The next day, we woke up with more information about the earthquake. We realized that the quake was greater than we thought–magnitude 6.7 with the epicenter near Surigao City. We felt lucky we were already in Siargao when the quake happened; not in Surigao or in Club Tara na isolated (actually, I still wonder how they did during and after the earthquake). Buti na rin that no tsunami warnings were raised. You can find more info and photos of the damage here CNN Philippines Surigao Quake
We also found out that there was damage to the runway in Surigao airport resulting to cancellation of all flights while they were assessing the damage. PAL (our booked airline) flights to and from Surigao airport were being re-routed to a different airport which was a few hours ride from Surigao. This plus the almost one-hour boat ride from Siargao to Surigao did not sit with us that well.
We hurriedly tried to find flights leaving Siargao island the next day, Sunday, our original departure date. However, either all flights were booked or were grounded, because we couldn’t book them. The soonest available flight was for Tuesday na! Next, we talked to the manager of the resort to extend our stay. Talk about unexpected expenses.
Our original itinerary was to visit the crocodile sanctuary/mangrove forest and Sugba Lagoon that day. Kuya Alan informed us that Siargao is safe and there were no damages, unlike in Surigao City na may cracks in the roads. Afraid of aftershocks, we decided to postpone our tour and just stay near to the resort. With that, we were off to explore the island.
Our first stop was lunch at Isla Cabana Resort. We had a list of recommendations from Kuya Alan so we were excited to try them all out. As expected, the food was scrumptious. Technically, same kind of food lang naman kinain namin as the other days. Not much seafood was available though kasi hindi pumalaot ang mga mangingisda dahil sa malakas na alon.
After lunch, we walked to the local church while keeping a lookout for the famous pan de surf- it’s a bread shaped like a surf board which is famous in Siargao. We found it close to the church (closed) and bought some with pan de coco. Bumili na rin kami ng sabong panglaba kasi kukulangin na kami ng damit. Hahaha.
We took a habal habal back to the resort kasi pagod na kami hahaha. The pan de surf was super filling! We stayed at the resort watching movies until the day ended and then had dinner at the resort’s restaurant.
Kit and I had a massage that night at the spa with a view overlooking the resort. So relaxing 🙂
Basically, this day was spent eating and just lounging around. Legit chill day. Which was what we wished for when we first got to the island. It’s just sad that it was due to an unfortunate event 😦