A weekend of Island hopping.

Trip Start Sep 23, 2011
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Trip End Dec 24, 2012


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Where I stayed
Tandikan Cottages
What I did
Bacuit Archipelago

Flag of Philippines  , Palawan,
Friday, December 2, 2011

When we arrived in El Nido we arranged to meet Hardy later for a drink and went to look for somewhere to stay. Whilst looking we walked into the pensioners parade, a celebration of old people! Very cool to see them all happy and to see people come out and watch them walk threw the town.

We found a decent place to stay, nice little cottage by the beach pretty cheap too and 24 hour electricity, what more can you ask for!
Went out for a drink with Hardy and organized our trips onto the Bacuit Archipelago which are a load of limestone islands where you take day trips to see hidden lagoons and beaches.
Had a delicious wood fire oven pizza in a nice restaurant which was a bit out of place as the rest looked a bit shanty town. A nice dessert and flavored rum for afters to finish it off.

Time for the island hopping! We done 2 days of different islands, coves and beaches. There was an island with an abondoned house and shrine. It has taken ages to find details of this Island, even the name! But I have found them today, so will share it with you.

A vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary experienced by a nurse-housewife in
1982, asked her to "look for the heart of my Son" and she found this
two years later in Matinloc. When seen from the air, the top view of the
islands shows the agonizing face of Christ and the Blessed Mother
holding a child. When seen in profile there is the image of Christ laid
to rest. "The heart of my Son" mentioned in the vision is found on the
left side and is now represented by the two entrances to the Immaculate
Heart of Mary Prayer Center.
This Prayer Center was built with the help of a French businessman who
went to Matinloc on a pilgrimage in 1985. After waking up from a nap, he
saw the heavens open with a ring of rainbow and witnessed a beautiful
monument descend on an open space. Eight years later, with the earnings
from his prosperous business, he built the shrine which is now the
Prayer Center on that space. Matinloc has since become a well-known pilgrimage destination with tales of miraculous healings and conversions.
This fulfills what Our Lady stated in the vision that the
islands of Matinloc and of nearby Tapiutan are to be used "for the
spiritual upliftment of mankind."

The place was very spooky and eerie, it was strange that they spent so much money on the buildings and it was now ruined. It even had an lift shaft! We also heard from one of the locals the reason it went to ruin is they could not get any utilities to the Island, although I would have thought that they would have looked into that before they started....

This place was a refreshing experience after the bleak existence of Sabang and I was also looking forward to diving on the Coron Islands. WW2 Japanese warship graveyard! Its gonna be good, we just need to get there. This dodgy ferry ride looks good enough, only had a few 'incidents' the last few weeks....


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