Tobabao, just off Guiuan in Eastern Samar holds a mystical fascination to those of us who were there in a tent city of 6000 White Russian refugees back in 1949. Most came from Shanghai & Harbin in China & were escaping from communism which threatened their lives. They were literally dumped on the uninhabited island by US rescuers, given tents and some tinned food & told to survive. This is an epic story of how the Russians used their talents & stoic fortitude to create a tent city with infrastructure which even the President of the Philippines visited and admired. Today, it can be reached by air to Tacloban & then a bus trip of several hours. There is a guest house in Guiuan & the island can be reached by a small boat within a short distance. It is still primitive but interesting with some relics from the war and the refugee camp.