Those who have been to Sumilon Island have found refuge in its white sand beaches, warm sea breeze and vibrant marine life. This small corner of paradise has indeed lived up to its name by providing a quiet and secluded hideout, far from the demands of the city life.
There are 77 species that use the said migration route. Olango supports 62.34% of that number making it a very important part of the whole migratory picture. It is no wonder then why the OIWS was included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance on November 8, 1994.
Malapascua, when loosely translated in Cebuano, means 'unfortunate Christmas.' The story regarding the origin of its name has many versions.
The galleon serves as 'a cultural, touristic, gastronomic and business promotion platform for Andalusia, showing the world the best of this autonomous community and its resources.' The said province in Spain was its birthplace before it finally sailed from Seville six months ago, and then to the rest of the world.
But the real Gilutongan is far from the picturesque island-hopping stopover we may know about. Consider the following: only 13 out of the 250 homes have toilets; the island does not have potable water supply, a sewage system or electricity; gambling is rampant because it is tolerated by the local officials.
At that gathering, there were many Nang Milas, Nang Indays and Manong Juns – men and women who have fallen once in their lives but decided to surrender to the lordship of Christ. Despite the enduring poverty, you could really see the unspeakable joy in their eyes; a joy that can never be bought by any currency in this world.