On January 29,2007, Msgr. Bauer and Msgr Alfred Voss from Essen Germany brought the relic themselves and was formally enshrined at the Monasterio De Tarlac officiated by the Most Rev Fernando Filoni, D.D. Papal Nuncio of the Philippines. The ceremony was celebrated in the presence of Bishop Florentino Cinense of Tarlac together with the other archbishops, bishops and priests from different archdioceses and dioceses in the Philippines and with the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastic Community. The enshrinement was also witness by top government officials of the province of Tarlac headed by the late Congressman Jose “Aping” Yap, who was very instrumental in the realization of the establishment of the Monasterio De Tarlac with his offer of the land where the relic is located.
The Monasterio De Tarlac where the Relic of the True Cross is located is at the heart of the 20 hectares portion of the 278 hectares Tarlac Eco-Tourism Park at Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac. Monasterio De Tarlac has an altitude of 308 meters above sea level, on top, visitors would see the panoramic view of the western part of the province , the grandeur of natural landscapes. A 30 foot statue of the Risen Christ reminiscent of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer stands at the edge of a hill. The Monasterio De Tarlac has the relic, that the only one in Asia, arrived in the province in 2005. Today the site receives 600 to 800 visitors per week.
How to get to Monasterio De Tarlac:
From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway then exit the Dau Toll Plaza. Upon reaching the Capas Town Market, turn left to Brgy Sta Rosario then proceed to Brgy Sta Juliana.
Sitio Padlana, Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac