Aside from the Lourdes Grotto in San Jose Del Monte, one of the known Catholic pilgrimage site in Bulacan is the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy located in Marilao.

Divine Mercy National Shrine

I visited the place on Good Friday and was surprised at the number of people who are visiting the Shrine.  The Shrine look small and plain on the outside but a passage at the left side of the main church will lead you down to a huge area at the back of the church landscaped to host and guide pilgrims into a spiritual and religious journey.

The main church is made distinct with its wonderful bell tower while the altar houses the icon of the Divine Mercy.

Last Friday, the huge theater-like chapel at the back is filled with people watching a passion play presentation (senakulo) just before the dry mass at 3pm.  Surrounding the huge chapel is their famous calvary-liked path containing all the life-sized images of the Stations of the Cross where pilgrims get to visit each station and pray.

Divine Mercy National Shrine

Just below the main church is the Lourdes Cave which houses various images and has been said to have healed a lot of people.  A long line of people wait as this is one of the stop that pilgrims never fails to visit when they are in the Shrine. Also at the back of the church is the Rosary Hill as well as the grotto of the Our Lady of Lourdes and the Resurrection of Christ.

The Shrine also features the Little Poland Museum and a Souvenir and Snack Shop.  I wasn’t able to visit all the places inside this wonderful pilgrimage site because of the huge number of pilgrims last Friday but I was fortunate to witness some of their wonderful religious images as the Shrine prepares for the Good Friday procession.

The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Marilao will celebrate its 20th year anniversary of consecration in 2014.


The fastest way is to take the NLEX route and exit at Marilao.  Then take the Marilao-San Jose Del Monte road.  You can’t miss the place because it’s just along the road and there are a lot of food establishments surrounding the Shrine.  If you’re coming from Mc Arthur Hi-Way, there is a jeepney terminal along Santiago Street and even at the SM City Marilao terminal that can take you to the Shrine.  There are buses  in Manila and EDSA that’ll also pass by the Marilao- San Jose Del Monte road.  If you’re coming from Tungkong-Mangga SJDM  there are also jeepneys that’ll take you straight to Marilao, these rides will pass by the Lourdes Grotto, Muzon and also the Divine Mercy National Shrine.

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  1. […] Manila has become an annual personal tradition that started with my unplanned 2013 visit to the Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Marilao, Bulacan.  Followed by Regina RICA in Tanay, Rizal and Kamay Ni Hesus in Lucban, Quezon […]

  2. Dear Friends of Divine Mercy,
    this morning I am checking images and places of worship of Divine Mercy, I am wonderstruck of this great devotion. I am a catholic priest, last three years I had began this devotion on hill in my parish. it is slowly picking up. kindly pray for us, so that together we share the divine love of Jesus.
    god bless all your efforts.
    fr. john

    1. My hubby is also a devotee of Divine Mercy. He wants to visit the Shrine in Bulacan before our trip to Krakow next month…we will commute from SMegamall…is there a bus that goes straight to the Shrine in Marilao? Btw, we are both seniors

      1. Hi Ms Sonia, as far as I know there are no buses from SM Megamall that can take you directly to Divine Mercy, Marilao – the buses that can take you there are the ones that passes through Balintawak EDSA Ext – NLEX with the signboard Sapang Palay-Sta.Cruz via Marilao Exit.There are bus stops at the cloverleaf area. I’m not sure if there are UV express in megamall that can take you directly to Marilao. So sorry that I couldn’t give more info – will try to find out more.

  3. panu po mgcommute from calumpit going to divine mercy shrine??

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