materials are used are modern but arches are similar to old churches.

A shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel looks over on the right side of the building. Just beneath it is a small pond with Koi fish.

Say a prayer, toss a coin in the pond and make a wish. Normally in other churches there are prayer areas where you could light a candle and pray for your wishes. I was not able to find the prayer area here but I guess the pond is their alternative to it.

The monastery was constructed by the support of pilgrims through donations. There was a very interesting way to recognize the people who supported the construction.

The steps that leads to the monastery is made with tablets with the foot prints or hand prints of those who donated.


The names of the people and their home town is written on the tablets. I have noticed that they have come from different parts of the country.

If you would closely have a look, some also come from different parts of the globe. Countries like Germany, United Kingdom, and the United States have all given support to its construction.

I passed thru the side door and was wondering how the place looks like from inside. The structure is not the usual rectangular shape but somehow like a semi-circle.

An angel holding the Holy water basin stands near the entrance and is a common sight in churches.

Instead of a long aisle it has four short aisles with five columns of pews, each has around 7-9 rows of seats.

The ceiling is constructed of metal beams and sheet roofing. I am not sure if construction is already complete as the metal beams are exposed on the ceiling. Maybe they would still be covering it up in the future.

The retablo in the center also looks new unlike the ones in old churches that are made from wood with intricate carvings.

The dome in the center has painted glass windows which looks to be the 12 apostles. A very great way to allow natural light to the center of the building.

What completely drew my attention is the large painted glass windows. As some of you might already know I absolutely love painted glass in religious structures. This is my favorite part in churches and something that I could spend a lot of time just observing.

Saints and religious scenes are often represented in these windows. There are stories told in each window and its form is considered an artwork.

We came here in the morning around 10:00 am and based on my experience the perfect time to truly see its beauty is during afternoons. The light is softer in the afternoon and has a soft calm glow that passes through the glass.

Even though the structure is fairly new its charm comes strongly from the large painted windows. The artist did a good job as it emanates an old church nostalgic feel to it.

Took another shot with a lower ISO to show the colors from the windows.

Saints and Martyrs are remembered as the sun passed through the glass. Each share their stories of faith during times of persecution.

On the further right side are two round painted glass windows perfectly positioned above the side entrance.

The scenes are parts of the life of Christ which is decorated with roses in the center and on the sides.


As much as I would like to stay longer it was time for us to leave and continue on with our journey.

I think our stopover here was well worth it is a beautiful monastery built by the support of people from all over the country and across the globe.

I am thankful for your time with me again in exploring this monastery. I hope you enjoyed the tour and please do let me know what you think about the place. What part did you enjoy the most?

Hope to see you again next time as I take you along with me to the Ruins of Cagsawa. Until then I hope you enjoy the rest of the weekend see you soon.


See the churches we have visited during our travels.

Nabua Church

San Jose Church

Majayjay Church

Lilio Church

Calamba Church
St. Peter of Alcantara Parish Church

Paete Church

Manila Cathedral

San Agustin Church

Immaculate Heart Convent

Our Lady of the Pillar Cathedral

St. Mary Magdalene Church




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Now for my actual comment... 😊

Religious architecture can be so amazing, and you've found some incredible ones in the posts I've seen. How funny to see one that has both a modern and ancient vibe! Most of the churches that I've encountered in my neck of the woods that are on the younger side (because I think five years for a church is young...lol) almost don't even look like a church.

That's a wicked cool way to commemorate the people who donated! I've seen some cool variations of that around here, and I think that's an awesome gesture.

Gorgeous snaps of the stained glass windows too. Thanks for taking us along on your church visit, @watersnake101!

This is the only new church I have covered so far. I was expecting an old church but came to me as a surprise. In spite of its age it does have its own charm don't you think? Maybe after a couple of centuries it would feel ancient to the next generations. As for the stained glass, I go crazy when I see them. It pulls me in some way that is hard to explain especially in the old ones.

It definitely has its own charm! And I agree with you completely on the stained glass windows - I was lucky enough to travel to France & Germany for a couple of weeks in high school (with our theater group) and we got to visit Notre Dame. Somewhere in one of my storage boxes, I have old school 35mm photos of the rose window - I've been hooked every since.

That must have been quite an experience. I am not sure if I will be able to visit Notre Dame in my life. There are so many churches and cathedrals I would like to visit which includes Notre Dame, Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Kolner Dom in Cologne how I wish. Anyway I'd love to see those photos of the rose window in your storage box. Hope you could share with us one of these days.

It was amazing, and I am hoping to some day put together a post with photos from my trip. However, I have MANY storage boxes of photos, and it's become quite the project getting everything scanned. Crossing my fingers you can some day experience Notre Dame and all those other amazing cathedrals, @watersnake101!

