I am not that religious and I hate climbing BUT I always do it just so I can say I did it, and at the end of it all, swear that I would never ever do it again. Just like what I did with Mt. Tapyas in Coron; but that wasn’t as hard as the 524-step climb to get to this shrine on top of Caglago Mountain in Barangay Tabgon, Caramoan, Camarines Sur.

When my friends and my brother were in Caramoan back in 2007, he already asked us if we wanted to go to the grotto – and we all said no. I have not regretted that decision at all; but this time, I said, “I’m here now and might as well get this over with.”

Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Caramoan, Camarines Sur

So I left my 10-month old daughter, who was then asleep, in the arms of our designated tour guide and we met up with another local in the area who would be the one to accompany us up the shrine. I was in no way going to take my daughter up those steps! I could barely get my own body up there, what more with a baby in my arms. Suicide, I thought! 😛 If there was no way I could have left my baby, I would have easily chosen not to go up.

Sure enough, I made a lot of rest stops, taking photos along the way.

Shrine of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Caramoan, Camarines Sur

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