Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Mt. Zion, Bugallon Pangasinan

More than two weeks ago, I brought again my family to the Millora Farm in Brgy. Laguit Padilla, Bugallon, Pangasinan. My wife's younger sister joined. Just next to the farm is "Mt. Zion Pilgrim Mountain" owned and developed by one religious congregation. They have large than life statues of the 14 stations of the cross. Below is Station 1, "The Last Supper". My family with me.

The distance between stations is about 25 meters perhaps. This place attracts hundreds, perhaps thousands, of visitors during the Holy Week.

The last and 14th station is on top  of a hill. It can be a difficult and a bit steep climb by foot.

We did not walk of course, my old but reliable pick up can  climb it easily. Elle Marie with her Tita Baby. Our caretaker Danny Paragas also joined with his two kids.

There is a 360 deg view on top of that hill. Below, top view is towards Lingayen Gulf and the sea. Lower two photos are towards the uplands.

The public forest land is generally denuded of big trees. Only small, regenerating trees, grasses and vines thrive here. There is annual grassfire, plus intrusion by small illegal logging for firewood, lumber and charcoal making.

Across this river is another barangay of Bugallon. I noticed there is a newly-constructed dam, it's good. It should be able to irrigate rice fields and vegetable farms below.

* See also Western Pangasinan, April 18, 2006

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