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“Tobabao Holds a History”
Review of Tubabao Island

Tubabao Island
Reviewed November 24, 2012

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.

15  Thank ChiefHukuma
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Tubabao is the definition of nowhere. There is no running water on most of the island, electricity seems to be a new addition, the buildings appear to be at least a century old, and nothing anywhere is sealed against pests. The scenery is beautiful, the people are friendly, even the trip to Tubabao by "bump boat" is fun, but all in all it needs to be dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century standards of construction.

7  Thank Michael K
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