• Beaches, Pictures, Resorts

    Posted on October 14th, 2011

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    Bantayan Island Pictorial

    The following Photos of Bantayan Island were taken by Rob Robinson. This photo slideshow will be updated periodically, so check back often for the latest additions.

  • Shipping

    Posted on November 1st, 2015

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    An Open Letter to the Owners of Island Shipping

    Each morning, beginning at about 4:30 am, the sound of a yelling captain from one of the ferry’s of Island Shipping, can be heard over the ship’s loudspeaker at Pantalan in Santa Fe, on Bantayan Island. For several minutes this captain yells at his employees, as they seek to tie up the vessel to the […]

  • Bantayan Ministry, Help the People of Bantayan Island, Typhoon Yolanda Damage

    Posted on December 3rd, 2013

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    Arrival on Bantayan Island

    Marissa and I arrived on Bantayan Island on Monday, December 2, 2013, to begin our relief efforts for the people of the island. We are meeting with the local residents today of Pantalan to determine the homes that we will begin repairs for. We sincerely thank our family of Christian brothers and sisters at Calvary, as well as other who gave funds in providing us with a generous offering to allow us to bless so many here on the Island.

    100% of every dollar or peso that was given for the people of Bantayan Island, will be used for their benefit. We will not keep any administrative fee or expenses for ourselves. In this way we can maximize the amount of people that we can help.

    As generator power and internet allow, we will post pictures and updates on our progress in meeting the needs of the dear people of this island who were profoundly effected by Typhoon Haiyan on November 8th, 2013.

    It has been a long journey to get back to the island and people we love so dearly and we look forward to being able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with those whom we are helping. Thank you again to all of you who are praying for us and gave to make this possible.

    Pastor Rob and Marissa

  • Bantayan Ministry, Help the People of Bantayan Island, The People

    Posted on November 14th, 2013

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    You Make a Huge Difference in People’s Lives

    You Make a Huge Difference in People’s Lives

    For those of you who have given to help the people of Bantayan Island, you have now become co-laborers with us in this effort to relieve the suffering of people who have no voice to the outside world.

    Every grain of rice, new roof, piece of clothing, and bottle of fresh water, has your fingerprints upon it. As the Lord looks down upon us all, He views those who make it possible for the poor to receive the things they need to live, a part of the total work that is done.

    We do not go to the Philippines alone. Each one of you who have given anything to help the dear people who are suffering are just as much a part of the work as those who hand the resources to the people who need them.

    The Bible is very specific in that those who give, share in the success and reward from the Lord for the good work that is done to help people.

    I personally thank you with all my heart and a tear in my eye, that you took time to care about a group of people you have never met, and have chosen to love them from such a great distance.

    1 Corinthians 3:7-9 It’s not important who does the planting, or who does the watering. What’s important is that God makes the seed grow. The one who plants and the one who waters work together with the same purpose. And both will be rewarded for their own hard work. For we are both God’s workers. And you are God’s field. You are God’s building (NLT)

    Matthew 9:37-38 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.” (NKJV)

    You are all laborers with us, no less than we who actually set foot on the island. You are just as much a part of the joy and thankfulness of the people who will receive your gifts, as those who place them in their hands.

    Pastor Rob

  • Help the People of Bantayan Island, The People, Typhoon Yolanda Damage, Uncategorized

    Posted on November 11th, 2013

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    Teach The Word Ministries Bringing Supplies to Bantayan Island

    Teach The Word Ministries Bringing Supplies to Bantayan Island

    Pastor Rob and Marissa Robinson Came to Bantayan Island in December of 2010. After selling their home in the United States, they came to Bantayan Island to establish a ministry to the poor fishermen who live along the shores of Santa Fe. Rob and Marissa live near the Pantalan, just up the beach from Beach Placid Resort, which was heavily damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda.

    The following is from our Bantayan Island Ministry Web Site:

    Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Devastates Bantayan Island


    We live on Bantayan Island and have been conducting a ministry to the people of the island since December of 2010. If you would like to help the people of Bantayan Island rebuild their lives and supply the basic needs of the people such as food, clothing, shelter, and medical supplies, please consider making a tax deductible donation to help these dear people.

