Island Time

Andrea Oran ’18
Philippines

Wednesday morning, we packed our bags, trying to make sense of the 11-kilo weight limit, and headed to Manila Airport’s domestic terminal. A quick flight later we were landing in a small airport in Busuanga. We were brought to a small restaurant off the side of the road for a Filipino feast, complete with fresh coconut juice straight from the fruit.

Bellies full and spirits high we headed to the base of Mt. Tapyas, where we walked 721 steps to get to the top. Out of breath and dripping with sweat, we were welcomed to the top by one of the most incredible views I have seen (see picture below). The American influence we had heard so much about in the previous day’s meetings rang true once more, as we saw that on the mountain below us was the word Coron (the region we were in), much resembling the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles.

Soon after, we boarded boats and were heading to our hotel’s private island. The staff at Two Seasons Coron Island Resort & Spa had prepared a welcome for us that would foreshadow the hospitality we would see over the next 48 hours: music played while people danced, food and refreshments were served, and necklaces were handed out. During our time at the resort we were able to enjoy the luxurious pools and spas, eat dinner on the beach, and island hop to see the natural beauty. No words can do it justice, so I leave it to the pictures below. Friday morning, the well-rested and very sunburned group headed back to the airport to go to Manila for a dinner with CBS alum and newly admitted students and our final day of programming.

 

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