Tacloban’s Family Park

The first time I went to Family Park, I feel in love with the sea breeze and big trees. It is really a place for families, lovers, and loners. Ah, it’s for everyone!

It is located along Magsaysay Avenue, between UPVTC Botanical Garden and Balyuan Amphitheater. It faces Cancabato Bay. I love to spend my weekend afternoon there. It’s a good place to experience piece.

Here are some snapshots. The images are not in good quality (taken using my phone).

Calvary Hill at Brgy. 39

Friday. I went to Calvary Hill in Barangay 39, Tacloban City.

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Entrance to Calvary Hill

Please see the pictures in the gallery. I will write more about this later.

Guindapunan’s Hill 522

Today is Holy Thursday. Last night, I was wrote in my diary lots of to-do. My plan was to spend my day at Leyte Park and Family Park. I was planning to write and to read (things I actually missed).

Things have changed early this morning. My roommate, Tonton, asked me if I would like to join him and his friends to Palo, Leyte. Palo is the landing site of Gen. Douglas Mac Arthur. But we are not going to the landing site. We are going to Guindapunan Hills.

The hill we climbed is called Hill 522 because it is 522 feet high (this according to tricycle driver I asked).

Way up to Hill 522

Way up to Hill 522

As much as I want not to tail the group but I cannot pretend having much stamina. My heart beats fast and my sweat flows fast.

Along the way, there are resting areas. I notice only few people. There are even signs for first aid but I don’t see people there. Perhaps it’s too early and they are still on thier way. Tomorrow, Friday, more people are expected to come, a vendor told me.

At the top, I see a large cross. People light candles at the foot of giant concrete cross. Tonton give me three white candles. I prayed and light all three.

On thing the fascinated me are these three kids looking down. This reminds me “Top of the World” song. The panorama is very soothing. I feel so close to nature.

Curious kids look down the landscape from Hill 522

More pictures below.

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