Postcards from around the Philippines: RORO

The “boat” we took in San Isidro in Northern Samar for Matnog in Sorsogon was so much bigger- the roll on roll out (RORO) super ferry FastCat. Travel takes 1.5 hours (half an hour more to get to Biri from Lavezares). This ride is such a contrast to the boat on the Lavezares-Biri route but nonetheless both share the same level of sea faring expertise. The men who navigated our boats to and from Biri had our safety in mind and utilized all their indigenous knowledge and skills to steer the boats safely across. The same with the FastCat’s captain and his team. Lesson there is, safety doesn’t necessarily depend on sophistication of instruments or craft size.

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