Pilgrimage Trip to Hopevale

Roxas City – It was an exciting early morning pilgrimage trip to Hopevale, Aglinab, Tapaz, Capiz. Traveling in trails in small groups under a lush cover of small forest, laden with cogon grasses and shrub-covered floor passing small streams of fresh water, we reach the place (Brgy. Aglinab), sweating profusely after about three-hours or so of walking and passing several mountain ranges from Katipunan.

Joining the FCC group, were officials and staff of Capiz Emmanuel Hospital (CEH) in this city led by their Administrator, Mr. Jessie H. Contreras. With them also were some doctors and nurses of the hospital who conducted a medical mission in that place.

“this maybe my last and final visit to the place, but I have stories to tell to my children how significant the trip was”

After lunch, some of the group made a pilgrimage trip atop the mountain area about one-kilometer from the Barangay proper where the cross at the Hopevale (Valley of Hope) was located. Although most of us were already tired, yet it was worth remembering visiting those who shed their blood and had a part of establishing the institutions of service (FCC & CEH) they dreamed of that made into reality today.

Before leaving the memorable place, one opined by saying, “this maybe my last and final visit to the place, but I have stories to tell to my children how significant the trip was”. It was remarkably amazing trip for everyone!

 
It was Sunday, August 24, 2008, a group of alumni, faculty and staff and some students of Filamer Christian College made a pilgrimage trip to Hopevale, the place where the American missionaries seek refuge and were massacred by the Japanese army during the 2nd world war in 1944.

by: Jesus Adam Bering

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