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You are very welcome! Glad you spent a little time on the tour.

What an amazing and beautiful place, @watersnake101. It looks very serene. I love to visit monasteries. Thank you for sharing this #beautifulsunday tour with us!

You are very welcome and thank you for join in this little tour. Not much visitors that day which is how I like it.

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A very beautiful post! I wonder how many monasteries have been built worldwide in the past 10 years. I'll bet it's next to zero, so it's quite a novelty to see a new one. Thanks for the tour, it was great!

True not much has been told about new monasteries in the past century. Place came to me quite as a surprise.

Quite amazing, I love those steps, always nice to visit a church..

Visiting churches always gets me excited. The calmness, the architecture and the art. The artifacts in some really old ones are impressive.

I haven't been on a tour of Bicol, but that's part of my travel bucket list. I will definitely check out your travel diaries. Have a great day! 😉👍

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Thank you very much. Hope you could plan that trip soon as there are so many places to visit and quite worth it.

What a lovely monastery @watersnake101. Stained glass windows are my favorites as well, the time and energy to create each one is amazing. Love seeing the pavers with individual names of those who donated to build this house of worship. Truly beautiful :)

Ah nice to hear that stained glass are also your favorite. These ones are beautiful but really old ones are very impressive. Some even survived centuries since the Spanish era.

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I am glad to have shared the experience. Thank you very much!

Overall, still looks quite new compared many other churches you have been recently.

I really prefer the old churches and so far this is the only new church I have visited.

I am always overwhemed by the architecture of churches. This one is especially beautiful and your photography along with your words makes this post amazing. I am sure you are aware that most of your posts are!

You put 150% into each one that you put on paper. (or computer)

I love the way churches use the blocks to send accolades to the donators. What better way to honor them but putting out their name and becoming part of the Church. I have always loved that.

The stained glass and the alter are memorable. I do love how you display their beauty! Congrats on being curied. So much deserve!

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It is a good way of putting of putting it

putting out their name and becoming part of the Church

Their names are permanently embedded for centuries to come.
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Wow! Beautiful monastery. The stain glass windows are gorgeous. I love the idea of the hands or feet in the steps.

When I saw those steps I was amazed. Especially when I saw the different places where they came from.

the church is an interesting mix of old style construction and new. i also wonder about the ceiling and whether it is complete or not. The steps into the church are very cool, people must come and look for theirs.

True I also like how they mixed the old and new. As for the ceiling I do believe it is still not yet complete. If you would notice there are some exposed concrete on the upper portion that remained unpainted. Maybe they would complete it once more donations are received. I'm sure those who donated visits and checks out their name. I know I would lol. Have a beautiful day.

That is some beautiful architecture. A little bit of old classic thrown in with the new and modern. A great mix.

They really did a good job in mixing the old and the new. I prefer old architecture but this new structure came as a surprise to me.

What a great stop over here my friend.
There is a song that starts; "Every picture tells a story"
In this case it is; Every window tells a story.
A beautiful structure indeed!

I love that

Every window tells a story.

Compelling stories of martyrdom, miracles and faith. In my travels I have learned a lot and sparked that curiosity in me. I am glad you it enjoyed it my friend.

Thank you. I also have many window stories somewhere but haven't looked at them for a long time. During the world, Italian prisoners over here built many beautiful little chapels and I love to visit them.

You always have the best posts to go along with your photos. The stained glass is really nice! I think you and I have shared before a shared love of church and cathedral architecture. Very nice!

Thank you so much for your very kind words. I think so too that we chatted about that passion for churches. I pretty sure we would have an awesome time visiting them if given a chance. There would be much to talk about.

As useual its like a holiday brochure really nice

Oh you are too kind. Now I think I need another holiday lol. Have a great day!

That is a beautifully designed monastery!
I too love the stain glass work - beautifully done!
Great that you decided to stop in and check it out - it is a lovely spot!
Thanks for sharing!

If your gut feel tells you to stop over while driving it would definitely be a great idea. I'm glad we stopped over as it was worth it.

Hello @watersnake101. What a beautiful church. I love the architecture of churches. Your pictures of each area of the church takes us on an amazing visual tour. And I love doors. The craftsmanship is amazing

Thanks for your post..

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Excellent photography, always enjoy stained glass window colours being an art form @watersnake101

Crazy about those stained glass. I'm imagining that if ever saw those in the cathedrals of Spain, France and other parts. I would just loose it completely lol. Have an amazing day.

This is really beautiful @watersnake, especially that stained glass windows, stunning artistry!

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