Isabela Mayor Joselito Malabor yesterday said that the Glory Hill, located in Barangay Mansablay, Isabela is ready for pilgrims this Holy Week.
Malabor, in a press release, said that the local government has prepared the Glory Hill that features the 45 feet giant cross made of steel for both local and foreign devotees who trek to the place every Lenten season.
He said he expects that this year’s pilgrims will exceed those of last year.
Malabor said the trek road goes up the hill where the giant cross is located and has been widened with the help of local businessman/contractor Frankie Uy, to accommodate more trekkers going up to the site.
He added that efforts of the local government are geared to make the area an eco-tourism site.
Glory Hill in Barangay Mansablay, Isabela town in southern Negros is one Lenten destination that continues to draw devotees.
It is located on a hilly portion of the barangay and one has to trek for about an hour and a half to reach the top of the hill where a 45 feet steel giant cross stands.
Along the way are 14 stations of the cross strategically located along the trek route where one can stop at one's pace, either to rest or to meditate.
The trek route is a man made trail while some portions are of cemented steps and mostly lined with bamboo trees that provide shade to trekkers.
Along the way is greenery that is very cool to the eyes.
Aside from the 45 feet giant cross one gets a view of the Isabela's landscape on top of the hill with Mount Kanlaon as back drop.
Behind the giant cross is a slope planted with tall mahogany trees where one can put up camp for the night, or simply take some rest.
Danny, 54 years old, and a resident in the area said he usually acts as guide to those who go up the Glory Hill during non Lenten days.
But he and his family look forward to Lent as this also gives them opportunities to earn some money
He said his children sell local delicacies to trekkers.
Last year, he said, thousands went up the Glory Hill as part of their Lenten observance.*
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