Guimaras Island, Philippines

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Guimaras island was once a sub-province of Iloilo but became a regular province by virtue of R.A. 7160 in 1992. It is composed of five towns namely; Buenavista, Nueva Valencia, Jordan, San Lorenzo, and Sibunag. Being the home of the sweet, export-quality mangoes, Guimaras also became a food processing island. Its mangoes and other fruits are processed into jams, marmalade or candies for domestic consumption. Tourism is also one of its major industries for it owns various white sand beaches which are patronized by local and foreign tourists, particularly the Korean students which are in great numbers studying in nearby Iloilo city.

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Ave Maria Island

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Igang, Nueva Valencia is host to the South East Asian Fisheries Development Center which is a collaboration of South East Asian nations in the study, research and development of technologies, disseminate information and train people in the farming of fishes, crustaceans, mollusks, for food, livelihood, equity and sustainable development. The Philippines is host to this physical facilities and funds for the operations and salaries of its researchers, scientists,and service personnel.
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Cottage house for SEAFDEC’s personnel.

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This is a grouper fish which have grown up to four feet in length in captivity and have become more dangerous than sharks because it eats meat in its captive life and attacks humans in the cage.


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Guimaras can be reached by air and boat from Manila and other origins, via Iloilo City and Pulupandan, Negros Occidental . It can be reached by ferryboats, pumpboats and other sea-going vessels via Iloilo Strait which is about 2.5 km. in length and Guimaras Strait from Negros. The origin/destination point in Iloilo City are located in Ortiz Street and Parola for pumpboats with regular trips. Travel time is about 15 to 20 minutes. There are regular trips from Guimaras via San Lorenzo, with five pumpboats to Negros Occidental and vice-versa via Pulupandan and Valladolid. Pumpboats, because of their size and speed, have the advantage over the ferry in terms of the number of trips made, at most six trips per day. They may also be hired for special trips.

The major wharves in the province are the following:

  • Jordan Wharf, Rizal, Jordan
  • MacArthur Wharf, Sto. Rosario, Buenavista
  • Tacay Wharf, Tacay, Buenavista
  • M. Chavez Wharf, M. Chavez, San Lorenzo
  • Suclaran Wharf, San Lorenzo
  • Tumanda-Cabano Wharf, Cabano, San Lorenzo
  • Puyo Wharf, Poblacion, Nueva Valencia
  • Cabalagnan Wharf, Cabalagnan, Nueva Valencia
The wharves are utilized for passenger transport and hauling of products for industrial and commercial purposes to and from Guimaras.

The port in Brgy. Hoskyn, Jordan has been upgraded to accommodate the RORO (Roll-On-Roll-Off) Sea Transport System capable of transporting products, passengers, vehicles and buses. The system is presently plying the route between Iloilo and Guimaras having four round trips per day except Thursday. Meanwhile, the newly established RORO Port in Sebaste, Sibunag will be complementing the RORO port in Hoskyn, Jordan and soon be operational. This can accommodate large vessels that will transport passengers and heavy cargoes to include vehicles and buses to ply the route from Guimaras to Negros and vice versa.

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Siargao Islands, Surigao del Norte, Philippines – Photo Tour, Tourism 02

The curly 9 Pacific waves are strong bringing its strength to the beaches of Siargao island wherein a lot of people are interested to ride those muscular waves. So, with a little hesitation, I flew to this island to witness the wave game. But I found myself wondering why no one was doing the action packed sport fun, Surfing. Only later I knew the reason why. That was not the ideal time to visit, and experience  the sport. A storm was brewing during that time. Waves that continuously splash the beaches of General Luna were not good enough to ride on. Perfect waves emerge and show up in the middle weeks of August up to the last week of October.  But that was not a sorry thing. I had more time touring the island.

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 Boardwalk at Cloud 9, General Luna, Siargao


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During that time, taking pictures at the Boardwalk observation deck was difficult due to strong winds and rains. I almost got swept by the gusty air at the third floor of the deck.


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Sayak Airport or Siargao Domestic
Airport, Sayak, Del Carmen, Siargao, Surigao del Norte

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DSC00482 (2) Tak-Tak Falls in Sayug, Sta. Monica, Siargao, Surigao del Norte

DSC00414If you don’t follow your guide’s instructions you’ll get to see the unexpected and the unsurprising view of your intended site for viewing. This is what I got for the “Magpupungko” perspective. You know why? I did not catch the low tide panorama because we were late for the scene. The high tide overtook us. It was supposed to be a sight of smaller pools of water where visitors can enjoy the splashes of the waves caught in knee deep sort of basin pools.


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Jafe Resort, Brgy. Pacifico, San Isidro, Siargao, Surigao del Norte



Villa Beach, Arevalo, Iloilo, Philippines

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Business and playtime as usual for these people on the beach. At the background right, the collection of fingerlings is done to be sold to pond owners. These are to be raised and cultivated in ponds where they are fed for months and harvested for sale in the markets. At the foreground are children enjoying every splash of waves that rolled out to the shore. Cooling off the day’s heat is an everyday habit of some people living near the beach.


And now for today’s prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about bridges. A bridge is a powerful metaphor, and when you start looking for bridges in poems, you find them everywhere. Your poem could be about a real bridge or an imaginary or ideal bridge. It could be one you cross every day, or one that simply seems to stand for something larger – for the idea of connection or distance, for the idea of movement and travel and new horizons.

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living in reality
eyes are windows where
people can stare outside
and watch how their lives
are lived to go hand in hand
the hard up and the full
the pauperized and the affluent
the empty space devoid of energy
the skeletons of absence
and the leaf of intelligence
the architect of harmony
surveying the rounds of how
is not a question of when
not a place to where
not a reason of why
but to work for survival
each others’ moment
of need
of big and small
needing a hand
needing help
needing a bridge
to reach each other’s world
and see “what do you need?”
that should begin within your heart.