MAMBAJAO CAMIGUIN, March 27 (PIA) — Are you up for a 64-kilometer walk? There is no other place in the world that you need to be this lent, but in this superb island paradise, lying in the northern coast of Mindanao.
It’s more fun here! The province unique way of observing the lenten season has continued to entice more and more tourist each year. Buttered up with great scenery, cool waters, and stress free environment.
This traditional Lenten walk, dubbed “Panaad” is a religious vow of sacrifice among pilgrims to take the 64-kilometer walk around the island, don with an uphill climb to the station of the cross in Mt. Vulcan, where the 14 Stations of the Cross are located.
This is the only time in the island, where you get to see the streets crowded with pilgrims from all walks of life, young and old, walking on the streets even in broad daylight.
One thing that sets it apart is the safety it could offer to tourist and pilgrims. You can bring along your tents and pitch it just anywhere along its coastline whenever you feel weary and tired of walking all day and enjoy a refreshing dip from its clean beaches where locals likewise gladly offer help, even providing food and water for free to pilgrims.
The walk around the island is usually matched by a “visita iglesia” where they get to see the old churches here including the old church ruins in Catarman town which was destroyed by volcanic eruption.
Devotees start the walk right after they get off the ferries in Mahinog town, going to Mambajao until they reach back to Benoni port. It usually takes a day or two or even more depending on your speed.
A number of these devotees have been regular walkers here every lent, claiming that this religous sacrifice has truly helped and enriched their lives and relationship with God.
Get the experience for real! Hop on the boat now and register for the Panaad 2013!