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Date Posted: 12/09/10

December 9, 2010 - Critical cross of Calavite and Verde Passages

By: Arturo Valdez

4:15 AM - Paluan Bay, Mindoro - Today may be the last critical and challenging waters of Calavite and Verde Passage we have to cross before home. I am trying to contact Jr Estejo a resident near the Point to give feedback of sea condition. The wind this early is tolerable but no one knows Amihan's mood. Once I get info I will depart Paluan, Coast Guard Teddy Holgado has been a big help. Am also monitoring if the mountains is covered with heavy clouds. But I can only see that once there is light at 5:30 AM. If positive, then waters of Calavite Pt is too much for us and will wait until clouds cleared up.

6:33 AM - We left at 6:02 AM after saying our prayers for safe passage. We are on our way now and seas and God permits will be in western Batangas by noontime.

1:24 PM - Balangay flotilla is 3 NM away from Batangas mainland after crossing Calavite and Verde Passages, two tough sea crossing. Since 6 AM we're battling gale force of Amihan and heavy swells. We thanks God for bringing us across. We're on our way to Puerto Azul Cove 34 NM away.

2:43 PM - Along the coast of Batangas - What a relief that we finally crossed Calavite and Verde Passages. Traveling in Philippine waters is toughest compared to the rest of Southeast Asia. At one time we even traveled 640 kms non-stop from Kuching, Sarawak to Batam, Indonesia in 3 days/nights. Here in the Philippines we will be lucky if we can that in 10 days especially facing the fury of Amihan. We're almost home and we thank God for our safe passage.

4:47 PM - We will not reach Puerto Azul in daylight. We have decided to drop anchor in a cove also in Ternate, Cavite.
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