#319 Mt. Banahaw

Mount Banahaw is a dormant volcano located along the boundary of Laguna and Quezon provinces, central Luzon island,  Philippines.

The mountain and its environs are considered sacred by the local residents because of its “holy water,” which allegedly have beneficial qualities, issuing forth from local springs and its “puwestos” or the “holy sites.”  These are composed of unique, natural features such as rocks, caves and springs with shrines erected in, on or around them. The location of these ‘holy sites’ were supposedly revealed to a man during the Spanish colonial era by the “Santo Boses” or the “Holy Voice.”

Mt. Banahaw regularly attracts locals who are into folkloric religious or spiritual belief systems, and those who claim to have found healing in Banahaw’s slopes. Filipino mystics and their followers consider Banahaw as one of the world ‘spiritual energy’ centers and believe that the mountain has a unique role in developing human spiritual life.

Religious devotees usually flock to Mt. Banahaw during the Lenten season. A climb to Mt. Banahaw takes around two to three days trek, passing waterfalls and caves en route to the summit. There are at least four different trails from Dolores, Sariaya, and nearby towns in Quezon. Pilgrims and hikers usually take the trail of Cristalino and of Tatlong Tangke from Kinabuhayan, Dolores reaching the Durungawan I, II, and III viewpoints atop the summit. (Source: Wikipedia and other sources).

Long live Mt. Banahaw!

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