Nov 20, 2012
The Stations of the Cross to Calvary, Romblon Island
Calvary is on top of a hill overlooking Romblon Town. On the way up are the 12 stations of the cross where devotees can do their stops and offer their prayers. This mountain theme is similar to the one I saw in Camiguin. The Philippines being a staunch Catholic country, such themes are fairly common.
Fiestas and Renewals
A short walk from the town center, passing through a cemetary until you come into an uphill dirt road, you should see the first station of the cross. Most of the stations are unkept. I could imagine there will be maintenance on them shortly before the fiesta. Somehow, putting things in good order happens towards fiesta time - which somehow endows fiestas a feeling of renewal. The stations also do not have a uniform theme or decor. I could imagine that a group of artists were given their station to design and paint as they wished. This actually works because it gives the stations an eclectic feel. Also, the next station is always a surprise. Some painting jobs are quite impressive with attention to detail.
As you gain altitude, you'll notice a native hut perched close to the edge of a cliff. The area is flattened out so it feels perfectly safe. Bypass that one for now and continue up until you finish all the stations. At that point, you'll be appreciating the scenery before you. You can chillout and soak it in before you head back.
As you head back, take note of the station with a painting of the 3 crosses. You see a narrow footpath that will take you to the ruins of Fort Santiago (on another blog). It's a short brushy walk until you see the base of a tower, nearly covered by grass, moss and the elements. The forest practically took over.
As you continue heading back, detour to the nipa hut and enjoy the view. It's part of a resort the owner is developing. The area is being landscaped to extend the flat area. Instead of taking the same path, you can go by the edge of the cliff and take the stone steps that would take you down back to the main street.
One good thing about Romblon Town is that you don't have to go very far to see some interesting sights, or for that matter, to have spectacular views. 'No bad seat' in my parlance. Awesome scenery and spectacular views are just coming out of your ears. Calvary is one such place.
ps - many thanks to Cathy of The Three P Holiday & Dive Resort for letting me in on this wonderful place
- walk towards Maestro Inn (just ask around, it's on the main road by the docks). From there, ask the locals again where to go. The path will take you past the cemetary then along a dirt road. There are a few forks on the way. Just keep asking the locals. They are helpful and friendly. When you see the first station of the cross, follow that main path. No fees. Great views.
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