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Observing Holy Week is More Fun in the Philippines

Holy days in GL Siargao with long-time Friends

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Since my immediate family relocated to Manila, our home vacation to Anao-aon, Surigao del Norte is now scheduled every summer. That summer of year 2014, Papa Tantong, Mama Dulcing, and En's family flew to Surigao via Butuan airport a day before the holy week ahead of me. I completed my deliverables first before flying home on April 2.

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Upon having my itinerary known to my friends back in Surigao, my bestfriend Dupong posted an invite to visit Siargao Island this time with another bestfriend Jane Mellorin. Siargao Island is part of the Surigao del Norte and facing directly to the Pacific. Thus it is one noted destination for surfers, having big and better waves, especially during the annual international surfing competition every September or October. It was an attractive proposal, a 3-day stay in Dupong's residence in General Luna (GL), observe religious rituals in a different place, and celebrate summer in the island. Take note that my last visit in the island was yet in year 2003. I was sure that lots have happened in a decade's time. In fact I heard that the island's tourism development is running at par with Boracay Island.

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And I said yes to the invite, of course. On Holy Thursday, I headed directly to the port area upon my arrival to the city straight from Butuan Airport. Jane and I still have to take a boat to the island and that trip to Dapa (a municipality with a port in Siargao island) was the last for the holidays; the next trip would be on Black Saturday. Being the last meant that plenty of passengers were vying for the limited seats. It was in fact fullybooked and we didn't have tickets. Fortunately, my older sister-in-law had connections in the ticketing management and managed to sneak two tickets for Jane and I. And so we're off with the overloaded Roll On-Roll Off vessel.

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Dupong arranged a car transfer for us and we breezed away instantly upon arrival. In few minutes, we were at his residence and readied for the holy mass of the Last Supper. After dinner, we went to Isla Cabana Beach Resort which he partly managed with his cousins. We ended the day with a pizza and some bottles of beer at Baile Bar.

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It was indeed a Good Friday. The three of us participated in the Walk of the Cross commemorating the road of Jesus to crucifixion. The weather is fair although naturally humid and I was treated to a free walk-tour around the GL town proper. Then we booked for an Island Hopping (minus Dupong who was busy with the religious rituals of the day) and I came to see anew the Naked Island, Guyam Island, and Daku Island. We did white sand rolling in Naked Island, took our sumptuous lunch of grilled tuna at Daku, and swam the clear seawaters in Guyam.

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We intended to take an hour surfing lesson but it was cancelled. We instead exhausted ourselves dipping in the Isla Cabana shores along with other tourists. And that following night, we gulped more bottles of beer at Baile and enjoyed a very quiet bar ambiance in respectful observance of the Good Friday.

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We left the island first hour of Black Saturday. It was short but remarkably wonderful escape during summertime in Siargao Island.

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Posted by crisbernal 23:17 Archived in Philippines Tagged beaches nature beach island friends friendship surigao island_adventures island_hopping siargao holy_week

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