Bantayan Island – 2008

Posted: March 12, 2011 in Photos, Travel, Visayas
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Bantayan Island 2008 << please click this link to check out the slide show

Dear MC,

Please prioritize Team Gumby for VTO tomorrow.  They are scheduled for shuttle pick up by 7am.



I made sure that I have sent this email to MC before leaving work. I love joining my cluster’s team building and I will say that this is one of the best team buildings I’ve ever joined.

I have coordinated with MC to have the team logged out early to catch the 1st trip to Bantayan Island from Old Sagay. Since it’s the season for VTO, it was no sweat for the request to be approved. From shift, the team went off the floor and stayed at the lobby until everyone is ready to go. We rode the TP shuttle from Bacolod to Old Sagay port.

Initially, we planned to be on the 930am trip off the port. Unfortunately, we had to wait for the next trip leaving at 1030am. Since we were from shift most of us we hungry and tired. We have asked manong to look for a carinderia to grab a quick breakfast before boarding the boat.

Honestly, I was expecting  a bigger boat. I thought we were to board supercat or weesam, but to my surprise, it’s actually a big pump boat. I don’t know how they call it there but it’s smaller than the boats used from Batangas Port to Puerto Galera.

We spent about 2 – 3 hours travel by sea from Negros to Bantayan. We’ve passed several islands but my favorite is the Carbin Reef. It’s part of the Sagay’s marine reserve. It’s open to the public for day tour but everyone needs to leave before high tide! But I am not to talk about Carbin Reef just yet.

Going back to our Bantayan Trip…

It was already low tide when we reached Bantayan Port. I had a hard time getting off the boat because we had to cross a sheet pile. That was a big time challenge for me! We had our lunch at a resto near the public market while the transpo service is waiting for us.

From Bantayan, we rode a multicab (good for about 11 heads only) to Madridejos. We stayed at Rivera’s ancestral house. I forgot Uncle’s name (as we all call him uncle- not tito, not manong but uncle) but he was very accommodating to all of us.

Things that we did:

~~ Since it’s a team building, they had their open forum and team talk.

~~ Generoso and Iced Tea are the star of nights.

~~ We missed Marlboro coz BOSS is all we can find.

~~ COTA park walk, backyard swimming (yeah! the beach is just right there!!!) and Sta. Fe Beach Club visit (Ogtong Cave)

~~ Jo Panes was our cook (Damn! He cooks well.. Love the gravy man!)

~~ sikad – sikad or aninicad moment

~~ Lechon! Lechon! Lechon!

~~ Charades (David bringing out his best to describe Kama Sutra!! It’s always a classic if it’s from David)

We took a different route going back to Bacolod. We went for Ro-Ro this time. Travel time is longer 😦

We arrived at Cadiz Port just about before 3PM. We went for quick snack @ Jollibee Cadiz and went to buy danggits.

I am planning to visit Bantayan during Holy Week!! (They said you can only eat lechon during holy week!!)

(October 2008)


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