Friday, July 26, 2013

Finding Tranquility in Tamayong Prayer Mountain


Day 4

I've only heard and read about this place a few times before. And no, not from seasoned travelers. I heard about this from people who weren't just seeking for a new place to go to, but from people who were chasing serenity. I've seen their astonishing photos and I was sold.

After doing a little bit of research, I found out that you can't just walk-in there. You have to register first and a secure a recommendation letter from their office at Jose Maria College. You also have to pay PHP 100 per pax for Entrance Fee. These properties are owned by Apollo Quiboloy's family. Yes, Pastor Quiboloy of the religious group, The Kingdom of Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name. Others were probably taken aback because of this. But for open-minded travelers, this is not an issue at all. :)


the main gate


The Prayer Mountain is located at the foot of Mt. Apo, in Third District of Davao City, in Calinan. Going here is not very easy. From the city center, you have to travel to Calinan. Then from the town of Calinan, hire a habal-habal to take you to Tamayong. It was quite a ride! The pineapple plantations, the durian trees along the way and the very cold weather, altogether gives you a wonderful feeling. I once again felt that urge (the way I felt in Siquijor) to raise my hands while on the motorbike but then it was not safe hehe. All in all, it will take you less than an hour to get here.


welcome! :)


When we arrived, the security guard asked for our recommendation letter right away. After verifying it, he then called the guard on the other gate and instructed him to let us in. Apparently, there are different gates for the members and the visitors. We were immediately entertained by a Brother (I'm sorry, I'm really bad at names). First, we were asked to watch a video about why and how the place was built and of course about their activities. Don't worry, they are very nice and they won't persuade you to be a part of their religious group. You will actually feel their lightheartedness by the way they welcome visitors no matter what your religious background is. All you have to do is to return their kindness. :)


We were then escorted by Brother and he toured us in the entire vicinity. He was so nice that he was even holding the umbrella for us. Aww.

This place is also known as the Covenant Mountain and Prayer Center or Garden of Eden Restored (which was its old name). Upon entering the gate, you'll already feel a sense of peace and spirituality.


so zen





More than 50% of the flora here were imported from different parts of the world. No wonder some of the flowers we saw seemed unrecognizable but all of them were so beautiful!










The trees, the plants, the flowers, everything you see has that calming effect. This is an 8-hectare property. So imagine being in this vastness surrounded with God's creations.



 a tree almost touching the sky


This place was built here at the foothills based on the belief that a mountain had always been a significant place for God's dealing with men.



prayer gazebo



It's so fascinating how well this property is taken care of. As you walk along, you will notice a group of hard-working people tending to the plants and cleaning every corner of place. They say trucks of water are being used here everyday to maintain the beautiful garden and landscapes. And would you believe that every single plants that are prone to pests, are being soaped by the gardeners individually? :)



lizzie in wonderland :)


There's a relaxing music playing all around the garden and when we tried locating where its coming from, we found these big kick-ass outdoor landscape speakers. A pair of these cost USD 500, so it's roughly PHP 10,000 each! We found out that the garden's centralized music is being played 24/7. Just wow!


the soothing music source


The mansion below is the official residence of  Pastor Quiboloy himself. This is located at the northern end of the property.


Pastoral Mansion


On the northwestern part, you will see the Millenneal Houses.





These are grand row houses which are being used by the group members, visitors and pilgrims from other parts of the world whenever they have big events or gatherings here.



Pink Millenneal House


Their colors are pink, blue and yellow. And nope, it wasn't just because they liked those colors. The color code has a purpose. The blue house is for the men, pink for the women and yellow for families or couples. We were able to check out the inside of the yellow house. :)


Yellow Millenneal House


Across the Pink Millenneal House, is Victoria's Restaurant. In front of it is the Star of David Fountain. Here, we were asked to sign their guestbook and there was also a section there where you can give some donation to a children's foundation. That was not obligatory though, you just give whatever you can or if you have a spare money to share.


Victoria Restaurant


We had a fun and enlightening morning that day. It was one of the nicest gardens I've been too, and the first of its kind, I've seen in the country. I'm so glad we made it to this haven. Please don't be put off by the religion factor. They welcome everyone with open arms.


just happy :)


Did this post made you curious? So you want to go there too? Here's how:


Directions from Davao City:
  1. From Davao City center, go to Bangkerohan where the terminal to Calinan is.
  2. Take the L300 going to Calinan, fare is PHP 45.
  3. Disembark in Calinan town proper, there's a queue of habal-habal in one of the side streets there. Tell them to take you to Tamayong Prayer Mountain. Locals also know this as Quiboloy's. They charge PHP 30 each one-way (PHP60 back and forth). But since it is quite far and secluded, you may find it difficult to get a ride back to town. We asked our drivers to just wait for us and just paid them PHP 100 per person.

Other Tips:
  1. Registration and admission fee payment is at Jose Maria College. It is just adjacent to the airport.
  2. Please dress appropriately. No revealing tops, shorts or short skirts especially for the girls.
  3. Closed footwear is most preferred. Those pink shoes, I bought it in Davao because I just brought flipflops with me on this trip hehe.
  4. If you're going there on the sunny time of the day, you may bring your own umbrella to keep you protected from the sun.
  5. Most importantly, follow their do's and don'ts to show respect. You will get a list of those when you're done with your registration.

