Padilla: Spirit of Siargao

Obiter Dictum

I TOLD myself a long time ago that if I were Bill Gates-rich, I would buy myself an island. A week ago I found that island but I am dirt poor. That island is Siargao.

This small island off the coast of Surigao del Norte has become a popular surfing site that all of its flights are filled with hardcore surfers and beach goers. Its main tourist site, General Luna, is a narrow street teeming with pedicabs, motorbikes, scooters, or bicycles so no one chokes in traffic and vehicular smoke (or not yet). The surfers (usually foreigners) load up their boards in these two-wheeled vehicles that a line of them at dawn look like single-winged insects running towards the sunrise.

Seafood is at its prime in the island. Lobsters, prawns, shrimps, crabs and even the elusive shrimp mantis can be have had at its restaurants. Yet fruits and vegetables are expensive


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