Davao City, at 2,443.61 sq kilometers, is the Philippines’ largest city. In comparison, Cebu City’s land area is only 315 sq kilometers and Manila at 42.88 sq kilometers.
No wonder it has plenty of space to accommodate upland farming, leisure venues, infrastructure for manufacturing and trading, as well as residential spaces. Dabawenyos are fond of spending time with families so places like Davao Crocodile Park, Gap Farming, Shrine Hills and Eden Nature Park are popular weekend destinations.
For those who wish to experience the peace and tranquility for meditation and prayer, Davao City: Garden of Eden Restored Prayer Mountain, located at the foothills of Mt. Apo in Tamayong, Calinan, Davao City. It is also known as The Garden of Eden Restored.
This secluded attraction may be a long drive from downtown Davao City, but it is worth the commute. This place, established in 1999, is open to people from different religious denominations and faith, noting that this is a property of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.
As it’s situated in the foothills of Mt Apo, the temperature is lower than in most of the city, making it more relaxing. The peaceful atmosphere is well suited for a meditation and prayer. Though the area is not very large, it was well planned and surrounded by lush gardens that brings a calming relief. Also, its structures are inspired by similar to Victorian architecture.
Garden of Eden Restored Prayer Mountain Facts and Figures
- Maintenance/entrance to Tamayong Prayer Mountain is P250.
- The facility is open between 8:00am and 5:00pm. It is highly recommended to make prior reservation ahead of time as a limited number of people will be allowed at any given time, and priority will be given to those who made early bookings. Note that there are also functions that close the facility for the day so it’s best to reserve ahead to ensure it is open on your desired date of visit.
- Visitors are reminded of following the dress code. Wearing of sleeveless or revealing clothes, mini skirts, shorts and slippers are not allowed inside. Additional rules are presented during registration.
- The facility has been around since 1999, after six continuous months of construction.
- About 60% of the flowers and plants found in the vicinity were imported from different parts of the world.
- Calming and soothing music is played all throughout the place.
How to get to Garden of Eden Restored Prayer Mountain
- Take the jeepney or L300 vans to Calinan (fare P40). If you are from the airport, ask a taxi (Davao’s taxi drivers are honest, by the way) to bring you to Bangkerohan where there’s an L300 terminal. You can also take the Annil bus to Calinan parked in a nearby terminal. If you don’t have large luggage, you can ask the driver to bring you to Roxas / Ateneo de Davao which is a bit shorter way than Bangkerohan. There you can find jeepneys bound for Calinan.
- Ride a 30-minutes ‘habal-habal’ (motorcycle) bound to Garden of Eden Restored Prayer Mountain in barangay Tamayong. You can also arrange a rented van to bring you in and out of the Prayer Mountain. As this is a remote location, no public transportation is available.
Arrange the taxi from airport / downtown to Prayer Mountain (less than 50 kilometers away).
How to make a reservation / ask questions
For more inquiries, you can call or send an SMS to 0916-665-0283 and look for Ms. Tina or to 0936-711-6122 and look for Ms. Ces.
Or you may contact the following numbers:
234-2866 local 123
Email: [email protected]