(Throwback post, Coron 2011)
PHILTRAVEL MART 2011
Our quest for the next travel adventure, started in the Philtravel Mart 2011. It was on the last day that we met Kuya Jojo Motin. He gave us the lowest quotation for a 5d4n Coron trip. We went to Philtravel Mart, ready with a confirmed booking -- Oct. 26 - 30. So it was easier for us to haggle for packages.
Kuya Jojo didn't have his own booth. He just had a small table in the area of DOT Palawan. He said he cannot even afford a stand alone booth, but rest assured, he knows Coron by heart. And he assured us of an enjoyable stay in the island. Of course we were convinced. Because we wanted to connect with a "true-blue-Palawenyo" who knows the ins and outs of Coron.... We also wanted to give "the job" to someone who is from Coron rather than hire a travel agency from Manila. We believe that an authentic Palawenyo would promote his place of origin well.
So after a series of email exchanges.... we finally decided on this itinerary:
DAY 1: half day city tour
DAY 2: enchanting Coron
DAY 3: discover Sangat
DAY 4: eco-island tour
HALF DAY CITY TOUR
We arrived in Coron around quarter to 3pm. We were welcomed by Ate Dahlia... the soft spoken better half of Kuya Jojo who will be our sea tour-wreck diving guide. It was a 40-minute drive going to the town proper. But the view, with cows grazing around, made the 40-minute drive fun.
We did the city tour in just a couple of hours. We visited the park and "boulevard" where you can have a view of the fishing village and the cross on top of Mt. Tapyas. We passed by a souvenir shop.