The Seven Churches Visitation also known as Visita Iglesia is an ancient pious Roman Catholic Lenten tradition to visit seven churches on the evening of Holy Thursday. On Maundy Thursday of Holy Week, following the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, the Blessed Sacrament, is reserved on the Altar of Repose in the church for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. During the Seven Churches Visitation or Visita Iglesia, the faithful visit several churches – sometimes seven, sometimes fourteen, sometimes no set number depending upon the particular practice – to pray before the Blessed Sacrament in each church.
I have visited seven churches in the province of Batangas and at the same time did some sight seeing. This was my first time and used waze app to look for each churches.
The National Shrine of Saint Padre Pio (Sto. Tomas, Batangas)
This church is located at Barangay San Pedro, Santo Tomas, Batangas. You may check their official website at http:lwww.nationalshrineofpadrepiobatangas.com.
The Marian Orchard of Batangas (Balete, Lipa City, Batangas)
This church is located at Barangay Balete. Lipa City, Batangas. It is also known as the “Little Austria” of the Philippines because of its structures.
The Saint Martin de Tours (Taal, Batangas)
The Taal Basilica canonically known as the Minor Basilica of Saint Martin of Tours (Filipino: Basilika ni San Martin ng Tours; Spanish: Basílica Menor de San Martín de Tours) is a Minor Basilica in the town of Taal, Batangas in the Philippines, within the Archdiocese of Lipa. It is considered to be the largest church in the Philippines and in Asia, standing 88.6 meters (291 ft) long and 48 meters (157 ft) wide. St. Martin of Tours is the patron saint of Taal, whose fiesta is celebrated every November 11.
Invencion de la Santa Cruz Parish Church (Alitagtag, Batangas)
The Invencion de la Santa Cruz Parish Church of Alitagtag, Batangas (under construction) – Alitagtag, Batangas. The Cross that serves as a fountain and the well became famous because of the ancient accounts that it was made to drive away the ghosts in Alitagtag.
Our Lady of Maru Mediatrix of All Grace (Lipa City, Batangas)
Our Lady, Mary Mediatrix of All Grace (Spanish: Nuestra Señora María Mediadora de Toda Gracia; Tagalog: Mahal na Inang María Tagapamagitan ng Lahat ng Biyaya; Italian: La Madonna, Maria Mediatrice di Tutti Grazie) is a Marian apparition that took place in the Carmelite Monastery of Lipa, Batangas, Philippines, to a former Carmelite postulant, Teresita Castillo. The apparition is known in the Philippines for the rose petals which fell within the vicinity of the monastery; some of these bear religious images, and are held to be miraculous.
Parish of Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace (Lipa City, Batangas)
This parish church is also located at Lipa City, Batangas same as the Mt. Carmel Church.