While rummaging through my photo library – organizing and updating them and doing back-ups – I ran into a gold mine of several folders containing hundreds of unpublished photos!

I’ll have to say I was not totally unaware of its existence; I further confess it’s a classic case of procrastination on my part.

Also, a series of ensuing events and circumstances further buried these folders back into my baul – among them not-so-pleasant ones the mind automatically chooses to set them aside (to be dealt with later, but when?)

Among the photos I found were those taken during an 8-day inter-regional marathon caravan we took in 2007, conducted by the Department of Tourism of Region 13 (Caraga), Region 8 (Eastern Visayas) and Region 5 (Bicol) that saw us traversing the Maharlika Highway from Agusan del Norte all the way to Camarines Sur. No mean feat.

Don’t get me wrong; a few of these photos were actually published in the net – the more prominent and interesting ones – but most of them got buried deep owing to its sheer volume (it was an 8-day event!) and the not-exactly exciting prospect of rummaging through all of them and doing post-processing on the chosen ones.

So having said that as a backgrounder, let me feature first photos taken in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte.

The Pansukian Tropical Resort was the first resort built in Siargao Island – a remote island located in the easternmost border of Surigao del Norte province in Mindanao facing the Philippine Deep and the mighty Pacific Ocean. Over the years Siargao has gotten to be known as the surfing capital of the Philippines.

Built by a Frenchman in the middle of a lush tropical mangrove forest with a lagoon and a river running through it, and with a beach front facing the sea, the Pansukian Tropical Resort stands out as one of the more prominent paradise-like exclusive hideaways in the remote island.

Its Balinese architectural theme makes one feel like being in another faraway land.

I’ve heard earlier that the resort’s architectural-designer group was the same one which designed and built the Surf Camp Resort in Calicoan Island in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. One cannot miss the striking resemblance.

And, of course, when one goes to Siargao, one goes to surf. Or see others surf.

And Cloud 9 sits right there at the island’s major surfing area.

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We had a quick opportunity to visit San Antonio in Dalupiri Island, Northern Samar last May 26 & 27, 2010.

San Antonio (mistakenly called, San Antonio Island) is the name of the sole municipality in the island of Dalupiri in Northern Samar.

It can be reached either via the town of San Isidro or the much nearer Victoria; both towns are along the Maharlika Highway. From the jump off point at the Victoria pier, it is a mere 30-minute motorboat ride across to the island.

San Antonio seems to be the preferred excursion site specially for people living in the northwestern part of the island of Samar and we could understand why. The beaches are still unspoiled and the waters are unpolluted.

And one has a choice among several beach resorts offering overnight accommodations (airconditioned & non-aircon rooms & cottages) at reasonable rates.

We stayed at the Haven of Fun. ;)

Enjoyed a couple of beers at the beach bathed by the light of an exoctic, full moon.

It was awesome.

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