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Kawa-kawa Hill and Pure Park: A Hill And not using a Hilltop


“A hill and not using a hilltop” sounds intriguing ain’t it? I puzzled myself how the summit seemed like. Albay have at all times been recognized for Mt Mayon. For an space with excessive volcanic exercise, it might be pure that the encompassing panorama would have dramatic land varieties too. Kawa-kawa Hill and Pure Park in Ligao, Albay, stands simply 236-meters above sea degree and is simply round 5.8 km away from the foothills of Mt Mayon. Apart from its intriguing hilltop, it’s a well-known website for pilgrimage flocked by hundreds particularly throughout holy week.

Divine Mercy Monastery of the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Trinity
Divine Mercy Monastery of the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Trinity
Divine Mercy Monastery of the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Trinity
Stairway with foot and hand patterns
Divine Mercy Monastery of the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Trinity

Divine Mercy Monastery

On the jump-off to the highest of the hill is the Divine Mercy Monastery of the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Trinity. Bicol have at all times been recognized for its magnificent age-old church buildings nevertheless it’s good to see trendy ones like this which was constructed in 2014. Supplies used have been trendy however the arches are traditional in design. I really like the massive painted glass home windows. The inside format virtually appears like an amphitheater.

Divine Mercy Monastery of the Carmelite Nuns of the Holy Trinity
Every of this foot and hand print are value a P1,000 donation to assist construct the church.

What drew my consideration although have been the foot and hand prints on every brick used on the stairs. It seems folks can donate a P1,000 and have their mark on the church. It was actually a folks’s church as this was constructed by the neighborhood.

Kawa Kawa Hill
Station 5 on the best way as much as the hill
Kawa Kawa Hill
Life-size statues just like the “Final Supper”
Kawa Kawa Hill

Stations of the Cross

Previous the facet of the Divine Mercy Monastery is the beginning of the pavement walkway to the summit. Apart from a number of stalls promoting memento gadgets and snacks there’s a life-size statue of the “Final Supper” which is the prelude to the occasions on the stations of the cross.

Plenty of trees along the path
Loads of timber alongside the trail

I really like the forest cowl within the space. Towering timber remained and the pavements even adjusted to make solution to some timber. The pavement extends from 400-500 meters in winding and ascending design. There are a number of slim shortcuts although parallel to the primary walkway. Higher to slide a footwear which have traction. The pavement might be slippery when moist and there are sections with steep ascents.

However, it was a nice climb relying after all in your tempo. Six of the 14 stations of the cross are discovered alongside the ascent. The remaining eight stations are on the summit rim.

Arriving at the viewdeck overlooking the depressed hilltop
Arriving on the viewdeck overlooking the depressed hilltop

No Hilltop Hill

The climb to the highest is pretty straightforward. However nonetheless this depends upon your degree of health. It solely took me lower than 20 minutes to succeed in the hilltop. It was fascinating as the middle is depressed. The pure formation is sort of a cauldron, therefore the identify “kawa”. I really like that the place nonetheless feels pure with all of the thick vegetation within the space. There’s a pathway alongside the rim of the summit the place the opposite 8 stations might be discovered. Together with this are superb views of the encompassing areas from Ligao, Mt Masaraga and summit of Mt Mayon.

A lifer! A blue-tailed bee eater
A lifer! A blue-tailed bee eater
Kawa Kawa Hill
Brown Shrike
Striated Grassbird
Striated Grassbird

Non-public Kawa-kawa Hill

It was one pleasurable hike and I used to be ecstatic to identify a number of birds right here. Amongst them are the widespread yellow-vented bulbul, striated grassbirds, collared kingfishers and brown shrike. I received to take residence a lifer! A reasonably widespread blue-tailed bee-eater which I noticed for the primary time strolling alongside the rim of the summit.

Your entire Kawa-kawa Hill and Pure Park is privately owned and managed by Albay Rep. Fernando Gonzalez and his group of builders however stored it public for pilgrims and nature lovers to take pleasure in. They actually did job to maintain the ecotourism website clear and arranged. Now I do know one other attraction within the space apart from Mt Mayon the place folks can take a non secular journey, for birdwatching or just indulge in its the pure environment.

Paddyfield pipit
Paddyfield pipit
Collared Kingfisher
Collared Kingfisher
Exploring the rim and view of the hill
Exploring the rim and examine of the hill
It's nice they kept the trees along the path.
It’s good they stored the timber alongside the trail.
A tunnel leading to the center of the hill
A tunnel resulting in the middle of the hill



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