Inspiring Pinoys

Siargao's Wahine Champion


Ida Damo
Ida Damo | Apr 29, 2013

Siargao’s Cloud 9 waves are Nilbie Blancada’s playground. How can she not enjoy the sport when she comes from a family of champion surfers? Her sister was the champion last year and this time, Nilbie bagged the championship.

She started seriously surfing at 15 years old. A day is no day unless she climbs on her surf board and glides on the waves. She forgets to eat whenever she’s playing until her tummy grumbles.

Preparing for the competition is a different story. The determination to win has her heading for the big waves early and is still at it until sundown. She says the thrill is in conquering a big wave, barreling inside, and gliding smoothly to a finish.

With her everyday affair with the cloud 9 waves, it is no wonder she’s a champion at 19. Nilbie Blancada… champion lady surfer.


Cebu Pacific flies to Siargao Island every Monday and Friday while major airlines fly daily to Surigao City.

Siargao Island can be reached by boat from Surigao City. Roro or M/V Fortune Angels to Dapa cost from Php180 (US$4.18) for Economy B and PhP220 (US$5.12) for Economy A. Terminal fee is PhP10 (US$0.24). Dapa Express also plies the route at Php200 (US$4.65) from the Surigao City Port.

Van rental around the island is Php4,000 (US$93)/day.

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