Jul 14, 2007

Photo Hunt 18: Shadow


PSHunt

I'd like to share with you some pictures I took of the monastery I have visited in Malaybalay, Bukidnon - Monastery of the Transfiguration. Bukidnon is known for the Del Monte Farm and its golf course. It's a great site no doubt but this monastery is the best place I've been when I was there.

Benedictine monks take care of the place and run their own store near the chapel. They have Monk's Blend coffee which I bought but haven't tried yet, Monk's Peanut Butter, peanut brittle or the Piniato. Also, religious relics, mostly St. Benedict medals. They say St. Benedict medals is worn to drive away evil spirits and prevent exorcism. The medals bear the phrases begone satan and may His presence protect us in the hour of our death, both in Latin.

I am not a Catholic but I appreciate the beauty of the place. It's very serene. Perfect for retreats or just some quiet walk. It has a very scenic view. This place soothes one's senses.

Here's a picture in one angle where huge church posts cast their shadows inside.

One of the bells of the church

A part of the interior. Note the altar made of solid rock.

The church's entrance.

The scenic view from the monastery.

28 comments:

chateau said...

That's a beautiful and peaceful place. I've never been to Bukidnon. When my hub and I retire TWENTY yrs from now!, we plan to go on a Philippine tour. Will add this Monastery to the list (yes there's a list and it keeps growing hehe).

Kissedalotatoads said...

How peaceful. Those are beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing.

SASSY MOM said...

Fabulous photos, lynn!

Very tranquil indeed. I should visit that place one of these days.

thanks for sharing!

Che-Cheh said...

Nice photos...especially the first one.

Come and visit me. :)

mousey said...

great pictures youve got!
thanks for sharing. wish to visit there too.

happy weekend lynn!

julie said...

Lynn, love your pics. Bukidnon is like a paradise!

have a great weekend!

meeyauw said...

I've always wanted to go to a retreat at a Benedictine monastary. Your's is just gorgeous.

CRIZ LAI said...

Very nice shots on the shadows. Have a nice weekend! http://crizlai.blogspot.com/2007/07/photo-hunters-shadow_14.html

Janet said...

How beautiful! The pictures just throw a very peaceful vibe :-)

Thanks for visiting!

Opal: Vegan Momma said...

You have taken some lovely photos. I've always been fascinated with Monasteries.
Happy PhotoHunting!

Dragonheart said...

Wonderful photos! :) Very beautiful and peaceful. A lovely monastery.

My shadow.

Teena said...

Wow! What an interesting looking church!

Mine's up too :)

tegdirb92 said...

what a beautiful church!! Great shots of it.

Candice said...

Lovely shadow and beautiful place!!

YTSL said...

Nice photos -- and hope that your visit to the Monastery was fairly recent. Otherwise, that Monk's Blend coffee won't taste very good! ;S

Christianne said...

It looks so peaceful! I would love to visit. Is the whole place open to the public everyday, or are visitors restricted to the chapel and the store?

PowersTwinB said...

wow Lynn, great photos! I love that stone alter! That is amazing! and the shadow photos are perfect! My photo is up, please come and visit

Patricia said...

Wow, Lynn, that places look beautiful and your photos are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing them...and for stopping by Pollywog Creek earlier.

Jane said...

I've been to Bukidnon years ago, probably before this place was put up.

Beautiful photos! I wouldn't mind another trip to Bukidnon just to see this monastery! Thanks for sharing!

Ginabee said...

What a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing.

soccer mom in denial said...

Nice job. It is hard to photograph in such contrasting lighting. Thanks for yesterday's visit!

lady cess said...

wow! a perfect place for meditation. have never been to bukidnon although i have tried the monk's blend -- which is too strong for me :)

Heart of Rachel said...

Great photos! Looks like a wonderful place for reflection. Thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

CHRISTIANNE, I'm not sure if the whole place is open to the public. We went there w/o any advise so I guess the chapel and the store is open during the day till maybe 5pm. :)

tutubi said...

serene place

been there in 2003...love to re-visit someday

Lynn said...

TUTUBI, It is very peaceful! And the view is great.

Anonymous said...

my father just died and my friend who lives somewhere in Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon promised to bring me there again to reflect.

Indeed, it's a peaceful place!
i could still smell the aroma of newly brewed coffee =)

~ryan

maiylah's snippets said...

oh my ... i miss the place! We lived for a few years in Malaybalay City, and every Sundays we attended the Holy Mass at the Monastery.
precious memories ... thanks for posting! :)