History and Culture
6 Pilgrim Sites in Mindanao You Should Visit This Holy Week
Ida Damo | Mar 22, 2016
Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines, is home to almost 22 million inhabitants of different culture and religions. Sixty percent of the island's population are Christian Filipinos which is why a lot of pilgrim sites are found in different areas of Mindanao.
This Holy Week, wherever you are in Mindanao, go on a journey to the following pilgrim places:
1. Mt. Pongkay
It will take you 686 steps and half an hour to reach Mt. Pongkay in Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte.
It is regarded by locals as a prayer mountain during Holy Week where pilgrims flock to its summit to reach the tall wooden cross. From there, one can have a panoramic view of the city and the green scenery of Tubay town.
2. Stations of the Cross
The giant Station of the Cross in Brgy. Anticala is a perfect place to pray and meditate. Every Good Friday, devotees coming from neighboring cities and provinces visit the place as part of the their panaad or panata.
3. Immaculate Conception Parish
The Immaculate Conception Parish in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental which was declared a national cultural treasure in 2001. It is the oldest church in the province of Misamis Oriental at 185 years old.
4. Divine Mercy Retreat House
Lake Sebu in South Cotabato does not only boast of its freshest tilapia, breathtaking waterfalls, and tallest zipline, it also hosts the Divine Mercy Retreat House in Sitio Floren, Brgy. Lamdalag.
,Be one with nature and to get in touch with your spiritual side at the Divine Mercy Retreat House.
5. Pope John Paul II Parish and Mt. New Esperanza
During Holy Week, there are two places that are now becoming popular for Catholic devotees: Pope John Paul Parish in Brgy. Amas, Kidapawan City, and Mt. New Esperanza in Mlang.
Enshrined in the parish is a life-sized statues of the Our Lady of Lourdes and the Healing Saints. The Mt. New Esperanza is popularly regarded as a holy place by pilgrims and in 2015, more than 12,000 visitors made it on top of the mountain.
6. Divine Mercy Shrine
Sindangan in Zamboanga del Norte is popular for its seafoods and its Divine Mercy Shrine in Siari.
Special thanks to ABS-CBN Regional Mindanao reporters for sharing their stories and photos with us.
How to get there:
Major airlines fly daily from Manila and Cebu to Davao City or to Zamboanga, Butuan, GenSan and Cotabato.
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