Friday, August 17, 2012

Camiguin: Walkway to the Old Volcano and Station of the Cross

by lakwatserong tatay

Right after seeing one of the historic spots in Camiguin, the Sunken Cemetery. Our next destination was kind a challenging and requires less than hour walk to reach the last and peak of the station of the cross and if you're in good condition and likes trekking, you could go on straight and summitted Mt. Vulcan for more or less two hours of trek.

Being a catholic and had the chance to visit different provinces, faith and devotion of the people is always present. Every provinces has their own way of showing faith and devotion. The island of Camiguin, however is different, being in a land where seven volcanoes lie and known to be tropical island. Their devotion and faith is apparent in many of its most popular destinations such as those in Catarman - The Sunken Cemetery and The Walkway to the Old Volcano, which we had the chance to visit and explored.

Xplorerboyz @ Jumpoff of Mt. Vulcan/Station of the Cross
Based from  history...the stories of Old Volcano and Sunken Cemetery are closely tied together. Where in strong earthquake happened in 1871 that the cemetery submerged in water and the ancient spanish church is destroyed. Both lay between the sea and the Old Volcano. Nowadays, the path up to the Old Volcano is known to be "Via Crucis", Station of the Cross.

As we started our walk/trek to finish all of the stations, we have some group photo opps...parang adik lang..sikat siya actually that time...^_^

When you're in Camiguin, i would suggest to try to walk in the slopes of Mount Vulcan for you to see and admire this unique "Stations of the Cross". It will just cause you a minimal environmental fee of 5php. Where all stations are composed of man high white statues. The first 4 stations lay in a canopy of trees, that would make it easier walk thru a cemented path.

One of my co-xplorer (Jayson..the man in white shirt below) that time was really pissed off with me that time due to unexpected walk uphill to Mt. Vulcan. But even though he doesn't like the walk, he still managed to join us...(in short ayaw niya paiwan sa baba...sayang daw photo opps...^_^)

After station 4, the concrete path turns into a common trekkers path...^_^. Dito na nabwisit si Jayson...kasi open na sa araw...hehehehe..Instead of shadowy forest, now the path would be really open to the heat of the sun and from large trees you will find more bushes by now up to the last station. But as you walk upwards the more rewarding the scenery would greet you.

konti nalang...^_^

remember jayson...look at him...^_^
With 3 more stations, we got a really great view of Camiguin. As the heat of the sun directing on us. It was exchange by seeing such scenery and simply breathtaking that makes your step a very worth climb up to the last station.

The Sunken Cemetery

x-plorerboyz @ the last station....^_^
After almost 1 hour of grueling walking/trekking and having photo opps in Mt. Vulcan. We reached the last station, and of course we did not missed the chance to have a group photo opps...galing mo Jayson...^_^

Here are the list of stations we had the chance to see. The Stations are not exactly the traditional stations described below:

1. Jesus is condemned to death
2. Jesus receives the cross
3. Jesus falls the first time
4. Jesus meets His Mother
5. Simon of Cyrene carries the cross
6. Veronica wipes Jesus' face with her veil
7. Jesus falls the second time
8. Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem
9. Jesus falls the third time
10. Jesus is stripped of His garments
11. Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross
12. Jesus dies on the cross
13. Jesus' body is removed from the cross (Pieta)
14. Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense.

At the top of this last statue, there was a cemented part where i had this souvenir shot and there was also a trail that maybe Kuya Chris saying that is going to summit of Mt. Vulcan. But we did not pursue to continue it because it was getting late and we have still one destination.....we will be wet but relaxed....^_^

lakwatserong tatay x-plored Mt. Vulcan
Remember about the photo opps that i told you earlier..we had one of our planking shots here in Walkway of the Old Volcano....i do hope wala po magalit sa min...^_^

After having a tiring feet and thirst feeling, there are food stalls and souvenir shops at the foot of the Via Crucis, were you could get cold drinks...^_^

souvenir shops & food stalls.....
We just got in time going down this mountain. The sun was almost getting down that time. Timely for our next and relaxing adventure.

Done with our second to the last adventure of 1st Day Adventures in Camiguin Island. For our last stop in our 1st day....a relaxing stop...Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort....^_^

This is part of our 6-Days Northern Mindanao Escapades. Visited and X-plored 4 Provinces: Misamis Oriental, Camiguin Island, Bukidnon and Lanao Del Norte. Our second stop is Camiguin Island , that is known as the "Island Born of Fire", the 2nd province of Northern Mindanao.

Food Trips:
Food finds: Camiguin's Unique Dessert : Kiping
Food finds: Vjandep Bakeshop : Camiguin's Famous Pastel

Pabua Cottages

Tours & Activities:
Having Fun at Sto. Niño Cold Spring Resort
Bura Soda Pool Resort
Walk to the Old Church Ruins
Trek to Walkway to the Old Volcano and Station of the Cross
Sunken Cemetery
Relaxation at Ardent Hot Spring Resort
A Glance with Katibawasan Falls
Camiguin's Ostrich Farm
Snorkeling at Giant Clams Sanctuary
Glimpse of Tanguines Lagoon

Island Hopping:
White Island
Mantigue Island


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an saya tignan ng grupo niyo! astig!

lakwatserong tatay said...


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