One popular location visited during the Holy Week in the southern part of the Philippines is Camiguin‘s Station of the Cross or simply the “Walkway.” It is situated uphill Mt. Vulcan in Barangay Bonbon, Catarman.
The Holy Week is an important national holiday in the Philippines being a dominantly Catholic Christian country.
Devotees visit different churches and practice a number of tradition in recognition of the ceremonies involved.
The island is also visited for its natural attractions like Mt. Hibok-Hibok.
The Station of the Cross is a usual destination in Camiguin as part of religious tours and in observance of the Lenten season where the fourteen (14) stations of the cross are located. This coincides with the province’s annual Holy Thursday and Good Friday festival called “Panaad in Camiguin”
The natives call the Walkway “the hundred steps of the history of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.” But having experienced it myself when we went up the stations back in March 2 of 2007, it sure was much more than 100 steps. It was more like 1000 steps to estimate it very conservatively, at the least.
The fourteen stations symbolized the narration of Christ’s story from trial, to crucifixion, up to when Christ rose from the dead.
More so, the peak of the Station of the Cross uphill offered the best elevated area from which to view the western coastlines of Camiguin island. With continuous walk (without stopping/praying at every station), you could reach the 14th station at the top in about less than an hour.
It is best to walk up here during late afternoon around 4pm (so the sun’s heat is not scorching) and see the sunset from the top by about 5pm. Don’t stay too late though since you would still have to trek down the mountain. You wouldn’t want to be there with life size statues in the middle of the night.