November 28, 2010
University of the Philippines – Visayas – Miag-ao Campus
You want to take a break from your homework, school projects or even from your professor? Most students chill in hangout places for booze or rest under a shade of a tree. City ones go to malls and watch the latest movie flick or get some ice cold treat from the nearest vendors inside the campus.
Now what can the students in UP Miag-ao do? They can simply head to the beach that’s located beside their campus.
Oble on the side
It was a Sunday afternoon, a long weekend because of the Monday being a holiday. We just finished checking out the Miag-ao church (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) when Julie, Edwin’s friend and former classmate, took us on a short tour of their campus in this part of the Visayas.
feeling Oble on another
The thought of a body of water that was so accessible was enough for me to shed some clothes and hurriedly take a dip in the salty sea.
It was an unexpected tour, but it was good that we were given a backdrop of her routine in this rural campus. She’s happy with her student life that’s far from the city. No need to go to malls and other commercial places to entertain herself. She likes it as it’s more peaceful.
Julie sharing her story
Not too foreign with the lifestyle, I related when I shared some insights on my time in Dumaguete City. Trees are abound and you can feel the slow pace of the environment which works to a pupil’s advantage, depending on how one sees it.
imagine walking at night. awooo!
Diwata ng Dagat
“What’s UP Miagao’s specialty?” I didn’t mean to make it sound like I was asking for their school delicacy.
“Fisheries and Marine Science is our focus area” was Julie’s reply, indicating she understood what I meant.
The statue of the Diwata ng Dagat (Fairy of the Sea/Goddess of the Sea) symbolizes the aim of the campus as a center of excellence for fisheries and aquatic resources.
Diwata ng Dagat statue in front of the College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences
We were about to wrap the tour when she mentioned about going to the beach which made me wonder how it looked like.
stairs leading to the beach
Going through pathways and about a hundred steps down some stairs, I wondered if she was ever afraid especially during night time. When there aren’t many people around and it's only the darkness that accompanies her on her way to the dorm. “It’s just a matter of getting used to the environment.” she said.
wooden door and some roofing sheets as fences
We asked permission from the guard on duty if we could walk outside. We were let out and I saw the beach that Julie was referring to.
A few guys were waving and signaling me to take a snap of them with my camera. I later found out that these were students of the campus who decided to chill and spend their time in the water.
“Put it on Facebook!” I heard one of them say.
It was nothing grand, but the fact that there’s a place where you can enjoy and release stress brought about by school activities, is a privilege that makes the students here lucky. I pictured myself in their shoes and made me wonder how it would be like to spend the remaining years of college here.
Picnics and alcohol drinks amidst the calm surrounding and if the odds are favorable, you might get a sunset too. Having great company is the cherry on top and makes a perfect combination of school memories that can surely be recalled during future reunions.
I started to enjoy myself – that didn’t sound right. hehe.
The beach was clean which made it all the more enticing. We didn’t have much time left so I ran to the water and swam. It was a tiring day and this was a nice finishing touch before we headed back to reality.
Julie and Edwin – former classmates in UP Cebu
Julie was satisfied watching us swim so we savored the remaining minutes left. We put on our clothes and and went back to the road so we could wait for a bus to the city. The sun was still setting but we had to go.
last look at the beach and the trees
True enough, these UP Miag-ao students are fortunate to have nature at their side for those moments where you want to just let things be. How many stories were told and are waiting to be told about their experiences with this beach? These are memories that will be encrypted every student’s mind for the years to come.
Off-topic: Just wanted to post a picture as this blog entry was getting too serious. hehe. I met a goat on our way back to the campus when we used another route. It seemed friendly and Edwin showed me how to hold it’s horns. I found out that it was harmless and just wanted to have a partner to play with. Unfortunately, we ran out of time.
on the left corner…
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