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.
You can hop on a bus, van or motorcycle.
The tricky part is there are two modes in getting there.
Hiking or Riding a motorcycle.
Hiking. 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 or you can see some sign boards.
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.
Water Bottle. Bring some if you can. Be hydrated.
Sunblock. Protect your skin from Ultraviolet Rays to avoid skin cancer.
Sunglasses. Protect your eyes.
Extra shirt. Sweat is real. Be sure to bring some.
Towel. Bring some.
Have fun a enjoy trekking and praying!