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Apr 19, 2009 - Travel in the Philippines, Part 4

Tacloban to Surigao The all-day caving adventure sets me back, precipitating a whirlwind of travel that takes me 200km from Tacloban in northern Leyte to Surigao, Mindanao, in 36 hours. Day 1 is relatively uneventful. The journey from Tacloban to the dive colony of Padre Burgos (about 150km) in Southern Leyte is a sonnet in three stanzas: a 2hr bus ride as far as Hilosig; a hairy 45-minute race through the mountains on the back of a speeding habal-habal (motorcycle taxi – see video) to Sogod; and a 1.5hr jeepney ride to Padre Burgos on the...

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