This is the 10th of a series Agutaya town is a small place. Within less than an hour, you would have toured around the town center. After taking photos of the fortress church that dominates the town, I just went around. Typical provincial area: an elementary school with bright welcoming gates, a large clearing serving as softball field with grandstand at one side, a basketball court and at one end is the concrete town hall. At its periphery are wooden and stone houses. Its quite surprising that I haven’t seen a tricycle here but motorbikes and bicycles that are the main transport.
As it was a class week, students were playing softball at the grass field. I guess, with not too many tourists coming to the area, a tall, camera toting visitor would be instant celebrity with their eyes fixed on you, calling and posing for pictures or see them whispering and laughing coupled with quick glances at you. But this kids were game and were just too happy that I took photos of them playing.
Deep wells are the sourcesof potable water in the area. As for the source of power, unfortunately I wasn’t able to ask but I think that, like other remote island places I have visited, Homonhon in Samar is an example, these towns are run with solar energy.
Early in the morning, these townsfolk were sweeping the streets. Really, the place is clean and quite and I haven’t seen much people outside except children playing.
Having taken photos of the fortress church of Agutaya*, and a short walk around the small town, it was time to leave for Cuyo. This time, the pumpboat I rode in the previous day was ashore. There were no trips as these are scheduled only on specific days. What I did was to hire a smaller open pumpboat where you’re at the mercy of the sun and seawater. But then, the views are stunning, beautiful beach, the air fresh and you get to ply one of the richest and pristine waters in the country.
Will I come back? Of course! If I will have the opportunity again. My time in Agutaya is just too brief to know more of the place and its people. I’m sure, that this island has its own beauty for a traveler to discover.
*the fortress churches of Agutaya, Cuyo and Culion will be tackled separately