Virgin Island – A Paradise Just A Short Boat Ride Away From Home

Virgin Island – A Paradise Just A Short Boat Ride Away From Home

We’ve been to this Island twice. The first one was on Summer of 2015 and the second was just Summer of this year. We’ve heard about the island countless times already since it is just a short boat ride away from our place (approximately 45 min).

The island is privately owned thus entrance fees as well as docking fee are required upon visiting. Docking fee is 500 pesos inclusive of the entrance fee for 2 persons. The rest of the visitors will be charged php 100 / head. These were the rates during our first and last visit.

Visitors could also play beach volleyball with a certain fee for ball rental. Cottage rates varies depending on your choice but we had ours at php 1000.

On our recent visit, we were able to explore this part of the island that we have not visited last 2015. A bit rocky but the water was clear, cold and refreshing.

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Going to this side of the island we passed by this signage, which I find really nice.

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There were very few people wandering around this part of the island so we had it all for ourselves.

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There was an on-going construction at the back part of the island. We heard they will be adding additional cottages to accommodate visitors who would like to stay overnight. Nevertheless, we did not inquire further because we were too caught up with exploring the other part of the island we have not visited yet.

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Shortly after our brief exploration, we headed back to our cottage to rest and eat. From our cottage I was able to snap this view of the island where the boats are usually docked.

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It was already late in the afternoon when we packed up and headed home.

A Short Heritage Walk in Oslob

A Short Heritage Walk in Oslob

I have always been fascinated by historical places. And this fascination has led me and my siblings into visiting two of Cebu’s historical towns.

Oslob, Cebu

Straight from a roughly 5 hour – trip (combination of land and sea) from our hometown going back to the City, we just left our luggage at home and headed directly to Cebu South Bus Terminal. We were able to catch a bus bound for Dumaguete, which will pass by Oslob and it was already around past one o’clock when the bus finally hit the road.

With some occasional stops to unload and load passengers, by around 5 PM we arrived at our drop off point –  Oslob Public Market which is just along the National Highway. After alighting from the bus, we asked some of the locals for directions and then we made our way to the town center.

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Cherry Blossom Tree beside the Municipal Hall

We passed by the Municipal Hall and went straight to the Church passing along Calle Aragones,  the oldest Street in Oslob named after Fray Juan Jose Aragones who was the first Parish Priest of the town.

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Walking along Calle Aragones going straight towards the coastal area to the right you will find the Cuartel. Also known as the Ruins, it was built through the efforts of Maestro Don Marcos Sabandal to serve as Spanish Barracks but construction was halted upon the arrival of Americans.

At the back of the Ruins is the Oslob Museum.

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Straight ahead of Calle Aragones towards the coastal area is the Cuartel Beach. For a public place, I would say the place is impressively clean and well maintained.

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Facing the sea, to the left side of Cuartel Beach you can find Baluarte. The structure was built in 1788 as part of the defense system in dispelling Moro raiders during that time. This is just one of the six watchtowers built along the coastline of Oslob.

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Facing toward the town from the beach, one could have the entire front view of the church including its old walls.

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Should we had more time, we would have stayed for a while to enjoy Cuartel Beach but since we were in a hurry we quickly headed back to the highway to catch a bus for our next destination. We walked along Calle Aragones on our way back to the highway and we passed by this house.

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We just find it cute so we took some shots.

After an hour of exploring we first took care of our growling stomach before we headed to the next town – Boljoon.

Tanguingui Islet

Tanguingui Islet

Earlier this year, my sister and I agreed to spend our 2016 Summer visiting the neighboring islands / islets of our hometown, Madridejos. The original plan was to visit three island/islet which we were able to do so and one of them is Tanguingui Islet. An islet located approximately 30 kilometers away from the Northernmost tip of Bantayan Island. It is under the jurisdiction of Madridejos, a fourth income class municipality in Bantayan Island.

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the entire view of the Islet from our pumpboat

Travel time was approximately one  hour. We took off from Brgy. Mancilang,  a coastal barangay in Madridejos, which is where our place of residence is also located. Since the place was also hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda, and is composed mainly of sand and rocks, only very few coconut trees were able to survive.

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few of the coconut trees with their twisted leaves that survived the Super Typhoon Yolanda

Under the scorching heat of the sun we enthusiastically wandered around the islet. Our first stop was the Lighthouse. Unfortunately, the caretaker was  not around so we were not able to get inside and climb the top of the lighthouse.

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a modern lighthouse replacing the old one

So, instead, we opted to explore the old structures surrounding the lighthouse.

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The new lighthouse replaced the old one and from the stories I heard, the old structure looked like the typical lighthouses from the old times with the signature winding staircase. I’ve been googling but I just could not seem to find an exact description of Tanguingui Lighthouse except for the Blog post of LakbayLoyd. And quoting from his Blog, “El Faro De Islote De Tanguingui was originally designed in 1893 and necessitated to be built on this islet to guide vessels going to ports of Iloilo and Cebu and passing through the Visayan Sea.”

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what’s left of the old lighthouse structure

After satiating our lighthouse craze, we headed to the rocky side of the islet.

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The clear turquoise water was so tempting but I was very hesitant to dive not because I do not know how to swim but because of those pointed rocks and barnacles.In the end,  I was just able to dip my hands and feet in the water. LOL!

After almost 2 hours of enjoying our stay in the islet, we decided to pack up and head to our next destination which was Guintacan Island.