After I visited the Bakhawan Eco-Park in Kalibo, Aklan, I went directly to the van terminal of Roxas City. I told the driver that I will go to Roxas City and he said that there is a terminal few kilometers away from the city proper where I can ride a jeepney to go there.
I was assigned a seat at the back of the van where I met a fellow solo traveler. At first, I was a bit annoyed with him because he did not show courtesy by giving me enough space to seat. I needed to make my through the space provided and be able to sit properly.
As we traverse the way to Roxas City, I have noticed that he is reading a blog online through his mobile phone. I immediately recognized the blog because it was the same blog that I have read before traveling eastern Panay island. I was hoping that I could meet fellow travelers whom I can shared expenses with like boat rental fees, tricycle fare and others. I initiated a conversation by asking him if he is also a solo traveler. He said that he is and immediately asked him if he will also go to Isla de Gigantes. He told me that he plans to but still undecided. I convinced him to go to Isla de Gigantes since he is already in the area. He agreed and from there on is the start of our friendship.
When we arrived at the terminal near Roxas City, we rode a jeepney going to an accommodation we researched online. As we get near the city proper, my newly found friend, Mac Contreras, opened his Google Maps to determine our exact location. We also asked fellow passenger in the jeepney where is the exact location of Beehive Inn that we found online. We are very blessed because Beehive Inn is just few meters away from we alighted.
We took separate rooms and took a couple of hours rest before we head for a city tour. We walk our way to the provincial capitol and city hall. We took photos and more selfies! Mac suggested that there is a place were sea foods are served near a bay. We asked locals where we can find and get to that place. We rented a motorcycle to get there.
We soon found out that the name of the place is called People’s Park and it is few kilometers away from the city proper. We ordered diwal, which is also known as angel wing clams, chicken butt barbecue, grilled squid, rice and fresh coconut juice. Before we head back to our accommodation, we stayed in the park for few minutes and took some photos and selfies.
The next morning, we decided to go to Santa Monica Parochial Church to see the Dakong Lingganay (Big Bell) in person. Jeepneys going to Santa Monica are very limited and since we need to catch the boat in Estancia, Iloilo for Isla de Gigantes, we decided to rent a tricycle that will bring us there and to the bus terminal that goes to Iloilo.
We spent few minutes in Santa Monica Parochial Church taking pictures and selfies. Mac took the liberty going up to the belfry to see the Dakong Lingganay and hug it. He said that it is quite a climb going through the staircase as you can hear screeching every step you make. Rats were also seen running around–a typical scene in century old churches. Nonetheless, you can through his eyes how happy he was being able to see it in person and be able to hug it.
We decided to go back to Roxas City. We asked the tricycle driver to drop us at the bus terminal where we can catch a trip going to Estancia, Iloilo. Again, we were so blessed to be able to catch a bus that is leaving the terminal right away. Too bad, I just realized that we do not have a single picture together when we met in Roxas City.
Here is a quick look of the town from Santa Monica Parochial Church’s bell tower.