Vito - port to the islands - Philippines (2008)
From Bacolod (the closest biggest city and where I land after an inland flight from Manila) it is a bit more than 100km to the small port of Vito village (population around 6000 people, as of 2020). It is considered part of Sagay city, Negros Occidental province and serves as a gateway to my mothers island, Molocaboc.
"Jean Cathline", my familys' pump boat came to pick us up, together with a few more cousins and relatives. A pump boat is an outrigger canoe powered by a small gasoline or diesel engine. They are a utility boat in the Philippines, used for nearly everything from inter-island transportation to fishing.
A kid was swimming on the edge of the port, Next to a busy pump boat with quite a few people on board and lots of laundry hanging on the ropes.
My cousins and aunt getting themselves ready in the pump boat, everybody happy and excited!
Fortunately my two uncles were in charge of everything so there was nothing to worry about.
Looking around me in the port life was going on as usual. Many students use tiny rowing boats like the one above to go to school and back.
When almost everybody was on the pump boat we were ready to go. Destination, Molocaboc island, where the rest of my family was. I was really excited to see them again, it had been almost 10 years since my last visit.
GPS coordinates for places in this post, click on them to be redirected to the exact point in google maps. Click on the names to be redirected to their official websites (if applicable).
Bacolod Silay Airport: 10°46'36.0"N 123°00'54.1"E
Vito port: 10°54'26.4"N 123°30'53.6"E
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