I thought I will never be able to go to Antique after having Influenza after my Davao trip. I have to take full bed rest for almost 2 weeks just so I can fully recover. But thankfully, after 10 days of resting, I was able to follow my colleagues in Antique and already missed 2 days of our itinerary.
I arrived Kalibo Airport last Monday, September 26 and waited for my shuttle service to drop me off to Culasi Antique. It was a 2-hr drive from Kalibo going to Antique and when I get to Culasi, I rode a small boat that will only fit 6 persons max ( that’s what I think, lol). I was with these 2 boatmen and we traveled from port to the island about 20minutes because of the strong current and waves (Jesus Christ!) I survived that 20-minute long boat ride that I felt it was 20 years already, lol.
During Typhoon Yolanda, Mararison Island was hit and houses are washed out. It was devastating to all IP (Indigenous People) who lost their houses and boats. But thankfully after few years after the typhoon, the community built and put barriers at the sea shore. You will see here how simple their lives is, I have seen woman weaving their fish net, fishing is their main source of living here on the island.
The marvelous mountains of Mararison Island. It was somehow likely common view of Batanes (though I have never been to Batanes).
Thanks Jola for capturing this coz I have to go down and be back at our hut because it was starting to rain again.
When the rest of the group are back from the mountain, we only have 20 minutes to stay on the island or else we have to stay there because it was starting to build up strong current because it was raining and also there is a monsoon/Habagat that time.
Of course, it was only me who is panicking because I can’t stand to ride on that small boat again and experience more waves and actually high waves! But were able to get off the island just at the right time, thank God!
It was a nerve-wracking, fun and unforgettable experience in Mararison Island.