It's summer time once again; a time to hit the beach, a time to travel and enjoy a place with your family and/or friends. If you're thinking of going up north and is looking for a place not so touristy to spend a weekend, you may want to consider Surip Beach in Bani, Pangasinan. It's not your typical beach of white fine sand but rather a beach with coral beds and shallow openings they call "baby pools". The beach is good for snorkeling and diving, too. Want to know more about the place, you may click the link above for more of Surip Beach.
Another site that you may want to check out when you're in Bani is the Surip Pilgrimage Site. Surip Pilgrimage Site is located atop a hill with a magnificent view of West Philippine Sea and the Surip Beach below. On the mountain slope is a thousand-step path which features the Way of the Cross, a popular activity during Holy Week season on which an annual Archdiocesan Penitential Pilgrimage is celebrated every Holy Thursday of Lent.
|Surip Pilgrimage Site, Bani, Pangasinan|
The site used to be the resting place of the matriarch of the Navarro family, a political clan in the town of Bani. The family also owns one of the resort along the Surip shoreline, the Surip Mountain Beach Resort.
Anyway, after our short getaway at Surip beach, we made a side trip to the Pilgrimage site. And even though it's past the Lenten season then, we still followed the Way of the Cross going to the top (hilltop is reachable by car or any other type of vehicle, by the way). Here are some of the photos I took from our side trip to Surip Pilgrimage Site:
|start of the hike...|
|empty tomb, Jesus has risen|
|The Cross at Surip Pilgrimage Site|
|from another angle...|
|Surip Beach and the West Philippine Sea|
|marker at the entrance of Surip Pilgrimage Site|
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For guide on how to get to Surip Pilgrimage Site, please check out my post on Surip beach (click the link). That's all for now folks, hope you all had a blessed Sunday. Hope you'll have a nice week ahead, too. 'Til next time... ^_^
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Surip Coral Beach
Sitio Olanen, Dalacap Sur
Date of Visit: May 13, 2015