Another Olango Island Experience

Yesterday, while others roamed around Metro Cebu for the 6th Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk, our group decided to make IT happen at the equally majestic and culturally-rich Olango Island. I may have been to the Island a couple of times already, but I still haven’t explored it as much as I wanted to. This motivated me to take the Olango Island trail along with my team. At the back of my mind, I knew this was going to be a good venue because the Island has so much to offer, not just for its sumptuous seafood, but most especially its beautiful scenery and welcoming people.

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Our first stop was the coastal barangay of Baring. The place is known to have the best shipwrights in Olango Island and home to the mouth-watering fiber-rich “puto balanghoy”. After an hour of roaming around and mingling with the locals, we regrouped and prepared ourselves for our next destination.

But before we did, why not have freshly cooked “saang” (spider shell) for breakfast? I thought. As most of us came very early, majority of us haven’t had the most important meal of the day yet. We stopped by at Barangay Tingo for breakfast, not forgetting to take photos of about a couple (just a couple?) of interesting subjects, of course.

Now with tummies full and our appetite for food satisfied, this time, we were finally ready to satisfy our appetite for breath-taking pictures. Our next destination was Olango Island’s Material Recovery Facilities (MRF). MRF is a special division of the Lapu-Lapu City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), where all of the Island’s biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes is being processed for recycling purposes.

First that came to mind about the place was that it would be smelly and messy, but I was totally wrong. All you can see is nature’s bounty, from flowering plants to different varieties of fruits and vegetables. It was a refreshing experience for me, for the facility has made me see its significance in the preservation and conservation of Mother Nature. Having a facility like this is such a big help to the community as well, for it provides additional employment opportunities to locals and non-locals alike.

Right after MRF, we headed to Barangay Tungasan to have our much-needed lunch. Even though some of my fellow walkers couldn’t make it further (for personal reasons), there were still a handful of us who were left behind and we continued on to our next stop — Barangay Sabang.

If you happen to be in Barangay Sabang, your visit wouldn’t be complete if you haven’t tried their luscious coconut meat and juice which locals call “lamaw”. The lamaw was served at its best for it has surely quenched our thirst. You can only imagine how scorching hot that afternoon was, and the fresh buko juice has, in fact, served its purpose well. The relaxing view where the table-spread of “buko” was set up was just a plus! I can proudly say that this is one place that you shouldn’t miss.

After enjoying lamaw’s goodness, so to speak, we headed straight to Sitio Asinan, still a part of Barangay Sabang, shots fired (photos, that is), then moved on to the newly opened Marine Sanctuary in Barangay San Vicente.

The sanctuary opened to the public just weeks ago. According to one of the barangay officials, this is home to many different species of fishes and other marine creatures. The place has been a haven to marine life for over 10 years now.

The Barangay San Vicente Marine Sanctuary also caters to:

  • Snorkeling
  • Diving
  • Fish Feeding
  • Marine Resources Watching

There are other options to consider, such as:

  • Sailboat Paddling
  • Banana Boat
  • Island Hopping
  • Bird Watching
  • Horse Back Riding
  • Overnight Camping

(All of which are to be situated outside the marine-sanctuary protected area.)

Not enough? You can also Zumba your way, with nature by your side, in the park’s front area.

The place has had a promising start and I’m certain that people will come rushing here not for long. Your visit will be worth the price, with affordable rates catered for both locals and tourists.

The marine sanctuary wasn’t supposed to be our last stop but the weather had gone bad by then, so we decided to pack up and head back to the wharf. The once sunny afternoon had already turned gloomy and windy, so without hesitation, we had to call it a day. It was short, but sweet, and I have my fellow walkers to attest to that.

Special thanks to Fritz Menguito, Sir Jonji Gonzales, Sir Hembler Mendoza, and most of all, Hon. Mayor Paz Radaza, for helping us in making this year’s Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk (Olango Island) a big success.

 

Photo Credits
Saang (Spider Shell) by Jose Dolreich Cabillan
Group Shots (on slider) by Dave Piñero

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