    We are bringing Rice, Bottled Water, Canned Goods, Clothing, and Building Materials from Cebu by truck as contributions permit. The people of Bantayan Island are currently in a very desperate situation. In Santa Fe where we live, on November 10, Joan Pasasadaba Nepangue, the owner of Beach Placid Resort informed us that over 28,000 people are homesless and starving

  • Bantayan Island Typhoon Yolanda Damage Pictures and Updates

    Bantayan Island Typhoon Yolanda Damage Pictures and Updates

    Bantayan Island has been utterly devastated by Super Typhoon Haiyan, also known as “Yolanda.” Reports from government authorities tell us that up to 90% of the existing structures on the island no longer have a roof. Homes and buildings constructed of native materials are completely obliterated. These structures make up the majority of the homes for the poor fishermen who live along the shore of Bantayan Island.

    Our friend Joan Pasasadaba Nepangue, owner of Beach Placid Resort, updated us at about 11 pm that 12 of the cottages in her resort have been destroyed. We have seen pictures from the beach at Santa Fe, near the Pantalan which show substantial damage to the port offices and facilities.

    Pictures from the town of Bantayan show massive damage to structures which have existed there for over 500 years, including the beloved Bantayan Church.

    Relief efforts by the Philippine Red Cross are underway, while roads from Cebu city to Hagnaya remain blocked by fallen trees and debris.

    Banelco has informed residents that electric service will not be restored for up to four months. Residents and resorts which have generators are producing their own electricity to charge cell phones, computers and internet service to upload pictures of the massive destruction on Bantayan Island.

    We are here in the United States meeting with church leaders to seek their help in bringing back to Bantayan Island the much needed food, water, and medical supplies that are currently needed. We will arrive on Bantayan Island soon and begin helping our friends on the island to clean up and rebuild their lives.

    This web site for Bantayan Island will now begin posting pictures and updates of the conditions on the island as well as updates on families in the Barangay’s where your loved one’s live.

  • Bantayan Ministry, The People, Typhoon Watch, Weather Updates

    Posted on November 7th, 2013

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    Super Typhoon Yolanda to Make Landfall on Bantayan Island

    Super Typhoon Yolanda to Make Landfall on Bantayan Island

    As of Friday, November 8, 2013, 11:30 pm, weather authorities tell us that it is certain that Bantayan Island will suffer a direct strike by this massive Class 5, signal 4, Typhoon. Winds are expected to be close to 180 miles per hour, or approximately 230 kilometers per hour. Storm surge from the sea is […]

  • Typhoon Watch, Weather Updates

    Posted on December 3rd, 2012

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    Super Typhoon “Pablo” Threatens Bantayan Island

    Super Typhoon “Pablo” Threatens Bantayan Island

    Many of you know that Super Typhoon “Pablo” is due to make landfall in the Philippines in the next 24 hours.

    As we anxiously watch the approach of this massive storm, we all pray that it will spare our families and friends who make the Philippines their home.

    As an act of precaution, we have boarded up the front windows on our beach front home on Bantayan Island, in preparation of this approaching storm.

    We would advise our friends on the island to take every precaution to protect your homes and families. Please make sure that you have 4 or 5 days of fresh water and food as power on the island and supplies will be limited during this storm.

    We pray for our friends and their families that the Lord will protect you all and that no harm will come to you.

  • Weather update: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Weather update: Tuesday, April 10, 2012

    Today’s weather on Bantayan Island will be cloudy with some rain, as a band of clouds near Cebu will make their way onto Bantayan by lunchtime.

    It should be cooler today and a very nice day. Good day to work in the yard outside.

  • Bantayan Island Government, Beaches, DENR, Philippine Constitution, Real Estate, Resorts

    Posted on January 4th, 2012

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    D.E.N.R. and Philippine Congress Debate Fate of Bantayan Island

    D.E.N.R. and Philippine Congress Debate Fate of Bantayan Island

    A new proposal by Attorney Oposa in his continuing effort to restrict building on Bantayan Island, may actually have the effect of robbing residents of this tiny island of their personal property and homes.

    Beginning over two years ago, all building on the shoreline of Bantayan Island has been restricted from obtaining a building permit, even for private citizens who own the land and wish to build a home on their own property.

