Looking to combine some outdoor escapades with a spiritual experience when in Iloilo, Philippines? Head to Garin Farm and embark on a pilgrimage for a glimpse of ‘heaven’!
The Adventure Begins
For those looking for a convenient base and wondering where to stay in Iloilo City, the centrally located Citadines Amigo Iloilo makes an ideal choice. You can plan an excursion to Garin Farm (around 1.5 hours away) where you will first have to walk through a vine-covered pathway and can see various animals too; since this is a farm, you will get some strong livestock odours at first!
Leisure Park and Pilgrimage
Your journey will take you uphill to a leisure park with an artificial lake set amidst some lovely views. From there, you can proceed to the place where you will start the main ascent; this ‘pilgrimage’ features many steps to climb, though, on your way, you will come across Stations of the Cross as well as statues depicting stories from the bible like Noah’s Ark.
Reaching Heaven on Earth
At the top of the stairs is a huge cross and behind it, the small ‘Dark Meditation Tunnel’; from this dark interior, you will emerge outside into the dazzlingly bright Heaven on Earth which has been created as a replica of heaven. This area is all white with life-size statues of angels, the pearly gates of heaven and a representation of God amidst the clouds.
There’s much more to do here for those looking for more active pursuits on their visit. For some thrills, you can enjoy ziplining and all-terrain vehicle rides, while horseback riding is also on offer. Single and double kayaks, as well as pedal boats, are ideal for family or friends, while you can try a water ball or water bike too.