ISABELA Mayor Joselito Malabor said the Glory Hill is ready for pilgrims this Holy Week.
Malabor said that the local government has already prepared the Glory Hill which features the 45-feet steel-made giant cross for both local and foreign devotees who usually trek to the place every Lenten season.
He said he expects this year’s pilgrims will exceed last year.
Malabor said that the trek road upwards the hill where the giant cross is located has been widened with the help of local businessman/contractor Frankie Uy.
It was widened to accommodate more trekkers going up the giant cross, the mayor said.
He added that efforts of the local government are geared to make the area an eco-tourism site.
The Glory Hill in Barangay Mansablay is one Lenten destination that continues to draw devotees.
Located in a hilly portion of the said barangay, one has to trek for about an hour and a half to reach the top of the hill.
Along the way are 14 station’s of the cross, strategically located along the trek route where one can stop at one's pace either to rest or meditate.
The trek route which is a manmade trail with some portions are cemented steps are mostly lined up with bamboo trees that provide shade to trekkers. Along the way is also greenery that is so cool to the eyes.
Aside from the 45-feet giant cross on the top of the hill, one gets a view of the Isabela's landscape with Mount Kanlaon as a backdrop.
At the back of the giant cross is a slope planted with tall mahogany trees where one can put up camp for the night or just simply take some rest.
Danny, 54, a resident in the area, said he usually acts as a guide to those who go up the Glory Hill.
But he and his family look forward to Lent as this would also give them some opportunities to earn some money. He said his children sell local delicacies to trekkers.
Last year he said thousands went up the Glory Hill as part of their Lenten observance. (PR)