Typhoon and Throwback – Cagbalete Island Misadventure

Abour two years ago, my college buddies and I went to Cagbalete Island in Quezon for a short reprieve from the stress of chaotic city life and crazy corporate world. 

It was supposed to be a short trip. The plan was to bond over bon fire, sleep inside a tent with nothing but the sun, the shore and the sea. We were able to do those and enjoyed the our primitive island living. However, the threat of Typhoon Chedeng (Maysak) almost ruin our RnR. 

On the day that we were supposed to leave the beautiful island, the Philippine Coast Guard stopped all the boats from sailing to and from Mauban because Quezon Province was under Signal No. 1 and the typhoon was about to landfall on the Aurora-Isabela area. 

Despite having no presence of imminent danger (the sun’s out; it wasn’t rain there isn’t even strong winds), we can’t break their protocol. We had no choice but to keel calm and follow their orders.

“What do we do?” We asked ourselves while stranded on the shores. We’ve just spend all our money, we are running out of food and water. We’re stinking and we have no clothes to wear. Our phones were dead. We cannot afford to stay in the island for another day. 

We desperately tried our luck. We had wishful thoughts that perhaps the Coast Guard will let us sail or PAGASA would lift the warning signal. We patiently waited but we ended up staying inside the island chapel along with other frustrated tourist.

That time, Cagbalete was underdeveloped. They have no proper port and electricity supply was scheduled. It was really a difficult situation to be at. 

Despite our situation, we really had no choice but to stay positive, enjoy what the has to offer which we did and commune with locals.

We were fortunate to meet kind-hearted people who help us get through our tough situation. 

We owe these people a lot:

Mr. and Mrs. Bong and Christine Baniqued – They allowed us to pitch our tents on the lot they own.

Mr. Renard Aguilar – He allowed us to charge our phones and for feeding us while we were stranded.

Our Cagbalete adventure was one of my most memorable. Aside from the fact that the island itself is a paradise, we learned to expect the unexpected and always keep a calm demeanor in any unlikely situation. 

So how’s Cagbalete Island? Here are some photos:

Approaching Cagbalete Island

College Friends!

That beautiful shore!

During sunset

Bon fire

While stranded, we sang with the local while enjoying a hearty lunch

Walking towards the port

Port of Cagbalete

My friends wrote about our Cagbalete adventure, too. Here’s what they said:

From Hazelshoots and LakbayXiomai.


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