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Philippines: Padre Pio Church in Libis, Quezon City

I guess each one one us has his/her own sanctuary — a place you go to when you just want to keep still and be quiet. Having to live in a city, I sometimes find it hard to even hear myself think! Even the gazillion Starbucks spread across Metro Manila does not provide a breathing space since they are usually crowded with students and professionals alike. And no, I am not a homebody, so my room does not count as a sanctuary for me. I like the idea of driving towards a certain place that is not home, but feels like home to me. I was looking for a place where I can stay for as long as I want until I am finally able to sort myself out. Believe it or not, I finally found my sanctuary…and surprise, surprise — it’s not a spa, it’s a church! :)

For some reason, my hubby and I are always drawn to stop by the Padre Pio Church in Libis, Quezon City. Actually, it is officially called as the St. Pio Chapel…but I am stubborn and prefer to call it a church. Hihihi! Why? Because I think it is too grand to be called a chapel. When I first went there, I immediately appreciated its clean and simple facade, which was some sort of a replica of the church where Padre Pio has carried out his mission for many years — the Church of Our Lady of Grace in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy. Here, take a look at how similar they look:

When I entered the church, I was awed at how beautiful the interiors are. You can really see that every nook and cranny of the place was well thought of. In fact, it is the only church I’ve been to that has thoughtfully created a glass-enclosed room for families with small children. They call this special room as the Calandra Room. The glass was put there to minimize the racket that small children unintentionally make while inside the church.  Isn’t that nice?

Right on top of the Calandra Room is the Bishop Jesus Sison Memorial Hall. I think this is some sort of an audio-visual room; but on Sundays, since the church is really packed, they also allow churchgoers to go up there and participate in the Holy Eucharist by watching the celebration through a big white screen. Just like the church, this place is also air-conditioned.

There’s also a small outdoor area just behind the church, which is again thoughtfully equipped with wall fans, air coolers, tables, and chairs. There, you can also light candles on designated areas. You wouldn’t miss this part of the church, which they call as the Rev. Fr. Alessio Parente Patio, because you have to pass through this place on your way to the comfort room. And, to my delight, there are alcohol pumps right outside the toilets so that everyone can disinfect their hands after doing their thing. I am so happy with the people who thought of putting a disinfecting station in the church because even the biggest malls in Manila don’t give out alcohol for free! Oh, there’s a vendo machine there, too! Amazing!

Right next to the vendo machine is a glass door that leads you to the little store that sells anything and everything Padre Pio — from rosaries, to prayer books, to statues, to stickers, to magnets, etc. I just want to share with you that among all the things I bought there (there are quite a lot already), my favorite is a collection of Padre Pio books written by Fr. Marcellino Iasenzaniro. It has three volumes and basically the books talk about the personal experiences of people with Padre Pio and the answered prayers / miracles that they obtained through his intercession. It is such a blessing to read these books:

Lastly, they also have a special place for the church’s collection of angel figurines and live birds. They call this place the Garden Angel Aviary, and it is located at the right side of the church.

Truly, it is one of the most beautiful churches I have ever been to in my entire life. I suggest that you take the time to go there while there’s no Mass going on so you can read all the testimonials of Padre Pio devotees that are framed and hanged on the church walls. You can also write Padre Pio a letter and drop in one of their special boxes. I have personally obtained an answered prayer days (yes, days!) after I wrote to Padre Pio, my greatest intercessor. You can read about it here.

Now that we are based here in Paris, France…I find myself always missing my little sanctuary in the Philippines. I dare say that the Padre Pio Church in Libis is not just a place of worship, but a place where one can commune with his soul and with his God.

For the schedule of masses and novenas in this church, please click here.

For directions going to this church, please click here.

Comments

Comment from Tess santos
Time: August 12, 2012, 10:32 am

As i was reading all the comments/testimony here,i dnt know the feeling but my tears keep on falling.
Before,may nakapagsabi n saken na mag try dw kme magpunta sa st.pio chapel,at subukan dw na maging deboto ni padre pio
every wed nagnonovena ako to our mother of perpetual help,coz d p rin ako nwawalan ng pag asa,na magkaroon kme ng baby.I was diagnosed of having an obstructed falloppian tubes and im a polycystic,so for almost 5 yrs now,we still keep on praying na ibless kmi ni god na magka baby..
Please padre pio,help us..and im looking forward to go to st.pio chapel the soonest possible time
thanks for this blog.friends,help us in praying.many thanks.god bless us all.

Comment from Dra. Cruz
Time: August 24, 2012, 5:40 am

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Thank you and God bless us all!

