The Best Way to Spend Holy Week In and Around Davao City

Planning your Holy Week itinerary can be tricky; while you want to unwind over the four-day break, you also want to observe the solemnity of the occasion. If you can’t decide what to do for Holy Week, Nurtura Land and Home suggests the following activities:

Tour Churches

Holy Week is the perfect time to go on a mini-pilgrimage to different churches in and around Davao. Below are some noteworthy churches worth including in your itinerary:

San Pedro Cathedral

San Pedro Cathedral is the oldest church in Davao City.
San Pedro Cathedral is the oldest church in Davao City.

The oldest church in Davao City, the San Pedro Cathedral is now recognized as a National Cultural Treasure. Noteworthy features include its curved roof reminiscent of the traditional vinta boat, and the towering belfry in the courtyard.

Shrine of the Holy Infant of Prague

Aside from the scenic hilltop view, devotees flock here to journey through the Stations of the Cross on the hill leading up to the shrine.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church

The St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church features a lush garden at the back of its altar.
The St. Francis of Assisi Parish Church features a lush garden at the back of its altar.

The Assisi Parish is the only church in Davao with a garden-backed altar. Above it is an equally impressive stained glass artwork.

St. Jude Thaddeus Church

Dedicated to the patron saint of hope, this church is often visited by board exam takers and graduating students.

Monastery of Transfiguration

The Monastery of Transfiguration is only a short trip away from the city.
The Monastery of Transfiguration is only a short trip away from the city.

A three hour-drive from Davao City, the Monastery of Transfiguration in Bukidnon is home to a unique, pyramid-shaped church designed by national artist Architect Leandro Locsin.

San Salvador del Mundo Church

The San Salvador del Mundo Church in Caraga (three hours by car from Davao City) was proclaimed a National Historical Site in 2012 by virtue of being the oldest church in Mindanao. Built on a promontory overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the church houses many religious antiquities dating to the Spanish era.

Climb Mt. Apo

Mount Apo is a dream destination for mountain climbers.
Mount Apo is a dream destination for mountain climbers.

If you want a different type of pilgrimage, you can opt to climb Mt. Apo instead. It usually takes two days to reach the summit, plus another day for the descent. Be sure to book your tour package early, though; the Mt. Apo Natural Park and Protected Area management board has decreed that only 1,000 trekkers will be allowed on Mt. Apo for Holy Week to prevent grass fires and ease pressure on the mountain.

While the trek can be challenging, you’ll be rewarded with gorgeous sights like the 150-feet Tudaya Falls,

Take a gorgeous shot of the 150-foot Tudaya Falls.
Take a gorgeous shot of the 150-foot Tudaya Falls.

A 500-meter wide crater lake;

Enjoy a cool dip in the 500-meter wide crater lake.
Enjoy a cool dip in the 500-meter wide crater lake.

And of course, a gorgeous sunrise view at the summit.

Gaze upon the sunset when you’re in Mount Apo.
Gaze upon the sunset when you’re in Mount Apo.

Celebrate Easter Sunday

Easter marks a joyous and hopeful end to the Lenten Season, and many establishments will be celebrating this occasion. Notable events worth checking out include:

Northcrest Resort Swim and Egg Hunt

Northcrest offers fun and exciting Easter games for kids.
Northcrest offers fun and exciting Easter games for kids.

Northcrest Resort, located in its namesake subdivision, hosts an annual poolside Easter egg hunt as a fun alternative to the ones you’ll find in malls. Kids are also treated to a bubble show, a magic show, exciting games, and other enjoyable activities.

Easter Wonderland at Eden Nature Park

The Easter Wonderland at Eden Nature Park is favorite during this time of the year.
The Easter Wonderland at Eden Nature Park is favorite during this time of the year.

Aside from the usual Easter egg hunt, Easter Wonderland also features face painting, arts and crafts activities, balloon twisting, games, and an acrobat show.

Holy Week is both a time to relax and reflect. Whatever your plans may be, make the long break a meaningful one for you and your family.

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Photo Credits:

Photo 1: http://www.markmaranga.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/San-Pedro-Cathedral.jpg

Photo 2: http://www.bestindavao.com/churches/saint-francis-of-assisi/

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Photo 4: http://www.mb.com.ph/mt-apo-climbers-limited-to-1000/

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Photo 6: http://philippinesgetaway.coReadingm.au/kidapawan-the-spring-in-the-highlands/mt-apo-crater/

Photo 7: danelia dani ponciano | https://www.flickr.com/photos/dhainel/5314236109

Photo 8: http://www.davaorealestate.net/NorthCrest-Subdivision-478-sqm-Lot-Cabantian-Buhangin-For-Sale-04232014.htm

Photo 9: http://edennaturepark.com.ph/main/easter-wonderland-2016/

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CARAGA’S SAN SALVADOR DEL MUNDO PARISH CHURCH

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