Posted by edward
Biliran Island Guestbook

I visited Biliran last December. Before I went, I did a research online about what the Island is all about. I’ve read an article that described the Island as “paradise, unspoiled… with exquisite beaches…”

Here is my reaction to that article after my visit:

Paradise? Unspoiled? Exquisite beaches? Are you freakin’ out of your mind? Where else have you traveled around the world? Do you really know what you are talking about? My apology but Biliran Island is not a paradise! It is not unspoiled! I was just there last December as I was invited by a friend, there is really nothing out of the ordinary about Biliran. There is not much history and culture but instead there is OVERWHELMING POVERTY. Biliran has the WORST roads I have ever seen in my life. I could not understand what is your local government doing about it. There are so many segments of the roads that are so bad that I could not believe your government never did anything about it in hundreds of years. The situation of the roads are still stuck in the early 19th century era. It is so sickening that I prayed your government officials will get into an accident in those roads so they will realize how bad the situation is.

There is hardly any sign of history on the island. No beautiful ruins. Nada! And what rice terraces are you talking about? Are you just being funny or outright stupid? Yours is a product of hallucination. Please don’t exaggerate your journalism. I had seen the Banawue rice terraces that you are comparing it to. Dahlin’, you’re like comparing a flawless diamond to a pebble.

Unspoiled? Do you have an accurate understanding of what UNSPOILED is? Honey, go around Biliran and find out where are those thousands of Islanders disposing their garbage. The entire Biliran Island does not have any waste/garbage disposal system that people just toss their refuse/garbage straight to the rivers and the seashore. Every other household has a pig pen (OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH MY GOODNESS IT WAS FILTHY)and the WASTES from the pig pen drain straight to the rivers and/or to the sea. And on many, many occasions I had seen a lot of people #%$## on the beach, on the riverside and stray pigs and dogs come and eat the waste. YUcky, yucky, yucky! Now tell me again that the island is unspoiled.

Reality check…anyone?

I’m sorry but I am just clarifying the facts because your portrayal of the island is very delusional. HOWEVER, I GIVE CREDIT TO THE ISLANDERS FOR BEING SOOOOOO NICE, SO SWEET AND HOSPITABLE. I was there for 3 weeks and as a foreigner I was treated very, very, very kindly. I do miss that part. I love the people sooooo much. But sorry, it is no freakin’ paradise, give me a break.

Now, please give this e-mail to your local government who I think is doing nothing but SUCKING every single cent of the PEOPLE’s money. The government officials should be crucified up-side-down and/or be incarcerated in those thousands of pig pens… yikes!

20 COMMENTS

  1. KINI NGA ARTICLE NAA NAPOD NI MAY GIDISKITAHAN…PAGPRANGKA NALANG GUD MO KUNG UNSAY OPISINAHA ANG INYONG BUOT PADUNGGON ANI?ANG MGA ESPINA NAPOD NO?NGA MAOY CHAIRMAN SA BILIRAN TOURISM?ANG AKO LANG KINING KA PLASTAR SA INYONG ARTICLE MURAG DILI GAYOD KATOHOAN MURAG,WALAY KLARONG DETALYE?MURAG KADUGTONG MAN TINGALI NI SA MINA NGA ISYU NGA WAY KATAGBAWAN,BISAG KLARONG NA RESOLBA NA O GIDONGOG NAMAN UNTA ANG SWESYON SA PARI SA CAIBIRAN?NGA MAPASARA NANG MINAHA? KAPANGUTANA MAN LANG KO NINYO UNSA GYOD NING MOTIBO NING ISYUHA? PAID POLITICAL PROPAGANDA BA NI?O UNSA LANG…

  2. HALA, NGANONG NANGHAPIN MAN DAYON SI UTIP?

    MAKAWIL GAYUD DIAY ANG ISDA SA BABA!

    MORA NI SIYA SA PASAHERO SA DYIPNI NGA NANGUTOT. PAG INGON SA DRIVER NGA ANG NANGUTOT WA PA MAKAHATAG SA IYANG PASAHE, NING TUBAG SI UTIP NGA GIDUHOL NA NIYA ANG KUWARTA. :)

  3. Utip,

    This forum is wide open for the gov to rebut.

    I will pay his slot here if he can’t afford what you call
    “paid political propaganda” to write whatever he has
    in his mind. Hilig man kaha jud mo ug people’s money.

    jalmz, you gonna give me discount, right?

    We, the people, are so excited to to read RE blogs here.

