Month: February 2017

Thank You, Camiguin!

I first learned about Camiguin during our intro to creative writing class back in college. That time, we were tasked to read a couple of creative nonfiction pieces, including a travel essay called “Camiguin”. Written by Clinton Palanca, the said piece employed a grumpy tone, implying that the persona didn’t really enjoy staying in the place. That piqued my curiosity, of course. Why would the persona talk about it that way, in the first place? Was it that bad? To find out, I tried Googling it and was stunned by its beauty captured in the photographs. I fell in love with it and promised that someday, I’d also visit it and, unlike the persona in the essay, I would not complain no matter how hard it would be to get there. I thought it would always be worth it. Guess what? I was right. I was able to visit Camiguin last weekend with some friends and while we were not so lucky for it rained, I could tell that it was still a great experience. …