One day, I got a call from a friend who was planning to go there. She told me that she would like to meet me in the island.
At the last minute, I decided to go. I packed my bag, readied myself, and went to the terminal.
The previous days before this trip to Southern Leyte were busy yet enjoyable ones. I had a trip with Pondering Paodaolei in Tacloban, Palo, and Biliran. After that, we had a week-end camping in Albuera, Leyte. So, I was quite hesitant to go because I was so tired.
Yet, I can't resist that strong urge to travel and meet new friends.
From Ormoc City, I traveled to Maasin City, the capital of Southern Leyte. There, I met my high-school classmates who gave me tips on how to go and explore the island. From Maasin City, I traveled again to Padre Burgos, the town at the tip of Southern Leyte.
When I arrived in Padre Burgos, I had a bad feeling. There were no boats that would ferry me to the island. I was sad, yet hopeful.
I was walking along the port, when I met some fishermen. I talked to them and I discovered that they were going to Limasawa Island. They said, they were Seventh-day Adventists too and they knew the families of my high-school classmates. Wow! That sadness was turned to joy.
Then, I was there. My eyes were fixed on the island.
Their pump-boat was enough for the four of us. Me, the grandfather, the father, and the son. It seems that I belong to their family!
Going to the island was smooth. No big waves, only ripples and small ones. It was calm and peaceful. And I was happy!
Once I stepped out of the pump-boat, I can feel the unity and simplicity of the people living there. When I turned around to bid my big THANK YOU to the fishermen, I saw them carrying the boat off the shore.
Yes! This is Limasawa Island, an island off the coast of Southern Leyte. A paradise to me.
My arrival was made even more delightful when I was welcomed by these cute and smiling pupils of Lugsongan Adventist Multigrade School.
1. Ormoc City to Maasin City - Fare: PhP170 / Travel Time: 3 hours / By van
2. Maasin City to Padre Burgos - Fare: PhP30 / Travel Time: 45 minutes / By multicab
3. Padre Burgos to Triana, Limasawa Island - PhP50 / Travel Time 45 minutes / By pump-boat