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Via Crusis


Last Friday, we went to the Celestial Garden in the Hills of Banawa for the Via Crusis. Together with thousands of other believers, we went to the Celestial Garden to pray, sacrifice, and repent.

Via Crucis or Way of the Cross is the depiction of the final hours of Jesus Christ. With prayers and penitence, Via Crusis is usually done during the Season of Lent (on Good Friday). During the Via Crusis, people pray the rosary through a series of 14 ‘stations’ or sculptures depicting the Passion of Jesus.

In Cebu, the most prominent areas for Via Crusis are the Celestial Garden in Banawa and the Durano Foundation in Danao City.


The second station at the Celestial Garden.

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Jesus Prays in the Garden

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Station 1: Jesus is condemned to death

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Station 2: Jesus is given his cross

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Station 3: Jesus falls the first time

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Station 4: Jesus meets His Mother

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Station 5: Simon of Cyrene carries the cross

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Station 6: Veronica wipes the face of Jesus

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Station 7: Jesus falls the second time

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Station 8: Jesus meets the daughters of Jerusalem

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Station 9: Jesus falls the third time

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Station 10: Jesus is stripped of His garments

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Station 11: Crucifixion: Jesus is nailed to the cross

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Station 12: Jesus dies on the cross

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Station 13: Jesus’ body is removed from the cross

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Station 14: Jesus is laid in the tomb and covered in incense.

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The arch. Roughly 1.5 kilometers from the main road.

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To the third station.

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 People walking towards station 6.

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This area is really cool. Nice.

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Small houses on a nearby hill.

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A new subdivision below the hills.

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The hills of Labangon.

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The Monterrazas project.

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To Station 11.

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Pulis Assistance Center. Hehehe.

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Crowd near the last station.

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Afraid of the sun?

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Call of nature.

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It was so hot!

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On our way out.

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20 responses to “Via Crusis

  1. Freek April 11, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Interesting pictures

  2. inday myrna April 11, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Im sure Ley, puno pod sa tao ang Durano Foundation sa Guinsay Danao City. The late Manong Amon Durano finance the Kalbaryo in Carmen thats between late 70’s early 80’s. And i’ve been to Danao Kalbaryo in Bgy, Tuburan once only. Nag station of the Cross pod me ysterday here in Marian Valley Canungra Qld. Mga kulit akong anak, dugay paba kuno mahuman.
    Thanx Ley.

  3. marvejhon April 11, 2009 at 7:27 pm

    tnx sa mga pics ley!nag station of the cross pud me with my mother and her handmaids of the Lord sisters yesterday sa st.joseph church dri sa abudhabi!penetensya jud kaau kay sugod na init dri…

    happy easter…

  4. DAZZ Melbourne April 11, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Station 15… JESUS is so piss off about peoples greed, human suffering, uncaring nature of rich individual, killing of so many innocent lives… sometimes he wonders, “where is the love”?… humanrace has to change now, unless you wanna know what station 15 is?. where’s my easter egg. happy easter.

  5. ianne April 11, 2009 at 9:47 pm

    It’s good that we have this type of place for Lenten season in remembrance of the suffering of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who died for our sins. Glory to Him!

  6. Luisa USA April 11, 2009 at 11:16 pm

    you know Ley, one of the Tanchan apo is a very good friend of mine, very humble individual met him in AK 3yrs ago

  7. ofw_cebu April 12, 2009 at 4:18 am

    we used to frequent this place every holy week and the experience is indeed remarkable . . . naa lang ko na notice before kanang doul sa last station, daghan kaayo namaligya ug mga foods, ang uban barbecue……:)

  8. noli April 13, 2009 at 3:48 am

    Lenten season: it is indeed time for us to make amends with our lives, even if it is once in a year, and to ask for an in-depth forgiveness to our heavenly father and to Jesus Chrsit who saved and died for our sins and the wrongs we’ve done. . to cleanse our inner soul of that spiritual guilt that hovers your thoughts. .if you do it with reverence you will feel the power of spiritual cleansing-it’s amazing!!!!!!!

  9. REX April 14, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    Magnificent sculptures depicting the stations of the cross. Naa’y bayad kon mosulod diha? By the way, “Via Crucis” (L. crux, crucis) I know is the correct spelling.

  10. voice4u April 28, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    asa mani sya dapit? sus pagka init raba during ds tym :-(… maghinulsol ta sa mga sala nato mga bisdak`s ha.. maau nlang, kaloy-an ta,nya makauli2 ta ug balik sa atong tinubuang yuta nato :-)

  11. Junah Casipit January 27, 2010 at 11:15 am

    Hi Ley.

    Your blog popped up again re Celestial Garden. I can’t seem to find a map going to the place from Cebu City. My dad is not familiar of the place either, pati Crocolandia.

    Do you have a map or can you give directions how to get there? Maganda sana if we can get there and have pic of the Via Crucis since I’m a Viacrucis on my mom’s side hehe.

    Thanks again!

    • leylander January 27, 2010 at 11:29 am

      Celestial Garden is in Banawa. Just ask anyone in the area for directions. The place is very popular.

      Crocolandia is in Talisay City. If you know where Villa Teresita Resort is, the zoo is nearby.

  12. inday myrna April 18, 2011 at 11:25 am

    Unta makapagbakasyon ko diha nga Holy Week.

  13. inday myrna April 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Have a Blessed Safe Easter Everyone
    Happy Holiday …

  14. mai April 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    2mrw s wednesday duna na via crusis sa celestial garden, den wat time mag start.

  15. inday myrna April 7, 2012 at 6:26 am

    Our Lady Help of Christian Shrine, Marian Valley Canungra Qld. Australia is pack of devotees yesterday for the Station of the Cruz.

  16. inday myrna March 31, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    Oh! no. We did’nt go to Marian Valley last Friday instead i just watch to Siete Palabras live streaming from Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

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  18. inday myrna April 19, 2014 at 12:29 pm

    Have a Blessed Easter Everyone.

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