I’ve lived all my life in this country of 7,102 islands and I don’t think I’ll know every island’s name before I die.
Between Manila and Boracay is an island that, from the air, looked like an octopus. To me, at least. Or, perhaps, its shape is closer to a jellyfish when lying flat on the sand. A friend checked Google maps while we were passing over the island to try identify it based on its shape.
I can’t remember anymore what name she mentioned so I pored over the Google map’s satellite image of the area when I got home four days later. The time stamp of the photo is 10.55 a.m. which means we passed the island some ten minutes before we landed at the Caticlan airport. And, calculating the distance and the probable location of the plane at that time… That is Sibale Island between Mindoro and Marinduque.