Tarlac is the most sacred pilgrimage site in Central Luzon due to its spiritual significance as the shrine of the sacred relic of the True Cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified and died.
As a tribute to the Tarlaquenos, the Tarlac Ecotourism Park where the Monasterio is located was established by Tarlac’s government. People gather in the area because of the cool mountain air, natural springs, fauna and flora, other outdoor activities, and the appealing extraordinary churches.
During the Lenten season, traditional Visita Iglesia in Tarlac is a good place to choose. Be more convinced when you read this!
Here are the recommended Juan Goals top seven churches in Tarlac that you must visit:
San Sebastian Tarlac Cathedral
A post-war Neo-Gothic church in Brgy., Mabini, Tarlac City, the Philippines, the San Sebastian Cathedral, also known as the Tarlac Cathedral, was built in the post-war period. Dedicated to Saint Sebastian in 1686, the cathedral serves as the Roman Catholic diocese’s administrative headquarters.
According to the priests assigned to Magalang in 1686 who founded Tarlac, the city of Pampanga was once part of Tarlac. The Augustinians of Pampanga were the first to administer the church, which was established the same year. The church became an independent parish in 1728, two years after it was separated from its distant matrix.
Santo Niño Parish Church (Bamban, Tarlac)
The Santo Niño parish church in Bamban is a simple house of worship dedicated to the Lord. Despite the fact that it was constructed in 1938, this place of worship does not appear to be too old, possibly due to its exterior’s polished and subtle color. It appears to have to face some sort of painting work. It’s possible that the parish priest is overly concerned with keeping the church in perfect condition as well. A water well can be found behind a replica of the Golgotha rock. An exact replica of the stone from Golgotha, which is often described in history books as a skull-shaped hill in Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified, stands in front of the church.
San Nicolas De Tolentino Parish (Capas, Tarlac)
Tolentino parish is located in Capas. The Apung Kulas or San Nicolas De Tolentino parish church was built in 1776 and given canonical status in the same year, but like many other churches in the province, it met a tragic end. Renovating the church was a long and complicated process. St. Nicolas De Tolentino’s first-class relic (bone particle) was installed in the parish. Fr. Josef Sciberras sent the relic from Rome, Italy, to the Capas community. The Holy Souls are protected by Saint Nicolas Tolentine, affectionately referred to as Apung Kulas by the people of Capas. he had become a monk By the time he was 25 and was ordained a priest. They believed that if San Nicolas prayed over a loaf of bread and then fed it to the sick, the sick would be healed. Among the many miracles attributed to the saint, there are three alleged resurrections.
A cupola adorns the top of the church’s simple facade. An additional bell tower can be found a short distance away from the church. The front yard also has a statue of San Nicolas De Tolentino. The Parish Pastoral Center and the bell tower. There is a lot of room outside of San Nicolas De Tolentino. Large trees frame the area, creating a peaceful and restful atmosphere.
The Dominican College of Tarlac, formerly known as the San Nicolas Academy, can be found close to the church. In 1947, the Academy was founded.
Monasterio De Tarlac (San Jose, Tarlac)
Another popular tourist destination in Tarlac is The Monasterio de Tarlac, which is located in San Jose. The Monastery is perched atop Mount Resurrection. The location is also known for housing a True Cross relic. Another notable feature of this location is the 30ft tall statue of the Risen Christ, which overlooks the city and the Zambales mountain range.
In addition to its religious significance, the Monasterio de Tarlac is aesthetically pleasing in its own right. As a result of being three hundred meters above sea level, the air here is clean and refreshing. Trees abound, and the silence provides a welcome respite for frazzled nerves; it is an ideal place to take it easy and reflect.
San Josemaria Escriva Parish (Gerona, Tarlac)
Tarlac is dedicated to San Josemaria Escriva, a newly canonized saint who was born in Tarlac. The color scheme of the church, which is brown and gold, is something that cannot be overlooked.
Construction began in 2010, and the church was blessed in 2014, making it a Diocesan Shrine. It is also Asia’s first San Josemaria Escriva shrine.
It was Spanish priest Josemaria Escriva who founded Opus Dei, a group of laity and clergy dedicated to teaching that everyone is called by God to holiness and that living a normal life can lead to sanctity. John Paul II canonized Escriva in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on October 6, 2002. The tooth of San Josemaria Escriva, a revered saint in Gerona Tarlac, is kept in the Diocesan Shrine of San Josemaria Escriva. Located in the baptistery., the relic is accessible to the public.
In the corner of the bell tower, a huge bronze statue of a Guardian Angel commands attention from the street. Guardian angels are said to have a special place in the heart of Saint Josemaria Escriva. Professor Noel Escultura of UST designed the statue.
Saint Catherine of Alexandria (Gerona, Tarlac)
The church of St. Catherine of Alexandria is being constructed in Tarlac. The building was constructed in the latter part of the 1800s, more specifically in 1894. This church, which has recently undergone extensive restoration, is surrounded by beautifully manicured gardens. There is a modern and charming altar in the room’s interior.
Saint Raymund Nonnatus Church (Moncada, Tarlac)
Saint Raymond Nonnatus Parish Church is dedicated to a saint from the Spanish province of Catalonia. His nickname (Latin: Nonnatus, “not born”) refers to the fact that he was born by Caesarean section, as his mother died while giving birth to him during the procedure. St. Raymond is a patron saint of childbirth, midwives, babies, young children, pregnant women, and priests who wish to maintain the secrecy of confessions.
Visita Iglesia is a good practice every Holy Week. You get to travel, repent, pray, and even have a hope that your wish will be granted when you finish visiting seven churches and praying the Station of the Cross.