    The effects of the proposal before Philippine Congress would be to pass a law that would make the boundary for the shoreline on Bantayan Island, 40 Meters. For more than 40 years the boundary has been recognized as being 20 meters, with all homes and businesses being permitted to build within the 20 meter boundary. Now Oposa wants to take an additional 20 meters from those who own property on the island.

    For many property owners on Bantayan Island who own small parcels along the shore of Bantayan Island of 100-400 square meters, this new law will rob them of more than 200 square meters of their personal property. All land of less than 200 square meters will be completely lost. Land of 400 square meters will be cut in half. In many cases, this land was previously deeded to the land owners by the Philippine government and has been held in ownership for more than 40 years.

  • The People, Typhoon Watch, Weather Updates

    Posted on December 18th, 2011

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    Typhoon “Sendong” Kills More Than 600 in the Philippines

    Typhoon “Sendong” Kills More Than 600 in the Philippines

    As a storm that killed more than 650 in the southern Philippines raged outside the store where she works, Amor Limbago worriedly called home to check on her parents, but their cellphones just kept ringing and later went dead.

    Limbago, 21, rushed home as soon as the flash floods receded and confirmed her worst fear: Her parents and seven other relatives were gone, swept away from their hut by the river. They had eagerly planned a small Christmas dinner in that hut just days earlier.

    “I returned and saw that our house was completely gone,” a weeping Limbago told The Associated Press from Cagayan de Oro city. “There was nothing but mud all over and knee-deep floodwaters.”

    Tropical Storm Washi blew away Sunday after devastating a wide swath of the mountainous region on Mindanao island, which is unaccustomed to major storms.

    Most of the victims were asleep Friday night when flash floods cascaded down mountain slopes with logs and uprooted trees, swelling rivers and killing at least 652 people. The late-season tropical storm turned the worst-hit coastal cities of Cagayan de Oro and nearby Iligan into muddy wastelands filled with overturned cars and broken trees.

  • Typhoon “Sendong”, Signal 1 For Cebu and Bantayan Island

    The National Weather Service has advised that Tropical Storm “Sendong” has developed into a Typhoon. Over Mindanao, Leyte and Bohol, Typhoon Sendong will increase in strength to a Signal Number 2 Typhoon. Cebu and Bantayan Island will experience Signal Number 1 conditions for the next 36 hours.

    Wind and waves around Bantayan Island today will increase as Typhoon Sendong passes lower Cebu. The outlying band of clouds carrying moisture will effect Bantayan Island with heavy rainfall at times over the next 36 hours.

    It is advisable that you check the ferry schedule in Hagnaya and Santa Fe before attempting a crossing to or from Bantayan Island. Ferry service was concealed all day for Bantayan Island today, Friday, December 16, 2011. It appears highly likely that there will also be no ferry service to or from Bantayan Island tomorrow, Saturday December 17, 2011.

    At 4:30 pm, a large band of rain clouds entered the Santa Fe Municipality area of Bantayan Island with strong rain, wind and minor flooding. It appears that this heavy rain will continue throughout the night and into Saturday morning.

  • Tropical Storm “Sendong” Changes Course

    Tropical Storm “Sendong”, which was forecast to track across Cebu City and Bantayan Island by Friday, has changed course and is not predicted to miss Cebu City and Bantayan Island.

    The following is the updated PAGASA storm track that is predicted as of today, for “Sendong”

    Effected areas of Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte Provinces, Camotes Island, and Bohol will experience “Signal Number 1” winds of 45-60 kph, and storm surge waves.

    Bantayan Island will experience wind, rain and rough seas for Friday, Saturday and part of Sunday.

    In the event that Sendong changes course again, we will update this web site with additional information.

  • New Typhoon Forming Near Cebu

    A tropical Depression called 27W, is increasing in strength and moving towards the area of Cebu. The latest satellite imagery shows a large formation of rain and wind, south-east of Mindanao, moving westerly towards Cebu, and Bantayan Island.

    Last night, we experienced strong winds and rain on the shores of Santa Fe, with calm winds and cloudy skies this Thursday morning.

    If you are planning a trip to Bantayan Island for the next few days, you may want to consider putting it on hold until this Tropical system passes. It is likely that by Tomorrow morning ferry service will be halted as seas will be very rough and dangerous.

