Sunday, February 28, 2010


Cuatro Islas – [Hindang and Inopacan, Leyte ] *(n.) The group of four islets off the western coast of Leyte province. One of the four islands is named Himokilan Island, which is under the municipal territory of Hindang.

A view of Cuatro Islas from the shore of Villa Editha at the boundary of Brgy. Esperanza and Brgy. Conalum.

(Click here to view much larger photo) photo by Edgie Polistico

Cuatro Islas is a promosing place for tourism to boom in this part of the region. But let’s not just focus our interest on the sea-level. We also have to look up high in the mountains where you can find the Little Baguio of Brgys. Cabulisan and Caminto. By putting up tourism in the sea and in the mountain, everything in between these two points will totally enjoy the benefits of tourism. We will soon be progressing our local transportation industry to and from these two points. Food and accommodations will spread out in the areas where tourist would be plying around. Of course, other progress will come along, such as development of commercial centers, parks, facilities, etc.. Tourism will surely put a new pin in the map to mark where in the globe Inopacan is.

 WHERE TO FIND THE CUATRO ISLAS - The map of Cuatro Islas 

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A view of Cuatro Islas from a hill in Brgy. Guadalupe (Binitinan) 

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photo by Edgie Polistico

The Himokilan Island of Cuatro Islas
(photo by Edgie Polistico)

The other three, Mahaba, Apid, and Digyo islands belong to the munic ipality of Inopacan. The sea between the four islands and the mainland had long been the refuge to some ships and sinsuros (fishing vessels) that seek to hide from the wrath of monsoon wind and typhoons.

The Mahaba Island of Cuatro Islas (photo credit to Jes Surabia Polistico)

The powdery white sands of Digyo Island.
On the horizon are the Mahaba and Himokilan islands
(photo credit to Jes Surabia Polistico)

Apid (left) and Digyo islands
(photo by Edgie Polistico)

A view from a hill in Brgy. Guadalupe (formerly Binitinan), overlooking the Cuatro Islas of Inopacan.

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But let’s not forget also the relics of time. We need a place to store the old things in town for the next generations to behold and be informed of stories and things of the past. We need to have our own museum or sort of like this.

As what I’ve said in one of my previous blog, I suggest the installation of a municipal museum and public library where all the literary works, relics, memorabilia of olden times and history about Inopacan and about us Inopacnons would be stored and preserved for perpetuity.

Or else, rust, termites, and loss of memory and references will vanish these treasures to oblivion.

He who does not look back will never reach the place he longs to go.

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