Kalanggaman Island: Leyte's Crown Jewel

Kalanggaman Island
Kalanggaman Island

Let me first share a little trivia. Did you know that the Cebuano term "langgam" means bird? I was browsing the web when I chanced upon this islet located in the western part of Leyte. The islet have sandbars on both tips resembling the wings of a bird. Probably the reason why it got the name Kalanggaman.

After more research, I invited some friends to explore the island last May 2012. We rendezvous at the municipality of Palompon. After registering with the tourism office and securing our boat, we went around the market to buy our supplies, food and water.

Approaching Calanggaman Island
Approaching Kalanggaman Island

We were overwhelmed as we approach the island. The turquoise sea and crystal water was so inviting, I wanted to jump even before we reach the shore. The white sand extends from one sandbar to the end of the other sandbar. Is this paradise or what?

Docking at Calanggaman
Docking at Calanggaman

Hut
Registration in this cottage

One of us ran on the beach immediately after docking on the front side of the island while the rest of us carried our stuff down from the boat. One of the caretakers approached us to check if we have registered with the tourism office and to see if we wanted to rent a hut. After settling everything, we started to pitch our tents and prepared our food. There are no accommodations available and no electricity there. It was a perfect getaway from the stress, the noise and the pollution one has to endure in the city.

White Sand Beach
White Sand Beach

The powdery and pearly white sand reminded me of Calaguas Island. The islet is inhabited and maintained by the municipality of Palompon. There are only a few structures in the island, namely, some huts and a big cottage where the caretakers stay. The influx of tourist is controlled to retain the beauty of this natural wonder.


East Side


Wooden Watchtower


Turquoise Water

The dwarf coconut trees, lined up 15 meters from the shore provided enough shade and a steady trunk to tie a hammock. The east side which leads to the first sandbar is flat and wide enough to play beach volleyball or "patintero" . There is also a wooden watchtower so the caretakers can see the activity on this side of the island.

First Sand Bar
First Sandbar

It was the longest sandbar I have seen. It took me a while to reach the end. Turbulent waves push the crystal clear water on one side while the other side was unexpectedly calm.



Back Side of the Island
Back Side of the Island

Second Sand Bar
Second Sandbar

Flat limestone covered most of the shore on the other side. This goes all the way to the shorter and narrower second sandbar on the other tip of the islet. The other side is also less frequented by tourist. If you intend to be by yourself, this is probably where you would want to stay to swim or watch the sun make the sand shine like pearls when hit by its rays. Just make sure somebody knows you are there.

Other Activities at Calanggaman
Other Activities at Calanggaman

There are kayaks and aqua cycle in the island, though we did not ask how much the rent was.

Sunset
Sunset facing Cebu Province

The island boasts of a magnificent sunset which made my day.

Vanishing Sandbar
Vanishing Sandbar

We spent another day in the island and savored its unspoiled and unique charm. It was an excellent and off-beat destination to clear my mind and recharge my soul. The island is also a haven for birds hence the name Kalanggaman Island.

HOW TO GET THERE:

Palompon, Leyte (see map) is the jump-off to Kalanggaman Island. Register and pay the fees at the tourism office. They will also assist you with your boat. Check rates here. It is a 1-hour boat ride from the mainland to the islet.

Via Leyte:

The nearest airport is in Tacloban City. Take the van going to Palompon. Fare is Php 150. The ride takes approximately 2-3 hours. Alight at the van terminal and ask for directions going to the tourism office.

Via Cebu:

If you are coming from Cebu City, take the SuperCat or Weesam Express going to Ormoc. Fares can be check here. The ferry ride takes 2 hours. From Ormoc, take the van going to Palompon. Fare is Php 110.

There are also trips from Malapascua Island. For a minimum of eight persons at Php 800 each, there are boats trips going directly to Kalanggaman. You will probably be joined with other tourist just to complete the minimum number. Trip is around 2 hours

There are rental boats from Bogo City, if you are coming Bantayan Island or somewhere in North Cebu.

