God is speaking to us in many ways but there are times when hearing gets difficult. This is why it is important to “meditate” on God’s words; meditation demands focus and clarity of mind. A quiet secluded place always comes in handy in order to fully reflect. When one says “quiet place”, what rings first in mind is a retreat center. (I must say I’m hesitant to visit retreat centers because I associate them with facilitated activities and big groups.)
It was only recently that I learned about prayer mountains. According to Wikipedia, a prayer mountain is a “facility built on a piece of elevated, privately owned land for the purpose of prayer, meditation and fasting.” In the Philippines, there is one known prayer mountain in Antipolo that provides the tranquility a person would need. Thanks to my good friend, I’ve come to know the Promised Land Prayer Mountain in Alfonso, Cavite. If you’re considering the proximity, this prayer mountain allows accessibility for people hailing from the south of the metro.
At a glance, the area looks flat and undisguised. The fanciest thing to draw your attention would be the rawness of the place; it’s just nature in its sincerest form. One would easily spot the garden thoughtfully landscaped by an enthusiast rather than an expert.
I have nothing much to say about the Promised Land because the experience is not focused on the facilities but on the serenity the prayer mountain provides. There are many areas here where you could do your quiet time: the open garden, the bamboo view deck and the bamboo tower house.
Much to my surprise, I found another spiritual family here. Tita Anna May, the owner, greets her guests with enormous warmth and kindness. The food, the company and the atmosphere are all filled with love. Her home was open to everyone as well!
Instead of well-designed homes, expect to sleep in an unfinished quaint house made of repurposed doors and windows. One might feel exposed because of the openness but it was beautiful the way it was. There are no shut doors and no padlocks in this house. (Except for the washroom, of course!)
The morning after, I was woken up by a beam of orange light onto my face and the sound of a rooster crowing. I must say I had a great sleep even without air conditioning, Venetian blinds and television whatsoever.
To truly appreciate the beauty of the place, I highly recommend you to make a visit. It might not have been the most comfortable stay but there’s no doubt that it’s a peaceful one.
How to get there
via Private Car
- From Tagaytay-Nasugbu road, turn to Alilio Road. For your landmark, the Brgy. Upli arch is across Splendido Tagaytay. (Use Waze or Google Maps as guide.)
- Drive straight ahead following the signages that lead to Kampo Trexo.
- When you reach Kampo Trexo, advance a bit further and you will find the gate to The Promised Land Prayer Mountain.
- From Manila, take a bus going to Nasugbu or Alfonso. Alight at Splendido Tagaytay.
- Opposite to Splendido Tagaytay is the Brgy. Upli arch where you will find a line of tricycles. The fare will depend on your negotiation with the driver, but as per others, the rates go around ₱150- ₱200 roundtrip. Ask for the driver’s contact details so he can pick you up on your way back to the main road.
The Promised Land Prayer Mountain
Address: Brgy. Palumlum, Alfonso, Cavite
Contact Number: 0905 372 0578