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Pier Snapshots: Balanacan Port

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Mother Mary statue in Balanacan Port

When I’m in Manila it doesn’t feel like I’m living in an archipelago, but whenever I travel by sea, that’s when I can deeply feel our life in the archipelago. In my childhood days, I would travel for 2 hours by sea between Negros and Panay islands via Negros Navigation ferries. My favorite part of the voyage was seeing the Siete Pecados (group of seven islets). In my university years, I would travel between Negros and Cebu islands via RoRo vessels and my favorite part was seeing some dolphins across the strait. I would also travel by sea between Visayas and Mindanao or between Visayas and Luzon and these long voyages mean seeing plenty of islets and islands along the way. There was always land in my line of sight.

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Moreover, I remember countless of sea trips for leisure such as between Cebu and Bohol islands, between Negros and Siquijor islands, between Luzon and Mindoro islands, and many more. So many islands, and likewise so many ports. Siquijor Port is one of the two seaports where I find the surrounding water and seascape quite beautiful. The other one is the Balanacan Port in Marinduque Island.

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Napocor’s Power Barge

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Last of the passengers boarding the RoRo vessel bound for Lucena

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View from the Starhorse Lines RoRo vessel still docked at the Balanacan Port

From Island To Mainland

The uncomplicated manner of commuting from the island of Malapascua to mainland Cebu province.

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At Logon beach, procure a green paper ticket from the one-man ticketing office comprising of a small table that also serves as police detachment (says the sign) and a blackboard where the name of the boats and their corresponding schedules are written.

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Ticketing office

 

The green ticket says Malapascua Port. Where’s the port? The Guanna boat, a yellow banca anchored far from the beach, will leave at 8:30 according to the blackboard. How to get there? Ride a small paddle flat boat for 20 pesos per passenger. Simple. Uncomplicated.

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Guanna, the commuter boat in “Malapascua Port”

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Short transfer from Logon beach to Guanna boat

Hoops in Coconut Tree

Where there is coconut, there is basketball.

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Of Canine and Sunning

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How dogs use the solarization furniture of humans

Bagong Pag-asa

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Almost all boats in Malapascua were destroyed by typhoon Yolanda says Mike, a German who runs a resort in the island. In the present, one can notice plenty of yellow bancas around the island. These yellow boats called Bagong Pag-asa (translated as New Hope) were donated by entities all over the world to help in the livelihood rebuilding of affected residents.

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New hope...

El Nido Waters

The surrounding islands and waters of El Nido in shades of green.

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Two guys served as ballast in this area of shallow waters

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This gal can’t help taking a self-portrait in this dreamy place

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Lagoon

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One of the many islands surrounding El Nido

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7 Commando beach

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Approaching El Nido poblacion

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