By Kimmy Baraoidan, VERA Files
Photos by Chris Quintana and Kimmy Baraoidan
Faith and mysticism are deeply embedded in the daily life in Dolores, Quezon, a quaint village at the foot of Mt. Banahaw.
Where the concrete road ends is a flea market where, aside from farm produce, one finds fascinating items: stones and tree barks from the mountain, crystals, religious items, and amulets. Vendors claim that these charms, when worn, can protect one’s health, ward off danger and bad spirits, or bring good fortune.
Going up to Mt. Banahaw, there’s the mystical Sta. Lucia waterfalls.
The way to Sta. Lucia Falls is as spellbinding.
One weaves through coconut trees that tower over a winding trail. At the end of the trail are around 300 steep stone steps that descend to the falls. Along the way, statues are perched on large rocks that serve as altars where one can light candles and pray. The sound of rustling water grows louder as one nears the bottom of the steps. A rocky stream of cold,Read More »from Mystical Mt. Banahaw