Serna: Cordova escape-A A +A
By Roger Serna
Sounds and images
Thursday, September 26, 2013
A week before the 2013 Suroy Suroy Sugbo Camotes Isles Summer Interlude, I hopped to Camotes Island with four friends (Mae Jane Veliganio, Rechielyn Dechosa, Marck Malacat and Orly Delfi n, some of which are fi rst timers in the island) and enjoyed at least
four tourist spots for a number of hours before sailing back to mainland Cebu late in the afternoon.
That tour led to another plan to discover the beauty of Coron, Palawan, which has received positive feedback from other friends who had toured the place and its nearby islets.
So last Thursday, despite the weather updates that typhoon Odette was unleashing its fury in northern Luzon, the same group (less Orly) met at the Mactan Cebu International.
Airport for our trip to Coron since the day was bright and sunny and there was no advisory whatsoever regarding our destination.
An hour before departure was spent picture taking here and there even up to the time when we were settled in our assigned plane seats. After more than an hour, we experienced the worst turbulence I can remember that led many of us to scream.
Later, I would learn from my friends that they thought it would be the end describing it as ‘nervewracking, hair-splitting, heart-stopping.’ That very moment, I managed to close my eyes and silently uttered: ‘Lord, Your will be done.’
After a while, we heard our lady pilot speak that we had to hold on for 10 to 15 minutes more while waiting for advice from the Busuanga airport personnel that weather conditions had improved and so was safe for landing.
After 15 minutes or so, we heard our lady pilot again saying we had no choice but to go back to Mactan because the weather condition has worsened.
Ahhh! What a spoiler, huh, typhoon Odette!
That was when we realized that if we had been permitted to land, what would we be doing there in the middle of possibly a couple of days of rain plus the likelihood of being stranded in an unfamiliar surroundings? Will we have the budget to sustain
So when we fi nally landed back at the MCIA, most, if not all, of us gave a hearty applause for whatever reasons we had in mind. Mine was of course thanking
God for another lease in life.
Perhaps, He still has a mission for me which He will reveal any time and in any way. We had to thank Cebu Pacifi c for giving us three options on our fares:
rebook, store the value of the fare for future booking or refund. We chose the last.
Lunch at past 2 p.m. was naturally interspersed with personal reactions on what we had just undergone plus the plan to proceed with the vacation somewhere else.
Suggested places were Aloguinsan, Malapascua and Danao City, among others. Finally, we settled for the nearest (and most affordable) place so we can fi nally ease ourselves of the tension and stress for the night.
A suggestion to fi rst stop at the Shrine of the Virgin of the Rule before proceeding to the chosen resort received no objection whatsoever. After a while, we checked in at a beautiful place in Cordova.
Thus the experience was coined Corondova Escapade. The following day, we dropped by a mall, checked in our things at the Travel Lounge, had lunch and enjoyed Maricel Soriano’s and Eugene Domingo’s Momzillas before going on separate ways but without
fi rst fi nalizing the plan to go to Malapascua in November. Whew!
Perhaps the best thing that happened with the collaboration of Ai-ai delas Alas and Marian Rivera in Kung Fu Divas is, as Marian describes it, the blurring of
the neck-and-neck rivalry of the Kapamilya and Kapuso networks in which the two stars are contract artists.
Marian has been a guest in Kapamilya shows while Ai-ai has appeared in Kapuso shows to promote the movie, a Star Cinema project. And there seems to be more collaborations, not necessarily involving the two stars but also others.
Kung Fu Divas will be shown nationwide on Oct. 2 according to promo diva Josie Pereyra.
Instead of Oct. 18, the Halad sa Kabataan will be held on Oct. 30 as some of the top provincial offi cials will be unavailable on the fi rst date. Keep posted for updates.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 27, 2013.