Located in Brgy. Malabanan, Balete, Batangas, the Marian Orchard is a 5-hectare Catholic-themed park/complex inspired by the religious shrines of Italy and other European countries. The place was founded by Larry Katigbak who hails from a poor family in Quezon.Ka Larry studied and finished accountancy while working in a textile manufacturing factory and was able to have a great career selling encyclopedia which gave him wealth and allowed him to travel overseas. Having received so much blessings in life, he initially built a plant sactuary for his love of plants. Inspired by his travels abroad, later on the place became the Maria Orchard fueled by his fervent love of God and devotion to Mama Mary. His ultimate goal was to help the church bring Christ to the people and the people to Christ.
The Sacred Heart Tower... A replica of Brazil's Christ, the Redeemer statue found in the Sugarloaf Mountain in the harbor of Rio de Janeiro
The small chapel
The Marian Orchard is a venue for reflection and meditation and a frequently visited site during Holy Week
A tranquil and peaceful place for prayer and soul searching
The Risen Christ
The crucifixion of Christ
Padre Pio and the Station of the Cross behind it
Jesus, The Healer
Inside the small chapel
The Angel fountain surrounded by flowering plants and trees
The Meditation Garden
Apostle's Plaza leading to the Chapel of Our Lady of Mediatrix
"Pomarium Mariae" (Marian Orchard) Facade
The Lord is my Shepherd garden
The bricked road with beautiful flowers going to Our Lady of Mediatrix Chapel. At the center of the road is a wishing well.
Our Lady of Mediatrix
To continuously care for the Marian Orchard, Larry was able to establish a partnership with First Asia Institute of Technology and Humanities of Tanauan City, Batangas which gave way to the formation of the Marian Orchard Faith Association. The group tasked to take care of the Marian Orchard facilities and amenities with the goal to make the Orchard profitable to support missionary works.
It's another trick or treat event at our village, Laguna Bel-Air I last October 24, 2015 and this year, my step mom and I decided to do a Maleficent Theme.
The front center portion of our house with the maleficent inspired display
A powerful fairy who lives in Moors, a magical forest realm bordering a corrupt human kingdom
Diaval, Maleficent's closest advisor is actually a raven that transforms from bird to a man and back again at Maleficent's whim. We have an owl at home and we just made use of it in replacement for a raven. Maleficent sends Diaval out on missions to collect information about Stefan and his kingdom.
Princess Aurora, the Sleeping Beauty
Awakening from her enchanted sleep
There are actually three pixies in the film but we only managed to make two (2) pixies due to time constraint. The pixies are Knotgrass, Thistlewit and Flittle who went to the christening of Princess Aurora and grant her magical gifts. They took care of Aurora until her 16th birthday.
Flittle Flittle wished Princess Aurora that every day of her life would be filled with happiness
On the left side are the wicked witches
The Wicked Witches
A scary man with bulging eyes
"Enter If You Dare ! "
The White Lady
The Last Section .... Soul Takers and Demon
The Soul Takers
The Haunted House Gate
The Face of Death
Pumpkin and Skulls
Chloe, one of our dogs is guarding the candies
TRICK OR TREAT ! “Give me a treat or I'll play a trick on you”