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Jun 15, 2013 - Exotic Excursion

We get an early start to head to Sohoton Cave for the VFV sponsored volunteer excursion. It begins with a 1.5 hours Jeepney ride to the neighboring island of Samar. Once there and after our 200 peso entrance fee (only 20 pesos for locals, not fair!) we travel down the river past banana boats and riverfront villages. We watch children jump from palm trees into the water (I seriously thought they were monkeys at first), families washing their clothes in the river, and fishermen pulling up empty nets out of the water. After about an hour on...

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Apr 17, 2009 - Cave New World

Catbalogan, Samar Any mention of the island of Samar is usually preceded by the word “rugged”. Basically the minute you step foot in Samar you’re considered off-the-beaten track, although the National Hwy does run down the island’s Western flank, sprinkling the trappings of civilization here and there (tricycles, Jollibee, Rizal statues*, noise pollution, Mercury Drugstores, prostitution … ). The biggest town in Western Samar, Catbalogan bears many of those trappings, although the noise commotion is lesser than in most cities because of a...

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