5 Best Retreat Spots Near Manila

25 March 2024
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As we solemnly observe Holy Week, it is the perfect time to reflect, recharge, and reconnect spiritually. While a grand getaway is tempting, there are incredible retreats just a short distance from Manila that offer tranquility and spiritual renewal.

Mount Purro Nature Reserve

Nestled in the heart of Antipolo, this eco-retreat is a haven for nature lovers. Hike through lush forests, participate in organic farming, and be inspired by sustainable practices. Find peace amidst the beauty of nature while contributing to its preservation.

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Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain

Perched atop Antipolo, Rizal’s verdant slopes, Touch of Glory offers a panorama that stills the soul. It’s a sanctuary for those seeking solitude and a deeper spiritual bond. Whether you come individually or with a group, this serene environment fosters spiritual growth and inner peace.

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Oasis of Prayer

Escape the city's chaos and find solace in the tranquil gardens and ponds of this retreat in Silang, Cavite. The gentle sounds of nature provide the perfect backdrop for introspection and spiritual renewal.

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Regina Rica

This sprawling sanctuary in Tanay, Rizal, blends spirituality with nature conservation as you explore tranquil gardens, attend prayer sessions, and participate in eco-activities that promote harmony with the environment. When you visit, prepare to be awestruck by the towering 71-foot statue of Our Lady of Regina Rosario.

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Tucked away in the picturesque town of Nasugbu, Batangas, this Dominican retreat center is known for its serene atmosphere and stunning landscapes. Find peace amidst rolling hills and verdant gardens. This idyllic sanctuary offers a chapel, a labyrinth, and a space for prayer, meditation, and reflection.

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Embrace Your Sanctuary at Empire East

Whether through prayer, meditation, or communion with nature, each of these sanctuaries provides a unique opportunity to reflect on the teachings of the season and embrace the transformative power of faith. 

While these can offer temporary respite, your journey to a serene life doesn't end when you return home. At Empire East Highland City, located along Felix Avenue, Pasig-Cainta, you'll find a haven for peace every day. 

Within this luxurious uphill community lies Highland Forest, a sprawling natural forest that becomes your personal retreat within the urban landscape. Amidst its lush foliage, you can reconnect with yourself, reflect on your faith, find solace, and become a part of nature’s embrace.

To further nurture your spiritual well-being, this luxurious landmark development adds a 500-seater church to its amenities to serve as a spiritual hub for residents and visitors, providing a sacred space for worship, reflection, and community gatherings.

At Empire East Highland City, your sanctuary is more than a destination; it is a way of life. Discover your urban retreat and embrace the serenity within — every single day.

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