Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mt. Caglago in Caramoan [My World-Tuesday]

Rio de Janeiro has Christ the Redeemer, Caramoan has Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, or popularly known as the Mother of Peace. The 26-foot Marian image is the biggest in the Philippines and located at the peak Mt. Caglago in Barangay Tabgon, Caramoan town in Camarines Sur. To reach the grotto, you need to climb a flight of 527 breathtaking steps. Resting after every 5 steps is allowed.:p

The original statue was constructed in 1989 and completed in 1990, but it was damaged by a super-typhoon in 1998, then struck by lightning the next year. Attempts at restoring the statue were not successful so the church commissioned a new sculpture and it was finished in May 2008. The presence of this statue has drawn Catholic pilgrims to Mt. Caglago. A Mass is celebrated here every first Sunday of the month, and in 2000 the Shrine was declared as one of the pilgrimage sites in Camarines Sur.

The Mother of Peace overlooking Paniman Bay.
The image is lighted at night to guide the fishermen back to the shores of Tabgon.

View from Mt. Caglago---parishioners assembled in front of the church for a procession on Good Friday



How to get to Caramoan: If you are not afraid to fly, there are flights from Manila to Naga City. It's about an hour flight. You can also take a 10-hour bus ride from Manila to Naga via South Luzon Expressway. You will pass through the provinces of Laguna, Batangas, Quezon and Camarines Norte. From Naga City, it takes approximately 2 hours to reach Sabang, where the port is located. Boat ride to Caramoan from Sabang normally takes about 2 hours. Disembark at the Guijalo port in Caramoan and take a tricycle (local transportation) to your chosen accommodation.

My Contribution to My World-Tuesday

24 comments:

magiceye said...

wonderful capture of a beautiful statue!

J Bar said...

Very interesting. I like the angle of teh first shot.
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Indrani said...

Beautiful statue, worth climbing 527 steps I am sure.

ladyfi said...

I love the movement and joy of the statue! That first shot is stunning.

Gattina said...

That looks very interesting to see ! But the flight is very long from Europe to you !

ρομπερτ said...

Amazing perspective. Thank you for the effort and the wonderful photography.
Please have a peacefilled Tuesday.

daily athens

eileeninmd said...

Wow, beautiful statue and a gorgeous view. Wonderful photos and thanks for sharing your part of the world.

Susie of Arabia said...

Thanks for showing this! I have been to Rio and seen Corcovado, and your statue is very reminiscent of it. What beautiful surroundings and a perfect perch.

Regina said...

Amazing Caramoan. Love our country and we are blessed with beautiful beaches.
Fantastic captures Miranda.
Have a nice week.

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful, magnificent statue and your captures are stunning! And such lovely surroundings! Hope you're enjoying a great week!

Sylvia

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Miranda: What a neat set of photos of the statue, you certainly captured it well.

SandyCarlson said...

She is beautiful, welcoming, comforting. Thank you.

Photo Cache said...

that's a long climb, but really nice to hear there's something like this back home.

Carver said...

What a beautiful place and a wonderful statue. Very interesting post and great shots.

Ebie said...

This is a beauty tucked all the way. I have not even heard of this statue. What a great comparison to Rio's Redeemer. We can put this place in the map.

EG Wow said...

Wow! 26 feet is mighty impressive. :)

George said...

What a beautiful statue. Considering the view from the base of the statue, I think the climb up those steps would be worth it.

Greenearth said...

What a very special place.

Self Sagacity said...

That was a nice tour! My mom would have loved to see the statue of Mother of Peace.

Powell River Books said...

The first shot is a beautiful angle against the bright blue sky. Thanks for stopping by to visit my post earlier today. - Margy

Eden said...

Wow, what a beautiful statue! Wish I could visit there someday. Great set of pictures. You captured them wonderfully. Thanks for sharing.

Wolynski said...

Astounding statue - really great photos.

the donG said...

wow! talagang inakyat mo yan.

zeal4adventure said...

Great shot from the top. And it must be stunning lighted at night.