Coron is now one of my favorite destination, discovering it in March 2008 without second thought I went back three months later to know more of the secrets of the Calamianes. I visited it again last year with my favorite dive buddy- yes, you guess it right – to explore more of its secrets in the depths! Angel and I loved every bit of it, he swore it was his best dive experience so far and in fact it was our deepest at 114 feet!. And I could not deny that exploring Akitsushima and Taeie Maru was exhilarating – going down and penetrating the mysterious wrecks was so challenging and enthralling!
Exploring more of the monsters was so irresistible that we planned for another Coron trip this year, I booked my tickets as early as April! Indeed, we eagerly wait for October while enjoying other dive trips. For us, Coron waters is something special, with its limestone cliffs, crystal waters and rich marine life we wanted to experience its beauty over and over again.
I thought everything was in place, except for my leave from work but alas by end of August, my community have scheduled on the date when I will be in Coron, a spiritual retreat for us and required everyone to come! Remembering my trip, I was bit shaken, I wanted to delay my response. In my mind, I tried to justify I had my tickets already and it was scheduled long before. I remembered I was sullen that day, hoping it will be postponed to other dates. Actually my heart sank… Going back though, I reflected that the Lord has been so good to me, He had lavished me with wonderful trips and provided me all the resources.
In submission I prayed for grace and decided to cancel my trip and be there for the Lord – He asked just one day from me! It was a breaking news, but I guess Angel felt relieved because his friends will be coming with him and he is not comfortable diving together with me! Anyhow, I would be missing the Coron wrecks this year and have to let go my CGY-MNL-CGY ticket and the amount attached to it, refunds or rebooking is not possible. Always, there is a reason for everything and I am waiting it to unfold one day. But again, I can look up and be thankful He emerged victorious over my much valued trip.
I’ll be in Coron again hopefully in March with or without my dive buddy – that’s a promise to myself…
- Coron: WW II Wrecks Once More (cbartazo.wordpress.com)