By Arlene Solis Chua
I revisited Camotes, nine years after I last went there. It was during Boboi Costa’s Grand Family Reunion on 2006 that I last set foot in this beautiful island.
Camotes was the first island I covered during my first year as a photojournalist in The Freeman newspaper, with Bong Wenceslao as my editor in 1993. We were stranded on the island for four days instead of two because of a typhoon.
After that, I kept visiting Camotes with the Capitol beat reporters during Cebu Governor Pablo Garcia’s term.
I love the sunset in Poro and the moon almost kissing the town at night.
It is quite a challenge to visit the island because of the inconvenience of transportation. Commuting from Cebu City to the north in Danao City takes two hours. From Danao, one boards a roro ship or a big pump boat to the island which takes another two hours. But well, when you get there, the beauty of the islands will always make your heart leap in happiness.
Camotes is a group of islands in the Camotes Sea which is politically under the province of Cebu. The island group is located east of Cebu island, southwest of Leyte island, and north of Bohol island. Its population of 92,278 (2000 census) enjoy the islands’ sun and sea and its bounty all the time, and have been likewise tempered by the wrath of storms and typhoons.