Snapshots of the Divine Mercy Shrine in Misamis Oriental

How do I begin…My family are believers; me, not so. I was raised Catholic and have marveled at the church’s long — both glorious and horrible — tradition of Christianity. There are even times when I ponder on the idea of a supreme being, just not as rigid as those written in ancient texts.

While in CDO for the holidays, the family decided to visit the Divine Mercy Shrine in Misamis, Oriental. It was both to attend a holiday Mass and as a form of thanksgiving for my sister's speedy recovery and father’s 60th birthday.

I tagged along and took some shots of the place.

Snapshots of the Divine Mercy Shrine in Misamis Oriental Toy car

Since I was a kid, religious statues and imagery have creeped me out. They look otherworldly. It was no different this time. Gazing upon this gigantic statue of Jesus Christ...not the bad kind of weird. Just the normal one. It takes some minutes to get used to.

Snapshots of the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador

The place offers a view of Camiguin Island. It was cloudy that day and the island is no more than just an outline. We got lucky, though. As the sun was setting, Camiguin started to peek out of the cloudy horizon together with an interesting double rainbow. However I tried, I just couldn’t capture the two overlapping rainbows. Below is one poor attempt.

Snapshots of the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador

There's very little chance that I'll be back to the place. If you're a follower of Catholicism or want to witness the religious aspect of being Filipino, the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador is a great place to visit.

Snapshots of the Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador