FREEZE| Mary hill mountain retreat house

MARY Hill Retreat House in Marahan, Marilog District, Davao City, is a wonderful place to relax, convalesce, or hold team-building sessions – if you don’t mind climbing a 79-step concrete ladder to get there from the entrance. With an estimated elevation of 482 meters or 1,581 feet above sea level, the weather up there is comparable to Baguio City’s in Luzon.

THE SIGNAGE on the left wing of the property declares the intention behind the construction of the structure

THE SIGNAGE on the left wing of the property declares the intention behind the construction of the structure

 Depending on the route you choose from Toril to Marilog, travel time via private vehicle may take between one to two hours. A mid-morning drive on a sunny day seems preferable to a late afternoon trip since fog tends to cover Marilog like the heavens embracing the place when the sun takes a rest.

 The retreat house belongs to the family of former Davao City Councilor Jose Maria Romano “Bokbok” S. Pilay – built by his Marian devotee parents some five years ago. The original area should have been twice or thrice its size but a shrewd salesman sold the rights to two other persons. For peace, the buyers opted for a compromise.

 With an industrious lady caretaker named Fritzie Glen Cabrera of Matanao, Davao del Sur, the place is well maintained. Unlike during its early years when a generator was necessary to light up the place, Mary Hill now enjoys stable power supply from the grid. There is water supply there but bringing bottled water for drinking and cooking is the safe choice to take.

INSIDE the retreat house

INSIDE the retreat house

 There are five rooms in the house and a maximum of thirty persons can stay there. An ample kitchen space with utensils would please guests who love to cook. A satellite TV at the living room is provided for those who cannot stay away from the tube. I am not sure about other Telco service providers but Globe data connection at Mary Hill works fine.

 Bokbok said guests could rent the place for just 3,500 a day. For thirty persons, that’s only about 117 pesos per head. No air-conditioning units are needed there because Mother Nature keeps Mary Hill cool.

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