TIMESMAN| Island hoppingthat never was

WE ENCOUNTERED rough waters brought about by Typhoon Egay now battering Southern Luzon while on board a motorboat from Santa Ana Wharf to the Babusan white beach at the tip of Talicud Island last Sunday. It was quiet a thrilling experience but a bit worrisome to some passengers of about 100 attending the supposed island hopping of Island Garden City of Samal by the Tesoro clan. Some members came from abroad and others were VIPs from Manila who attended the 50th Golden Anniversary of R.O. Tesoro & Sons, Inc. held at the SMX Convention Center the previous night.

The rough seas, under the clear sky above, wet all those aboard (50 persons on each of the two bancas), They were entertained by a group of Zumba dancers led by Chery Tesoro Ilagan who came all the way from the US together with Mom Onding (Lourdes Erfe), brothers and sisters who are living abroad, to calm the passengers and boost their spirits. The almost meter-high water waves battered the boat. Prayers were also alternately uttered led by Melissa May Villanueva.

One of the VIP passengers on his business suit (Americana) was forced to take off his suit and although medyo kinakabahan took a relaxed posture upon seeing the children were not frightened with what’s happening.

For almost two hours from the moment the two bancas left Santa Ana Wharf until we reached the Babusan Resort where we took our lunch, Linda (Tesoro) who was sitting on the first row took the brunt of getting wet but never moved from where she was. She is really a leader to fellow officers and employees of the family owned multimillion printing business. Saludo talaga ako.

When we reached our destination, somebody quipped: “O, puede na kayong maligo.”

Sino pa gaganahan maligo eh pati p..t namin basang-basa na,” I jokingly answered.

Our two-hour thrilling experience was suddenly forgotten when we saw already prepared barbecued fresh seafoods—sugpo, panga, bagaybay, bihod, kinilaw tuna, letchon, adobong baboy, chicken, spaghetti, pina dessert, cold softdrinks and coconut juice, hot rice, already spread on the improvised tables upon our landing on the white sand beach. A far cry from   sumptuous dinner served also from the previous night at the SMX Convention Center, mostly meat and fatty foods, special drinks and desserts. Ganyan si Linda maghanda, bonga at busog ka talaga.

Cash prizes were given (P1,000) each for winners of dancing, singing, and rapping conducted after lunch. And the winners included a 71-year-old balikbayan lady and a two-year-old girl.

For those who did not participate, they were also given cash distributed by Rowena Tesoro Te from Los Angeles, USA. This senior citizen got P300.Okay na.

By 1:00 p.m. Linda announced the cancellation of the island hopping as the weather condition didn’t favour our sea trip.

But our return-trip to Santa Ana wharf again encountered a bit of delay and uneasiness to everyone, this time no longer of getting wet and rough seas, but it took the timonero about an hour to lift the anchor from the bottom of the sea. Sumabit daw sa bato.

Again, we got another comment from Sammy Raymundo who suggested that: “Lahat magbugsay na lang pa uwi.”

Finally, we all arrived at the Santa Ana Wharf in one piece, but we felt like riding a ferries wheel when the step-board moved dangerously when passengers were getting out of the motorboat.

I do not know if Linda got a big discount from all the troubles and poor service of the motorboat and its crew.

Meanwhile, we got another invitation from Chairman of the Board, Luz Tesoro Pereyras, now the eldest of the remaining four children and all girls of the Tesoro’s to her birthday party on Saturday, July 11 to be held in a big hotel in Tagum City. Libre service vehicle. Hindi ko na inilagay ang edad ni Luz, baka hindi niya ako pakainin. Dah.

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