Homestay In Tacloban

Recently, I had the opportunity to volunteer in Leyte with Team Bayani On Wheels, a group of cyclists raising funds for bikes to donate to Yolanda survivors. We rode 130+ kms from Tacloban-Carigara-Ormoc for two days, built houses in Ormoc through Gawad Kalinga’s Bayani Challenge for another 2 days, and then spent a night in Tacloban before flying back to Manila.

If you’re a volunteer on a budget and looking for a place to stay in Tacloban, Abad’s Homestay is an ideal place for you.

  • Location: #118 Jade Street, Fatima Village, Tacloban City (Walking distance from Robinson’s Mall; Easily ride a jeep going uptown or downtown)
  • Room Sharing: Non-AC room (fan only); 4 double deck beds (good for 8 pax)
  • Toilet & Bath: Small but clean; Tiled flooring, good supply of running water, with shower (no hot shower).
  • Rate: P300/head
  • Contact: Mrs. Edith Abad 0916.202.3907
4 double deck beds good for 8 pax

4 double deck beds good for 8 pax

Tacloban Homestay

Edith Abad Homestay

Ms. Edith was highly affected by Yolanda, all her appliances were destroyed, and she is slowly rebuilding her transient business again. The challenge is that she is competing with all the new hotels around her area and it hasn’t been easy getting customers. I am glad that I cancelled my reservation with the other hotel and opted to stay at this humble homestay. Because of our support, Mrs. Abad was able to acquire a new electric fan for her guests.

My special thanks to Bullet Dumas, Nikko Dumas, Lauren Sevilla Faustino, and Shoden San for recommending this place. Thank you very much. Padayon!

See more photos of our trip from Lilafair Facebook gallery. 

Calatagan Weekend

Another epic weekend with biker buddies in Burot, Calatagan.

With my gal, Melissa Sambajon, travel extraordinaire.

With my gal, Melissa Sambajon, travel extraordinaire.

Take a bus from Coastal Mall Provincial Bus Terminal to Calatagan:

  • Celyrosa Express leaves every hour.
  • Non-aircon bus until 9am, after 9am, AC bus is available.
  • P140/head
  • Non-stop 3-4 hr trip
For P150-P200, a trike can take you to Burot beach. We rented one to carry our bags.

For P150-P200, a trike can take you to Burot beach. We rented one for our bags.

Our first stop was the nearby market where we bought:

  • Drinking water
  • Food & Snacks

Make sure to buy everything you need because everything else in Burot is more expensive.

We grabbed a quick bite at the market, then pedaled our way to the beach (estimate 5KM). If you’re planning to bike to Burot, ensure that you have good wheels. The road is rough and full of sharp rocks. At one point, I had to walk because it was too bumpy for my small wheels.

The famous Burot sunset.

The famous Burot sunset.

Camp site

Camp site

Tent is the only option for accommodations in Burot. If you don’t have a tent, you can rent one for P300 – P500 depending on the capacity. Best to bring your own because the island can run out of tents during peak season.

For only P100/head one can go sandbar hopping. We went to 3 sandbars. If you really want to swim, take this offer.

There's always time for a selfie!

There’s always time for a selfie!

Loving the beach life!

Loving the beach life!

After 2 hours, we returned to our camp. When leaving your campsite, make sure to lock your tent and take your valuables with you. Rumor has it that visitors have lost stuff. In our case, we left Jen Mai behind. Well, she volunteered. Thanks dear!

Chef Melissa in her element.

Chef Melissa in her element.

Melissa makes the best vegetarian pasta with her ever reliable camping cook set.

Melissa makes the best vegetarian pasta with her ever reliable camping cook set.

Part of camping is preparing and cooking your own food. Master chef Melissa got it covered.

The next day, we biked to the lighthouse in Cape Santiago, about 10KM away from Burot.

We made it!

We made it!

Side trip: The Stilts. Normally, you have to pay a minimum amount of P350/head to enter The Stilts, lucky for us, we didn’t have to. I’m not really sure why… I think the guard had a crush on Jen Mai (Hahaha).

Thank you Calatagan!

Thank you, The Stilts!

We had to get extra seats for our bikes. The AC bus has a smaller compartment than the Non-AC bus.

Thank you Calatagan!

Thank you Calatagan!

More photos here!