Via Samar:

Go all the way to Tacloban City or drive to Palompon via Northern Leyte. Check the road map here.

For more info on how to get to Calanggaman and other travel arrangements, you can contact:

Ludette Ruiz
Leyte Gulf Travel and Tours
Website: http://leytegulf.callezaragosa.com
Email: leytegulf@callezaragosa.com
Tel: (053) 325.8582

Rates
Rates

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  1. The island is bare. There are a couple of wooden cottages for rent, with tables and chairs.
  2. Bring your tents and camping equipment. There are no rooms for accommodation/overnight stay on the island.
  3. There is a public restroom with saltwater. Request from the tourism office to provide you with portable water for Php 20 per 5-gallons.
  4. Buy all your food and drinking supplies from the market before you leave the mainland.
  5. There is no electricity in the island. So conserve your batteries and bring a power bank. Bring cook sets and burners to cook your food. There are areas in the islet to grill your food.
  6. Mobile phone signal from the major phone providers is decent.
  7. The coast guard does not allow boats to leave the mainland in the late afternoon. Make sure to be in Palompon in the morning.
  8. There is one decent restaurant where you can eat before you go to the islet and when you get back in the mainland.
  9. You can take a bath at the tourism office when you get back in the island.
  10. Security is not a problem, there is a tourist police assigned here 24/7.
  11. The tourism office will give you two trash bags, one for biodegradable and another biodegradable. Make sure to bring both when you get back to the mainlad, the tourism office will ask it from you.
  12. The last trip going back to Tacloban City is 12:00PM (noon), so be sure to be at the terminal before by 11:30AM. If in case you miss the van going to Tacloban, you will need to hire a van (if you are a group) or go to Ormoc City. The last trip from Ormoc is 3:00PM. It takes an hour to get to Ormoc, just ask from the locals how to get a ride going there.

WHERE TO GO NEXT?

Check out this options north of Palompon:

Chasing Waterfalls: Tinago Falls of Biliran

Chasing Waterfalls in Almeria, Biliran: Ulan-ulan and Recoletos Falls

Sambawan Island: The Pride of Biliran

The Unchartered Dalutan and Capinahan Islands of Almeria






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86 comments:

  1. Grabe! Ganda! On my bucketlist na yan!

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  2. Hi magkano rental ng boat from bogo ans ilang hours ride? Thanks :)

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    1. Boat from Bogo City will depend on the size. It takes approximately 2 hours to Kalanggaman from Bogo City.

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  3. hi! have you tried malapascua - kalanggaman ? merong bang package tour for that na need ng reservation ? thanks

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    1. there are day tour operators, just forgot the rate. what they do is divide the cost of the boat rental among those who are going to kalanggaman. the trick is to find nine (9) other persons. boat can accommodate up to 15 pax.

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  4. Hi would like to ask what if solo traveler or group of 3 persons, may regular trips going to the island? can we join others? or dapat po I-rent talaga yung whole boat?

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    1. there are no regular trips to the island since there is no community there. one has to rent the boat and pay for the boat regardless if you are solo or meet the capacity. what you can do though is to wait for groups going there but this will make yo dependent on their schedule. but then again, you will get to meet new friends, its a win-win situation

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  5. Hi! I came across your blog as I was searching for tips on Kalanggaman island. Do you have a sample itinerary? Is Kalanggaman-Sambawan-Dalutan-Maripipi doable for a 5d 4n trip? Hope you could help me:) Thanks!

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    1. day 1

      arrive tacloban, first flight then take van to naval. from naval take jeep to cauayan (not sure about sked of trips though). from cauayan take boat to marippipi. stay overnight.

      day 2, tour around marippipi island then take boat to sambawan, return in the afternoon. sleep in marippipi

      day 3. wake up early, travel to naval. instead of dalutan island (though i wrote about it), i recommend going to higatangan island instead via naval (trips to the island is 11am). stay overnight in the island then leave at 7am the following day.

      day 4, take baot back to naval mainland. then travel to ormoc. frm ormoc, go to palompon and take the boat to kalanggaman, stay overnight.

      day 5, leave kalanggaman island by 8am to reach the vans going to tacloban, last trip is before 12 noon. you still have time to wash up at palompon before taking van back to tacloban

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  6. Hi Mike, Thanks for the information. Will visit there soon.:)

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  7. hi, possible ba na daytrip lang gagawin sa kalanggaman island?
    Thanks.