Comment from maritess an
Time: August 27, 2012, 2:25 pm

Padre Pio thank you for guiding me always, again at this very crucial time in my life, am asking for your help. Please Please i need your guidance again. Padre Pio please help me

Comment from maritess an
Time: August 27, 2012, 2:31 pm

thank you padre pio..i have peace everytime i visit your sites….

Comment from nilda
Time: September 13, 2012, 6:13 am

thank you padre pio for give me an oppurtunity for permanent position.again thank you po…

Comment from Philip D.
Time: September 17, 2012, 8:48 am

I have heard the name Padre Pio since decades ago when I was a child, but it was only a week ago that I really get to know this holy man. The more I read about his miracles and about his life, the more I am drawn to him. I will visit his chapel in Libis, and I hope to experience what you and your readers describe as feeling peaceful that you wouldn’t want to leave the place. Thanks for this article!

Comment from mark
Time: September 22, 2012, 8:21 am

Hi,

I just want to ask if there is a celebration tomorrow for Padre Pio feast day in Libis… thanks

Comment from Myrna mojica
Time: September 23, 2012, 2:13 am

May i know the mass schedules at st.padre pio chapel . Thank you very much .

Comment from brenda
Time: September 23, 2012, 6:33 am

Just came from the Padre Pio Center unfortunately wasn’t able to enter coz there was so much devotees. I just want to thank GOD for granting my prayers thru the intercession of San Padre Pio. I will visit the chapel tomorrow and have to thank Padre Pio in silence and peace. For those who have not meet Padre Pio yet, i am a recipient of his kindness. I praise GOD for sharing Padre Pio with us.Masses at the center is 5pm daily ; 10am 12nn 5pm 7pm on Sundays. I also give my thanks to Our Mother Of Perpetual Help and to God be the glory.

Comment from Dolores
Time: September 23, 2012, 5:31 pm

thanks, Monette for being an instrument for others to know more about Padre Pio..and thanks everyone for sharing the miracles in your lives..i am so touched by all these.. i promise myself i will go visit the church and will be a devotee of Padre Pio. i’m praying for all your intentions as i also ask for your help in obtaining my petitions. there is no doubt in my heart and mind that all our prayers will be answered in His time. Just PRAY,HOPE and Don’t Worry!! God is good all the time! Padre Pio, please help my son, Mark,pass the Bar examinations this October.. and may our prayers for a bigger St.Jude Chapel in Legazpi City be granted,and a mass in honor of Padre Pio be said every Friday as is also the wish of Fr.Joseph..God bless us all!!

Comment from madz
Time: October 5, 2012, 2:35 am

hi gud am.just want to ask lung pano pagpunta sa chapel kung mangagaling ako pasay taft mrt.gusto ko pumunta tom.thanks

Comment from Louie
Time: October 10, 2012, 9:24 pm

I don’t know where to start afterreading all the miracle of Padre Pio to all of us.
I want to thank Padre Pio first for all the blessings even though sometimes i forgot to say thank you for the simple blessings because i focusing to my fiancee to be healed/change his attitude ,being immature and to come back to so we can start all over again.Im asking you to pray for me this biggest burden in my life..
Thanks for this site Ms.monette i am looking forward to post again here..
PRAY..HOPE…DONT WORRY…..

God bless yo all

Comment from Carla
Time: October 12, 2012, 9:52 am

We are two years married and want to conceive a baby and want it to be a baby boy. My supervisor knows about it and just told me this morning to go to St. Pio’s chapel in Libis and stories of Padre Pio’s and his gratefulness. I’m in shock that there is a lot of miracle stories, while reading I’m having a ghost bumps and eagerly wanted to go to St. Pio’s Chapel. I want to Pray to bless us a baby boy, also I want to pray for my Family, my mother had her operation in gallstone last 2011 and now her stone in kidney become bigger into 1.6cm please help me pray for her, I want her to be heal. In addition I want to pray for my sister having difficulties in finding a new joy. Safety and good health for my husband, tatay and in-laws.

Please include my prayers and intentions to your prayers St. Pio’s devotees.

We love you Pader Pio and thank you Lord for giving Him to us.

Gobless us all!!!

Comment from Bran
Time: October 19, 2012, 4:14 am

I just wanna thanks Padre Pio for answering all my prayers it’s trully indeed that he’s so miraculous. Still i keep on praying daily that one of my biggest dream in life will be answered so soon. Heal me oh Lord thru the divine intercession of padre Pio.

