There’s no such thing to which I can compare my awesome experience in Iloilo. It was my first in Visayas region and definitely not my last. It was indeed a great blessing to be chosen as one of the delegates to go to Iloilo.
As part of the Leadership Development Program, students were being molded and honed as the future leaders. In line with this, students were given trainings, immersions and different set of activities that will shape them holistically.
Students from Luzon were divided into two were 8 students were chosen to go to Iloilo and the rest to Puerto Galera, Mindoro.
May 29, 2016 I stayed at Kabayan Hotel with my co-LDP student. Excitedly waiting for the next day to come. The Kabayan Hotel where we stayed were situated in Pasay. We were accommodated in a capsule room. [(Capsule room is a japanese style room that somehow look a morgue or cemetery apartments) See photos or visit their website for more details. KABAYAN HOTEL]
Then the most awaited day has come, I woke up early and prepared all my things then off we go to NAIA terminal 2. From there we met our co-LDP students and specialist.
It was my first time to ride an airplane and I was in mixed-emotions as I recall. We waited for our flight and boarded a Philippine Airlines plane bound to Iloilo City our first destination.
Arriving at the terminal was ecstatic. I cannot explain which feeling I had. I was mesmerized and captivated by the beauty and the warm greetings of the place.
From there we met our service that will bring us to the hotel that will be accommodating us. From the terminal it is approximately 30 minutes of travel going to Amigo Terrace Hotel.
Amigo Terrace Hotel served as our home as we stayed there for three days together with the Visayas’ LDP students. We were given comfortable big rooms, a fancy function hall, and an amazing leisure areas.
Our 3 days of training were held there, from there different sets of activities and seminars were given to the students. We sing, We dance, We play- WE REALLY ENJOYED OUR STAY mostly our bonding moments and the memories we shared.
3 days went in a swift and we bid goodbye to the city for we will be transferring to an island to continue our training. From Iloilo City we rode a bus bound to Carles port. From there 2 big boats were waiting for us.
It is approximately an hour or so venturing the sea. Along the ride we took pictures, chatted, and sing to entertain ourselves.
Finally we’ve reached the Maruja Island that will serve as our home for the rest of our stay in Iloilo. The Island were not that big enough but it is astoundingly amazing and splendid. From there different sets of activities were given including fun activities to fully enjoy the place. We slept on cottages and also there were tents piled up along the shore.
One thing I cannot forget which adds to my wonderful experience in the island is when I was stung by a sea urchin. It was because I was helping a friend to dive and go find her pearl earing. Unfortunately as I dived deep I didn’t notice that a sea urchin was nearby and was accidentally place my right hand to where it was situated.
I was so nervous that time LOL , I don’t know what to do whether to tell it to our doctor who is with us nor cure it myself. I was reinforced to tell them what had happened when one of my coLDP students were stung by a jellyfish. With that my hand were soaked in an apple cider vinegar for the rest of the day. I was advised that if the sea urchin’s sting weren’t removed I will go back to the city to have it removed through surgical operation. Thankfully I was healed, I went well the other day and been back to my usual energy LMAO.
It was our fifth day and our last full day in the Island. This is the most memorable part of our training where we go Island hopping. We’ve ventured along the majestic crystal waters of Carles, Iloilo. Went all over their pride, the Isla de Gigantes Islands:
From here we swam around the tantalizing crystal clear water. You’ll enjoy the place with its amazing rock formations. You can also see monkeys roaming in the wild. You can also do rock climbing and diving from here.
The Isolated Island I forgot the name:
They say that this is an isolated area, an island that weren’t inhabited by humans. I don’t know more about this Island since I wasn’t paying much attention on our guide but what we did there is we have conducted a community service. We cleaned the area since garbage were scattered everywhere and afterwards we have brought the garbage with us.
After cleaning the island i’m not familiar with, we went to Arjan Beach resort where we conducted team building and enjoyed the place under the ablazing sun.
And Finally, The Antonia Sand Bar:
After all the things we’ve done we headed to one the best place everyone must visit in Iloilo- the Antonia Sand bar. From here we enjoyed the place through picture taking and some activities.
It was a tiring yet, worthwhile experience we headed back to our home Island and had an amazing bohemian party partnered with fresh and mouthwatering sea foods. We enjoyed the night we the company of each other and also the program we have prepared for ourselves. Then readied ourselves, our things as we will return to our respective homes tomorrow.
Iloilo had given me so much things to treasure, so many unforgettable experiences and lesson and left a portion in my heart, the eagerness to go back and explore the other cities in Visayas region.