After breakfast at the Fine Rock Hotel, Charlie and I again boarded our Ford Explorer and drove to Muelle Loney (Iloilo River Wharf). Here, we loaded the car on the MV Felipe, another ancient RORO (Roll On Roll Off) ferry of F.F. Cruz Shipping Corp., bound for Jordan, the provincial capital of Guimaras, where we plan to do GPS mapping. This would be my second visit to this island province, having been there 10 years ago with my family.
|RO-RO Port at Jordan|
Our ship left Muelle Loney by 9:30 AM and the smooth crossing to the RO-RO port in Brgy. Hoskyn took just 30 mins.. Once docked, we drove off, with Charlie on the wheel, for Jordan town proper where we made a short stopover at the municipal hall and the town plaza, said to be the smallest in the country.
|Jordan municipal hall|
|The town plaza, the country’s smallest|
From thereon, we proceeded on our GPS mapping around the island. At Nueva Valencia, we again made a short stopover at Raymen Beach Resort which was situated in a cove. The narrow, beige sand beach was clean and the left side of the cove was a marine reserve with beautiful corals.
The resort itself, considered the most popular win the province, is about an hour’s drive away from Jordan Wharf. It has a mix of airconditioned rooms with bath and TV and fan-cooled cottages with bath. They also have a canteen, billiards and videoke.
|Raymen Beach Resort|
Past Nueva Valencia, the road to Sibunag and San Lorenzo turned bad and I replaced Charlie at the wheel of the Ford Explorer for the second time in our 3-week GPS mapping expedition (the first time was from Kalibo to Iloilo City). Once done with our mapping, we returned to Jordan port and left on the 5:30 PM ferry. We were back in Fine Rock Hotel in time for dinner.
F.F. Cruz Shipping Corp.: Lapuz, Iloilo City, Iloilo. Tel: (033) 337-1046, 336-9329 and 336-4195.
F.F. Cruz Shipping Corp.: Jordan, Guimaras. Tel: (033) 581-1701.
Raymen Beach Resort: Sitio Alubijod, Poblacion, Nueva Valencia, Guimaras. Tel: (033) 396-0252.