Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Trappistine Monastery of Our Lady of Mt Matutum..a Place of Solace and Peace


Deep in the highlands of Landan in Polomolok, South Cotabato lies a quaint monastery run by the Trappistine nuns. These nuns are under the Cistercian order which started in France around the year 1098. The Trappistine Monastery of the Our Lady of Mt. Matutum is a place of prayer, meditation and reflection. They open their doors to the public once a week during the offering of the Sunday mass.

Its refreshing to note that such a place exists in the middle of pineapple fields and rolling hills in faraway Landan. The steep drive up the monastery leads to their guest house (not one where you can book your vacations mind you). The guest house as it is aptly called houses the monasteries’ visitors who are on retreat or recollection. They find solace in prayer at the Trappistine Monastery since the place is so close to nature. The breathtaking view of the towering Mt. Matutum and the huge trees and foliage around it brings an atmosphere of peace and perfect commune with our Creator.

Since the Trappistine nuns live a life of solitude and prayer, they only ask their visitors to observe utmost silence within their grounds. Small children are not encouraged to be brought along especially inside the chapel during the offering of the Holy Mass. The nuns of the order follow a disciplined life of prayer and work. They support themselves by selling pastries, prayer books, posters and other religious artifacts. Their rum balls and mango tarts are personal favorites and they are a very good “pasalubongs”.

I personally love the simple but fine lined architecture of the monastery. Its red tiled roofings and modern feel of its edifice. It never fails to surprise our bakasyunistas whenever we have the chance to take them there. They are often astonished that such a place exists in remote but very accessible town of Landan. But oftentimes I have to remind them that it is a place of “worship” not a tourist spot so we have to be discreet in snapping photos and maintain the atmosphere of silence within its grounds.

To go to there, one can ride a motorcycle from Poblacion Polomolok or from Bgy. Cannery, Polomolok. A taxi from GenSan or a rented van would also work out fine since Landan is roughly about 13kms from Poblacion Polomolok. The Trappistine Monastery schedules its masses at 10AM every Sunday. For retreats or recollections or for orders of their yummy treats and souvenir items, you can reach them at this number: 63 920 4377367
view on the way to landan..

8 comments:

cookie said...

nice lynette, i could hear the sound of silence at parang kinukurot ang puso ko..hope to attend mass here soon!
at ang shot ni omar sa pineapple plantation..isa lang masabi ko..iba talaga ang pro!

lynette g. said...

hi cookie, thanks for visiting our blog! :) come visit again soon ha.

PinasBackpackers said...

I had been hearing a lot of good things about this monastery... This should be added to my bucket list next year...

lynette g. said...

yes you should go and see the
Trappistine monastery. they have sunday mass at 10AM weekly. The only time they open their doors to the public.

Anonymous said...

-I've been at this place 4 how many years..its nice in here you can meditate and enjoy the place..

lynette g pinaytravelogue said...

and they accommodate people who want to go on a retreat or recollections :)

Anonymous said...

.pd po ask ng other contact nos. Nila? Tnx po..

lynette g pinaytravelogue said...

Hi, di macontact sa cp above? Try this number. But they only use it for orders of their products: 0939 2830835