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 Marian Orchard is a venue for reflection and meditation and a frequently visited site during Holy Week
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.
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