A quick visit to the Bulan Integrated Bus Terminal
by jun asuncion
The morning after the typhoon Dante, we drove quick to Fabrica to have a look at the Bus Terminal.
That’s the entrance to the terminal for passengers. The ground was still muddy and the town filled with debris. We also checked on the buses traveling to
Legazpi but we were told that the office was still closed and probably there was none traveling because
of the washed out bridge in Sorsogon.
The view of the Terminal from the Maharlika Highway. Incoming Buses to Bulan
have to turn left to enter the Terminal.
We went in to have a look . It’s all in a one hectare piece of land with this pavilion-like structure
as the centerpiece of it. The rest are parking spaces for the buses.
There is a canteen, a kiosk, toilets, ticketing corner and dozens of chairs.
It is gated and fenced .
Cheap materials and poor quality construction do not last long. This Terminal
was opened only last December 2007. But it seems that it has taken the biggest blow of the controversies
that went with its construction from the very beginning. You see the falling off ceiling panels?
Some waiting passengers. It looks calm and peaceful just a day after the typhoon and the flood.
Empty chairs and holes above.
The comfort rooms. Paints peeling off the metal works already.
Parking space perhaps for visitors and tricycles…
That’s it, the P4o million Bulan Integrated Bus Terminal. As everybody knows,
this one hectare land was donated by the De Castro family, not bought.
We left the site after we have shot some photos.
My photographer was not happy with it and so was I. I just comforted myself with the idea that
after a devastating typhoon I cannot expect to see anything beautiful in Bulan. I was more happy with the Eco-Park
and the Sabang Park when I went there before the typhoon. In Sabang Park a nice multi-purpose Pavilion is being built to completion-
a project of Mayor Helen De Castro.
At this point in time, the terminal is quite far from the center of the town. In the future maybe not anymore when
connecting transportation (mini shuttle buses, taxis, etc..) to the town center are provided.
For this time you need P30.00 for your tricycle fare and sacrifice some of your remaining comfort zones when after hours of traveling from Manila,
dizzy and tired, you still have to travel a considerable distance in such a noisy tricycle as the wind and dust continue to bombard your
face and nose till you reach the town proper. And if your traveling as a group then you’ll be needing more than one tricycle and extra tricycles for
your baggage. How about if you live somewhere in Polot and farther?
I went to the market for a few times and observed everything.
For a poor family it is impossible to buy fish everyday for they are just expensive.
And so are the vegetables and fruits and meat. We compared the prices in Bulan and in Tarlac and we’re just so surprised
that many commodities are far more cheaper in Tarlac than in Bulan.
We left for Manila the next day with mixed feelings about everything we have experienced in Bulan.
Home is sweet in any case.
But if you care for it and see things behind appearances, sour thoughts start to disturb this sweetness….
Back to Tarlac we dropped by a relative for a cup of coffee. We exchanged pleasantries,
small talks and things began to clear up in my mind for things that I saw were in right proportions.
I felt good and relaxed this time for the place was not only spacious and nice but complete with things like:
A solid steel gate and fence, cobblestones all over.
Several guestrooms, air-conditioned, luxurious toilets and first class materials.
Not to be seen is the mini golf course on the far left side. With several of such spotlights it is well illuminated at night.
The main house with a fountain in front. The fountain is turned off at the moment for cleaning.
A roofed swimming pool in front of the guest houses.
There are the guest quarters, fully furnished, with marble floors.
And three of such fishponds. They were just harvesting hundreds of kilos of tilapia for delivery to Tarlac market.
This is the second fishpond and the roof of the dirty kitchen on the left.
A roofed garage, beside it a pavilion-like screened spacious dirty kitchen which can also be used for welcoming guests or for conference.
View of the living room of the the center house. The building at the background are the guest quarters and the
landscaped garden with flowering plants sprawled all over as well as gorgeous beetle nut trees.
Coffee drank and about to leave when the owner asked me:
” Are you interested in this property, Jun? It’s only P42million, including this one hectare land”.
“You must be joking! For only P42 million??”, I replied, somewhat perplexed. “It’s not a joke”, she said.
“That’s cheap!” I exclaimed, as my thoughts traveled back to Fabrica and the high prices of things in the market.
“Is Bulan really that expensive?”, I asked myself, shaking my head as we left and continued our journey.