    GC, thank you sir for being open-minded and sharing your thoughts. Keep it up.

  4. This post is very insulting. Politics should not be an issue here. We Biliranons are simple people who take pride in what we have, be it small or big, beautiful or not. Bohol has more or less the same roads as Biliran and Cong. Chong is doing his best to fix our roads. This Province is still young and still trying to stand up to its feet. Yes, we are poor but we are happy and we don’t shoot kids like what happened in Virginia Tech, US, which is much worse than keeping pig pens in our houses. And did you know the difficulty and hardships of making the rice terraces, it may be small but it shows the ingenuity of the Biliranons. Just so we could eat and live, we made those. Our forefathers did not toil this land so you could insult and degrade us. Biliran is our Paradise, and if you don’t think so then leave. I bet if I go to your place i’d hate it more than our politicians because it has people like you who can’t appreciate what we have. Biliranons let us not be put off by comments like this. We are proud and we should move on.

  5. Hey Edward,

    Thanks for your comments about our beloved place Biliran, you know im not fluent in English coz I’m only high school grad. but i understand all that you write here.. please kindly translate.. kayong mga foriegner pag pumunta kayo dito sa lugar namin ine respito kayo ng mga tao dito, kahit pobre lang kami at hindi kasing ganda sa lugar ninyo ang kalsada namin, nag papasalamat kami na nagkaroon ng Congressman na ang priority project ay tapusin ang kalsada…. kung puro pintas ang gagawin mo sa lugar namin the best way to do..LUMAYAS KAYO DITO AT HINDI KAYO NAMIN KAILANGAN para umunlad ang lugar namin… much better for you to LIVE IN MINDANAO para dukutin kayo nga mga bandidong ABUSAYAP dun… or sa ibang lugar na maraming NPA[ new peoples Army] para matauhan kayo..we are proud na walang ganun kriminals sa lugar namin…hwag na kayong bumalik dito kung puro insulto lang ang isusulat ninyo … …Thanks

  6. Well,thanks for your comments.Just to remind you that Philippines is a THIRD WORLD COUNTRY.Biliran is young and our POLITICIANS,community and fellow Biliranons work hard to make our province beautiful.If you haven’t found what you really wanted in our province then visit expensive places like SOUTH OF FRANCE.I WOULD SUGGEST YOU TO VISIT NICE,MONTE CARLO,CANNES during the month of July-September and you will love it!
    Hey,you and your friends are much more welcome to come back to our beloved BILIRAN PROVINCE as you said can give you the hospitability you haven’t expected.
    THANK YOU!

  7. BASTOS NA NGA KLASI NGA FOREIGNER WALA NAY GRADO PALIBHASA ENGLISH NALANG DAAN ANG ILANG LANGUAGE.
    NGANO NGA SA BILIRAN RAMAN KA NAGBAKASYON KON GIPOBREHAN KA SA AMONG PROBINSYA ADTO SA CLASS NGA MGA BEACH RESSORT.O SA BILIRAN LANG KAYA SA IMONG BULSA.MAAYO NALA MING MGA POBRE NGA BILIRANON KAY NAA PAMI YUTA NGA MATAMNAN UG HOMAY,KAMOTI BALANGHOY SA ILA KAHANG LUGAR AMBOT KON NAA BA KAHAY BALAY O NAG RENT RA KAHA KAY DELI KAYA MAGPABALAY O CREDIT CARD RAY GISALIGAN.DATU KA KON MOBAKASYON KA SA PILIPINAS KAY DAKU UG VALUE ANG IMONG KUARTA.
    TIBOOK KALIBOTAN APIKTADO NA SA ECONOMIYA.
    PATAS RA TA TANAN.
    AYAW POD KA UTIP UG BANGHAG DAYON KAY KITA RABA TANAN ANG NAUWAWAN ANI,TUNGOD LANG SA USA KA FOREIGNER NAUWAWAN TA TANAN.
    PIRO DELI POD NATO E HUROT TANAN FOREIGNER NGA MAOT UG KINAIYA WAY BATASAN.KAY NAA BAYA POY FOREIGNER NGA BOOTAN KAMAO MOSABOT SA ATONG KAPOBRIHON.

  8. Edward, could you give me some idea of where you are from, how much traveling you have done, and exactly what do you expect paradise to be?

