What does heaven look like?
Isn’t this something a lot of people wonder about, especially kids? And when heaven is described, isn’t heaven always pictured to be a place that looks so white and so bright? There’s a place on earth now that makes that imagined heaven a reality.
Garin Farm in San Joaquin, Iloilo is described as heaven on earth. It’s a pilgrimage site and a popular tourist attraction that’s located about 50 kilometers away from the city proper. The main attraction in this place is the Pilgrimage: A Journey from Creation to Ascension.
You’ll have to climb 480 steps up the top of the hill to see a huge cross on top and the dark meditation tunnel that will allow you to see the place they call heaven on earth.
Good thing I have strong legs and endurance now. So 480 steps you say? Ready for the climb! Some tips – bring facial mist, water to drink, dress comfortably with shades or umbrella to shield you from the heat of the sun and apply sunblock too. If you don’t want to climb though, that’s also okay since there are golf carts in the place that you can rent to take you to the top or bring you back down.
On the way up, you’ll also see various life size statues of Biblical events such as Noah’s Ark and Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.
When you get to the Meditation Tunnel, there will be a tour guide waiting to explain what you are about to go through. You’ll be asked to close your eyes for a little bit as you go in the tunnel – don’t worry, your eyes will adjust after a few seconds. The tunnel represents our negative trials in life and of course when you surpass these trials, you’ll find redemption in heaven.