The First procession in Antipolo held last May as the start of Pilgrimage Season was a long yet very rewarding walking experience. The procession starts from the Antipolo Cathedral all the way to Pinagmisahan Hills where the so-called “Via Dolorosa” is situated. Via Dolorosa is formerly known as the “White Cross” simply because of the enormous white cross and the outsized image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. It is one of the popular pilgrim site especially during Lent season because of their life-size images of station of the cross much like the Kamay Ni Hesus in Lucban Quezon. The term Via Dolorosa is basically a Latin for “Way of Suffering” or “Way of Sorrows” which signifies Jesus’ suffering from the Last Supper to crucifixion to Resurrection.
The Entrance to Via DolorosaThe image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (the patron image of Antipolo) near the entrance. It is situated near the candle racks area where people can offer their prayers.
The overwhelming amount of devotees and the grotto-like images depicting different events from the bible prior to Jesus’s suffering. Another outsized images you will encounter while heading to the White Cross.
It was way too crowded that time so I failed to get a chance to see the White Cross and the image of our Lady but we decided to check the station of the Cross instead. We didn’t realized that we are heading the wrong way so we started with the last station and since we had to climb a hill, it was too difficult for us to go back and start from the beginning. Not to mention the huge crowd.
First Station : The Last Suffer
Second Station : The Agony in Gethsemani Third Station: Jesus Before The Sanhedrin
Fourth Station: The Scourging and Crowning with thorns
Fifth Station :Jesus receives the Cross
Sixth Station : Jesus falls under the weight of the Cross
Seventh Station : Simon of Cyrene carries the Cross of Jesus
Eighth Station : Jesus meets the pious Women of Jerusalem
Ninth Station : This is supposed to be the Crucifixion of Jesus but I think they showed a different scene here.
Trekking the Pinagmisahan hills wasn’t so easy and it is not really for elder people. Some paths are made of polished rocks while others are just too rocky.
Tenth Station : The Repentant Thief
Eleventh Station: Mary and John at the foot of the cross The challenging rocky terrain in Pinagmisahan hills You will also get a chance to have this stunning view of Manila Skyline
Twelfth Station : Jesus dies on the cross
The cave-like path towards the 13th station.
Thirteenth Station : Jesus is laid in the tomb
Fourteenth Station : Jesus rises from death
Feel free to visit my other entries about Antipolo below
►Biyaheng Antipolo (Prologue)
►Hinulugang Taktak Falls
►Pinto Art Musuem
►25 Artworks That You Should Not Miss in Pinto Art Museum
►Jardin De Miramar
►Casa Santa Museum
►Cloud 9 Hotel and Resorts
►Things To Buy When Visiting Antipolo