What comes to your mind when the word Hanginan pops out? Does this ring a bell to you? For me? It does.
Hanginan ,being one of the Pilgrimage site in Maasin City, Southern Leyte, is a home of a chapel. A chapel that is visited by many Filipino devotees be it Holy week or not.
Traveling to Hanginan for the first time? This detailed and curated travel guide will make it easy for you to navigate your way inside, save money, and maximize your time.
HOW TO GET TO HANGINAN
You can hop on a bus, van or motorcycle in going to Southern Leyte.
The tricky part is there are two modes in getting there.
Hiking or Riding a motorcycle.
✓ Hiking. Located near the Sto. Nino Ibarra Parish Road.
✓ Riding a motorcycle. A shortcut road that need not be trek. You can locate it near the Southern Leyte Provincial Police Office. Just ask the people in the area.
✓ By Private Car.
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Pre- Travel Tips
When is the Best Time to Visit Hanginan?
The best months to visit Hanginan is on September and April.
✓ Google Map App – A life-saver for me because without it, I might get lost.
✓ Google Translate – Super powerful app. Translate anything.
✓ Sunscreen – Protect yourself from sunburn or much worse – Cancer.
✓ Pocket Wifi or Sim Card – The convenient of searching anything is a go-to. Please don’t forget this baby. It is a life-saver for me though.
✓ Water Bottle – Bring some if you can. Be hydrated.
✓ Sunglasses – Protect your eyes.
✓ Extra shirt – Sweat is real. Be sure to bring some.
✓ Towel – Bring some.
Hanginan, a place for faith and fitness. A chapel can be found at the end of the trek. The St. Francis Javier Chapel is visited by many people during Lenten season. The chapel is small that it cannot occupy hundreds of people.
If you go there and want to trek, then be my guest. It will not be easy but it can be self rewarding and so worth it. My trek time is around 3 hours. There are many food and water that can be bought while trekking so if you forgot to bring one then it is fine.
There are two entry points in going to Hanginan. The road less traveled and road more traveled. You can actually trek to both road and ride motorcycle but the pros of the other road is that it is paved. It is less dangerous and less hassle. It requires less energy.
As what I said earlier, you can go to the chapel without any hassle.You just have to ride a motorcycle that costs around PhP 30.00.
Carenderias or mini store with rice can be found near the church.
Bibingka. A must try delicacy in going there. The semi brown one is the original flavor and is being cooked through an outdoor clay pot with fire kindled from both under and over it. The violet is flavored ube and is cooked same as the latter. The white one is an original flavor too but is being cooked through steam. They also sell have sticky rice cake.
PhP 30.00 or $ 0.6-Motorcycle to Hanginan.
PhP 5.00 or $0.2 -Bibingka per piece.
Try to visit this place during Holy Week, you might catch me there.
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