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Camino Cebu

Trailhawk

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Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Cebu. 175 Kms 10 days. 4x
Future: Camino del Norte + Camino Primitivo
Cebu is a province found in Central Philippines. It has seven cities and 46 municipalities. Three of the towns has their patron saint as St. James the Apostle (the Greater). One of the towns is called Compostela. It hosts the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santiago de Compostela, established in 1865 by a Spanish priest from Zaragoza, Spain. The parish has relics of St. James obtained in the past and just recently.

There are three routes of this camino: 1. Around the rural areas of Compostela which is 28+ kilometers and walked for 2 days; 2. From the town of Sogod to Compostela which is 65+ kilometers long and walked in 5 days and; 3. From the town of Badian to Compostela which is 175+ kilometers and walked in 10 days. These may sound easy but is not.

The Camino de Santiago (Camino Cebu) here was established in July 2017 and was first walked for ten days by the then parish priest of Compostela, Fr. Scipio Deligero, and eight pilgrims. I was the guide. After that, word got out and local pilgrims, especially those who cannot afford travel to Spain, walked this Asian equivalent of the Camino de Santiago. Youngest is 5 years old and the oldest at 81 years old.

Compostela and its parish hosted the 2nd National Congress of St. James the Greater Parishes and Devotees last February 2019. One of those who came was Msgr. Elizardo Temperan Villaverde of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, Spain and he brought with him a relic of St. James and a document known as a "spiritual bond of affinity". It states that what plenary indulgences you receive in completing the Camino de Santiago in Spain is the same as doing it here and vice versa.

You may obtain a credencial from the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santiago de Compostela at Php1,500 (27.44 euros) and may include a statue of Sr. Santiago, a scallop and a certificate of finish signed by the Archbishop of Cebu. You may contact their office at 6332 425-8746. The parish is currently under the helm of Msgr. Ildebrando Leyson.

Basically, this is a poor man's camino. The length of days is carefully followed since the terrain and the climate here plays a big role in how you maintain your pace and your stamina. Besides that, there are no directional signs and albergues. Pilgrims are welcomed to sleep and dine in the mountain parishes. A little donation would help greatly these remote parishes. This is a camino that is still in its unadulterated form reminiscent of the medieval years.

To work your way around and to successfully complete your journey, it is recommended that a local guide be hired. The parish would contact one for you.

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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
So very interesting, @Trailhawk! Thank you for spending the time to inform us of this new and unique Camino!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking..
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
I have a forum friend from the Philippines who now lives and works in Quatar. She is busy and rarely participates any more. She is @yaying on yhe forum. I have emailed her and informed her of the Cebu camino if she has not heard of it yet.
 

Trailhawk

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Cebu. 175 Kms 10 days. 4x
Future: Camino del Norte + Camino Primitivo
I have a forum friend from the Philippines who now lives and works in Quatar. She is busy and rarely participates any more. She is @yaying on yhe forum. I have emailed her and informed her of the Cebu camino if she has not heard of it yet.
Thank you @Camino Chrissy. We need to encourage her.
 

The Kolbist

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
past: Frances, inland Portuguese, Fatima
future: Del Norte, coastal Porugues, Englis
wow. This is cool. My wife is from Cebu and I have mentioned to her about having a camino around Cebu. The humidity in Cebu is pretty tough. I'm just wondering why is the certificate so expensive? It is supposed to be affordable for all walks of life.
 

Trailhawk

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Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Cebu. 175 Kms 10 days. 4x
Future: Camino del Norte + Camino Primitivo
The parish needed the funds to create a bigger church in preparation for the 500 years of the Christianization of the Philippines next year, notably in Cebu, where most of the activities would be held. They have already finished the structure that would hold the 11.5-foot botafumeiro. Actually, the increase in cost includes a 9-inch tall statue of St. James.164_6925.JPG
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doctorherman

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances*3, Ingles, Primitivo, Finisterre, Baztan, and Portuguese
This is very interesting indeed. I may look into this for next year. I have just returned from the Philippines 2 weeks ago, visiting the amazing Garin Farm Heaven and many old churches in the south of Panay. There are some amazing churches in Visayas (Cebu Cathedral is beautiful too, as is San Sebastian Bacolod Cathedral).
A Camino would be fabulous, though I wonder if it is along the busy roads, as they are very dangerous and unpleasant or is it across quieter terrain? Also, with the high humidity and heat from about 10 am, the stages would have to be short and involve very early starts.
 

Trailhawk

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Cebu. 175 Kms 10 days. 4x
Future: Camino del Norte + Camino Primitivo
This is very interesting indeed. I may look into this for next year. I have just returned from the Philippines 2 weeks ago, visiting the amazing Garin Farm Heaven and many old churches in the south of Panay. There are some amazing churches in Visayas (Cebu Cathedral is beautiful too, as is San Sebastian Bacolod Cathedral).
A Camino would be fabulous, though I wonder if it is along the busy roads, as they are very dangerous and unpleasant or is it across quieter terrain? Also, with the high humidity and heat from about 10 am, the stages would have to be short and involve very early starts.
It is along the middle backbone of Cebu sir @doctorherman, far far away from the busy corridors. The humidity is the one obstacle why pilgrims here should walk in a certain time frame. In January and February, the weather is mild on the mountains and ridges. A 68-year old Swiss national just finished a Camino Cebu just this January.
 

doctorherman

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances*3, Ingles, Primitivo, Finisterre, Baztan, and Portuguese
By the way, travel with donkey is allowed on the Camino in Spain. Is travel with carabao allowed on the Philippine Camino? ;)
 

doctorherman

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Camino(s) past & future
Frances*3, Ingles, Primitivo, Finisterre, Baztan, and Portuguese
It is along the middle backbone of Cebu sir @doctorherman, far far away from the busy corridors. The humidity is the one obstacle why pilgrims here should walk in a certain time frame. In January and February, the weather is mild on the mountains and ridges. A 68-year old Swiss national just finished a Camino Cebu just this January.
Madamo nga salamat Sir Trailhawk. This really does sound fabulous, being away from the main roads.
 

Trailhawk

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Past: Camino Cebu. 175 Kms 10 days. 4x
Future: Camino del Norte + Camino Primitivo
During the last day of your journey, whether it be the 2, 5 or the 10 days, all pilgrims pass by this giant cross - a hundred feet high - on top of a hill. And following the traditions of the Camino de Santiago in Spain, every pilgrim leaves his pebble on the foot of the cross, before proceeding to the last stretch to the Archdiocesan Shrine of Santiago de Compostela. The Camino Cebu encourages all pilgrims to pick a pebble from the footsteps of their home or from their backyard and carry it with them to this cross. The same with prayer petitions from close relatives, neighbors and friends.

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