Comment from Mary Joanne P. Rosales
Time: November 29, 2012, 5:48 am

It was November 7 of this year, one morning when I was pouring my heart out in front of the image of Sacred Heart of Jesus, It was a time in my life that I need healing for my body, soul, mind and spirit. I was praying and begging with full of tears in my eyes for God to send me an angel to help me overcome the the heavy burden that I was carrying. I have this prayer book that I used to pray every morning and ask for intercession of many Saints. But that specific morning, I only prayed for the intercession of one Saint, St. Padre Pio. God in His great goodness did not only sent me an Angel but a Saint. That same day, God was telling me to visit his Shrine in Libis, So, I filed an undertime from work and attended the 5:30pm mass in Libis, Padre Pio was there to welcomed me. When I entered the Chapel, eventhough it was full of churchgoers, you can feel the serenity of the place. His image near the altar caught my attention, I just kept on gazing at him and just felt peaceful. After the mass, and I went on to touch his relic and his image near the altar. I cannot really find the words how to describe it but when I touched his hand, it’s as if I am being lifted off the floor, as if I am light as a feather. I know right then that my healing has begun. First my physical healing, as all my Lab Results are Normal! my SGPT and SGOT for my liver is back to Normal and my T3, T4, TSH are all Normal values as well, Praise God! Emotionally I am still a healing in progress but I know in God’s own perfect timing, He will grant me the desires of my heart of finding a good and righteous husband. When I am whole again and when my heart is ready to love. But I never felt more happier. God has opened so many doors and opportunities in my life that Blessings just keeps on pouring in abundantly into my life including my Family. All I can do is thank God for giving me powerful intercessors in heaven…Nanay Maria, Tatay Jose and Tatay Pio! Praise be to God! For God’s greater honor and glory! Tatay Pio, I know you will be there to welcome me to when I come and visit you again. I’ll be with Jerry. :) I love you Tatay Pio!

Comment from cynthia
Time: December 13, 2012, 1:51 pm

hello guys! I just want you to pray for me and my family through the intercession of father PIo,

Comment from mucle
Time: December 15, 2012, 12:40 pm

gusto q po kasi sana pumunta po kay padre pio church kaya lang po im here from san juan batangas pano po ako makakarating jan mag cocomute lang po kami

Comment from mucle
Time: December 15, 2012, 12:42 pm

sana po father pio matupad ko na yung matagal ko ng hinihingi sa inyo
i love you father pio. god bless uss always

Comment from Ellen
Time: December 16, 2012, 2:50 pm

I was introduced to Padre Pio by my best friend Mat bec. she knows that i am carrying a heavy load and sabi niya Padre Pio will help me. The moment i stepped in the church, ibang-iba ang pakiramdam ko. Napa ka solemn ng atmosphere and i found peace inside me. It’s a miracle indeed. From then on, i attended mass regularly kay Padre Pio but what makes it more fulfilling is that I am attending mass with my whole family. Mabait talaga si Lord, through the intercession of Padre Pio, gumagaan ang bigat na dala ko at alam kong hindi niya ko pababayaaan. I will spread the word about the goodness of Padre Pio. Very inspiring ang mga testimonies na nababasa ko dito. I love u Padre Pio. God bless us all.

Comment from maria nellie
Time: March 19, 2013, 11:35 pm

Padre pio is my guardian, if ever i have problems padre pio came in to my mind. Yes, i was with st. pio”s church in libis and how i wish to be back there but i am in cagayan de oro city right now.. i am inviting everyone if they have much time to visit the church at libis and you can experience the holy spirit is within. As he said ” he will not enter the door in heaven until all his spiritual children will arrive. May God bless Padre Pio!

Comment from Genelyn agojo
Time: September 18, 2013, 3:19 am

I cried from the testimonials I read about St.Pio. I think I also receive his intercession. The first time I visited this church out of curiosity and word of mouth. The moment I entered the chapel, I felt different, serene. And out of curiosity again I never expected I was in queue to held Padre Pio hands at the left side of the altar. I wrote a letter and placed it at the petition box. It’s my time to held Padre Pio hands when I start crying. I know from that time he is with me and listening to my petitions. I am so lucky because I was the last devotee to help his hands because the mass was about to start. I am praying for good health for my love ones specially my mom who was in pain walking, also for continuous blessings, guidance, career growth, a partner in life that will truly love and deserve me and also for financial assistance. I am also praying to be successful applicant for Qatar Airways. I always pray and hopefully by 2nd/3rd week of this September they will call those who succed. I am praying that I am one of them.

St.Padre Pio, allow me to get this career and work overseas. Amen.

Comment from Genelyn agojo
Time: September 18, 2013, 3:24 am

I am also attending novena masses in Celebration of Feast of Padre Pio at Greenbelt Chapel Makati.

Comment from Genelyn agojo
Time: September 19, 2013, 3:20 am

Hello again. I am so happy kasi dinulog ni Lord through the intercession of Padre Pio ang prayers ko. Nag message na ang recruitment agency and told me I am selected and need to provide passport copy for employment offer. 5th day palang po natupad na po yung petition ko. Waiting for offer medical na Lang po ako. And still praying for continuous success ng apply ko. Big break po tlga Ito for me. Pagbubutihin ko po sa lahat ng aspeto. And take care All His blessings. Walang imposible sa Panginoon.

