Toledo City is known as “The Copper City of the South”. Their City has became popular with Mining and Development Corporation. Aside from being one of the getaways to Negros Island, the city is also a home to a private chapels that accommodates the relics of saints. The Capella Sta. Ana.
It was a Saturday gloomy morning when boredom strikes within the 4 walls of my room. Thus, my adventurous mind and soul came up with a question on where to jaunt? I don’t have any idea on where to go. Suddenly, my friend texted me and asked. Don’t you have any plans to come here and visit the maze and the lake? What maze and what lake, I replied. Then, she explained everything about the Capilla Sta. Ana,the Labyrinth and the lake. After she detailed everything about the place, it never makes me reluctant to pack up my stuffs. 🙂
I arrived Toledo City 1:00 o’clock in the afternoon.While waiting for my friend to arrive, I was able to observed that the city was marked by a relatively high level of water vapor in the atmosphere. Because of humidity, my moisture exuded through the pores of my skin. So, I decided to enter into a convenience and buy something cold drinks for refreshment. After a few minutes, Lani has finally arrived.
We then took a motorcycle going to Sitio Sta. Ana, Barangay Ibo, where the chapel was situated. We just paid PHP 8.00 fare and it only took 10 to 15 rides to get ther from the city proper of Toledo. As we arrived in the place, the assigned facilitator of the chapel is on lunch.Thus, we waited outside for a couple of minutes. While waiting, I took a quick snap in front of the chapel.
Since, Showiee (name of the chapel facilitator) is not yet done with her lunch break. The guard allowed us to have a quick tour in the labyrinth. We then grab the opportunity because it is our chance to take wonderful snapshots since there is no other visitors yet in the place.
After few minutes of accomplishing the maze, few visitors arrived and the good thing is we are done with walking along the labyrinth.
When Showiee done with her lunch break, she called everyone’s attention. Everybody are really excited to what’s inside the chapel. Since, me and Lani are the one who done first jaunting the maze, Showiee advised us to go inside the chapel while waiting for the other visitors before she will start the excursion inside the chapel. Because of that, I was able to took a snapshots to the consecrated place.
P.S: The chapel has a lot of religious icons and collections from 18th to 19th century. Taking photos in the rooms situated inside the chapel were not allowed. This is for security purposes. That is why, I don’t have photos with the relics and other old collections of the Overs.
About The Capilla Sta. Ana
Capella Sta. Ana is located in Sitio Sta. Ana in Barangay Ibo, Toledo City.It is a private chapel owned by Lillian Yareda, a Toledo native who married a Canadian, Michael Overs. The chapel was built because they were inspired by their European travels. The structure is situated in a quite perfect town, which was designed similar to the old chapels in Europe.
Inside the chapel, you can see 5 rooms. The 2 rooms serves as a prayer room, other rooms are for baptism, museum where they displayed relics and the last one serves as a class room. In addition, the chapel also served as a multi purpose building for Tesari Charitable Foundation. Where they provide educational, health and livelihood benefits to the registered members of the city.
The chapel has good religious icons, alluring stained glass windows and pleasingly woodwork and European Renaissance paintings and an 1859 Steinway piano.
The entrance fee to the museum is PHP 100 for local tourist and PHP 200 for foreign visitors. On the other side, students entrance fee is at PHP 50.00.
Aside from the 18th to 90th cenutry collections that you can see inside the chapel. The place has also a garden called, The Labyrinth. It is a maze garden where everyone can pray and meditate. The garden was inspired by the labyrinths in Europe.
Have you visited Capilla Sta. Ana Museum and The Labyrinth? Share you experience on the comment section below 🙂
Capilla Santa Ana is at 920 Diosdado Macapagal Highway, Toledo City, Cebu. Call Jenny Collantes-Gaite at (032) 4678101.