    I am a regular visitor to Biliran Island, and was quite shocked by the pollution, lack of garbage disposal, poor state of the roads, the pigs, mangey dog etc, when I first visited Biliran, but the hospitality of the locals and the smiling faces of the kids soon won me over. ( by the way kids my name is not really Joe )

    Now I have managed to visit almost all the islands attractions, knowing I will have to travel rough roads and have to see some third world conditions, but to me I am in paradise. I also love watching the sunsets in Biliran ( especially from the barbeque area at the warf at Naval, with a “meat on a stick” and a san mig) and a day at sabong with the boys is great fun.

    When I compare my holidays I spent before my wife bought me to Biliran Island, when I stayed in world class hotels, did my sightseeing in organised groups, and mainly ate in sterile hotel restaurants ( and dont those cultural nights all look the same after a while!), I cant compare the experience I get in Biliran.

    p.s, one think that irks me when in Biliran is that nothing runs on time, but I guess that is an island “thing”, so l need more time to adjust to that.

  9. To Edward,
    I read your very distructive criticism to our beloved Biliran Province.Let me ask you step by step.
    What Country you came from?
    What made you decide to visit our Province?
    Who were your companions in coming to Biliran?
    What particular sitio you visited in Biliran?
    The way I read your writings I can picture that you were with cheap lady.So,Why did you expect a luxury place ? Please be aware that we have the the mountain,fresh air and organic food which is very important to ones health.
    Who are the carriers of sexually transmitted deseases?

  10. I have noticed that Filipinos will smile even when they have not eaten, even when they have no money, even when someone is insulting them. Many foreigners have not learned this. Many foreigners believe in always telling what they believe to be the truth. If you eat too much rice, a Filipino will say you are wealthy and can afford to eat. many foreigners will just say you are are fat. I like the Filipino way better.

    What Edward says may be true in some ways, but we do not know what heaven will look like, we only know that the people there are good. Most of the people in Biliran are also good. That makes it close to paradise for me. Thank you to the people of Bilran for doing their best to keep the island as close to paradise as they can.

    God Bless

  11. Mr Edward, I am married to a very loving sophistacated, and down to earth lady from Biliran..My position in Company is Senior Vice President and really well travelled all over the world. I even expatriated every 2 yrs in different countries. together with my wife. I have never ever compare one place to another, just experienced what does a place can give. how are the people? Just asking are you in heaven? if you do not like the place stay in your paradise, throwing an insulting words will never make you a better person. It seemed you are a NAIVE for a true traveller will never say disgusting things like you did. Of course i can tell which place are nicer, NICE, MONTE CARLO? SOUTH OF FRANCE..why comparing them to Biliran..they are lovely if you have a lot of Euro to spend. In Biliran just smile and warm people, simple but lovely people. that is why in every chance I have I always ask my wife lets go have a days or two in Naval.

  12. There is hardly any sign of history on the island. No beautiful ruins. Nada! And what rice terraces are you talking about? Are you just being funny or outright stupid?

    I THOUGHT YOU ARE NOT ONLY STUPID MR EDWARD YOU ARE ALSO MORE THAN AN I> DIOT>>THICK HEAD.

  13. hey you edward u dont have right to insult the people living here in Biliran..and u dont have right to insult our place like that and u never have right to called our government like that..Excuse me..for all ur words about Biliran. Yeah Biliran Island is not so fancy place..but all people in Biliran thought that our place is a paradise and we are so proud of that..we are so proud to publish our place..And you, we never need you to our place..ur not human being ur a pig..

  14. Mr. Edward we are proud of what we have. We live a simple life, yes with pig pens in our backyards. You don’t have the right to say those things lest step into Biliran island aain. We maybe poor but we have pure hearts. If you expected something grand, you should not have come there in the first place. I guess, you have no budget that’s why you choose Biliran Island.

  15. hello sa tanan , tinuod man jud and sulti sa usa ka foriegner nga ning anha sa atong lugar . Daghan na na sila ug nakita nga mga lugar dili lang sa Biliran . Taga dinhi man jud ta , so we love BILIRAN. Masakitan ta sa ato mabasa , pero mao pod na ang kamatuoran,

  16. Alam nyo mga taga Biliran, dapat ang mga ganitong comment sa inyong lugar eh gawin nyong aral, wag ung puro negatives ang ibalik sa nag comment.

