April 12, 2019
Faith, sports and stamina come together in an early celebration of Lent in the sixth edition of Bisikleta Iglesia.
Organized by the Lima Park Hotel, this unique expedition takes devotees and biking enthusiasts on a 42-kilometer journey of seven beautiful Batangas lakeshore churches. It kicks off on April 13 at 5 a.m.
This awesome faith, sports, and heritage tour stops at Sto.Niño Parish Church, Marawoy, Lipa City; St. Therese of Child Jesus, Lipa City; Minim Nuns of St. Francis of Paola, Lipa City; National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio, Sto. Tomas; St. John the Evangelist Parish Church, Tanauan City; Nuestra Señora de la Soledad Parish Church, Tanauan City; and Immaculate Conception Parish Church, Malvar.
Rising as one of the main faith tourism attractions in Batangas is the National Shrine of St. Padre Pio. It was among the churches that housed the “incorrupt heart” relic of the saint from Pietrelcina, Italy when it arrived in the country in October 2018 as part of an organized worldwide tour. Considered as the “Saint of the Millennium,” St. Padre Pio is best known for his charity and gift of stigmata.
According to Lima Park Hotel’s Director for Marketing and Corporate Communications Rose Landicho, Bisikleta Iglesia is an initiative to promote wellness, sports, and faith tourism in Batangas.
“Our Bisikleta Iglesia is an excellent vehicle to promote the province, its attractions, its rich culture, and noble heritage,” she said.
Expecting to attract more than 400 pilgrim bikers, Landicho shared that Lima Park Hotel has been working with the Department of Tourism (DOT) to develop Batangas as one of the more accessible destinations for religious tourism in the country.
“Lipa, in particular, is a virtual showcase of beautiful churches, both old and new. In fact, Lipa is dubbed as the Little Rome of the Philippines; thanks to its numerous churches, chapels, convents, and seminaries,” Landicho intoned.
Last year, Bisikleta Iglesia attracted over 300 bikers whose ages ranged from as young as eight years old to seniors aged 70 years old. They took the 52-kilometer road adventure that started in Malvar all the way to Balete and down to Lipa.
Landicho pointed out that this event has the elements of a spiritual retreat on the road. Like last year, Bisikleta Iglesia 2019 features prayers, reflections, and sharing in every stop with 14 riders, led by Fr. Robert Reyes, carrying their own stations of the cross and assuming the responsibility of being station leaders.
At P450 registration fee, the amount includes breakfast, lunch, and pitstop snacks. First 100 registrants receive a commemorative Bisikleta Iglesia shirt, plus a chance to win exciting raffle prizes.
Lima Park Hotel is also offering the Bisita Batangas Vacation Specials in time for the Lent season. The Family Getaway deal can be booked on a weekend for only P5,000 while the Family Staycation package can be enjoyed for only P3,499 when booked and bought 14 days in advance.
In both offers, vacationers can enjoy the hotel’s Wi-Fi access, amenities such as the gym, pool, and children’s playground and a 30-minute complimentary use of the hotel bikes.
About Lima Park Hotel
Located at Lima Commercial Estate, Lima Park Hotel is the first and only 4-star hotel in the province of Batangas. It boasts of 136 guest rooms, including Superior, De Luxe, Premiere Luxe, Suite, Executive Suite, and Governor’s Suite.
A consistent TripAdvisor Excellence Awardee since 2015, the property recently received its re-accredited status of a high 4-star rating from DOT.
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