|Guiuan, Eastern Samar|
Last month, I got a message from my senior. She told me that I was one of those people from the tower who will be sent to Guiuan, Eastern Samar for a special assignment: To facilitate the take-off and landing of Kalayaan One (the callsign of PNoy's flight).
With only a limited time, I immediately packed my things and off we went to the easternmost province of Visayas.
The province of Guiuan is three hours away from Tacloban City, the regional center of Region VIII. Last year, Guiuan was the first province to experience Super Typhoon Yolanda's (Haiyan) wrath, with a maximum sustained wind of 315kph. The province wasn't also spared by the 7-meter high storm surge generated by the storm.
A year after, some had already started a new life but the damages brought about by Yolanda are still there, as of this writing.
We left Tacloban at four in the afternoon and safely arrived Guiuan at past seven in the evening. We traversed through different limestone formations, coves, and mangrove-rich estuaries of the neighboring towns of Samar Island and endured the butt-numbing ride due to the damaged road networks.
Since all hotels and resorts of Guiuan's town proper were fully booked, we stayed at a surfing resort of Calicoan, located at the outskirts of the province. The place was so stunning since it was facing east, directly to the infinite blue of Pacific Ocean.
Too bad, I only went to Guiuan for work. I believe there are so many places to visit and things to do. I shall go back to this quaint town of Eastern Samar if time permits.
|Yolanda did this.|
|It's still 5:40AM yet the sun is already up.|
|Spot the president and his BFFs|
I shall return, Guiuan.