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    1. yes, please check day tour rates at the last part of the article.

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  8. Mike... magkano kaya per pax if we travel to the Island via Bogo (Maya).. Plano kasi namin bumisita ng mga officemates ko..

    PM mo na lang sa FB if pwede

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  9. Hi, me and 2 friends will be going to the island on the 30th. anyone going who would like to share boat fare with us? thank you.

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  10. Thanks for this Mike. I will be traveling here later solo. I hope i could meet people to share with. This is a big help.

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  11. Thank you very much for this information.I will surely travel with my friends.For Distance between Philippines Airport check:
    http://www.distancesbetween.com/distance-between/distance-from-kalanggaman-island-to-airport-road/21219859/r3/

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  14. Hi! Anyone here who's booked Kalanggaman for dates Nov. 28-30? We're willing to share boats with you. We're only 2 travelling together. Contact me +639271213121

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  15. Hi, I’m planing to visit the island on December 14 and stay overnight. Anyone here going on the same date so I could share the pumpboat? Text me at 09998869519 Thanks!

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  16. Hi If you are planning to visit Island there are lots of places to visit you can search at http://www.distancesbetween.com/distance-between/distance-from-kalanggaman-island-to-cebu-city/21890949/r3/

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  17. On a level of scope seeing the way terms has a value of learning and at the same time 3 day tour from new york which is the way how it keeps on getting better with the type of understanding stuff has, this is the way we can go on and have a way out for a lot.

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  18. anung oras po ung 1st trip ng van from ormoc to palompon?

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  19. Hi sir mike! May nag o-operate po ba ng tour from kalanggaman to malapascua?

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    1. Hi,

      you can visit our site cebuislandexplorers.simplesite.com

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    2. hi earl,

      We do operate tour from kalanggaman to malapascua po, but he cost will be per head pa rin. but we need to know if its a day trip or not.

      thanks,

      LOUIE from cebuislandexplorers

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    3. Hi.. Who wants to join us?? Cebu-kalanggaman APRIL 2, 2016.. 19pax na kami. 6 vacant seats available. 800/person share sa pumpboat fare. Pm me for more details.. Cheen Dee (facebook)

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  20. hi,

    good day everyone, if anyone planning to visit kalanggaman island from Cebu, you can reach us @ http://cebuislandhoppers.myfreesites.net/ we can reserve pumpboats for you..Thanks for you blogsite mike!!! more power to it!

    Thanks,

    LOUIE C.

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    1. Hi!

      I'm planning to visit Cebu by August and do island hopping.
      Here's my proposed itinerary:

      Day 1 - Bantayan Island to Virgin Island vice versa
      Day 2 - Bantayan to Malapascua then Kalanggaman

      Is that possible? Please give me a good price for 2 pax. I'm open on boat sharing. :)

      Thanks a lot!

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  21. Naa bay naval-higatangan-calanggaman sir?
    Thank you

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    1. to reach higatangan, you have to go to naval. but there's no route from higatangan to calanggaman.

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  22. Sir may naa bay Via Naval-Higatangan-Calanggaman? Any info pls? Thank you.

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    1. wala po ma'am. naay naval to ormoc then ormoc to palompon

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  23. Hello, Anyone who would like to share a boat with with us? 2 person lang kami. Will be at Palompon by July 22, 2016 early in the morning. Please coordinate with me kung may gustong maki share sa boat para mas mura. Please message me in my FB.

    https://www.facebook.com/lengbarrinuevo

    Thank you! :)

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  24. hi,

    good day everyone, if anyone planning to visit kalanggaman island from Cebu, you can reach us @ http://cebuislandhoppers.myfreesites.net/ or cebuislandexplorers.simplesite.com we can reserve pumpboats for you..Thanks for you blogsite mike!!! more power to it!

    note: I got some island hoppers looking for someone to share a boat with.

