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Mar 10, 2009

THE BEACH IS STILL PART OF MY 13 BORING DAYS

Guimaras is one of the exotic islands in the Philippines. Its original name was Himal-us but was changed to Guimaras after the folktale of the lovers named Princess Guima and the slave Aras, who defied tradition for their romance. Guimaras' claim to fame was that it was the late General Douglas MacArthur's first military assignment after graduation from West Point. Guimaras is the home of the famous and the best export-quality mangoes in the Philippines. Mango plantations with golden fruits are scattered in the island.

Guimaras is a veritable island paradise with its clear waters and white sand pebbles, and comfortable resorts tucked in between boulders. Its laid-back aura makes for a perfect retreat and meditation.

Alubihod Beach is one of the more popular resorts in Guimars. It can be accessed through a 15 -minute boat ride from Iloilo City to Jordan Wharf and a 45 min jeepney ride from Jordan Wharf or a 1hour boat direct from Iloilo City. Alubihod Beach ironically, is referred to as the "poor man's Boracay" but don't let it discourage you.


I had fun with my college friends @ Alubihod Beach last summer 1998 after our graduation.


I reunited with my high school friends in Alubihod Beach summer 2003.


The view of Rico Beach Resort. The whole area used to be called just Alubihod. However, when residents of the area who are all relatives to the first and second degree made good fortune in making a living of it, partitions were constructed and names attached on patches of land fronting the beach- the Raymen Beach, the Rico Beach and the Freelance Beach Resort.


Socsy, one of my college close friends was with me on Saturday night. We had a great night swimming at Raymen Beach Resort where I stay. She went home early in the morning the following day because she had to work on Sunday.

My high school friends (Robelyn & Emely) arrived passed seven in the morning. We strolled and had great bonding at Freelance Beach beside Raymen Beach Resort.


I had fun swimming with my officemates Sunday afternoon at Rico Beach which is located in the other side of Raymen Beach Resort.



ISLAND HOPPING EXPERIENCE UP NEXT....

(Thanks for Guimaras Island website for the information)

16 comments:

Christian Bryan said...

the picture way back 1998 is totally different from your shots today! hehehe

(malamang, nagtaka pako diba?)

sarap naman ng buhay dyan, pabeach beach na lang :)

tsaka I admire your relationship with your High School friends. tagal na ah!

kelan mo kaya kami maiinvite jan Kuya Red?! hehehe

Mari said...

How fun!!! I haven't done that - beach bumming - for quite sometime.

Fjordan Allego said...

wow! sarap naman! paswimming swimming na lang! buti ka pa! super enjoy at aga ng summer!

http://fjordz-hiraya.blogspot.com

Reena said...

wow. ang ganda pala jan. may airport ba sa guimaras? :) just in case i decide to go straight to that place.

REDLAN said...

CB: With film pa yung cam way back. Magwa-one year na kasi na hindi ako naka-swim sa dagat. Ang saya nila kasi kasama sobra.

REDLAN said...

Mari: Sinulit ko na Mari. hehehe

REDLAN said...

Fjordz: Kaw nga nafgswimming rin kaya nainggit ako.

REDLAN said...

Reena: Walang airport sa Guimaras. Pumpboat lang via iloilo or bacolod.

KRIS JASPER said...

Nice that youve enjoyed your trip Red!

Youre lucky too for having nice friends.

sheng said...

Na miss ko tuloy ang Iloilo, yan pa ang hindi ko napuntahan when we were there eh, Guimaras, we only went to Villa Beach ba yun, and visited Dumanggas.

the donG said...

wow! nice fact. didnt know about it being called himal us in the past.

guimaras is something that i owe to iloilo. ive been visiting iloilo several times but never went to guimaras. ill make sure to go there the next time ill be in iloilo. most likely that'll happen in 2010.

REDLAN said...

Sheng: Sulit ang byahe pumunta ng Guimaras. Mura lang.

REDLAN said...

KJ: They are lucky to have me. Joke lang. Oo swerte ako sa kanila. I am a good listener tas sila dakdak ng dakdak.

REDLAN said...

Well develop na ang Guimaras dom. Dami na taong pumupunta sa Alubihod. I want to explore other isalnds pa. 2010? You will go here for campaign? Tatakbo ka ba? joke lang.

Dennis Villegas said...

Ang saya naman ng adventure nyo ha.. I'd like to visit this place someday.

Blue Rose said...

ang sayaa-saya naman!paswimming-swimming ka na jan. hahaha