Summer is the most awaited season in every place! End of classes, vacations, etc.
But still we have to pass this what we called ‘Holy Week’ where most of the people do some sacrifices like fasting, crucifixion, etc. but there is a place where people don’t have to undergo some sacrifices like not eating meat, etc. it is only in Bantayan Island where people are exempted by the Vatican Council to eat meat during the Holy Week for several reasons. It is also the Lenten Capital of the Philippines where people even from different places such as Cebu, Manila, Negros came to visit the island to witness the Religious Activity.
On Maunday Thursday and Good Friday, both locals and visitors get together by the thousands at the town center of Bantayan to be part of the Lenten procession of religious symbols and images symbolizing the Passion of Christ. Such religiosity only reflects the Bantayanon’s unquestioned faith in Christ therefore making the island one of the safest place in the country.
Bantayan island, the shining tropical paradise in Asia is commonly known as an island paradise in Philippines. Tourists fall in love with its fine white sand and crystal clear blue waters. Many of the foreigners even settled down on the island to spend the rest of their lives and other married women from the town and raise kids. They build single-cottage beach houses along the shore but as time went by, construct a couple of new cottages instead to accommodate the growing number of tourists who seeks safe haven on the splendid island paradise. Two of the main attraction of the island is its crystal-clear waters and it’s long stretch of powdery white sand. The stunning sunset will really spice those romantic walks on the beach. One of the reasons the island is famous is its peacefulness, the way a resort should be. Unsaturated beauty and a combination of sweet smiling natives made the island as it is now. The island is like a hidden paradise hidden from the modernity of the world. You can observed it by looking at how the people live as a fishing village, their skin is tan and their foods are really native commonly seafoods.
The island, which is composed of three municipalities, specifically Bantayan, Madridejos & Santa Fe is also generally known as the “Egg Basket” in the neighboring regions because it has been generating over one and a half million eggs a day to supply the growing demand of eggs for mainland Cebu, Negros, Panay and even Leyte.
Also you will be amazed on how each of the town differs in the intonation of the dialect being spoken. they have their own way of expressing. And for your information, people in Bantayan has their unique dialect, a combination of Cebuano, Illonggo and Waray.
See you each other there. :)