LIGAO CITY: Whether you’re here for the sea of sunflowers or simply looking for a place to pray, Kawa-Kawa Hill beckons travelers with its quiet elegance.
Few can resist the magic of the fabled “hill without a hilltop” where one can find life-sized images of The Way of the Cross that draw thousands of local and foreign tourists every year. These can be seen from the foot of the hill and were put up by Rep. Fernando Gonzalez of the 3rd Congressional District of Albay.
At the hallowed top of the hill is a giant cauldron of sunflowers that bloom in summer. It is the perfect spot for picnics and other family gatherings as well as fitness enthusiasts who love trekking there.
Eagles fly just above the horizon while other endangered animals inhabit the nearby forest. There is also a breathtaking view of the city that never fails to amaze visitors.
It’s not difficult to be on top of the world since Kawa-Kawa Hill is about 236 meters above sea level. Upland farmers used to plant denorado rice here but the city has recently become an icon of religiosity and the most visited tourist destination in Albay.
Maria “Nini” Ong-Ravanilla, Department of Tourism regional director in Bicol , said that Kawa-Kawa Hill is a unique eco-tourism site that has become a big part of the itinerary of local and foreign tourists alike, especially during Holy Week. For many, this is the best place to be one with nature.
Its main draw on Easter Sunday is the big risen image of Jesus Christ that is usually adorned with sunflowers—a practice that started almost a decade ago.
For the curious traveler, the hill is located in California Village, Tuburan this city, some 1.5 kilometers away from Maharlika Highway. A mere 30 to 45 minutes away from Legazpi City, Kawa-Kawa Hill is definitely worth seeing. For the casual traveler, there is a lot to discover in this special place.