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BAROBO SERIES: The Hill Full of Headless Sto. Niños

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Enchanted River and Hinatuan may be the poster boys of Surigao del Sur but there’s a gem in the province that many people don’t know much about: Barobo.

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View of the beach down the hill where locals often visit.

I joined a one-day tour in this third class municipality, a five-hour road trip via private vehicle from Davao City. Our first stop was this secluded beach, the name I wasn’t able to ask our guide, but I reckon it could be Turtle Island or the rear of Cabgan Island.

This island was a forty-five minute banca ride from Barobo Port. There’s a small house atop the entrance where a local family resides.

a cute kid sitting
A shy local looking at the visiting tourists.

What made this place memorable was the climb to the top of a hill where you pass by several statues of Sto. Niño, most of them headless. I expected to see a small church but on top was a lighthouse where you can have a beautiful view of Barobo.

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One of the many headless statues on the hill.
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The lighthouse sitting atop the hill overlooking Barobo.

I wanted to know the story behind these headless statues because as I climbed up the hill, they look creepy and amusing at the same time but I didn’t have anyone to ask. At eight in the morning, it was a low tide so we didn’t have the chance to plunge in the water. We did that at our next stop anyway, the Vanishing Island, which I will write about in different entry.

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