A Trip to the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador City

I am a Catholic but I am not deeply religious. However, one thing I learned from father is that God is merciful as long as you repent for your sins. A great example is that criminal who was crucified beside Jesus. The criminal said something like, “Jesus, remember me when you enter your kingdom.” To  which Jesus answered something like, ” Today, you will be with me in  paradise.”   I believe that we will go to heaven through God’s mercy.

Anyway, I don’t want to impose my faith on anyone. I still believe in democracy- religious freedom, free speech, etc. We can all live together in harmony.

Anyway, after the Camiguin trip, we spent the night in Cagayan de Oro. The following morning, after we had breakfast, we hired a taxi to bring us to the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental.  From Cagayan de Oro, one can reach El Salvador in less than an hour.

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The Divine Mercy Shrine was established years ago through donations from generous individuals and groups. The place is huge and peaceful. There is a strict dress code. Shorts are not allow and female visitors must wear skirts. I already anticipated the dress code but I thought pants are allowed for women. I wore a wide pants which the guard approved.

Guard-approved pants. I love the flowers here.

Wrap-around skirts are available at the entrance for those who did not follow the dress code. Voluntary donations for this service are welcomed.  Tada! My companions are all wearing skirts! ( Saan ang sayawan? Kidding!)

However, the lady in prayer room noticed my pants and told me to wrap my shawl around my waist. I don’t see the logic behind this instruction but I followed anyway.

The main attraction to this place is the really large statue of the Divine Mercy.

The place is huge. I love the well-manicured garden.

Look at my aunt. She looked like she was in some palace grounds in France.

The statue was undergoing repainting when we went there. Nevertheless, the place is immaculately divine.

If you are a Catholic, you should visit the place.

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