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Hunger Games (Buntod Sandbar/ Reef Marine Sanctuary and Pawa Mangrove Park)

Whilst in Masbate, I’ve heard news regarding the aggressiveness of political candidates just to win over their SPOT in the upcoming election.  Unidentified men being rented as shooters for easy money of roughly PhP3K or more for every person they will kill (perhaps the business in politics). As early as March, there is already a line-up of the targeted candidates come campaign period. But is it really worth it? Lives being sacrificed just for political power? Yeah, I guess, but the question is how hungry they are to survive.

Much has been said but despite it all, do not fear Masbate! =) The province itself is rich in minerals, coconut plantations, and scenic spots.  With farming and fishing predominate as source of livelihood, people will definitely not starve.  And if you’re planning one of your trips in the city, better check this site for additional insights: http://www.masbatecity.com/.

Cebu Pacific, Air Philippine Express, and Zest Air offer flights directly to Masbate Airport.  We had our reservations with Greenview Hotel which is about 5 to 10 minutes away from the airport.

Sunday came and probably my rest day, when I received a surprise visit from my former colleague, RM.

We instantly searched the net for a day trip in Masbate and luckily we found one. Buntod Sandbar and Reef Marine Sanctuary is being maintained by Samahang Mangingisda ng Puro Sinalikway (SAMAPUSI) established by the local fishermen.

From Greenview, we rode a tricycle worth PhP9 to Rendezvous Hotel (5 minutes the most) since they were the ones who looked for our boat ride. Just text Sir Cokie Medina, hotel owner: 0905-327-2778 for boat arrangements, but you can communicate directly with Sir Romeo C. Soria Jr., SAMAPUSI President.

Contact #: Smart 0907-454-2004/ Globe 0926-750-4114

Email Add: SAMAPUSI@yahoo.com

P500 round trip (good for 2-4 persons for a 10-minute ride) is the fixed price set by the association for the maintenance and preservation of the sanctuary.  Good thing about them is that they do not overcharge prices.

After taking a peek on the islet, try Snorkelling for only PhP30!!! Inclusive of life vest, mask, and flippers. The first time I enjoyed this activity the fact that one of the association’s policies is 2 guests: 1 guide ratio.

The next destination was Pawa Mangrove Park with a 1.3-kilometer wooden bridge that connects Barangay Pawa and Sitio Daang Lungsod. There are pit stops of huts along the walk where you could rest and sleep your afternoon blues.

 

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Hotspot (Boracay Expedition)

Via Zest Air (delayed as usual), we travelled south to Kalibo.  From there, a van transferred us from Kalibo to Caticlan, probably an hour or so.  Then arrived and met with the client Discovery Shores.  They were the ones who arranged our transportation and accommodations.  If you have the luxury to afford their rates then better check this site: www.discoveryshoresboracay.com/ =)

Boracay is a small island of the Philippines located approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.  The island comprises the barangays of Manoc-Manoc, Balabag, and Yapak municipality of Malay, province of Aklan. The island is administered by the Philippine Tourism Authority and the provincial government of Aklan.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boracay

2011 was actually a blast.  I never thought that I will end this year by travelling down south cost-free; expressing my deepest gratitude to my former colleague, RSB.  The best part of this trip is that it is a one-day work engagement forecasted to a week-long vacation.  Pigging out (seafood galore) was actually the main activity as opposed to swimming, which I am not really keen on.  Snorkelling and island hopping are the only personal costs we incurred.  And damn, I really hate saltwater for giving me rushes or any activities related to it for making me woozy; but as the saying goes, just make the most out of it.  Albeit crowded, splendour still one can utter with the dusk over the horizon close within our reach.

I enjoyed your company, I genuinely did and I genuinely am.  Should I be given a chance to rectify things out, I will make it up to you.  Unfortunately, there’ll be none. The oxymoron of being the best and the worst still applies and I am either stuck or at Newton’s first law of motion.