Road Trip Day 2: Batong Paluway

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To reach the province of Virac, Catanduanes,it’s a choice of either air or land/sea transportation. The plane usually takes less than an hour from Manila via Cebu Pacific. By land, it takes about 10-12 hours and another 3 – 3 1/2  hours in a ferry boat depending where it dock  at the port of Virac or port of Calolbon.

drying rice on the road is a usual sight during harvest season

drying rice on the road is a usual sight during harvest season

While waiting for my brother to arrive at the port of Calolbon, we decided to visit Batong Paluway.

batong paluway church

batong paluway church

Batong Paluway is a “mysterious miracle stone” bearing the image of Immaculate Virgin Mary. It was told that the previous size of the stone is 3/4 cm x 1cm and grew to 6cm x8cm. On Good Friday of Holy week,the youth usually organised  “alay lakad” as an offer of sacrifice, the walk starts from Virac town proper to Calolbon where the Batong Paluway Church is located.

the image grew bigger and clearer as years passed by

the image grew bigger and clearer as the years passes by

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A candle light and prayer offering can be seen at the sides of the church.

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A beautiful Day!




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