After my short tour of the Camsur Watersports Complex, Mariefe brought me back to Pili Airport where my driver Mr. Melvic Brinas was already waiting for me. It was already raining when I arrived at the airport. The drive to Daet took all of 2 hours and, upon arrival, I was billeted at the resthouse of Gov. Jesus Typoco Jr., alongside Bagasbas Beach Here, I was all by my lonesome inside a big bedroom but it had, in the succeeding days, a ringside view to all the surf festival’s proceedings along Bagasbas Beach.
|A rainy morning outside Pili Airport Terminal|
It was still raining when I arrived at Daet and it would continue to do so throughout the rest of the day. DOT-OPRD project officer Ms. Val A. Congzon and Provincial Tourism Officer designate Mr. Edgardo Reyes were already on hand to welcome me. Val, with her son Loven, just arrived earlier via a Superlines bus. Her trip, normally just 8 hours, took much longer because of traffic. As I had nothing else to do, I joined them for lunch at the Golden Palace Restaurant located at the town proper.
|It’s still raining in Daet town proper|
After a filling lunch, I was toured around the town, visiting the First Rizal Monument. Later, back at Bagasbas Beach, I met up with surf festival organizer Mr. Joey Cuerdo. To him, I voiced out my concern about the rains continuing on to the next day, putting a damper on the festival activities which, aside from surfing, included wall climbing, beach volleyball and ultimate frisbee. He assured me that it won’t, having checked the weather forecast for tomorrow via the internet. I hope he’s right.