For today’s Live in the Philippines Vidcast, I’m going to take you along for a ride through Babak, Samal, and also a short section in Limao, Samal. I am driving, Feyma is shooting the video, and all you have to do is watch the scenery!
Do you know how Samal Island is set up, administratively? Well, the entire island is a City! It is the “Island Garden City of Samal” also known as “IGacOS” by the locals. There are basically two areas on the island that are more commerically developed with stores, gas stations and such. Those areas are Babak and Penaplata. Babak is the district in the Northern part of the Island. Penaplata is located in the Central part of the island, or the north central. Aside from these two districts, the island is rather undeveloped. The land that Feyma and I own is in Limao, which is about halfway between these two commercial districts of the Island.
When we live in Samal (probably about 9 years from now) even if the island has not become more commercialized (this is doubtful, I think), for things like grocery shopping and such, either Babak or Penaplata will serve our needs well, as they each have grocery stores and such.
The land on the west side of Samal between Babak and Penaplata is basically one resort after another lining the beach. Resorts are much fewer south of Penaplata, and virtually non-existant on the east side of the island (although there are a couple of them).
Anyway, I hope that the video gives you a better idea of what Samal is like!