There is one island though (or should I say "spot"), that I would like to specifically discuss for the reason that I find it mysterious.And by saying mysterious,I mean creepy. It's MATINLOC SHRINE.
Approaching Matinloc Shrine via a concrete dock similar to an old port in the middle of nowhere,I didn't know exactly how to feel.I know there are three exclusive (expensive) resorts nestled among some of the islands of El Nido and I like that fact but to find an abandoned shrine here in Matinloc gave me mixed feelings.I somewhat don't like the idea.So what is a shrine doing here?Why is it abandoned?
According to our boatman con guide
Our assistant boatman Rickneil from Northern Hope Tours told us a telling story.Nil,as he is nicknamed,is a 20-year old boy who is new on the job but knows so much about the islands.He speaks with so much passion and sureness that you would think he's an old man trapped in a boy's body.
I am not a fan of shrines.Seriously.Especially in deserted islands.I find it really creepy.I was eager to climb the stairs leading to an elevated portion of Matinloc excited to see the view of Tapiutan Strait but Rickneil persuaded us for a little tour around the Shrine with him.
It's not clear really why the place ended up abandoned.According to Nil,a woman from Manila had a dream which eventually sparked his conviction to search for a heart-shaped island.She eventually found it in Matinloc.We were imagining the shape of Matinloc Island and we were debating with Nil coz the island doesn't look heart-shaped at all based on google maps.But when we shifted to satellite view,we learned that the Northern tip of the island is indeed heart-shaped!
Okay.so that was the motivation.Back to the question,why was it abandoned?I guess that will remain a mystery.
My wife,friend Rupert and I were joking about stationing the guards on the other side immediately facing the shrine would have been a better idea.And then someone imagine a "white lady" floating across the strait towards the other island.Mas creepy!!!hahaha
Whatever the real story is,this island is creepy and mysterious.It was already around 4pm when we got here and I couldn't imagine staying here until it gets dark.We hiked up a few steps to to see Tapiutan Strait strait from another angle.
View here is amazing!
other posts in my #ElNidoSummer2013 Series
#ElNidoSummer2013: COMBINATION TOUR A and C
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