Sto Niño Island

For those that have not been to the island of Samar, Sto Nino is an island west of Calbayog City. It is about 14 miles from Calbayog. Many things have changed since I first arrived in Calbayog and Sto Nino in 1981. Sto Nino is only one of the smaller islands that are off of Calbayog City. In addition to Sto Nino, you have Almagro, Camandog, and Tagapul-an islands. Everyday, early in the morning, you will see many larger banka (pump) boats come in from the other islands bringing in fresh fish, copra to sell. Once these people have completed their business, they begin to go out and load up on the supplies for their families or sari-sari stores they may have. Of the many changes, there is still no 24 -7 power on the island of Sto Nino. There are some generators in some of the small barangays and those that can afford to, will run the power wires they need. Some homes have their own generators and use them daily. There is still no roads on the island which means no vehilces at all.

As you can see, the island has millions of coconut trees in which families harvest and sell the copra for an income. All of the families on the island live off the land or sea. Farming is hard as most have to set up farms on the sides of the mountains on the island or very small areas around their homes.

The first two pictures show an area on Sto Nino where the family cleaned up and set up an area where the family could go to swim with their little ones and have an area to get out of the sun and have picnics or BBQ.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sailorjohn
    Feb 05, 2009 @ 15:20:22

    This is the second posting I made of this. Some how I lost part of the first one and had to start all over again.


  2. Admin Dale
    Feb 05, 2009 @ 17:34:11

    Nice post John, thanks. Not sure what happened to the first one. It is not in drafts.


  3. sailorjohn
    Feb 11, 2009 @ 05:07:48

    As noted in Sto Nino part 2, I need to get to this swimming hole to chill out and relax.

    Snowing here again.


  4. sailorjohn
    Dec 09, 2009 @ 18:25:13

    Well, it’s been about 7 months since our last trip to Sto Nino. (May/June 2009).

    I am at work and it is about 14 degrees out. Seems kind of funny that I spend more time on this and a few other PI sites when it is cold.

    In my last posting, I said that there were no roads on Sto Nino island. Well it seems that has changed as they have been working on a road on the island since some time in 2008. My brother in law took me and the wife and sister up to the road and we walked it to the area where the family has land. The road went right through their land and what used to be an area where they could farm is now gone.

    My wife was told that she could sell her part of the land and be paid by the Govt. It was not much, but 22,500 pesos was ok and used for the family while we were there. It helped pa for the tution for a niece to continue in college.

    What bothers me about the money that is being spent on this road is that there are no families that are going to be able to afford a car. Maybe motor bikes, but even then, there are some hills that are very hard even for a motor bike to get up. Add a few riders and load up the bike with food, etc., it is no way they can make these hills.

    As poor as this island is, with no medical clinics on the island, the money could have been used to build a few clinics and staffed.

    Not sure when we will return on vacation again. I hpe it will be some time in 2010.


  5. sailorjohn
    Aug 19, 2011 @ 08:12:10

    Well, after many bumps in the road, it seems we will make a trip either in January 2011 or May/June 2012.

    Will take a flight from Manila to Tacloban again about 5 hours or so after we arrive in Manila. Aircraft are larger and we will avoid some of the problems with flying on the smaller aircraft into Calbayog City.


  6. Ricardo Planea
    May 17, 2013 @ 09:55:27


    am very much thankful for these very informative write up.

    as for now, roads from town proper to barangay cabungaan are accessible by four wheels and motorcycles (2 passenger jeepneys are plying this route aside from habalhabal/passenger motorcycle that could carry up to 4 people). until now, no 24/7 electricity service although it is run by napocor which has 6-12pm service.
    hope the lgu can work out on this.

    new hospital is now on the run although not yet complete of equipment/facilities. but to start up, its a good sign of improvement.

    again, thank you.

    God bless,



    • Admin Dale
      May 17, 2013 @ 14:57:56

      Thank you for the update Ricardo. 🙂

      I’m curious to see what these 2 passenger jeepneys look like. Do you have any pictures that you would like to share?

      Admin Dale


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