Laswitan on my mind

By Saberra Cruz

For long, I was curios and wanted to experience what I imagined the furiousness of the Pacific Ocean as I traversed part of Surigao del Sur’s coastal highway. I wondered if I can at least come closer, salute and even touch the widest and deepest ocean of the world.

The author Ernest Hemingway inspired me when he once wrote,” the sea gives life and destroys it.” It was from his story,” The old man and the sea” turned to a movie, “Islands in the stream,” few decades ago. So every time I passed by the coast of  Surigao del Sur, I know one day I will find myself, not just touching, but floating and riding the waves of the ocean I find so mysterious and fascinating.

Oh, I’ve been to a lot of beaches lining the coast but guess I wanted more. I wanted to, as I said earlier, experience the restlessness and the action between me and the sea.

Laswitan found me as I accidentally got stranded in a tiny coastal barangay of the town of Cortes and befriended locals who proudly took me there. One host secretly told me she believed the hardened corals around the lagoon are growing but I wondered if that was possible. But I silently like that as it adds mystery and thrill.

After all, and I believe it- the sea gives birth to all forms of life that touches it.

That was the time when the place was not a recognized tourist destination but a seemingly forgotten fishing village. Last year, the lagoon was for a month put on hold and banned people for what they call “tourist overload” and disturbed the place.

Laswitan, our restive connection to the gods of the Pacific. 

Photo courtesy of Laswitan Lagoo, Madrelino Cortes Surigao Del Sur Group Page

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