Apr 21, 2014

road mtbiking: Sto. Tomas to Kinabuhayan

This was my Holy Week ride last Thursday to Dolores, Quezon at Brgy. Kinabuhayan. To those who are not familiar with this place, Kinabuhayan was the Mecca of a minority religious group called “Rizalista” also a place to some mysterious caves and holy water springs. Kinabuhayan nestled at the foot of Mt. Banahaw and Mt. Cristobal. It was also the major jump-off point on climbing Mt. Bahanaw.

Starting my ‘padyak’ to Kinabuhayan at Sto. Tomas, Batangas Total Gas Station along Maharlika Highway, then to Alaminos, Laguna.

Skipping the highway, turn left to San Pablo City proper, took some photo at Cathedral.

At Dolores, Quezon intersection and welcome arch. 

On the way to Kinabuhayan I spotted the ‘Mistica’ compound with large hump on the road so I took some rest and photos.

At last at Kinabuhayan, with full packed of people (worshippers, devotees, locals, tourist, backpackers, observer, believers, and the likes), especially in the river area. 

According to my understanding (legend), this place was the risen place of Dr. Jose Rizal before he was lifted to Heaven, that’s why it’ was called ‘Kinabuhayn’, also a place for “anting-anting” rituals and renewal during ‘Holy Week’. The ride to Kinabuhayan from Dolores town was harder than I imagine (harder than Talisay to Tagaytay), with so many people, motor vehicle, automobiles, and bikers along the way. The whole ride took me an 83.09km record. Watch out for another Quezon Province padyak on my next ride post.

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