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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 Paolo Barazon
Time: September 17, 2009, 3:08 am

The chapel (“church” to you ;) ) is really great! In my book, it’s one of the best places to go for a spiritual experience. The Fr. Parente Patio (and the chapel near it) is especially a good place for finding that solitude you need :)

Some notes:

* The reason they can’t call it “church” is that only parishes and cathedrals (and any “higher” churches) can use the term “church”; a lesser church or any such church privately-built can only be called a “chapel”. I know, Catholic bureaucracy :-|

* There’s a similar “children’s room” in the newly-opened chapel at the SM Megamall. Don’t know if you’ve been there. The children’s room is discreetly placed near the entrance, to the left of the altar. The new Mega chapel, I think, opened just a few months ago. You may also want to check that out, too.

* Have you seen the video “The Last Mass of Padre Pio”? (I think they’re selling DVDs of it at the Padre Pio chapel.) I haven’t seen it myself, just saw excerpts from a TV documentary I saw…so I learned, the mass took place just one day before Padre Pio died :( And the excerpt I saw showed him to be so frail he had to be assisted by other priests to descend the altar. It’s such a moving scene.

Comment from Rollie Bartolome
Time: September 17, 2009, 11:00 am

Hi Monette,

I was reading your blogs and believe it or not i was getting goosebumps while reading it. I saw the feature in Rated K last Sunday (Sept. 13, 2009) my wife is the one watching tv then and I am listening music in my iPod and the Rated K feature caught my attention. Then yesterday my wife and I go to Libis immediately and you are absolutely right! The place was very very very nice “yong tipo bang makakalimutan mo lahat ng problema mo pag nandon ka at ayaw mo ng umalis”. I think I found a new friend in Saint Pio and a new friend again in you, because we both have the same faith in Him. Please contact me if it is ok with you my e-mail address is rollie.bartolome@yahoo.com and my ym id is y2k_wiz. I’ll be expecting to hear from you soon. Have a nice day and God Bless.

Rollie B. Bartolome

Comment from monette
Time: September 17, 2009, 12:26 pm

Hi Pao!

Thanks for the notes! I’ve learned a lot…specially about Catholic bureaucracy…hihihi! :)

I wish I can visit the chapel in Megamall, but since I am on the other side of the world right now, I will have to wait until I get back home. Yes, Philippines is still my home…and despite the pollution, traffic, and corruption (sigh), I still miss it everyday.

I have to go and see where I can get the video you mentioned. It’ll be interesting to finally get to see Padre Pio in action. I am always intrigued why his Masses last for hours and hours…and they said that he’s really in pain during the Consecration part because he relives Jesus’ suffering at the Calvary every time he says Mass. And to take all that for 50 years??! My, my, my… :0

I’m happy you share my love for that little chapel in Libis. Say a prayer for me when you visit there, ok? I terribly miss that place. :(

Comment from monette
Time: September 17, 2009, 12:30 pm

Hi Rollie!

Thanks for visiting my blog. :)

So, you finally visited the place! It’s really nice, isn’t it?! I’ve noted your email address and I’ll send you an email so you’ll know mine. Warm personal regards to your wife and I wish you both wonderful Padre Pio moments. :)

Comment from sandra sobel
Time: September 21, 2009, 9:30 pm

thanks for publishing the address im looking forward na makapunta talaga I badly need miracles.

Comment from Josephine
Time: September 22, 2009, 4:15 am

HI! Tommorrow September 23 is the feast day of St. Padre Pio, i just wonder if i can hear mass at Padre Pio Chapel. May i ask the time of Mass being celebrated at the chapel in the morning and in the afternoon? Is there anyone know?

Thank you. God bless you.

Comment from Lynn C. Sinchongco
Time: September 22, 2009, 7:03 am

Hi! I have always been fascinated by the many amazing stories about Padre Pio. Thus I was so happy when I heard and read that there is a shrine here in Libis dedicated to the saint. I’ve been working here in Libis for the past five years but have no idea whatsoever where to find the exact location of the shrine. Could you kindly help me out on this? Thanks

Comment from Jhoie
Time: September 23, 2009, 1:08 am

Paan0 po papunta s church ni fr pio. C0mmute lang po kc kmi fr0m magalanes po kmi manggaling. Tnx po. Gus2 ko po kc tlg pumunta s chapel.

Comment from Jhoie
Time: September 23, 2009, 1:28 am

Pan0 po papunta sa church ni fr.pio. Sa magallanes po kami manggaling. Mg c0mmute lang po kasi kami. Tenx po!

