It was my first time to personally organize a preaching tour in an isolated island in the Philippines. The idea was given by a well-meaning couple – a zealous brother and sister in faith. So after months of learning and researching about the place and weeks of preparation, came the day of our tour.
We left Baguio City at 11:00 in the evening aboard a Victory Liner bus. It took us only four hours to reach Cubao terminal. After having our early breakfast at Chowking we boarded an ALPs bus bound to Batangas Grand Terminal (BGT). Then, we had to board a passenger jeepney which brought us to Talaga port where we had to board a boat so we can reach the port of Tingloy.
Since we reached Talaga port at 8am, we still had to wait for the first trip to Tingloy at 10:30am.
From this point onward, what we have seen and experienced in the island are mostly depicted in pictures.
The community is peaceful and quaint. I felt a sense of serenity while watching these scenes. It was actually 6:30 am when I took these photos and felt melancholic since I was reminded of those days when I was still going to school – just like the kids in the photos.
Our preaching experience
The people in Tingloy are very polite and hospitable. We had a relaxed, enjoyable and fruitful time in sharing the good news of Jehovah God’s kingdom with them. 🙂
The best part for me was being greeted “good morning and good afternoon” wherever we go. It was really unusual for me since I’m used to passing by several persons and not getting a smile back or a nod even if I took the initiative to shyly greet them first in the city. But in this little island, it was like going back in time when people still care about each other and treat each other as family.
Perks of a Preaching Tour
Benefits of joining a preaching tour is being able to explore great places and captivating scenic views in the island. Local brothers and sisters invited us to visit their place and enjoy their hospitality.
Of course, we enjoyed taking photos of the amazing views.
Scenic views at Masasa beach
Masasa Beach and swimming
Masasa Beach Rock Formations
According to Tatay Miteng (our tour guide), these rock formations are really old and the site is an admired tourist spot in their part of the island.
Mini hiking expedition
It took us almost 30 minutes to reach the top and we were a lot quicker going down the steep trail.
The views on top of the mountain are worth the unexpected hike 🙂
Visiting another side of the island – Dapdap
Sunset images in the island
The best things in life are free – just like the sunset. It often reminds me that Jehovah God wraps up a day beautifully thus giving hope to mankind that tomorrow it will beam and rise again.
Last Day in the island
Memorable persons during our preaching tour
- Bus (Baguio to Cubao): 445php/head
- ALPs Bus (Cubao to Batangas Grand Terminal): 165php/head
- Jeep (BGT to Talaga port): 37php/head
- Passenger boat (Talaga port to Tingloy Island): 65php/head
- Tricycle (Tingloy port to Kingdom Hall): 10php/head
Images used are from the fb pages of the preaching tour members.