Iguig, Cagayan: Calvary Hills & San Antonio de Galicia Church
Our road to Palaui began at Tuguegarao City, the heart of Cagayan, and we’re still a long way from the final destination. In between points A & B are riverside towns filled with various attractions worth visiting. The following series of posts are consists of snippets featuring the towns of Alcala, Lal-lo, and Calamaniugan, beginning with the friendly town of Iguig.
One of the 14 Stations of the Cross
Every Holy Week, the quiet town of Iguig gets busy with tourist and pilgrims visiting the famous 14 stations of the cross called Calvary Hills. Iguig’s attraction features life-size statues portraying the suffering and death of Christ. The site was built on a hill slope which offers a scenic view of Cagayan River flanked by vast plains. Since it was established in 1982, Calvary Hills has been one of the major pilgrimage destination in the Philippines.
On top of the hill.
San Antonio de Galicia Church
Boldly perched on top of Calvary Hills is the 18th century San Antonio de Galicia Church, or commonly known as, Iguig Church. The church’s architecture uses massive flying buttresses on the back section for support, which makes Iguig’s church distinct from the numerous Spanish colonial churches in the country.
I arrived in Iguig before the sun was up. The air was damp and the weather was cool. No one else was there but these nice old couple on their morning exercise. I sat by the 14th station which is situated on the topmost and just appreciated the breathtaking panorama. It was quiet, it was serene, it was perfect. For me, these are the moments in our journey no camera could capture – just appreciate.
Here are some fast facts that may help you on your trip:
1. Iguig can be reached from Tuguegarao City via van or jeep. First, you have to take a tricycle to Don Domingo Terminal. There are vans and jeeps bound for Alcala which also passes by Iguig’s town proper.
2. To go to Calvary Hills, get off at Iguig’s town proper along the highway, cross the road, and go up the hill. From there, it’s easy to find the church and Calvary Hills.
3. It’s FREE.
4. This is my 3rd post on The Road To Palaui series.
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