What is Baliguian Island?
Baliguian Island is a small but isolated island off the coastal town of Concepcion in the Philippines. It takes about a 2 to 3-hour boat ride to get to the island. There are about 1000 people that live on Baliguian Island. Although the inhabits have very little resources to show for they are happy and content as human beings can be. What they lack the most though is clean drinking water. As Rotarians, we know that clean water is a basic necessity. This is where the Rotary Club of Kapolei will be doing their international project.
November of 2012 Concepcion was hit with a category 5 typhoon known as Typhoon Haiyan. Typhoon Haiyan was considered the strongest typhoon to reach landfall in the Philippines. With winds gusting up to 200 miles per. hour, considerable damage was done and displacing thousands of families lost their homes and was displaced throughout Concepcion.
Baliguian Island was one of the hardest hit in Concepcion by Typhoon Haiyan. Yet no one perished. Thus they were deemed the “miracle island” because everyone survived. It’s this reason why no aid came to the island after the typhoon.
The town of Concepcion is located on the the northeastern part of Iloilo province. Concepcion is known as a “Barangay” or district within the province. The people here speak a dialect called “Ilongo”. There are four provinces in Panay: Iloilo, Capiz, Antique, and Aklan. Concepcion was hit the hardest by Typhoon Haiyan. Till this day, many families are still displaced and have not received much proper aid.
Concepcion’s main industry is fishing. There are several islands off the coastline inhabited mostly by fishermen. Concepcion has many secluded but breathtaking islands to visit. It’s a perfect place to go if you like to experience the natural beauty of the ocean and the mysteries of a faraway destination. Especially those that seek an adventure. You can ride a boat to a secluded island, rela and have the entire beach to yourself.
About Baliguian Island
About Baliguian Island
Baliguian Island is the furthest island off the coast of Concepcion. It takes about a 2-3 hour boat ride to get there and is out in the open seas. During the typhoon season (usually June till November) traveling to Baliguian is dangerous. I was there in June of 2018 and wanted to visit. But due to rough seas and unfavorable weather conditions, we were not able to.
Here are some stats about the island below:
Deemed the Miracle Island
Over 200 families
The main source of food and income is fishing
2-3 boat ride to get to the island
Islanders go on an 1-hour boat ride to get fresh, clean water
No electricity. They use generators and torchlight
Although most infrastructure is repaired, damages from Typhoon Haiyan still persist
My family and I will be heading back to Concepcion hoping to visit the island. We will rent a boat and venture to the open seas. We hope the weather will be favorable then. We will also explore other mysterious islands of Concepcion. Then we will travel up north to Sicogon Island and the Isla de Gigantes, or the Island of the Giants for some fun in the sun and rest and relaxation.
Our goal is to visit Baliguian island for a site inspection during this trip. Although its a family vacation its also part of a rotary mission to help the Islanders. It will be an adventure of a lifetime so you are welcome to come along. As Rotarians, we want to make the world a better place to live. That’s why we are going there.