Monday, January 14, 2008

Post-trip notes on my Biliran trip

I'm a simple fellow and i'm really happy about the feedback i got from my Biliran captures and posts. I just like to put into writing some things people ask about the province. 

SAFETY ISSUES like I've heard a couple of times about Biliran's reputation for robbery and hold-ups. Wasn't able to stay on the island long enough to verify this but according to some locals I talked to, it can be unsafe to travel through the interior roads during the late afternoons and evenings. It's unfortunate that the province has this lingering reputation because honestly, the place has tremendous tourism potential. 

ROADWORTHY Tthe roads, especially on the interior parts, require a lot of paving and improvement but then again, this has appeal to the more adventurous tourist. IMHO, the attractions (waterfalls and numerous mountains dotting the island, which are many considering that Biliran is the fourth smallest province in the philippines) far outweigh the disadvantages. It's so good that i intend to come back soon to explore more of the island. Enough said. Image captured at Iyusan Terraces, Biliran Island

3 comments:

Ferdz said...

I hope di mo sya ma verify personally. Haha.

Well I guess if the local government there could improve the conditions of the road with better lighting and well paved, mas maiiwasan or mababawasan yan. Then again, di lang naman ang Biliran ang me ganyang problem.

lagal[og] said...

hahaha, exactly bai ferdz. i mean, walang ganyanan pag biyahe. i think it pays to ask around for guides/habal-habal drivers that the locals can really vouch for.

again, this happens in a lot of places in the country. it just so happens that if it happens to guests, the place gets an unsavory reputation that keeps other people from going there.

as far as lighting and pavement are concerned, problema din ito sa ibang lugar, lalo na if the place seems to be not included in the priority areas. sayang ang biliran kasi marami siyang attractions and believe me, maganda ang lugar na ito.

Paul S. said...

Biliran is indeed very beautiful. Roads and brownouts are a problem though unfortunately.

I heard the same thing about the interior roads, but I doubt the place is any more dangerous than some others....and most of it is safer than many other places.

Nice photos on your site here by the way, just browsing through now.

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