Greetings from Olutanga Island!
Finally, I already arrived in the place Fr. Joseph Audiencia, SVD called “Gateway to Paradise.” Last June 1, 2009 Fr. Mannix Suico, SVD and I left Cebu via PAL Express. Mabilis ang biyahe. Dumating kami sa Dipolog City 18 minutes ahead of the estimated time of arrival.
From Dipolog, we went to Ipil para mag-courtesy visit kay Bishop Julius Tonel but he was not around. Ang chancellor lang ang na-meet namin. Malayo din pala ang biyahe from Dipolog to Ipil (7:15 am to 1:30 pm). Buti na lang may service car kami.
After lunch, we were once again on the road going to Guicam. Grabe, isa pang napakahabang journey. Nakatulog tuloy ako sa biyahe. We arrived in Guicam at 4:15 pm. The RoRo Port of Guicam is located at the channel dividing the island of Olutanga from the mainland of Zamboanga Peninsula. This RoRo port links the RoRo port of Hula-Hula located at the Municipality of Mabuhay, Olutanga Island.
So near yet so far
Nakakatuwa. From Guicam pier, ang lapit-lapit na lang pala ng Mabuhay. In my mind, I said, perhaps next time I could swim papuntang isla, hehe. A small canoe took us to Olutanga Island.
Fr. Mannix Suico, SVD and I
The Welcome Banner
When I reached Mabuhay, Fr. Mannix stayed at the SVD parish doon. I continued my journey to Subanipa. Fr. Joseph told me that we priests here are always encouraged to make the sign of the cross before leaving the convento.
That’s My Luggage!!!
Yan ang sinakyan ko. Baba muna ako para magpicture!!!
Nagtsikahan pa ang mga motorista. Hehe.
Grabe ang hirap ng daan. Hahaha. It was very exciting. Kita mo naman, I was able to take pictures pa, haha. I arrived at the Lady of Remedies Parish, Subanipa at 6:45 pm. Fr. Danny Noval, SVD gladly received me in our SVD parish together with our parishioners.
The real challenge is indeed here.
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