The Divine Mercy Shrine in El Salvador City in the province of Misamis Oriental is just a brief drive from our place in Cagayan de Oro. Since its inauguration in 2008, many pilgrims have been visiting this site. Some are praying for a miraculous healing of a sick loved one, while there are those who have made it a solemn vow to visit regularly the place after experiencing one. There are also many others who are just faithful devotees of the Divine Mercy, who do not consider the shrine as a mere tourist spot.
But I’ve only visited this pilgrimage site one afternoon last year. My sister and I were running errands in the city back then, and I managed to convince her to make an unexpected detour to El Salvador before heading back home. I explained to her that this could be our only chance to visit the place and that this is one of the many overdue items in my imaginary bucket list. I was surprised that she agreed with the plan knowing that if she was given the luxury of a choice, she would do something else than frolic under the unforgiving midday sun.The shrine’s premises was largely empty when we arrived. But if we should visit it again on a weekend or during a special event, the 11.5 hectare property would be swamped with devotees. I could say that except for some staff, we had the entire complex and its sprawling lawn to ourselves that time.
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