Sunny skies and cool morning breeze greeted us when we went out of room, 30 minutes past 9AM, in White Beach Hotel in Puerto Galera. I wanted to take pick more pebbles to bring home before we headed to the baptismal reception. A walk along the beach is necessary for me to do that.
We headed for the area the locals calls as “Jurassic Park.” Like me, you’re probably wondering why it’s called that. My friend, a resident of Poblacion, says that this area of the beach is frequented by lady boys and their partners for that night. It’s quite understandable why they prefer this place: there are no resorts in this area. Just bushes and sand.
Once I decided that I have enough pebbles, we walked back to our room and got ready to leave. Our sundo, a tricycle driver who will take us to Poblacion, arrived promptly at 11AM. We had to walk a bit of distance to get to his tricycle. It cost P170 to get to my friend’s house in Poblacion from White Beach. Steep, but there is really no other mode of public transport except habal habal and I’m not sure I want to try that.
There was no one in my friend’s house when we arrived there. Fortunately, the father of the baby christened that day, drove by and saw us. He insisted that we come with him immediately since we already missed the baptismal rites. He informed my friend that the rest of their barkada is already at his house and that they had started the merriment.
It was a good idea to come with him because it would have taken us forever to find his house in Sabang. We passed by so many narrow alleys that it felt l was in maze. I remember commenting that their area is very similar to the neighborhoods in Manila — crowded.
Like in any other province in the Philippines, baptisms are a whole day event in Sabang as I noticed when we finally sat down to lunch. The people kept coming and they’re not dressed for a celebration. It makes you think you’re in a town fiesta rather than a baptismal. The father of the newly Christened informed us that they’ve been celebrating since the night before and that he expects more well-wishers to arrive.
Around 5PM, we decided to go back to my friends house. I was more than ready to rest. It was already dark when we got back to the house. My friend’s aunt was there already, so as his brother who was with us in the baptism. After introducing me to his aunt, we played a little with the dogs Tasha Marie and Rooney. These dogs are a whole different story and deserve another post so I will not tell them much about you now. Suffice to say that they are an interesting pair.
I had a good time getting acquainted with dogs, my friend’s tita, and their boarder that I retired past midnight. I slept beside tita, atop a firm mattress that whisked me off to dreamland easily. Still, I woke up 7AM the next day. The house was already bustling with activity already, which reminded me that this I am in the province. I tidied my things for the return trip home.
Tasha Marie and her proud owner walked us to Muelle, where we boarded the Blue Penguin -1o to Batangas Pier. This time we sat in the back to make sure we don’t get splashed with seawater during the ride. And like the other passengers on the ferry, I managed to get a few minutes of sleep during the 65-minute sail.
Thus end my brief Puerto Galera trip. I look forward to early next year when I return to the island with my cousin and fully explore the different recreational and cultural delights this province has to offer.