Monasterio de Tarlac | San Jose, Tarlac

The Monasterio de Tarlac is a well-known tourist destination in the province of Tarlac in the Philippines. The monastery is located at the 278-hectare Tarlac Ecotourism Park in Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose. It is run by the Servants of the Risen Christ Monastic Community.

The Admin and Information Office
View of Mount Damas from Monasterio de Tarlac

Construction of Monasterio de Tarlac started at the end of 2000. The monastery holds a relic of the Holy Cross and is the only one known to possess such in Asia. In 2005, the relic came to the monastery and was enshrined beneath the chapel’s altar in January 30, 2007. The said relic is believed to be part of the cross discovered in Jerusalem by Helena, mother of Constantine The Great.

The chapel where the relic is located

Prior’s hermitage


There is no entrance fee to the monastery and it is open to the public daily from 7:00AM to 6:00PM. Masses are celebrated at 10:30 am daily (except Thursdays) and at 3:00 pm on Sundays.

Barricade in front of the altar protecting the relic
Beneath the altar is where the relic of a piece of the one true cross was placed

How to get to Monasterio De Tarlac?

From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway, exit Sta. Ines Toll Plaza in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Proceed towards north to Tarlac City. Upon reaching Brgy. San Sebastian, take a left turn to the bypass road (Tarlac – Pangasinan) towards the town of Camiling. Follow the 36-km road to Brgy. Lubigan in San Jose, Tarlac (refer to the markers and signs on the road). Travel time takes 2-3 hours if via TPLEX.

Monasterio de Tarlac Information Office  at +63 916 2508414 or landline at +63 (45) 4933002

Featured Photo: Monasterio de Tarlac’s 30-foot statue of the Risen Christ  on top of Mount Resurrection, part of the Zambales Mountain Range.


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