By Tara Yap
What used to be known as “Iloilo’s Little Baguio” has now become a pilgrimage site.
The mountainous village of Bucari in Leon town, Iloilo province has drawn devotees from all over the province and even Panay Island with its Way of the Cross leading to Mount Mansiga that overlooks other villages.
A mostly concrete pathway leading to Mount Mansiga has made it easier for pilgrims to hike. This infrastructure project is the latest initiative of Iloilo Second District Rep. Arcadio Gorriceta, who has backed projects to make the 10,433-hectare mountainous village more accessible to visitors.
But before pilgrims knew about the Way of the Cross, a controversy happened. Last year, several photographers took a nude model to pose on a rock formation that was located across the 14th station of the cross.
Nonetheless, Bucari remains to be an adventure destination. The presence of pine trees and its cooler temperatures has drawn visitors, especially it is only 56 kilometers from Iloilo City, the regional capital of Western Visayas.