Tagaytay is the country’s second summer capital next to Baguio due to its crisp and cool climate all year round. Aside from being an excellent vantage point of the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano, Tagaytay is indeed a treasure box filled with pleasure points all by itself. The Tagaytay Ridge is dotted with many parks and recreational activities where people seek respite from the daily pressures of life in the metropolis. Located 2,500 feet above sea level, the city enjoys a cool and invigorating climate characterized with a relatively low temperature, low humidity and occasional rainfall. The average temperature in Tagaytay is at 23 degree Celsius, which is rather a pleasant type of weather. For these reasons, it’s not surprising to know that the city remains a well-visited place ideal for spiritual retreats and personal meditation. It has earned yet another title for being the country’s “Center of Spiritual Retreat”. The St. Anne’s Shrine is then proof to this kind of claim.
Picnics, horseback riding and just plain view sighting are just some of the well-loved activities to do in Tagaytay. Tagaytay, however, is not just a picnic haunt but has given rise to many congregational houses, retreat centers and meditation shrines. The St. Anne’s Shrine is a small garden where a grotto of the Virgin Mary stands. The shrubbery and flowers of the surrounding gardens are well-trimmed and well cared for, which adds to its pleasant appeal. With Tagaytay being the perfect place for relaxation and meditation, a small grass clearing is seen in front of the grotto which serves as a conducive place for quiet reflection.
Saint Anne, also known as Anne, is the mother of the Virgin Mary and grandmother of Jesus Christ. A relic of St. Anne is embedded under her right hand and is believed to have the power to heal people. For this reason, pilgrims flock to this specific shrine in need of meditation or spiritual healing.
The Shrine of St. Anne is located at Baranggay Sungay in Tagaytay City about 2 hours away from the capital, Manila. It can be seen directly in front of Tagaytay Science National High School. To get to the shrine from Manila, take the BLTB buses that pass by the Baranggay Silang Crossing headed to the Tagaytay Market. Get dropped off at the crossing in order to take a jeepney to take you to Baranggay Sungay. The gate of the Shrine can be spotted right along the road.
Lush forests, open green lands and gentle slopes make for a calm scene that pleases and refreshes the eye. Tagaytay makes a favorable environment for meditation and concentration needed during conventions, training and retreats and attesting to this claim is the St. Anne’s Shrine in Tagaytay. Let Tagaytay be the place to take you back and reflect on your life from the past as well as where you’re headed to. Take in all the positive energy that Tagaytay provides and expect to leave with a renewed heart, soul and mind.