It was one of those cities that suffered most from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). While fortunately not suffering as many casualties as Tacloban and other municipalities on the eastern side of Leyte, Ormoc was nevertheless devastated. Practically all its structures were either damaged or totally destroyed. More than a year later we would visit an old friend from college who had retired to his home city. We were very interested to see how Ormoc was faring more than a year after the disaster. Continue reading Ormoc’s Sunsets
Its name comes from a Cebuano word meaning a place where there are birds. It must have been a former avian sanctuary. Either that or the fact that, when viewed from the air, Kalanggaman Island is an elongated islet with two long, snaking sandbars at both ends giving it the appearance of a gull in flight.
It had been an exhilarating day visiting Mahaba and Digyo Islands, the first two islands on our Cuatro Islas island-hopping tour. Hopping back on board our boat to wave goodbye to Digyo we realized it was nearing 3PM. That would leave us with barely enough time to make it to the last island on our tour before heading back to the mainland and catching a van to get back to Ormoc City before dark. Continue reading Himokilan Island: A Short But Sweet Visit
For several years now we’ve been lured to off-the-beaten track destinations for one primary reason: the raw, untouched beauty of such places. We have nothing against developed tourist spots but most out-of-the-way vacation spots are closer to nature and allow for moments of solitude. The downside of course is the lack of what most travelers consider as basic conveniences. In some cases we would end up in places without electricity, running water or even food and a decent place to sleep in.
For several days we’ve been tracking the progress of Tropical Storm Bavi as it made its way across the Marianas group of islands in the Pacific. It was forecast to enter the Philippines possibly hitting the Eastern Visayas – long the seemingly preferred route of typhoons. With this development it might have been wise to postpone our trip to Leyte but, unfortunately, we had already paid for our discounted tickets and it was practically impossible to rebook flights. It seemed like another one of those goof-ups when you try to save on travel expenses but end up spending more in the process.