Renewing the visa

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People i met here, who contributed to and improved my trip: Julia (Russia)

We spent 6 hours commuting from Surigao to Cagayan for the sole purpose of renewing Julia's visa, as the immigration office had kindly never responded to our complaint in Manila. We arrived around 7pm and managed to find a really helpful jeepney driver to take us to our hotel. He was quite the character, stopping at every opportunity to chat up the Filipinas and pack more people in as a bonus!

The following day was election day, so all public offices were closed. Cagayan is unfortunately not geared up towards tourism, so we spent the day eating, watching TV and using the internet. Most of the channels seemed to have something connected to the elections on, but i couldn't for the life of me tell you what was going on for sure! From what i could gather though, it was only regional elections and supposedly a lot of people had died in the run up - please correct me if this is wrong, but thats what i sadly picked up from the coverage.

Tuesday morning we were up early and the helpful people in the Bureau of Immigration were pretty speedy in processing our extension. On the positive it cost $20 less than expected, on the negative it was only extended for 30 days instead of the expected 38. This means we will probably have to miss visiting Palawan or the rice terraces. The main thing was that we got an extension and it put our minds at rest for at least the next month.

We got back to the hotel, packed up and were back on the road again, from the direction we had come a couple of days earlier. 2 hours later and we were in the port of Balingoan and hopping on a ferry to Camiguin Island for the next adventure.

Deats says:
We never saw any trouble at all and never felt threatened whatsoever, which made it surprising to read about all the trouble, especially in Mindanao
Posted on: Jun 07, 2007
jilltrekker says:
Actually what you saw was part of the national elections. Senators down, and thus regional candidates too. It's sad that election violence usually occur, but it is never targeted at tourists. Too bad, Palawan and the rice terraces are really nice.
Posted on: Jun 06, 2007
Deats says:
I think i can do the terraces but Palawan looks a lost cause, which is really gutting. Still... next time!
Posted on: May 31, 2007
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