BATANGAS CHURCH: St. John the Baptist Parish Church (Mass Schedule + How to Get There)

Lian is one of the coastal towns in Batangas. It is known mainly for its beaches, especially during the ’50s until early ’90s when Matabungkay Beach was at the peak of its glory days. At present, people still flock to Matabungkay during the summer season. It is popular for its fine light-colored sand, numerous floating cottages, and sunset.

John the Baptist is the patron saint of Lian. Its parish church named after him, Parish of St. John the Baptist, is one of the oldest in Batangas (although it has undergone reconstructions, making it look modern). In August 2011, it was officially declared Asia’s first Catholic shrine that is dedicated to John the Baptist. Consequently, it is also called the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John the Baptist. The church has the age-old life-size image of the town’s patron saint, visited by many locals who also believe it to be miraculous.

Mass Schedule and Other Info

For those who want to attend mass here, the schedules are as follows:

  • M,T,Th – 6:00 AM
  • Wednesday – 4:30 PM
  • Friday – 6:00 AM / 8:00 AM
  • Saturday – 6:00 AM / 6:00 PM
  • Sunday – 6:00 AM / 8:00 AM

FIESTA: The town celebrates its fiesta day on June 24.

CHURCH WEDDING RATE: The St. John the Baptist Parish Church is also a possible wedding venue. For inquiries, you may contact the office through this number: 0916 486 7674.

How to Get There

  1. Take either the bus or the van bound for Calatagan (or Lian), Batangas from EDSA-Taft. If you want to take the van, the terminal is located at the basement parking of Metropoint Mall near Pasay Rotonda. The fare is P150-180. Travel time is about two to three hours, depending on the traffic situation.
  2. Tell the driver or the conductor to drop you off at the Lian Municipal Hall. The church is located near the Municipal Hall.
  3. From the municipal hall, cross the other side of the road and take the adjacent road. Walk a little further until you reach the church.

Attractions Near the Church

  • After your church visit, you can head to Matabungkay Beach for a quick beach trip.
  • You can also go further to Calatagan, the town after Lian, to check out the other beaches like Manuel Uy Beach, The Stilts, and Aquaria Water Park.
  • You can also explore Nasugbu, the town before Lian. Nasugbu has beaches too. For hikers, you can climb Mount Batulao or Mount Talamitam.
  • Tagaytay is another stop before you head back to Manila.

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