ALL ROADS led to Canigao Island in Matalom, Leyte this week, as an unprecedented influx of beach junkies, families and fun-loving individuals invaded its shores to revel in the island’s pristine white sands and sparkling blue waters. Canigao is now being touted as the Boracay of Eastern Visayas, and promises to be the favorite destination of summer revelers in the years to come.
Developed by the Matalom LGU for just more than a year ago, the island has attracted around 500 plus visitors day in and day out of the Holy Week. On Good Friday, the record shows, a majority of the visitors were from Ormoc City. Johnny Goyo, a caretaker of the island, said that they expect the number to remain steady in the coming summer weeks, during the school break. By July, August, September, the so-called “habagat” months, the number is expected to drastically decrease but not a total zero.
He also observed that the island began to attract more visitors lately, after the LGU of Matalom under the leadership of Dr. Erc Pajulio introduced some developments on the island like beach cottages and picnic tables. The LGU also allows overnight stays now.