Monte Cueva, Maasin, Leyte


Monte Cueva Shrine

Monte Cueva, Maasin, Leyte

This summer, I’m sure that many would love to see new places in the Philippines. Here’s one place I’m sure you will love to see.The Monte Cueva in Maasin, Leyte.

Maasin  the capital city of Southern Leyte. One of the musts see place in Maasin   is located  up in the hills at Brgy Rizal , 2km from Maasin City, the Monte Cueva Shrine. The Monte Cueva is a small cave which was developed by its original owners into a shrine with a quaint chapel inside .

The challenging steps toward the shrine…

The shrine is located at an elevation of 172 meters above sea level overlooking Maasin City.  It was donated  by the philanthropists Odong and Loring Chung to the Diocese of Maasin.

Monte Cueva shrine is  not for those who are afraid of heights nor for those with weak knees because before you reached the Monte Cueva you must conquer first the laborious climb up the hill via a zigzagging concrete stairway consisting of more than 550 concrete stairways. I took a couple of rest on my way up. The climb was even more difficult and steeper  as I approached the last 20 steps.

Inside the shrine…

But I was awed upon reaching the entrance of the shrine. I couldn’t  believe seeing a church inside the cave. The natural characteristics of the cave was maintained, in fact in some parts of the chapel were some waters dripping from the ceiling and is being collected in several vessels. Its walls  are  made of limestones and the floorings are  tiled. Right on top of the altar is an opening of the cave creating  an amazing  effect  to the chapel.

The open space outside the shrine where mass are being held when there are big events

As we explore the place, I couldn’t imagine how the entire shrine was constructed, carrying by hand  each bags of cement, each hollow blocks, timbers, roofing materials, etc.

Over the years, the Monte Cueva   has become a site for Catholic  pilgrims and devotees and has become one of Maasin’s popular tourist destinations.

Top most of the hill offering a beautiful view of Maasin

How to get there:

From city proper of Maasin, just take a ride of trike and instruct  to the driver to bring you  to the  Monte Cueva. 


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  1. Awesome place! I would love to see the shrine and chapel but I’m not really sure if I can endure the laborious climb.

  2. Leyte looks beautiful. I have never been in that city. I used to have a high school best friend that lives from. I wonder how is she doing now.

  3. Kudos for promoting places in the Philippines not often visited by tourists. Please post some more like this. :) Thanks.

  4. My father’s decendants are from this place and I’ve been into this place many many times, I’d like to take my own family to see the places someday there too. Thanks for sharing this info.

  5. I have never dined in a cave before. This would be an experience I would love to have. So awesome!

  6. There are so many beautiful places in Pinas that I have never been to. This looks beautiful!

  7. I keep dreaming, I will be there with my future wife next year.

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