  • Tropical Depression 27W To Strike Bantayan on Friday-Saturday

    We are tracking a Tropical Depression with sustained winds over 35 mph, that is due to arrive in Cebu City and Bantayan Island by This coming Friday, December 16, 2011, and last Through Saturday, December 17, 2011.

    The following is the graphic we are using to track this storm. As more update become available, we will keep you posted.

  • Weather Update: Monday October 31, 2011

    Weather Update: Monday October 31, 2011

    A strong low pressure system is forming off the coast of Mindanao that will undoubtably bring high winds and rain to Bantayan Island next week. There is a possibility of this low pressure system forming a tropical depression and becoming a Typhoon within the next 5 days. Currently Bantayan Island is experiencing high winds estimated […]

  • Pictures

    Posted on October 30th, 2011

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    Sunrise on Bantayan Island, October 22, 2011

    The Morning Sunrise over Bantayan Island in the Philippines is one of the most stunning and beautiful in the world. From time to time I will post photo’s that I take when I make it up early enough to catch the morning display.

  • Comments, Halloween, Holiday Celebrations

    Posted on October 30th, 2011

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    The Subtle Danger of Halloween and All Saints Day

    The Subtle Danger of Halloween and All Saints Day

    The Pagan Origin of Halloween

    The name “Halloween” comes from the All Saints Day celebration of the early Christian church, a day set aside for the solemn remembrance of the martyrs. All Hallows Eve, the evening before All Saints Day, began the time of remembrance. “All Hallows Eve” was eventually contracted to “Hallow-e’en,” which became “Halloween.”

    As Christianity moved through Europe it collided with indigenous pagan cultures and confronted established customs. Pagan holidays and festivals were so entrenched that new converts found them to be a stumbling block to their faith. To deal with the problem, the organized church would commonly move a distinctively Christian holiday to a spot on the calendar that would directly challenge a pagan holiday. The intent was to counter pagan influences and provide a Christian alternative. But most often the church only succeeded in “Christianizing” a pagan ritual–the ritual was still pagan, but mixed with Christian symbolism. That’s what happened to All Saints Eve–it was the original Halloween alternative!

    The Celtic people of Europe and Britain were pagan Druids whose major celebrations were marked by the seasons. At the end of the year in northern Europe, people made preparations to ensure winter survival by harvesting the crops and culling the herds, slaughtering animals that wouldn’t make it. Life slowed down as winter brought darkness (shortened days and longer nights), fallow ground, and death. The imagery of death, symbolized by skeletons, skulls, and the color black, remains prominent in today’s Halloween celebrations.

    The pagan Samhain festival (pronounced “sow” “en”) celebrated the final harvest, death, and the onset of winter, for three days–October 31 to November 2. The Celts believed the curtain dividing the living and the dead lifted during Samhain to allow the spirits of the dead to walk among the living–ghosts haunting the earth.

    Some embraced the season of haunting by engaging in occult practices such as divination and communication with the dead. They sought “divine” spirits (demons) and the spirits of their ancestors regarding weather forecasts for the coming year, crop expectations, and even romantic prospects. Bobbing for apples was one practice the pagans used to divine the spiritual world’s “blessings” on a couple’s romance.

    For others the focus on death, occultism, divination, and the thought of spirits returning to haunt the living, fueled ignorant superstitions and fears. They believed spirits were earthbound until they received a proper sendoff with treats–possessions, wealth, food, and drink. Spirits who were not suitably “treated” would “trick” those who had neglected them. The fear of haunting only multiplied if that spirit had been offended during its natural lifetime.

  • Weather Update: Friday October 28, 2011

    Weather Update: Friday October 28, 2011

    Weather on Bantayan Island should be mainly clear and sunny this weekend with occasional afternoon showers and gusty winds from the North East. The onshore breezes are bringing a lot of sea weed, and other debris to the white sand shores making for a rather messy view of our otherwise beautiful shores.

    Low tide prevails throughout much of the day making the water level on Santa Fe about 150 yards farther that at High tide. It is during these period of low time that the beaches are also not as attractive.

    Ferry service is running daily, but expect rougher seas due to the increased winds.

    Other than the shore debris and lower tides during the day, Bantayan is still a great place to make your weekend getaway.

    Hope to see you on the beach. Magkita-kita na lang ta diri sa isla…

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