Months ago, I went to Biri – one of 24 local government units in Northern Samar, an island municipality which size is about 5 times that of a football field. Joke. It is actually 2,462 hectares with only 8 barangays. That’s one small place for man but one great creation for mankind!
Biri rocks! And the rock formations are truly a photographer’s delight. Ang lugar na walang anggulo, ‘ika nga. The formations are magnificently carved by rain, wind, waves and the thousand years of helpless desolation. Depending on whether you set foot on the rocks after the rain, before sunrise or on clear blue skies, Biri Rocks are absolutely alluring. And there are 5 rock islands, or 6, or more– Magasang, Magsapad, Macadlaw, Bel-at, atbp. – each is as enchanting as the other. I am not sure now which one is which one, but I remember Bel-at being the biggest formation. But who would concern with names, I explored all main rock formations, and I almost forgot who I was.
To get to the sites, one wades through a knee-deep water if low tide. By now, the wooden bridge and another already concreted have been constructed to easily access the rock islands. Like a walk in the park thing. But I would still opt for a “walk-thru-the-water” challenge in going to the rocks. The site is only a few meters away from the mainland, anyway. Just prepare sunblock and covers to ease sunburn.
This trip I was with a group of young people who knew full well how to thank the Sovereignty of God who created the place. And thank we must, the rocks made us too small a creature against the backdrop of giant stones, too weak a human being to withstand the force of the waves from the Pacific Ocean as it blasts into it. The feeling was exactly that of David when he said the Lord is my rock, my fortress…my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge…my stronghold (Psalm 18:2, NIV). I could have never expressed myself better than David’s.
If interested to go, and if your jump off point is Tacloban City, take the Grandtours van to Catarman, terminal near the Post Office. Cutting trip though – Tacloban-Catbalogan-Calbayog-Catarman via Allen, then hop off in Lavezares. We had an advantage when we went there because we were in a group. We hired the whole van, time of departure was upon our call. It is about 6 hours to the town of Lavezares where you take a motorboat ride to Biri island for about 45 minutes. When in Biri, just hire a motorcycle to take you around, and you are now off to your would-be unforgettable experience of your lifetime. But remember to thank God for the place. It is actually enchanting. Hala ka!
boris p pascubillo
he writes to affirm desiderata's with all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. he makes photographs to shoutout that when God created this homeland, He saw that it was good.