I wondered if this was/is the very same wharf I passed by years ago. It looks like it is not. Maybe there is another wharf in this town or nearby. At least I know, they all serve the traveling public going to Matnog! We were let off the bus and allowed to roam around. So I went around! There was a RORO waiting but a porter told me it was not the one that our bus would ride on going to Matnog – which meant our RORO was not yet around. Hmm.
Yet again, this is the Philippines and that great Filipino habit of just following the crowd applies! Yeah yeah, they just follow the line, no questions, even if later, after minutes of waiting they will eventually find out that they are on the wrong line, and that is when they ask!
Oh, this pier has fairly new and good infrastructure everywhere. Its wide too and being widened still. There are designated parking areas for buses, trucks and private vehicles as they wait it out to be boarded. And there are stores, eateries, bus and cargo booking companies plus a row of stalls that sell products from this and other towns of Northern Samar. Pili, dried fish, fruits and other eatables are selling brisk in most of them. Aw hey, there is even a bank, a massage parlor and there is even a “disco”, how much more for accommodations! I saw a sign that says Pahayahayan Hotel & Restaurant!
So we were up the RORO, and waited some more as the rest of the vehicles climbed in for the ride. Crazy but wonderful experience nonetheless!
Lets talk RORO in my next story!