Comment from Rollie Bartolome
Time: September 23, 2009, 2:10 am

Hi Lynn,

The exact address of Saint Pio Chapel is RER Compound 188 E. Rodriguez Jr. Ave. (C-5) Bagumbayan, Libis Quezon City, Metro Manila 1110 Philippines. Please refer to this like for the direction and map: http://www.saintpiocenter.com/Direction_%26_Map.html see you there and God Bless :)

Comment from Paolo Barazon
Time: September 23, 2009, 7:42 am

If you’re commuting: you can take the MRT and stop at the Ortigas Center station. Walk to Robinsons Galeria and then take a bus going to Rosario (Pasig) or Taytay. Tell the bus driver you’re stopping at Rosario or C5. Stop at Rosario Junction (just after the overpass) and then cross the street. Take a jeep going to Citibank or Cubao. Stop when you see Honda Pasig and Floor Center…the Padre Pio Chapel is just between these two establishments (there’s a signboard with Padre Pio’s head shot on it :) Fare for both the bus and the jeep are just the minimum fare.

You can also try stopping at the Araneta Center-Cubao MRT station and take the Citibank/Rosario jeep…just that, I don’t know where in Araneta Center you can find the jeepney terminal :( I usually take the jeep from Eastwood going to Cubao, not the other way around.

Comment from Rollie Bartolome
Time: September 23, 2009, 8:51 am

A glimpse of Saint Pio Chapel in Libis Quezon City:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8hVW42K9QE

Comment from mark
Time: September 24, 2009, 3:40 pm

ask ko lang. tuwing kelan open ang st. padre pio church at anu oras?

Comment from Rollie Bartolome
Time: September 25, 2009, 2:43 am

Saint Pio Chapel in Libis on Rated K – September 13, 2009
http://y2kwiz79.blogspot.com/2009/09/sacred-place-in-libis-saint-pio-chapel.html

The St. Pio Chapel is open daily from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Comment from emilie Flores
Time: September 25, 2009, 12:54 pm

madali lang po bang mapuntahan ang church sa libis ni st.pio?

Comment from Gino
Time: September 25, 2009, 2:40 pm

Hello Monette,
I inform you that there is a Padre Pio prayers group in Paris.
It is animated by cappucini.
We pray the first saterday of each month.
I will not go for the two next months (because in november I will be in San Giovanni Rotondo with 20 others persons coming from France and 30 persons coming from Italy, and in october I will be in Italy to finalyse the coordination of this trip)
In june, I was in Doha for my job and I attended in a philippine mass. It was beautiful.

Comment from Larry Lim
Time: September 27, 2009, 8:15 am

may i know the schedule of mass in saint pio chapel?thanks a lot

Comment from ely
Time: September 30, 2009, 12:27 pm

can you please help me with the direction to the church in libis me and fiancee are planning to go tommorrow if i find the directions if not we might not go and i really want to visit the church. ill be coming from sta. mesa HELP PLEASE…….

Comment from kathy
Time: October 9, 2009, 6:47 pm

hi,tnx for the lots of info..esp.on Padre pio…and also where can i buy gota kola tea or leaves? tnx…
kathy

Comment from charisse
Time: October 14, 2009, 10:35 am

hi!

my friend and I are planning to go to the Church of Padre Pio this coming weekend. Can i ask if you know, the easiest way to the Church (say from Cubao or Megamall)? i have to find the easiest and most comfortable way to the Church by public transpo beacuse my friend is restricted to light travels only. i hope you could help me. We are coming from South of Manila and we really need to find a way to reach the Church the easiest way. So much thanks to you. May God bless you and may Padre Pio guide you always.

Comment from charisse
Time: October 14, 2009, 10:40 am

hi again..

i think the comment of paolo barazon is already enough to answer my question..you may need not post my commnet.. but i still thank you for having this blog.. im looking forward to seeing the Church this weekend. God bless you..

Comment from Annie
Time: October 25, 2009, 8:58 am

Thanks for posting the map and address of Padre Pio’s chapel in libis, i really want to go a visit the place. When i heard that there is a chapel of padre pio in libis i ask my friends if they knew it but no one knows about it the only chapel they knew was in batangas.Last summer me and my friends went to padre pio’s chapel in batangas.

Thanks you so much, May the good Lord bless you and your family.

your sister in Christ,
Anne

Comment from Bobby Santiago
Time: November 4, 2009, 10:47 am

Hi Monette,

I guess the greatest miracle that everyone’s been praying for is change: change in your heart and soul. We have to change for good so that Padre Pio will bless us and hear our intercessions….How can our Lord hear our prayers if we will not change for good and live a simple life? I know everyone needs a miracle, but for me, the greatest miracle is change!!

Bobby

Comment from Emilia
Time: November 5, 2009, 6:37 pm

Hello! I’m Italian, and I was surprised to learn that there is a chapel dedicated to Padre Pio over in the Philippines. Well, it seems far away from Padre Pio’s homeland, but I think despite their physical distance from one another Italians and Filipinos have a lot in common in a cultural sense! So I was wondering: does Padre Pio have a big following in the Philippines?

