A Trip to the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador City

I am a Catholic but I am not deeply religious. However, one thing I learned from father is that God is merciful as long as you repent for your sins. A great example is that criminal who was crucified beside Jesus. The criminal said something like, “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom.” To  which Jesus answered something like, ” Today, you will be with me in  paradise.”   I believe that we will go to heaven through God’s mercy.

Anyway, I don’t want to impose my faith on anyone. I still believe in democracy- religious freedom, free speech, etc. We can all live together in harmony.

Anyway, after the Camiguin trip, we spent the night in Cagayan de Oro. The following morning, after we had breakfast, we hired a taxi to bring us to the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental.  From Cagayan de Oro, one can reach El Salvador in less than an hour.

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The Divine Mercy Shrine was established years ago through donations from generous individuals and groups. The place is huge and peaceful. There is a strict dress code. Shorts are not allow and female visitors must wear skirts. I already anticipated the dress code but I thought pants are allowed for women. I wore a wide pants which the guard approved.

Guard-approved pants. I love the flowers here.

Wrap-around skirts are available at the entrance for those who did not follow the dress code. Voluntary donations for this service are welcomed.  Tada! My companions are all wearing skirts! ( Saan ang sayawan? Kidding!)

However, the lady in prayer room noticed my pants and told me to wrap my shawl around my waist. I don’t see the logic behind this instruction but I followed anyway.

The main attraction to this place is the really large statue of the Divine Mercy.

The place is huge. I love the well-manicured garden.

Look at my aunt. She looked like she was in some palace grounds in France.

The statue was undergoing repainting when we went there. Nevertheless, the place is immaculately divine.

If you are a Catholic, you should visit the place.

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  1. I heard a lot about this awesome place. Too bad, I no longer lived near the area. But I would still want to go one of these days. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  2. a sanctified place…looks very clean and peaceful, how tall is that statue of Christ?
    i love how you captured the place on your last photo

  3. ang gandaaa ng photos! i really love how you post-process it. it makes the scenery look more vibrant. wrap around skirts! i remember our visit to baclayon church in bohol because of it. we were all wearing shorts so we had to be handed fabrics to wrap around our waist.

    but the divine mercy shrine is really nice. so clean and so peaceful. those who visit can definitely meditate here.

  4. Yes, I’d like to visit such divine place. It makes me feel closer to God and nature at the same time.

  5. I fell in-love with the garden, whoever is taking care of it surely had a green thumb.

  6. Divine Mercy Shrine is a must visit place in Northern Mindanao..

  7. I wanna go there sometime, the place so nice, clean and well managed. Love the photos so colorful:)

  8. The place looks like a shrine and a park in one! I guess it could be crowded during holy week. A haven for the devoteds!

  9. Good thing you have a big shawl with you. I wonder what’s the story behind that dress code… The place is lovely. 🙂

  10. Ang ganda sis. This a must see place. There’s a Divine Mercy Shrine near our place here also. Marami din nagpupunta because it’s miraculous.

  11. Ang ganda. A nice place to appreciate the beauty of God’s creations. But I wonder why pants for women are not allowed? But good tip, in case we get to visit. 😉

  12. Oh, I would love to go there! I am a devotee of the Divine Mercy and my devotion to Him has been my solace this week with all the many trials that ran over me (I felt like being hit by a big truck)-my dad is in the ICU and my two kids tested positive for dengue.

  13. It’s great that they provide wrap around skirts, not just linens. At least, trendy pa rin ang look! 🙂

  14. great pictures of your trip.. love the ones with the flowers in the garden.

  15. I wish to travel when time and budget suits me.. I hope. Lovely photos btw. 🙂

  16. wow, that last photo gave me goosebumps. ang ganda ganda! true, it looks very peaceful there. 🙂

  17. Oh my, parang Versailles! Ganda! Pero puro maikli skirts ko eh haha. Baka di ako papasukin 😛 But seriously, sana they’re not so strict with the dress code. It’s “excluding” kasi. 🙂

  18. I saw this when it was featured in Rated K.
    the place seems to be solemn and calm.

  19. i got reminded of another beautiful place in cebu at simala. this el salvador shrine is just as lovely! 🙂

  20. the shrine looks divine, wishing to see that place
    great shots

  21. Correct! Such a divine place needs a visit and appreciation. Love to see it someday!. 🙂
    Your pics are awesome!

  22. wow! when I look at the picture i thought it is taken outside the country.. beautiful place, worth visiting in deed..

  23. This architectural design was astounding. I’m sure Catholic and other Christians will definitely try to visit this place.

  24. very lovely place! it feels like you’re in another country.. XD

  25. Great place I should visit this someday. Great photos as-well:)

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