BACOLOD City – Mayor Joselito Malabor of Isabela, Negros said on March 26, 2018 that the Glory Hill at Barangay Mansablay is ready for pilgrims this Holy Week.
Malabor said the local government prepared the Glory Hill, which features 45-foot steel cross, for local and foreign devotees who usually trek to the place every Lenten season.
Malabor said the road was widened with the help of local businessman Frankie Uy to accommodate more tourists.
Glory Hill is one Lenten destination that continues to draw devotees. Located in a hilly portion of the barangay, one has to trek for about an hour and a half to reach the top.
Along the way are 14 Stations of the Cross strategically located along the route where one can stop to either rest or meditate.
The trek route, which is a man-made trail, is mostly lined up with bamboo trees that provide shade to trekkers.
Aside from the giant cross on top of the hill, one gets a view of Isabela’s landscape with Mount Canlaon as the backdrop.
Behind the giant cross is a slope planted with tall mahogany trees where tourists can set up camps for the night or simply take a rest.
Danny, 54, and a resident in the area said he usually acts as a guide to tourists.
But he and his family look forward to Lent to earn more money. He said his children sell local delicacies to trekkers.