I wanted to share some pictures from my visit a few weeks ago in Isla Mababoy, Brgy. Guinhadap, Monreal, Masbate. Its our second community in the Yellow Boat Project and one of the most challenging to go to.
To go there from Manila, you need to take a one-hour flight from Manila to Legaspi City or take the 12-hour train or bus ride (which is quite taxing).
From Legaspi City, you can take public transportation or a private van to the port of Pilar, Sorsogon which will take another hour.
From the port of Pilar, Sorsogon, you can take the public pumpboat or hire a private pumpboat (which is quite expensive) to take you from the port to the municipality of Monreal. This will take 2 hours to 3 hours depending on the weather and waves that day.
From the port of Monreal, you need to hire a motorized boat which will take you to Isla Mababoy and that adds another hour to this adventure. And remember this is just one way, you need to go the same way back home.
Here are some of the photo highlights when I was there last June 2012:
Sunrise from Isla Mababoy with a view of Mt. Mayon on the other side of the Philippine Sea
The community of Guindalupihan in Isla Mababoy
This is me on top of a cliff in Guindalupihan, Isla Mababoy.
It’s so easy to teach kids that’s why it’s important they get the education they deserve.
Rezza (the one who was featured in Maala-ala Mo Kaya last June 9, 2012) took this shot after I taught her how to operate my phone’s camera for 30 seconds.
The beautiful waters in Halea in Isla Mababoy
Sunset in Isla Mababoy
I am sharing this picture because I believe this wonderful sunset symbolizes that there’s always a tomorrow and that tomorrow is a new day, a new beginning, a new hope, for Isla Mababoy and for the country. Let’s make sure there indeed is HOPE for communities like them.