A Visit to Pastor Apollo Quiboloy’s “Prayer Mountain” in Davao City
Whenever the subject of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ and its executive pastor Apollo Quiboloy is brought up, opinions on either side are sharply divided with regards to the group’s beliefs. What cannot be disputed, though, is the group’s penchant for beauty and excellence in the things that they do. This is all the more evident when one visits their “Prayer Mountain” up in Barangay Tamayong in Calinan District, Davao City.
Despite being a property of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Tamayong Prayer Mountain also welcomes visitors of any faith who wish to visit this place, especially for prayer and meditation. All that is needed to be done is to secure an appointment beforehand at Jose Maria College, an institution run by group located just beside the Davao International Airport, and to pay P100 for the maintenance of the Prayer Mountain.
Getting to this place will involve about an hour and a half drive if you are coming from the Davao City proper. If you are commuting, this entails an hour’s ride to Calinan proper plus 30 minutes on motorcycle, AKA the habal-habal.
The Prayer Mountain in Tamayong is also known as the Garden of Eden Restored, and you will get to know why the moment you enter the property as you will be greeted by a view of lush greenery and flora, as well as clear water flowing in the fountain, the waterfalls, and in the stream.
Such views make you feel like you are in one of those landscaped gardens in Europe; you can see how much care and attention the workers in the compound give in maintaining the garden.
Speaking of Europe, one can also see rows of European-inspired houses in the Prayer Mountain, which are actually residences of the workers there. In addition, one can also see the so-called Pastoral House in the compound, where Pastor Apollo Quiboloy resides.
There is also a souvenir shop, a coffee shop called David’s Coffee Shop, and a restaurant called Victoria’s Restaurant where you can dine, though you have to make a prior reservation in order to do so.
One can feel the serenity in the atmosphere with the relative calmness you can feel there, not to mention the piped music you get to hear in the garden.
Regardless of your beliefs, the Prayer Mountain will live up to its name as a place you get to really pray and reflect. If you find yourself in Davao City, this would be one experience that you should check out.