Sambawan Island: Sunrise and Independence

It was already late afternoon when we arrived at the Kawayan port of Biliran for our transit to Sambawan Island. We were already behind our schedule straight from our Mt. Tres Marias descent. The race against time was real. We were supposed to be on the port before 5 PM based on our itinerary. We…

Mt. Tres Marias (Part 2): Ethereal Forest

The cold morning mist starts rolling out, leaving dews on the leaves. It was a cold morning in Mt. Tres Marias. I woke up with my jacket on while struggling to find my glasses. I heard the clanking sounds from the spot where we cooked our meals. As I went out from my small tent,…

Mt. Tres Marias (Part 1): Enchantress of Biliran

Mt. Tres Marias (Three Marias). Three adjacent peaks snatching the title of being the highest points of Biliran. The lady name implicates the enchanting nature of the peaks. As seen and read from the logs of other mountaineers and trekking enthusiasts, Mt. Tres Marias offers a mossy and shady trail with chances of meeting vipers…

Bagongbong and Tinago : Biliran Waterfalls Adventure

Early mornings on the secluded Sambawan Island is relaxing. I planned to wake up by 5:30 in the morning to catch the slow rising of the sun. Unfortunately, my body did not cooperate. We spent a lot of energy and got too drunk the day before, that our bodies demanded more sleep.  I fought with…

Sambawan Island : An Unforgettable Experience

Sambawan Island is a small island located north of Biliran (former sub-province of Leyte) and nearest to Maripipi island. The island offers a stunning view and Batanes-like feel. Finally, got the time for Sambawan Island. I and my close friends have been eyeing Sambawan Island for so long, but due to forgotten reasons, we kept on…