Posted by July 12, 2013on
It was supposed to be one of the biggest gathering of Filipino travel bloggers ever. Except that Typhoon Gorio came in and rained all the plans away.
But despite the heavy rains and Storm Signal Nmber 2, we were able to meet, though at different times.
Mervz Ramil Edgar and Sinjin arrived at Tacloban June 26th. The four of them together with another travel blogger, Shugah, + Ludette and Gerry Ruiz all went to Palompon early morning of June 27th. Their target destination: Kalanggaman Island.
Looking at their social media updates, looks like they were really having so much fun at the island. I have been to Kalanggaman two years ago, and it was a really wonderful experience. I was actually envy at them.
Wile the gang were enjoying the sea sun and sand of The bird-shaped island of Kalanggaman, I flew to Tacloban from Manila via TigerAir Philippines. The flight was quick, and on time. Before lunch time I was already in Tacloban. Proceeded straight to the Hotel. Sinjin and I are sharing hotel room.
Later that afternoon, I went to the office of the Department of Tourism located along the Magsaysay Boulevard. Everytime I fly to Tacloban I make it a point to drop by at the office of Regional Director Karen Tiopes and to the coolest DOT personnel I have ever met. After our lengthy chit chat, I left the office then waed towards the Balyuan Park and just try to observe the happenings there.
From Balyuan, I walked towards the RTR Plaza, there was not much action there since RTR only breathes life during the night time.
I went back to the hotel and slept while waiting for Sinjin and the rest of the gand to arrive. We were all booked at the same hotel, except for Shugah who went straight to Ormoc after their Kalanggaman trip.
By around 7:30 I woke up to the sound of knocking at the door. Ahh it was Sinjin.
Moments later we all went out of the hotel for dinner. Were to? Hmmm. At first we were planning to try the Zilog 24hour tapsilogan just near our hotel, but at the last minute, we took a jeepney bound for RTR Plaza. Yey! Barbecue dinner!
There was a dance contest at the RTR that time and there were a lot of people, either watching the show, having dinner or simply enjoying booze with barbecue.
We had chicken barbecue and pusô for dinner. After dinner we walked towards the Balyuan Amphitheater. There was also a concert there. Ad lot of locals were there. We did not stay long. And because Sinjin Edgar Ramil and Mervs all came from a tiring trip from Palompon, they decided to have a massage, while I pted to just go back at the hotel since I still have to finish some work.
June 28th – I was supposed to go back to Basey Samar to do another research. But I was too lazy to get out of bed. Sarap sarap lang mahiga at matulog. So I decided to cancel my plan.
Later that evening, the five of us, together with Ludette went to the RTR Plaza for the annual Bituon han Leyte Festival Queen Competition.
There we met another travel blogger, who is also a Raclobanon but now based in Metro Manila. He was Julius of Lakwatserong Tsinelas. It was my first time to meet him. Yey, met new blogger friend!
It was raining hard, but the pageant pushed through. It was halfway through the program, around 11pm, when PAGASA declared the entire Province of Leyte under storm signal number 2. Yikes, rain or shine, typhoon or not, the show must go on.
But just before the pageant ended we decided to leave the tent where we were comfortably seated, and moved to the coffee shop just beside the stage, so we can still see all the action.
Looks like the rain has no plans of stopping anytime soon. Immediately after the winners were declared, we left the venue and returned to the hotel. We have an early call time the next day. At 5 AM. But the question is. Will the rain ever stop in the morning?
Stay tuned for the second part of this series.
Many thanks to TigerAir Philippines for flying us to Tacloban to experience the most colorful festival of Eastern Visayas! To book for your cheap flights, log on to http://www.tigerair.com
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