One weekend, under the trees of the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Grace Cutab and I were talking about the Run for Given, when she mentioned that she’s having a trip to their home in Camiguin.
At the mention of Camiguin, my face registered the surprise of a kid–every traveler and backpacker I know of would want a slice of Camiguin experience because of its famed white beaches and postcard perfect spots such as the creepy Sunken Cemetery. She asked if I wanna come–how can you say no to the gates of paradise summoning?
Camiguin has been in my bucket list since grade 3, I think; the time when students are asked to memorize the Philippine map and the capital of the provinces, and I always thanked Camiguin for being easy to remember because it’s one lone province island on top of mainland Mindanao (where provinces are squeezed together in regions too many for my poor memory). Also, it has a cute, memorable name, Camiguin, and a fierce capital name–”Mambajao” (only recently did I learn that it’s pronounced as mam-ba-haw).
With a week to book tickets and prepare for a trip, Grace made everything easy with a simple, comprehensive email that I’d like to share to those planning to visit one of the Philippines’ wonders.
Puerto Galera during the Catholic Holy Week is a sinful beach island!
- one reason for the beach being dubbed “Puerto Gaylera”
- docking area (this pic is by Gizh H.)
At 3:30 Holy Maundy afternoon, the huge Comandos ferry boat docked at White Beach, which is full of ladies and gays in bikinis and
Bantayan island, Cebu is Boracay without party animals. Sugar Beach, the island’s longest stretch of beach, is the place to be when