EL SALVADOR’S DIVINE MERCY SHRINE

El Salvador, not the Latin American country, but the small city in the province of Misamis Oriental here in Mindanao is the home the 50 foot Statue of the Divine Mercy that is said to be tallest of its kind not only in this predominantly Catholic country of the Philippines but in the whole world. The city serves as a pilgrimage site for the many Divine Mercy devotees, thus, earned the title as “The City of Mercy” or “City of The Savior”. During the last two visits I had to my relatives in Cagayan De Oro City, I made it a point to visit the holy grounds of Divine Mercy Shrine.

DIVINE MERCY SHRINE (242)My aunties and uncles residing in Cagayan De Oro are all Divine Mercy devotees. Part of their devotion is to visit the shrine regularly as it is just 30 minutes drive from their homes. Whenever they have visitors staying for couple of days, bringing them too to Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador became customary to them. That’s the reason why I came to see the Shrine for two times.

DIVINE MERCY SHRINE (162)It was Lenten Season when they first brought me to the Divine Mercy Shrine. It was Black Saturday to exact. While we were on our way to the shrine hills, I was actually clueless how it looked like. I thought it was just the usual shrine I have visited in the past. To my surprise, it was way too different from what I thought. The tall and huge statue of Jesus Christ was visible from highway peeping from the green vegetation surrounding the hill. “Gigantic!” I exclaimed in sheer amazement.

DIVINE MERCY SHRINE (156)As we entered the holy ground, it was the back of towering statue of the Divine Mercy that immediately struck me. It seemed to possess an enigmatic pull wanting me to immediately come closer. As we headed to main grounds, my cousins told me I should wear a blue cloth provided by the shrine administrators to cover my legs since wearing of shorts and other revealing clothing is prohibited in the pilgrimage site. After doing so, we proceeded in front of the towering statue of Jesus Christ, the Divine Mercy.

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My First Visit in 2010

My Second Visit, 2012

My Second Visit, 2012

When I finally stood in front of the 50-foot statue of Jesus, an inner peace rapidly hit me. Silence enveloped the whole place. I felt I was in front of my God, so huge and strong, and there I was standing in front of Him so humbled knowing I was so small. For a moment, I glued myself to where I stood marveling at the world’s tallest statue of Divine Mercy. It was just marvelous.

The Macalajar Bay

The Macalajar Bay

Adding the serene surrounds of the Shrine were the perfectly manicured flower garden and landscape that seemed to blend the sacredness of the Pilgrimage Site. Being situated on a hill 500 feet above sea level, the shrine looks out to the waters of Macalajar Bay – a spectacular view that add more reason to appreciate the Divine Mercy Hill.

DIVINE MERCY SHRINE (382)Just like my relatives in this side of Mindanao, the Shrine is frequented by many people from different parts of the country and some travel far from across the globe, Divine Mercy devotees and alike. Faithful come by the thousand everyday not just to marvel at the 50-foot statue and to see the spectacular view around but to pray in this holy ground. For those firm devotees like my Aunties and Uncles, the Divine Mercy Shine of El Salvador is a miraculous center of healing bringing the Lord’s Divine Mercy to them deepening their devotion and renewed faith.

With My Cousins

With My Cousins

As for a traveler like me, visiting Divine Mercy Shrine is like putting a momentary stop on all my journeys to take a moment of silence to reflect and pray. This sacred site offers the best place to commune with our Creator.

I know I’ll be going back to Cagayan de Oro City to see my cousins again and for sure they’ll take me over to El Salvador’s Divine Mercy Shrine just like my two previous visits. This time I’ll look forward to staying there longer and perhaps make another kind of worthy travel – a spiritual journey with my Creator.

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My Aunts, Uncles and Cousins from Cagayan De Oro City

I would like to thank my Fernandez Family in Cagayan de Oro City for being so hospitable, as always, whenever I go there for a quick visit. Guys, your generosity and warmth give me all the reason to visit you there more often. Above all, you always make me feel I have a great family in you – malayo man, malapit din. See you soon guys!

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  1. I thought it was taken in the foreign country! Nice shot!

  2. Jon Diesta says:

    Hi! El Salvador is a Spanish word meaning “The Savior” and the Divine Mercy Statue in this small city is a popular spot for tourists during Holy Week. Great post!

  3. Right now, as I finished reading this post, I yearned to visit this Holy Ground in the Misamis Oriental, again. 3rd time, 3rd attempt, still failure. Twice when we went to Marawi, and third time when we visit the other barangay of the same city (el salvador city).

    Hope for the 4th time, it will be a success, since I am also a devotee of the Divine Mercy.:-).

  4. Susana S. Villaruel says:

    Praise God that I represented our Parish, The Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Turno, Dipolog City of Zamboanga del Norte to attend the PACOM 2013 last April 29-May 2013 at the Miracle Hills of the Divine Mercy, El Salvador City. I witnessed the Dancing Sun at the venue almost 5:00 PM on April 30, 2013. everybody are happy to witness the Miracles happened over there. Praise the Lord, Alleluia….Amen.

  5. benedict mary ambos says:

    Hi. I am amazed of how you took shots of the Divine Mercy Shrine. I have been there too twice. On the other hand, may I know how you put the flag counter in your blogsite for I am just new here.

  6. Hi. We are plannning to go there next week. How far is it ad how can we get there? c”,)

  7. I had experienced a miracle at the Divine Mercy Shrine.
    We were about to go up the stairs after given the skirts. My friend was ahead of me and all of a sudden, I felt an intense pain below my stomach. I can’t go up. I prayed to Jesus and asked Him not to test my desire to go up the Shrine. I asked the in charge if there was a way that I can go up, I was told there is a road at the back leading up. I asked our hired taxi and as we were travelling the road, the pain slowly ceased and it completely ceased when we reached the gate at the back of the Shrine. It was a miracle!
    My friend was looking for me and I told her about my experience.
    Angelina Collis, Tagum City

  8. I had experienced a miracle at the Divine Mercy Shrine.

    We were about to go up the stairs after given the skirts. My friend was ahead of me and all of a sudden, I felt an intense pain below my stomach. I can’t go up. I prayed to Jesus and asked Him not to test my desire to go up the Shrine. I asked the in charge if there was a way that I can go up, I was told there is a road at the back leading up. I asked our hired taxi and as we were travelling the road, the pain slowly ceased and it completely ceased when we reached the gate at the back of the Shrine. It was a miracle!
    My friend was looking for me and I told her about my experience.

    Angelina Collis, Tagum City

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