Off to Pagadian City for Michell’s graduation!

Off to Pagadian Metropolis for Sara’s graduation!

Appears to be really clear-cut.

Sara’s graduation from St. Columban University was scheduled for March 22 in Pagadian Metropolis. I had promised her in excess of a calendar year in the past that I would go to her graduation, so on Friday, March 21, I duly set forth on a pilgrimage Pagadian. Remaining a Kuripot Kano (low-cost American), I selected to take the ferry and bus in lieu of flying. (Actually, I had seemed into flights but there were no round-journey tickets available for that time.) Pagadian City lies 298 kilometers from the city of Dumaguete.  According to Google, the excursion usually takes 6 hrs and 21 min.  Sara had created the journey right here several moments, and it commonly took her about eight hours.  I figured it would choose about the same.  Ha!

Letter for Mark, who watched my house although I was gone.

The first leg of the journey was from the port of Dumaguete on Negros Oriental (my household) to the port of Dapitain, on the northern edge of Mindanao, large island to the south.  I arrived at the port at about 5 AM and my ferry instantly took off at 7 AM.  It was intended to be a 4-hour cruise, but owing to favorable currents, we created it in 3 hours and 15 minutes – form of like a a few-hour tour, but unique.  The accommodations have been alternatively spartan but what can one hope for only 320 pesos ($7.11).  I arrived at the sleepy seaside town Dapitan and produced my way to the place the tricycles had been parked. There, I secured a experience to the nearby town of Dipolog at which I would get on the bus for one more extensive excursion to Pagadian Metropolis  itself. Halfway to Dipolog, even so, the tricycle driver abruptly pulled around on the side of the street. There were a amount of other motorcycles tricycles and jeepneys lined up there, and I realized that there have to be a Philippines National Police targeted traffic checkpoint even further down the street. Stepping off the tricycle, I discovered this to be the circumstance in the tricycle driver sheepishly admitted that his driver’s license was suspended. Taking a moment to shoot some video I then shrugged off a bit of mounting annoyance and hopped on a passing jeepney which finally brought me to Dipolog.

Dapitan port.

Dapitan port once again.

Law enforcement checkpoint – every person ready for it to depart.

The bus from Dipolog to Pagadian Town was very a great deal a nightmare. As opposed to the larger Ceres buses we have on Negros, the Rural Lines buses on Mindanao were being not sized for these of a Caucasian Persuasion.  I merely did not fit in the seat and was mainly compelled to sit diagonally when the seat up coming to me was occupied,  which was fundamentally the full excursion. I won’t get into the specifics of that practically five-hour trip, I will only condition for the file that it was a little bit on the tortuous aspect.

Dipolog bus terminal.

Bus at terminal with seller.

Your driving is high-quality – your seats are far too little!

This appears like the correct bus.

Philippines de-segregated their bus terminals a even though back.

Pig in a rice bag at Osmena Terminal – just chillin.

I arrived in Pagadian Metropolis at about 4:30 PM, a little around 10 hrs from when my journey began (damn your eyes, Google!!!)   My pretty girlfriend greeted my hapless self at the bus terminal, prying me out of the bus (she is modest but amazingly strong) and folding me into the tiniest tricycle that I have at any time observed.  Knees jammed firmly to chin, we then took a short trip to Chandler Suites , my dwelling for the subsequent three evenings. Like my unpleasant discovery on the diminutive bus, I learned that the accommodations there – whilst nice – have been extra suited for a far more more compact Filipino – it was the tiniest hotel area I have at any time witnessed: my feet hung off the bed, I experienced to duck down to see myself in the mirror, and utiliing the…errr.. accomodations were extra akin to a incredibly hot yoga session.  Still, the air conditioning labored and very little lavatory experienced very hot and chilly functioning h2o.  After that 10 hour vacation, I regarded it my very own little slice of Heaven.

Chandler Suites.

Small little lodge place.

Snake jail in front of hotel.

Rocky the python.

Jail birds in entrance of lodge – lunch for snake?

Your normal hungry Filipina.

But ample of my assorted gripes and complaints. I was in Pagadian to see Michelle graduate, so soon after a very good night’s rest I did just that. Saint Columban School is a non-public Catholic college that was started in 1957.  I had usually imagined that Michelle had to commute across her bustling town to go to lessons – appear to discover out she basically only lived about 100 m from the faculty.  The graduation ceremony took position in the school’s gymnasium and almost 300 younger Filipinos and Filipinas acquired their diplomas that day. After a 6 AM mass at a regional cathedral, the college students and their mom and dad filed in to the embellished health and fitness center to the envisioned strains of Pomp and Instances. The ceremony lasted a bit above 3 hours and a number of awards and recognitions had been dispersed together with the levels. Sara gained her bachelor of science degree in business enterprise administration and although perspiring (essentially, perspiring is what girls do, I hear -men sweat) from the sweltering large graduation robes (or “toga,” as they phone it), was very very pleased of the time and hard work she set in the gaining her diploma. Adhering to the ceremony, we all went residence to clean up up and then achieved about 45 minutes afterwards at a close by restaurant where we had a very little graduation lunch. It was the initial time assembly her moms and dads that I was a tiny anxious. They appeared quite nice on the other hand, and they still left later that afternoon to return to their property province.

Information, Kindness, Justice.

Pleased household – Sara’s dad in yellow/ Mom in brown.

Sara’s sister with some ROTC peeps – she seems to be like a mini-Beyonce.

Saint Columban Higher education gymnasium.

I wasn’t feeling very good the complete time I was in Pagadian Town. I don’t know if it was the excursion or what,  but I felt listless the complete time I was there. On Sunday, Sara and I went on a minimal journey to a little island in the center of the harbor.  I did a tiny swimming and online video stuff, Sara did a very little fishing, and later on two of her buddies confirmed up to share our cabana and a some dialogue.

Our latest grad in the cabana at DauDau Island.

Southern Mindanao’s obtained some terrorists.

Obtained to have an Animal Bite Center.

Filipino families are Big!

On Monday I acquired up really when once more to make my way back to Negros. This time, I paid out for two tickets on the bus so that I could use each seats in get to have sufficient place. This labored out correctly and at some point produced it back again to Dapitan port just in time to miss out on what I imagined was at 230 ferry but was in fact a 2 PM ferry. Recognizing my continued failings as a planet traveler, I then kicked back again in the air-conditioned waiting around space and viewed the most recent Tom Cruise film even though I waited for the 430 ferry again to Dumaguete. That ferry took off a tiny late and I imagine it back again to him all over again these days until 930.

Chillin’ in financial system course.

Sunset on ferry back again to Negros.

Significant tropical downpours and flooding had been predicted for the weekend. If that forecast experienced been various I would’ve taken my motorcycle on a roll on/ roll off ferry and liked the breathtaking landscapes along the mountainous roads from Dipolog to Pagadian Town. If I take a look at Sara all over again in her property metropolis, I will surely choose my bike the up coming time.  


And while the bus came as a little bit of a shock, touring in the Philippines using their transportation infrastructure is normally relatively  painless and particularly low-cost. The full charge of this prolonged excursion to southern Mindanao charge me:

Ferry 640

Bus 570

Tricycles 120

Overall:  1330 pesos or $29 USD for a 600 KM trip.


The 3 nights in the minimal resort space expense me 2600 pesos or about $19 a evening.

Nonetheless an additional case in point of “It’s more entertaining in the Philippines!”