A long alley of milky sand situated perfectly on a small island was as dazzling as the diamond crown placed on the head of the true queen and the people were waiting patiently just to have a glimpse for its beauty.
It was indeed tantalizing, no wonder why people would fall in line for quite an hour for their turn to witness and experience the breathtaking island, this was no joke, no filter applied. This was my first time to visit one of the many striking islands in my new home province - Leyte. We traveled for three and a half-hour to southern part of the province; we had taken a break for a while before we rode another 15 minutes drive to where the entrance to the beautiful Canigao Island located. I was shocked to find out a crowded place like this welcomed by people well prepared and dressed in chic linen which instantly gave me the vibe of summer. The expectation for its exquisiteness suddenly snooped out my mind.
The moment I saw this white paradise, every question had been answered. As I remembered the feelings, my heart was filled with delight and it made me proud of what lies in our archipelago not because it was my home but because I have experienced it first hand. The place was surrounded by the alluring white sand that caressed my skin and when I walked a little farther I saw the area of protected marine sanctuary and intact aquatic tree species which served as my shield from the heat, after I have enjoyed swimming in its glass-like sea water. The green leaves have touched the ground freely which gave me sense of serenity, freedom and relaxation. It washed away the worries and stress I have hoarded for a week, as if there was an automatic button for renewing. I felt relieved and once again felt the certainty of being alive.
I could not imagine living a life without reaching out for more. I suddenly craved for life, one that was not powered by money and influence but sustained through the blessings of every earth's treasure and paradise. The wonderful thing was, this one island belongs to thousands of others waiting to be discovered. This one belongs to thousands placed in every corner of the world crying for our help and protection. We need to seek for it and not be blinded by money, profit and power instead initiate effort and be the steward to maintain its purity and natural structure and grant them no harm in return.