    Ang masasabi ko lang, tumira ako sa Naval ng halos 8 taon. Pero di ako kontento. Ang karamihan sa taga Naval mapa edukado o hindi eh Mukhang PERA!!!! Ang mga may Pera di marunong tumulong sa mga walang wala…..imbes na tulungang umahon, pinagtutulungan pang bumagsak at lalong malugmok sa kahirapan. AT HALOS KARAMIHAN PURO TSISMOSA AT TSISMOSO. KAHIT ANONG PAGTATANGGOL NYO SA INYONG LUNGSOD, KAYO LANG DIN ANG KAKATWA DAHIL ANG BAWAT TAONG NAKARANAS NG PANG AAPI SA INYONG LUGAR ANG SYANG NAGPAPAHAYAG NG KANILANG SALOOBIN. ONCE NA ANG ISANG TAO EH MAY NARANASANG DI MAGANDA SA PANDINIG NG ISANG TAO DYAN, EH ILILIPAD PA NG MASAMANG HANGIN SA TENGA NG IBA, AT ILANG MINUTO LANG PAGPIPYESTAHAN NA NG BUONG BAYAN.

    MGA TEACHERS DIN EH TISMOSO AT TSISMOSA. ANG MGA STUDENT NA MAY DI MAGANDANG NANGYARI OR NADAPA DAHIL NAGKAMALI, IMBES NA PAYUHAN NGA MGA DAPAT MAGTURO NG TAMANG EH PAGPYESTAHAN PA KAPAG ORAS NG BREAK TIME…. TAMA BA YAN!!!!! AT MISMONG MGA TEACHERS PA NA YAN ANG MAGRESULTA NG AWAY!!! DAHIL KINUKUMPARA PA ANG ISANG STUDENT SA ISA PA.

    KAYA KAYONG MGA TAGABILIRAN TANGGAPIN NYO NA LANG ANG MASAKIT NA KATOTOHANAN!!! ALAM KONG ALAM NYO NA ITO AY TOTOO PERO GUSTO NYO LANG MAGBULAG BULAGAN AT MAGBINGIBINGIHAN.

    KUNG GUSTO NYO NAMANG MABAGO, KAYONG MGA MAY MABUTING PUSO PANGARALAN NYO ANG MGA WALANG PUSO AT WALANG ALAM SA TINITAWAG NA KONSENSYA!!!

  17. post 16 Masakit ang katotohanan and to Edward
    Well, I think I cannot take your comment sitting down. Wag mo namang lahatin pare. Your experience in this province may not necessarily reflect the whole situation and the true character of Biliranons.
    It is sad to note, as it seems through your comment, that you had an unpleasant stay in our province. However, I think living in any part of the country for that matter, one cannot but escape gossips, gossipers,and rumor-mongers, not unless you live in isolation and in a secluded part of the country.That is one of the traits in the Filipino character that needs to be changed.
    To Edward,
    Do you always go around places looking for the negative things. I’ve been through worst places in other countries but I do not go about criticizing the place in such a way that you criticized our place. It’s part of the adventure.Well, perhaps you are not an adventurer but a cheap tourist, or perhaps a spurned suitor of one of our beautiful ladies. But thank you for spending whatever little dollars you might have spent in our islands, it might have helped some of our poor Biliranons.
    As to your comment on the local government, well we citizens are working very hard to improve our province. We are relatively young and we are learning. After all. as they say, “Rome was not built in a day.” However, we are doing something so that our public officials and our government will address the problems which also affect us. For the people, RISE BILIRAN,MABUHAY BILIRAN!

  18. this post is really insulting. of course you have the right to express yourself!( that would be your automatic defense) but you could have done it in a nice way. or better yet, in an educated way. it’s unfair to the people of biliran. just imagine how it would feel if it were your place or hometown insulted in the same manner. edward, it would be better if you were more sensitive the next time. much better if you could just grow up.

  19. This person, Edward, who posted this negative report about Biliran Island, has not bothered to reply to any of his critics, so I believe he is not a serious person, or a very courteous person, so I say GOOD RIDANCE to him!

  20. FYI tinuod baya tanan kanang mga reklamo sa Inyong lugar bisan ako nga Dili taga Dinha makakita man pod ta diba Kung unsa gyud ang tinuod nga mga nahitabo pero Kung gusto gyud NATO nga magpadayon ning tourism sa biliran.:)umpisahan NATO USA USA sa Atong panimalay para walay masulti ang ubang mga tawo.:) tinuod gyud nga wala bayay waste bin ang every baranggay ipanglabay Lang sa baybay. start with your own surroundings.apil sa among baybay ang uban Dili.aw dili nana problema sa mga tawo sa biliran.problema nana sa mga barangay captain every barangay Kung unsa on Neya pag da ang iyang gigunitan nga
    barangay.:)

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