Tongo Marigondon, Mactan Island
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19 February 2009
After eating at Lola Eat’s in Talamban, we decided to rent a jeepney to take us to Mactan Island so we could have a taste of Cebu’s waters as well. It was basically our only free time in Cebu because the next two days will be devoted to the SFC International Conference and the third day will be the day some of us will be flying back to Manila while some would go on their own side trips.
Traveling nearly two hours, the driver first took us to Tambuli Resort. However, the staff said that the entrance fee would be 350 pesos each (approx. 4.75USD), and we could only stay in the resort until 6PM. Although we were all tourists and that we all brought money to spend in the province, we wanted to get more value for our money. 350 pesos for nearly three hours of dipping certainly didn’t ring a nice tune in our ears, so we asked the driver to take us somewhere cheaper. If he could take us to a free beach, all the better.
The gates of the Mactan Blue Reef Island Resort didn’t really look nice, but inside was a different story. Entrance fee for the resort was only 50 pesos each (nearly 1USD), and we could stay until 10PM. Well, we didn’t need that much time in the resort, we just want to take a dip, so we grabbed it.
I wasn’t able to ask for a leaflet or a brochure for the resort, so I will just let the pictures speak for themselves. There’s a shore area in the resort for the people who cannot really swim, and under the cottages were several hammocks for people who just wanted to get lazy without really getting wet. It’s natural sea water, and aside from swimming and dipping, people can also rent a boat or a jetski.
It was a fun, fun time being with my SFC siblings… of course, aside from enjoying the water, we also get to talk about ourselves, the community and all sorts of topics. And of course, when there is a camera, expect pictures to be captured. Here are just some of my favorites:
SFC NA-2 delegates.
The Girls - me, Dorris, Shae, and Louchie.
I was taking scenic pictures, and as I walk back, I noticed some of them were inside the ring (it’s a metal ring connected in chains - just like the one in men’s gymnastic apparatus), so I asked for them to pose. It was difficult getting the shot, but I still liked the outcome.
Another case of framing. This was Malou’s idea, which proved to be a hit. From left to right - Gigi, Malou, Shae, Mae, Joy, Me, and Djoanne.
A little past 5PM, we all set up to leave the resort for Gigi and Mae still had to attend the choir practice. The chorale where they belonged will sing at the masses held in the conferences, and they can’t be late for that. As for the three of us (Malou, brother, and I), we will just probably stay at the hotel.
A friend of mine said before I went to Cebu, “Don’t forget to dip your toes into the waters of Cebu.” I am glad I didn’t forget.
*** Jenn ***