Monday, March 2, 2009

flashpacking Boracay

RV, on a shoestring budget, hit the road to visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site with papayas and coconuts in bas relief on the facade of the Baroque church, fell for a strangely romantic 1800s cemetery, visited a girlpower slash feminist Catholic Church, viewed a woman-saint displaying her breast in public and started to fall in love with anything Boracay after an island hopping trip.

With barely a week before the Boracay trip, Cebu-Caticlan airfare was 
already pegged at Php2,400.00, one way. The bargain seeker that I am, always on the look-out for an alternative way around (read: not as good, but worth it anyway), checked CBU-ILOILO. Voila! Php799.00 plus plus and I ended up payingPhp1,014.00. Not bad. Besides, with my penchant for architecture, the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s Miag-ao Church (40 km. SW of Iloilo) has always left me fascinated (though only in photos), so it should not be a pain in the arse (literally) doing this road trip in some parts of Iloilo. An added bonus is the San Joaquin Catholic Cemetery (53 km. SW of Iloilo), built in 1892, which I should say, the best cemetery I have ever visited. So well-designed and disarmingly romantic that I want my wedding rites held there. No kidding!