God bless us all.

Comment from Alyssa
Time: September 23, 2013, 1:48 am

There is a Padre Pio Shrine at San Pedro Sto. Tomas Batangas. I am encouraging everyone to visit the place. There are a lot of devotees visiting the place esp. every 23rd of the Month at 9am and 6 pm mass.

Pray, Hope and Dont Worry.

Comment from ai
Time: December 21, 2013, 9:27 pm

hi, i think someone copied your post.

It’s the same post that you have here.

http://xxpetitefilleperdue.wordpress.com/2012/05/20/padre-pio-chapel-in-libis-quezon-city/

Comment from monette
Time: December 21, 2013, 10:07 pm

Hi Aileen,

Thank you for taking the time to alert me that someone has indeed copied my post verbatim. It’s so sad. I already put in a request for her to take down the copied post as a courtesy to a fellow blogger like me.

Happy holidays to you, Aileen!

Monette

Comment from Malene Torrijos Brina
Time: December 28, 2013, 2:51 am

I will meet my old friends tom Dec 29, 2013 at St. Pio Libis it came- out as we texted just to see each other and I suggested that it will be in a church where we haven’t been to. I heard about St Pio during my high school days, one of my classmates gave me a St Pio picture, and after 20 years, I watched on TV and read that some famous personalities went to St Pio and telling everyone that it’s a nice place. I was surprised to know that there’s St Pio Chapel located in Libis Quezon City (I was not able to watch the Rated K episode) because I heard before that it is in Batangas.. As I want to gather information, I googled about St Pio-Libis and I came across FB page of St. Pio I called their landline and asked for the church direction. . Then today I found this blog and I read some posts here on church directions. I’m teary-eyed reading testimonials here. My mom passed-away last August 2013 I wish I knew the place before then and was able to bring her there… Padre Pio, please be with my mom Tasing. I’m still in grief. Please pray for me. Please also pray for me to get a new job soon I’m on my late 30’s. Thank you so much. Pray..hope..Don’t worry..

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Comment from Maria Nesa Abria
Time: February 18, 2014, 4:31 am

pls email me the complete add. i want to visit . isa akong Bible apostolate noon, catholic fait depender, but in active na me. mulanamatay ang husband ko.. thank so much.GOD bless..

Comment from Megs Ramos
Time: March 4, 2014, 7:02 pm

@Jhoie
From Cubao po mgtake po kyo ng Jeep papuntang Pasig, beside lng po ng Eastwood City Libis ung St.Pio (Petron Gas Station)..

Comment from Maria Theresa Yanson
Time: April 28, 2014, 10:41 pm

Matagal ko nang gustong bumisita kay Padre Pio dahil alam kong nagmimilagro so I decided na isearch sa google and I am happy nakita blog mo mam and I am so blesses…Now we plan to this coming summer time…Thank po mam talaga…Na-inspire ako sa mga comments sa blog mo at dito pa lang mam naniniwala talaga ako…Again thank you and GOD Bless you po always. Pag nakapunta na ako dun, i-share ko rin dito sa blog mo ang experience ko sa pagbisista namin…

Comment from Alyssa Jeanne Latag
Time: May 25, 2014, 2:14 am

Hello Everyone! kakapunta ko lang po sa Padre pio Chapel sa Libis QC last may 17. iba po talaga pag enter mo plang may scent ka na maaamoy na never ko pa nasmell in my life. i love those hanging rosaries na naka sabit around the area by those whose wishes was granted by padre pio….punta din po kau,sinundan ko lang po ung instructions ng mga nagpost dito kung pano pumunta dun. God Bless us….

Comment from Cynthia M. Sarmiento
Time: July 15, 2014, 4:26 am

Hope n pray ko po sana na mapagaling ni Father Pio ang granddaughter kong c Baby Cassandra. She was prematurely born last Oct. 21, 2013 and only 8 months old now. She is being treated at home due to her poor health and needs continuous medication. She has a standby oxygen at home because of her weak lungs. We were there at Sto. Tomas, Batangas last July 5, 2014 for healing, and will continue to go there so that she will be cured. We come from Bocaue, Bulacan and left the house at 6:00 am last July 5, and we arrived at exactly 9:00 am. More Power to ur Parish Church and we thank you for all the assistance extended to my Granddaughter Cassandra. We will be there on Saturday, July 19, 2014 for her continuous healing and GOD BLESS US ALL. Thank you very very big and see u all there at Sto. Tomas.

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