TO THE WHITE BEACH OF MONGPONG ISLAND
This is one of those moments that I don’t have ay idea where I am going. What I know is that Marinduquenos are the most hospitable Filipinos I met. Furthermore, I want to visit those places that are not frequented by tourists- so when I heard of this Mongpong island off the coast of the town of Sta. Cruz, Marinduque, I instantly grabbed the opportunity to see it for myself. Actually, the moment I heard that it boasts of white beach sand, I was 100% sure I’m going there.
So I boarded a banca that goes to Mongpong and found myself surounded with the locals of that small island. Like other provincial towns and villages, everyone knows each one. So I was there sitting just observing them, smiling to kids and somehow trying to listen to their conversations. I still don’t know where I will be spending the night in the island. What I knew is that I have a hammock in my backpack and I prayed that it will not rain.
And after 2 hours of scenic boat ride, I was welcomed by this beach port:
I was asked by my fellow passengers on where I am going? I said, I don’t know. Maybe I will go to the Brgy. Captain and ask if I could stay overnight near the baranggay hall, unfortunately the captain is in another island for a meeting. Glad I was approached by a guy named, Ronron. He volunteered to tour me first around the island. While we are walking to the other side of the beach, I asked him where he came from. He said he came from school and asked to be excused because he is going to help his father in copra farming.
*LIGHT BULB MOMENT!*
I said to myself, that since I still have lots of days during ISANGDAAN Journey, I can say ‘no’ to the white beach and ‘yes’ to learn a new ‘trade’ instead. I asked him if I could help him on his chores. Ronron was surprised but permitted me anyway. I told about him the challenge I am doing. Although hesitant, he then offered me to stay in their ‘bahay kubo.’ He was very conscious of their simple house. I said, I don’t mind, what I just need are two post or two coconut trees to hang my hammock.
After about 30 minutes of walking uphill, we reached their place and I was welcomed as if I was a family member. Given buko juice and asked to take a short rest. I said I want to learn how to make a copra.
Here’s the Copra Making 101 video:
I will be forever grateful to the De Luna family, adopting me for a night during the 29th day of my journey. I wish to be back there someday, with friends so they will somehow learn how it is to be a copra farmer.
Where is Mongpong Island, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque?
How to get there?
There is a port in Sta. Cruz going to Mongpong island. Going there depends on the schedule or how many locals will board the boat. As of this writing there are two schedules: 8am and 10am, everyday. Be sure to be at the port an hour before.
James Wearing Four Different Hats- a series of some unforgettable moments during my #isangdaan journey.
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This is post part of ISANG DAAN Journey. ISANG DAAN is a personal journey and challenge to backpack around the Philippines the cheapest way possible for 100 days.
If you want to follow my steps, I have an interactive map