Thanks.

Comment from Angelita Corona
Time: November 19, 2009, 9:03 pm

I was blessed to join a pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy last September. Included on the itinerary was a visit to San Giovanni Rotondo to view the uncorrupt body of St. Pio. I was ecstatic and tears welled in my eyes as I prayed and viewed St. Pio whose peaceful countenance only confirmed that He is now in the bosom of God Almighty. He had his resurrection after much sufferings, just like our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

My devotion to St. Pio began when my family and friends visited the chapel in Eastwood which is under the custody of Mr. Rodriguez (can’t remember his first name) whom we met then. He told us the long mystical story about how he started to build a shrine and got to be the custodian of St. Pio’s many relics.

As I entered the chapel, I felt POWER inside it.

As a reply to Emilia’s question if there is a big following in the Philippines, I must say there should be by now, because Mr. Rodriguez and his group are travelling all over the Philippines promotiong the devotion to St. Pio.

Comment from Kat
Time: November 22, 2009, 3:01 am

Impressive

Comment from Ailene
Time: December 11, 2009, 4:53 am

Hi Ms. Monette,

I was really amazed by your story, you are truly blessed. Hope to receive again another miracle thru Padre Pio’s intersession.

Can I have your email address? I want to share my stories with you.

Thank you and I am looking forward to hear from you soon.

Regards,

Ailene

Comment from Jess
Time: December 27, 2009, 7:03 pm

Hi! My brother’s having a wedding soon, and we’re looking at possible options for the church. I saw your post here and thought that St. Pio Chapel is really beautiful. Was wondering if you have contact number of the church so we can inquire if they accomodate weddings. Thanks a bunch!

Comment from Jo Ann L. Fano
Time: December 30, 2009, 3:29 pm

Hi po..puede po mag ask sa exact direction ng st. pio’s chapel f manggaling sa morayta espanya.i mean wat will be the easiest way f magcocommute po.sensia na po,i’m not quiet familiar po kc dito sa manila coz nandito lang po ako to take our board exam…salamat po..senxia na!

Comment from Judith
Time: January 5, 2010, 7:09 am

thanks a lot for posting that info. after I watch the rated K last September, I keep on searching all about Padre Pio and I never thought that there is a church of Parde Pio near in my house, I am so lucky because Padre Pio used you to keep me closer and closer to Him. Me and my family will attend mass every sunday. God bless us all.

Comment from Bing
Time: January 11, 2010, 3:53 am

Hi miss monette,

I read your letter about your wish to Padre Pio and how it was granted. I was so touched. I’ve been meaning to visit his church in Libis, but i don’t know the address so i searched the internet, and saw your blog. Thanks for all the info.
God bless you and your family!

Bing

Comment from Kim
Time: January 28, 2010, 12:28 pm

Hi do you know if they can actually hold or do marriage rites at Padre de Pio on Sundays? The couple who’s looking for a church near Quezon City is based in Italy and I think this is one nice church for them.

Comment from victorina a pagsibigan
Time: January 30, 2010, 4:58 am

Hi Ms Monette,
Our prayer group “Pangkat Panalangin ni Maria” from Malolos City , consisting of 14 members would like to visit and hear Mass at Padre Pio’s Chapel in Libis,Q.C. We have scheduled our trip on Friday, February 12,2010.
Please, may we know the schedules of Holy Mass for said date.
Thank you and God Bless !!

Comment from MIN DORADO
Time: February 11, 2010, 1:21 pm

ACTUALLY, ONE OF MY CLOSE FRIEND IS THE ONE WHO INTRODUCED TO ME ABOUT FR.PIO AND WHEN I VISIT SAINT PIO CHAPEL… I WAS AMAZED! THE PLACE WAS SO SOLEMN.. SO I TOLD MYSELF I WILL VISIT AND ATTEND MASSES AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK AND YES, ITS TRUE IF YOU TRULY BELIEVED WISHES WILL COME TRUE IN DAYS!

Comment from Almira Prieto
Time: February 16, 2010, 10:08 am

I would like to bring my aunt Lita to Padre Pio church in Libis on thursday… she is diagnosed with Brain Tumor, Malignant and is at stage 4.. Please help me pray for her. Thank you…

Comment from rick tuazon
Time: March 17, 2010, 4:33 am

Dear Monette,

Yes I have been there several times when I stayed at a condo in Libis. I am staying now in Mandaluyong and I surely missed the church and St. Pio so I decided to visit the the church again. I came across your blog and very inspiring indeed. Thanks for this blog as this will surely help in encouraging devotions to a great saint our St. Pio.

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