by Engr Joel Desamito/ JVillamil
Crossing the Angalacan River from Malasin to Bantugan has always been “an experience”. During dry season, you and the tires of your ride sway, joggle and jolt on loose stones and pebbles. When the river swells broad and deep with the rains, you barge your way through it by hanging on to a ride with high chassis and the most huge tires.
Or you take a short scenic ride on a bamboo ferry pushed or pulled by men wearing slippers constantly slipping off their feet while negotiating the waters and the loose stones and pebbles underneath.
If you get lucky to seat yourself on one of the two long benches on the raft, you are even for the P2 you are charged per crossing. A single motorbike is charged P5, a three-wheeled tricycle pays P10. The fare probably doubles when the river is broader, deeper, more swift and stirred, as in just after a storm.