Quezon: Cruising the Panitian River
After the sidetrip in Tabon Cave we immediately went to a farm in Quezon. It is about five kilometers from the cave. As we travelled by boat the fair weather suddenly became wild. The winds are so strong that I thought the boat would capsize. The raindrops falling on us is also painful. After almost thirty minutes of enduring with nature, thankfully the weather calmed down and we finally reached the shore as if nothing happened.
Upon reaching the farm we were greeted by Johnny, the farms’ caretaker. I wondered how they live here, far from town, far from neighbors, without electricity and mobile signal. But he said that it is no big deal even without those conveniences in life, as he is often being visited by neighbors who also bring him food, which he also do the same. Boats are their primary and fastest mode of transportation.
After a while he served lunch and our menus include shrimps and bangus. I was surprised that they eat shrimps as if they’re mixed nuts.
After having our lunch we went to a hill where we can have a nice vantage point of the farm. Though it is not very steep we sweated a lot because it’s noontime. From the top you can see the mountains of Palawan, the Nakoda Bay and some of its islands, and even Lipuun Point. From here you can also see some fish farms which is the primary livelihood of the locals. And because of its proximity with the seas and rivers, seafoods are abundant in this town.
After a while we went down. And because the tides are getting lower we were advised to go immediately and take the river to reach the town. The river has a length of 10.4 kilometers and has tributaries branching out to some barangays of Quezon. From the farm we travelled through five kilomerer of this waterway until we reached Bgy Panitian. We were like being in a busy road, except that what we are seeing are all boats. I was so amazed because it is the first time I travelled on the river. The river has no definite depth and its currents are strong especially on the segments where it meets with its tributaries. I also see several monitor lizards crossing the river. As we neared the barangay we can see houses standing on the banks. We can also see boats docked along the banks, because it is their primary mode of transportation. After forty-five minutes of travel we reached the barangay. It is from this spot that we asked to be fetched to the main town which is eight kilometers away.