On December 30, 2013, just a day before the new year, Ting and I went for a little adventure at Camp Alfredo, Guimaras. Search for great accommodation in Guimaras Island. We left Iloilo at around 9 am via ferry boat at Brgy. Ortiz. It’s roughly a 15-minute ride on rough seas. Stay in Iloilo City’s best hotels.
Upon arrival at the Jordan pier, we jumped into a Jordan jeepney, making sure the driver knew where we were going and where he would exactly drop us off. It’s supposed to be less than a 30-minute ride, but our jeepney made a long stop at San Miguel market. However, the long wait was rewarded by the green scenery and fresh air when we resumed.
As expected, we were dropped right in front of Camp Alfredo at Ravina. The concrete signage is a welcoming sign. You can immediately feel nature inviting you to come in. We climbed down a flight of stairs towards the session hall and bar. The session hall also doubles as a restaurant. We asked the person in charge of some questions about the zip line and what other amenities we could enjoy. Located on a 4-hectare property, it offers a generous area for adventure and camping. While in the bar, we made our advance orders of bihon and chicken inasal, just in time for us to gorge on them after exploring the place. At the bar, I noticed an award that was given to them for helping maintain the natural habitat, which pretty much tells us how natural the place is.
Excited, we immediately took off and started our little nature adventure. The first stop is the infinity pool, but along the way we have to cross a short bridge over a creek and also take a glimpse of the stations of the cross planted on the hillside.
We also took a keen look at the cottages, their design and the materials used. We got a lot of house ideas from it.
We proceeded to climb the treehouse, which leads to the hanging bridge, which in turn leads to the zip line. I found the bridge too risky to take, and we decided to just enjoy the shade and cool air provided by the mango tree. From a distance, we see a group of people going for the zip line. It promises 375 meters of pure thrill riding. I felt jealous of seeing the excitement on their faces and hearing their shouts of ecstasy. But feeling nauseous, I forgo the urge to try it. Instead, Ting and I spent a good long time talking about a lot of random things, until our stomachs reminded us that it was time to go back.
After we cleaned out our lunch, we proceeded to see the Trappist Monastery in Bgy. San Miguel, Jordan. We took a tricycle going there. Founded in 1972, the place is run by monks and like in Camp Alfredo we went around and finally rested and prayed in their chapel. The chapel has a very unique design.
Before going home, Ting and I purchased fruit jams as souvenirs. These products carry the Trappist brand and can be seen on shelves of some of the big malls. If you happen to see the brand, buying them is a good way to support the monastery.
Guimaras has a lot of interesting places to offer and Ting and I plan to come back the soonest.
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