In Camiguin

Walkway To The Old Volcano and A Promise

"Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination"
- Carl von Clausewitz

When I have decided to come back in Camiguin to run my first 32km race, I am determined to fulfill a promise I made some four years ago: TO SUMMIT THE TOP OF THE OLD VOLCANO and Stations of the Cross.

Back in 2012, I conquered my first major climb of 1,200 masl at Mt Hibok-Hibok. After the successful assault I (with my team) had back then, we wandered around the municipality of Catarman to loosen up. We paid visit to the walkway of the old volcano but the time was ticking against us that we only took a groufie at the foot of the mountain. I badly want to take the walkway but I have to comply with the majority. Hence, a promise was made...

WALKWAY TO THE OLD VOLCANO AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS

OVERVIEW: WALKWAY TO THE OLD VOLCANO AND STATIONS OF THE CROSS


Sometime in 1871, a strong earthquake caused by volcanic fissure was felt in the Old Catarman threatening the lives of the people. Aware of the dangers that volcanic activities imposed, the people moved far away in the area. The fissure continued until a new volcano formed, called as Mt Vulcan.

The eruption of Mt Vulcan killed thousands of people, destroyed and buried the village of Old Catarman with its flowing lava... Centuries later after its rage, Stations of the Cross were erected from down up the mountain. Now, Walkway to the Old Volcano and Stations of the Cross serves as one of the tourist destinations in Catarman, Camiguin Island.


During the Camiguin 360. Somewhere around 14km from the finish line in Barangay Bonbon, Catarman, I passed by the old church ruins, the walkway to the old volcano and the stations of the cross, and a view of sunken cemetery. Right there and then an old flame was rekindled reminding me of a promise. I am equally determined to summit the old volcano as I am to finish the race. By afternoon, I went to Bagsakan or sakayan near the Mercado of Mambajao to ride a jeep bound to Catarman. I waited for half an hour but there was no jeepney. Later I realized that it’s Palm Sunday! Only motorelas, alleyed habal-habal  and some private cars are on the road. Huhu

End result: I wasn’t able to fulfil my promise...yet.


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