Side Trip: The Monastery of the Transfiguration


I've been in Malaybalay City countless times before but haven't got the chance to explore its offerings. So after visiting a sick relative in Valencia City, my family decided to take a side trip and headed to the Monastery of the Transfiguration.


THE ALTAR. The Altar of  The Monastery of the Transfiguration in Malaybalay City. 
It was a typical cold and misty afternoon in Malaybalay when we reached the site of the said monastery. We estimated that from Sayre Highway, the monastery was three kilometers away.


The pyramidal chapel that contains the stone altar table was empty on our arrival.  It was fifteen minutes after three in the afternoon and the next mass will commence half past five. In some ways we liked it that the chapel was empty of devotees because we felt more the exclusivity and the holiness of the place.

Malaybalay's usual cold weather adds tranquility to the monastery. The calming silence, the picturesque scenery and the cold air, all contribute to the paradise-like ambiance of the place where time stood still.

The simplicity of the chapel's architectural design provides a modern twist to the old yet surviving religious faith; making it very attractive to the young people.

We left the place soon after we finished praying because home was still a long drive. Even for a short period of time, it was wonderful to experience God's never fading presence in one of his beautiful sanctuaries.

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