That's all! I hope you'll also enjoy the presence of God in this paradise garden. I swear, you'll leave the place with a lighter and a happier heart. :)




This is Part 3 of my Davao travel series.

32 comments :

  1. WOW! Thank you for the lovely pictures of tamayong prayer mountain :-) i hope one day we can visit the place also. Anyway do you have an email of tamayong prayer mountain? How can i register? Please tell me :-)
    Email me at apcbarbie@yahoo.com
    Thank you very much

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    1. Hi! You're very much welcome. I'm glad you liked the photos. It's even beautiful when you're really there. We went to their Davao City office personally to register. But you can send your inquiries at info@kingdomofjesuschrist.org. =)

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  2. i never knew such a beautiful place exists in davao. thank you very much for the detailed account. i'll try to visit it when i return.

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    1. Hi Gold! Yes, it is one of Davao's hidden treasures. Somehow, I am glad that not everyone knew about it because it keeps its peace and serenity which I really love. You're welcome and I hope you'll find yourself there soon! :)

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  3. how much is the registration fee?

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    1. Hi! It's there on the second paragraph. Thank you! =)

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  4. Thank you for sharing ur infos. about this garden of eden restored. So detailed! thank you talaga. :) Crossed-fingers, i wanna go here. :)

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    1. Hello Delta. You're welcome po! I want to share the beautiful places in our country as much as I could. Please visit the place, it will be so worth it! :D

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  5. hi...me and my co-workers planned to visit this place but we are not sure if we should bring baon for lunch or merienda....in their restaurant, do they serve lunch?...how much per pax?

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    1. Hello! Yes, they have a coffee shop and a restaurant inside. I have no idea of the prices though because we just basically toured it for a few hours and had no intentions of eating. Honestly, I would not recommend tourists bringing their own food in the vicinity. It is a Prayer Mountain, not some public picnic grounds where you can do as you please. In case you find their restaurant prices steep, you can always find cheap carinderias in Calinan where you can eat before or after touring the place. We had the best balbacua in that area! Have fun on your visit!

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  6. Hi! Are vehicles going to this place accessible/available at anytime of the day, starting point is center of davao city? Is it okay or safe to go there in the afternoon?

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    1. Hi there! Correct, from city center there is a terminal going to the district of Calinan. It is a busy area so you wouldn't have problems commuting there. I think it is fine in the afternoon. :)

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  7. Madali lang ba makakuha ng permit? :) then the visit is will be scheduled? Or pwede ka pumutnta anytime after securing the letter? Thanks! :)

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    1. Yes, madali lang po. You have to tell them your intended date of visit though. I believe they have to inform their staff and security guards sa Prayer Mountain of your arrival. You're welcome! :D

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  8. Hello. As a group po ba ang pupunta to secure the permit o pwde isang representative lang? Thank u.

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    1. Hi Liza. No need to go as a group to get the permit. Kahit isa lang kumuha, as long as you'll get and pay for the Entrance Fees of everyone in the group. :)

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    2. Ok po. Thanks.. how many minutes po from highway papasok sa Prayer mountain? Makakapasok po mga private vehicles? Thanks again.

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    3. I can't exactly recall but approximately 30-40 minutes. Yes, it's definitely accessible with private vehicle. Much better actually and baka mas mabilis pa to get there.

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  9. Hello! Tanong ko lang kung anong oras kayo pumunta sa Prayer Mountain and kung gaano kayo katagal nag-stay. Pupunta kasi kami ng friends ko this June. Thank you! :)

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    1. Morning po kami pumunta between 8-9am then umalis din kame ng lunch time. Bale half day lang kame dun kase nung second half of the day, sa Philippine Eagle Center naman kami pumunta which is malapit din lang dun. :)

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  10. Hello gud evning! Ask ko lng po kng skaling kkuha ng permit pwd ba a day b4 lng sa date n gs2 nyong pumunta? And pwd po bng my ksmang 7 year old na bata? Thank u!

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    1. Pwede naman po. Actually ganun din ginawa namin. Nung kumuha kami, the following day na yung visit namin. About po sa bata, hindi ako sure kase puro adults po kami. Tanong nyo na lang po sa office nila pagkuha nyo ng permit para sure. :)

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    2. Ok po.. hope ina allow nla ang bata.. from visayas pa kc kmi kng skaling d pwd ang bata wla ring mpag iiwanan.. very eager dn kc kming pmnta.. anyway thank u so much po! ;)

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    3. No problem! :) I think pwede naman. Kase meron magto-tour sa inyo dun. Maa-access nyo lang po yung mga places na ppwede and sasabihin rin naman nung guide yung mga restrictions. Don't worry, mababait po sila lahat dun. Enjoy your visit! :)

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  11. Hi po.. tanong ko lng. magkano po nagastos nyo (lahat2 fare, fee & ETC) papuntang prayer mountain? thank you. :)

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    1. Hi Erwin. Pakibasa na lang po yung post sa taas. I mentioned everything we paid there. Just do the math. Thank you.

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  12. Your postings are a pleasure to read! Keep up the awsome work!

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  13. Pwede po ba mag pre nup jan maam?

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    1. Please contact them directly na lang po. Thank you.

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  14. Hello miss, totoo po ba na hindi lang yung entrance fee ang babayaranmo? pagpasok mo daw sa place may ibibigay daw na mga envelopes for donation. Is it true?

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    1. Hi. If you read my post, I did not mention about a donation nor an envelope. Just the entrance fee.

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