Information about Goddess of Peace Shrine
Goddess of Peace Shrine
The city of Mabalacat in Pampanga was declared as the "City of World Peace" in 1998 by the municipal government and Japanese officials led by a Buddhist bishop named Ekan Ikeguchi. The city declaration was a joint effort to promote peace between Japan and the Philippines. The Japanese donated a tall Buddha made of granite which gave birth to the Goddess of Peace Shrine.
To this day, a lot of Japanese pilgrims continue to visit the landmark every year to pray and pay homage. There is also an annual ceremony during the anniversary of the declaration of the "City of World Peace". This event is attended by local government officials and Japanese delegates. The highlight of the ceremony was the Goma Fire Ritual, a Buddhist prayer ritual that involves the burning of a thick bush to get rid of bad spirits.
Like the Kamikaze Shrine, the shrine of Goddess of Peace is situated on the slope of Lily Hill. This hill is the highest point in Clark, Pampanga. Though it is only 105 feet high, the little hill marks an important defense role by Japanese Navy and Army soldiers during World War II.
How to get there
From Clark, get a jeepney bound for SM Clark. Ask the driver to drop you off at the jeepney terminal in Clark. Ride the jeepney bound for Lily Hill.
Best time to visit
You can visit this tourist site in Clark, Pampanga anytime of the year.