Saturday, February 14, 2009

From Cebu to Dipolog

On Feb. 13, we had a long layover in Cebu on our trip to Dipolog and were greeted by local Rotarians who took us on a tour of the City. We visited Magellan's Cross where Ferdinand Magellan planted a cross in the soil in 1521, claiming the Philippines for Spain. We just missed another GSE team from New Hampshire that passed through a few days earlier.

(Picture by Shelley: Magellan's Cross.)

After Cebu, we were on to Dipolog where we visited a hospital, a college, and a local newspaper. Dipolog Medical Center College was very interesting, combining traditional classes with hands-on experience. For example, there was a complete hotel suite, reception area, restaurant kitchen, and bar for students studying hotel management.

My favorite experience was caving in Manukan. Sporting headlamps and helmets, we crawled through a half-mile maze of stalagmites and stalactites. On the return hike, we shared fresh coconut with the locals-- a sweet reward. The drive to the cave was the first time we got a glimpse of the Philippine countryside; it is breathtaking. There are expansive rice patties, 60-foot palm trees, and rolling hills as far as you can see. Snorkeling and rock climbing at Dakak Beach Park & Resort are next!

(Picture by Shelley: DMC nursing students preparing an herbal remedy for Dengue fever.)

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for keeping us up to date. I hope lots of Rotarians in our district follow your travels by visiting the blog. It sounds as though you are all doing very well. We're proud of you. Looking forward to more reports and more pictures.. Mike Razza