Sunday, March 27, 2011

CARAMOAN: 02 – 500 Steps to Mama Mary


What started as a drizzle became a shower after just a few minutes on the boat. I was not even aware if that was water from the sea, the clouds, or both. Besides, would you really care when you are already getting sprayed at from all directions? Now I could empathize with the people who rally at Mendiola. Improvise! I just used the bright orange life vests to shield my face and whenever possible, my shirt from getting wet. I was wearing two shirts and the one underneath was not that wet except for one sleeve. Nice. We got off at a makeshift port, no wading-through-the-shallow-waters drama. 

We were off to see a statue of the Virgin Mary on top of a hill which requires 500 steps. I have been branding myself as agnostic since forever but then there I was hiking and panting with my shirt dripping wet with rain and sweat. I would say it was worth it. That trip up the hill made me realize a lot of things and one of them is taking care of my health. You think being a tourist is fun? It is not all picnic and sunshine. Caramoan took that quite literally. Sometimes you would have to walk a lot, swim a lot, and eat a lot. It requires stamina and you do not get that overnight. You have to build it up over time so you would not have any difficulties enjoying your trip. Judging from the way my legs reacted to this situation, I think it is about time that I exercise and eat healthily. While I did not faint and roll all the way down to where we started, there is no preventing that from happening in a future trip if I do not get my act straight.


Back to the Virgin Mary, the one standing there now is actually a replacement of an older statue struck by lightning. Scary! If lightning would not even spare the Virgin Mary, what would make you think that it would spare you? Well as they say, lightning does not strike the same place twice. Lucky enough, this was true while I was there. Aside from this tall statue, there also is a cell site tower behind her, which kind of destroys the scene. It makes it look as if she was endorsing Globe or Smart. Why not have her hold an iPhone to her ear to maximize the ad, no? Or make it look like she’s texting Jesus!

Anyway, the view from the top is amazing because you get to see the islands of Caramoan. In a bright and sunny day you could also see Catanduanes. It was not a bright and sunny day so no Catanduanes for me. The trip down was obviously easier, duh. On the way down I saw a sign saying Mount Carmel, so I think that is what that hill is actually called. It rained hard on our way to the boat so we had to seek shelter in a Nipa hut where we joined a group of tourists eating rice and luncheon meat straight from the can. We had to leave while it was still raining because it seemed the weather was not going to improve anyway. Wet, wet, wet!
CARAMOAN: 02 – 500 Steps to Mama Mary

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