Happiness in Catanduanes: An Outreach in Tignob Island, Caramoran
|A view from the ferry in Tabaco Port|
From Legazpi City, we hired a van that brought us to Tabaco Port (about an hour away from the airport) where we boarded a roro to San Andres Port. The vessel was a bit overloaded (well, we presumed it was since even the hallways were full of people) but we were able to find a seat in one of the hallways. It took us about three hours on calm seas before we finally reached our destination. From San Andres Port, we travelled another 30 minutes or so to Virac where we bought and packed the supplies we would bring to Tignob Island the following day.
Our group stayed at Queen Maricel Inn for two nights, making use of the newly launched family room that could comfortably accommodate 3-5 persons. The spacious room is airconditioned, has a small dining nook, and an en suite bathroom with hot and cold shower. If you would also recall, I like staying at Queen Maricel Inn despite not being in the city center because of the state-of-the-art sound-proofed KTV rooms downstairs--a perfect night cap for a tiring day outside!
|Family Room at Queen Maricel Inn|
We arrived in Binurong Point at about sunset hour but since it faces the east, there was no sunset. The views, however, are equally as magical. It could definitely fit in those "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" lists.
|Our guide, Shiela, who could beat James Reid in the "beat energy gap" department|
Our call time was at 6:00 am and so my alarm started bugging everyone at 4:00 am. I did not wake up as early as planned but the group was all set at a bit past 6:00 am nonetheless. Together with the Catanduanes Tourism Promotions team, off we journeyed to Caramoran through dizzying zigzag albeit flawless, concrete roads.
In two hours we arrived at the Caramoran Tourism Office where we had a quick breakfast with Team Caramoran headed by another hardworking tourism officer, Aljhon Perena. I was so glad to know that he has his own headquarters already where he could entertain and assist the tourists flocking the islands of Tignob and Bitaog everyday.
|Team Snorkeling meets Team Caramoran and Team Catanduanes Tourism|
After breakfast, we all boarded the boats arranged by the Aljhon for us and off we go to Tignob Island. While it was scorching hot that time, the waves were a bit playful. Kudos to our boatmen who drove us safely to the island!
|Arriving in Tignob Island|
|The stunning view from where we ate lunch, on the rocks, that is|
|Basking in the sun|
|Team Snorkeling a.k.a. Team Walang Tulog, Puro Kain =)|
|Catanduanes Tourism Promotions Head, Carmel Bonifacio Garcia with the ladies of Tignob Island|
|Ready to attack!|
|Dios Mabalos silent donors for bringing smile to their faces! God bless you!|
|With Team Tourism|
|Goofin' around at lunch time!|
After lunch, we headed to Bitaog Beach for some fun under the sun. Please take time to watch this video (click on 720 HD for best viewing experience) so you could see how beautiful Bitaog Beach is--above and below the sea!
We will never get tired of sending our heartfelt thanks to our SILENT DONORS who made this outreach possible. Thank you for sharing your blessings with the families of Tignob Island!!! Also our gratitude to the following:
Ms. Carmel Bonifacio Garcia who patiently answers all our queries--weekend and holidays included!
Shiela Marie Idanan, who, as promised, had waited for our return to the Happy Island before finally shifting gears.
Marjorie Avila, Ace John Tabuzo, and Jordan Paolo Ubalde for all the help, photo coverage and entertainment. =)
Aljhon Perena and your team for being gracious hosts in Caramoran
Kuya Ricky and Kuya Allan for driving us safely in Catanduanes
Sir Lloyd Bonavente of Queen Maricel Inn
See you all again in August!