Balik Aral, Balik Biliran

 Last year, a day before Palm Sunday, our group (which we call among ourselves "Team Snorkeling" for we share a common interest of communing with the rich diversity of the sea) had an outreach in the remote Caucab Elementary School up in the hills of Almeria in the province of Biliran (see my old post here). Though we were able to share basic school supplies to about 100 pre-schoolers, we felt as though we couild have shared more. And so this year, our group went back to the same school to give school supplies to all the students, from Kinder to Grade 6.

The bridge that connects the provinces of Leyte and Biliran
How to get to Biliran:
By air via Tacloban

  • From Manila, take a one-hour flight to Tacloban,the capital city of Leyteand the nearest airport to the province of Biliran. At the airport,ride a jeep or tricycle to either Duptours or Van Van's van terminal.
  • At the van terminal, ride a shuttle to Naval, the capital town of Biliran. From Naval, you may ride a pedicab, habal-habal, or a multicab to Brgy. Almeria where most of the resorts like Agta Beach Resort are.
  • Alternatively, you may rent a van at the airport, which will take you directly to Naval. You may contact Leopoldo "Pol" Kitane at +63905.282.7644 / +63932.682.1088 / +63928235.0222 or Jun Aranas at +63915.972.0679.
By air via Cebu
You may also get to Biliran via Cebu. From Cebu, take a Roble ferry to Naval. Please check updated schedule prior to departure.

By land via Tacloban
There buses like CUL Transport, Philtranco, and DLTB that ply the Manila-Tacloban route. Travel time is more or less 24 hours. 


At Caucab Elementary School
We arrived in Caucab Elementary School thinking that we were ahead of schedule, but we were surprised to see more than 300 children already lining up under the heat of the scorching sun. We then rushed to the principal's office to segregate our supplies, and in just a few minutes, we started giving away the bags filled with notebooks, crayons, pencils, pens, and a lot more.

The heat may be draining our energies down, but the smiles on these children's faces as soon as they receive their bags made us feel that for once in our lives, we're doing the right thing. The outreach indeed gave a deeper purpose to this trip--more than just having fun, more than just posting postcard-perfect photos on social media. Fulfilment is an understatement.

Congratulations Team Snorkeling! 

Though the road to this outreach was not as smooth as it seemed, at the end of the day, we still made more than 300 children happy in our own little way. Achieve na achieve! Cheers!

To all the donors who generously supported our small project, we couldn't thank you enough!

Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!

You are the lifeline of this outreach. Without you, there will be no notebooks and pens  to pack, no bags to give away. God is good to those who have a genuinely good heart. May God bless all of you!

Because this project was a blast, we, at Team Snorkeling, pledge to do this every year in different destinations. Who knows, your school might be our next venue!

Sunset in Agta Beach Resort
As if it was a thank you gift from heaven, we came home to Agta Beach Resort with a spectacular view of the sunset over Dalutan Island.


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