“A wise traveler never despises his own country.” ~ William Hazlitt
We travel for different reasons and intentions. For me, I travel to immerse myself into different culture , embrace diversity , know the local heritage and be part of new community even for a span of hours.
In my recent trip in the southern outskirt of the Cebu, to exact in Samboan. I have experience the trailing the Escala de Jacob.
A friendly local Samboanon
In every travel, I try as much as possible to know and learn thing from the local townsfolk and put them in my heart. I want that some day when I look back to my travels I can see a vivid image and a fresh imprint of that moment.
As my friends and I have hit the road going to Samboan, me being myself is a loquacious and long-winded befriended my seatmate who happen to be a Samboanon. He being so chatty he was able to answer my what ifs and where to’s in his beloved hometown. Talk to a local is like reading an encyclopedia or asking google. They gave you everything in full details. Though I forgot his name, with his good representation
Hence , I learnt about the Escala de Jacob.
The stairs of Jacob
Set the sloppy hill bedeck with myriad of blooming flowers, there lies a stair famed among locals and its visitors for a quick sojourns in the sleepy town of Samboan.
A scenic 147 steps offers a beautiful vista upon describing at the top step, at 65 meter above the towns road, it gives one a birds eye view of the of the town and a vantage point of the neighboring island of Negros and the beautiful Tanon straight, the sea that separates the islands of Cebu and the latter. On a fine day you maybe lucky enough to spot some dolphins on the straight share the local I have befriended.
According to the records, the stairs was built in 1878 by a Father Toribio Gerzon. In order for people from the coastal side of the town can reach the church easily in olden times.Biblical significance of the stairs of Jacob : Jacob’s Ladder is a staircase to heaven from a dream of Jacob described in the Old Testament.
A quick way to heaven
I can say this place a slice of heaven and thus a quick way to heaven. Beautiful and clean!
That’s all for now folks. Until then!