The Way of the Cross in Banawa Celestial Garden

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Feature Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu

One of the prominent gardens in Cebu City, the Banawa Celestial Garden is most visited by Cebuanos and Roman Catholics during the Lenten Season. The gardens, which is actually a memorial park, is set on 12 hectares of rolling hills that is famous for their life-size statues depicting the passion of Christ.

It was on a Maundy Thursday when I visited the Banawa Celestial Garden. Left home alone because I wasn’t able to secure a ticket going to my province in Leyte, I got curious about the garden when it was flashed on the television.

Motor Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
Motorcycles waiting at the corner of the main road.

Banawa Celestial Garden

It is accessible by public transportation like jeepneys and taxicab. Take note that when asking for directions, it is easy to refer to the place as Good Shepherds Road. If you don’t have a private vehicle, there are lots of motorcycles that will take you to the gardens which is around a 5-minute ride from the main road.

Entrance Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
At the entrance, you will be greeted by a grandiose arch.

There are vendors selling prayer books and guides outside if you don’t have one. Mostly, people come in groups and have a prayer leader that will guide throughout the stations of the cross. Since I was flying solo, I joined a group that brought a loud speaker and hanged with them until the 14th station.

Start Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
Starting point of the Stations
Speaker Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
A loud speaker used by one group
Station Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
Opening Prayer
Station 1 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
1st Station: Jesus is condemned to death
Station 2 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
2nd Station: Jesus carries His cross
Station 3 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
3rd Station: Jesus falls the first time
Station 4 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
4th Station: Jesus meets his mother
Station 5 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
5th Station: Simon of Cyrene helps Jesus to carry his cross
Station 6 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
6th Station: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus
Station 7 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
7th Station: Jesus falls the second time

The stations are situated at different parts of the hills so you’ll be walking up and down. There are plenty of plants and trees around the area for some shade .

Group Walk Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
The road walks up to the hill
Station 8 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
8th Station: Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem
Station 9 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
9th Station: Jesus falls a third time
Station 10 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
10th Station: Jesus clothes are taken away
Station 11 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
11th Station: Jesus is nailed to the cross
Station 12 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
12th Station: Jesus dies on the cross
Station 13 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
13th Station: The body of Jesus is taken down from the cross
Station 14 Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
14th Station: Jesus is laid in the tomb

It was around 11:30 in the morning when I finished the way of the cross and it was scorching hot above the hill. Somehow it was part of the sacrifice you have to endure but don’t forget to hydrate yourself. There were hundreds of people in the area though I believe there will be thousands late in the afternoon especially on a Good Friday.

Cemetery Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
A memorial garden or cemetery a top the hill
Big Statue Celestial Garden Banawa Cebu
A big statue in the middle of the hill

The Banawa Celestial Garden is a perfect place for praying and meditating  during the Holy Week. The peaceful panoramic view of the mountains, skies and the Cebu City skyline is nothing less than spectacular. I will surely visit this garden at its peak on a Good Friday next time. Have you experienced the Way of the Cross in the Celestial Garden? 🙂

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I would like to join for a group tour for good Friday. Please advice if you have any program like this.

    Thank you,
    Ruby

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