    Thanks,

    LOUIE

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  25. May roro po ba from manila to tacloban? At ilang hours travel time po kaya? Salamat.

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  26. You mentioned that the coast guard does not allow boats to leave the mainland in the late afternoon. If I go to Kalanggaman Island for a day trip, do you know until what time can boats leave from the island to Palompon mainland?

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    1. until 5PM sir. but i highly recommend spending the night there if you have tents. you can buy the supplies at the Palompon Market.

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    2. Hi! Do you have an idea po ba what time is the first trip from tacloban to palompon? Thanks!

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    3. van trip is as early as 6:00AM,however they do not leave until the van is full already. travel time is approximately 4 hours

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  27. saan pwd maka rent nang boat going to kalanggaman from bog cebu? any contact number and price?

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    1. i haven't tried this route. but will see if i have any friends in Bogo

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    2. Hi.. Who wants to join us?? Cebu-kalanggaman APRIL 2, 2016.. 19pax na kami. 6 vacant seats available. 800/person share sa pumpboat fare. Pm me for more details.. Cheen Dee (facebook)

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  28. Hi, anyone traveling on November 10, day tour? 3 lang kasi kami, baka may interested sa boat sharing, pls send me message through FB. Thanks. DANA AGUIMBAG

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  29. Hi do you have an idea what is time for the first trip from tacloban to palompon? Thanks!

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    1. as early as 6am, meron na po ma'am, but they they have to fill the 18 passengers of the van before they leave. going back to Tacloban from Palompon, i believe the last trip is 1PM or 130PM.

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    2. Thank You So Much Sir Mike Lagaan. I will be there on 26th of April. Ang laking tulong ng blog mo specially sa kagaya kong first time mag travel sa isla.. Thank you po ulit. Godbless!!

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    3. welcome maam rheign. how was your trip to kalanggaman?

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  30. Safe bang isama kids? I mean ung pagtawid sa island. Thanks.

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  31. Hi, your blog is very helpful... do u have any idea kung what time ang earliest time ng van going to palompon? -len

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    1. as early as 6am, meron na po ma'am, but they they have to fill the 18 passengers of the van before they leave. going back to Tacloban from Palompon, i believe the last trip is 1PM or 130PM.

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  32. Anyone going on April17 early morning, 2 lang kami sa boat

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  33. Anyone going on April 17 early morning? 2 lang kami sa boat.

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    1. Hello, planning to go there, too. We are 3. How much is the rate po per head? May boat narin po ba kayong nka reserve and nkapag register na? Thank you.

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    2. Yes, nakaregister at reserved na, 11am ang alis if you'll join us, bale 5 tau magsshare sa boat, 600 per person ang sharing. Txt me na lang 09224197294

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  34. Naghahanap kame ng kasama mag share for boat fare at Day Tour only on April 8, 5 pax kame. Please email me if your are interested, csd.andoi@gmail.com

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  35. magkano po ang bogo to kalanggaman boat?

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  36. Hi

    Gus2 kong marating ang kalanggaman island this May 2016,
    baka may group jan na pwedeng masabitan, o solo traveller like me, at wala pa me experience s pagsakay ng eroplano, kaya sana ung taga manila para may ksabay me s byahe.

    Please text me,. 09272672617. Salamat.

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    1. hi sir kung gusto mo mg bakasyon mas maganda kung sa cebu city po kyo para mas easy to get lng po byahe nyo at makamura ka pa,.,.,.,infact marami ka pang island na mabisita thanks,.,.,

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  37. Hi,i own Haven's Tourist Transport, we DOT accredited vans that can take you from Tacloban Airport to Palompon in a convenient and hassle-free travel. We have an office at Tacloban DZR Airport, you can contact me at 0917 806 7275 or call our booking officer at 0926 649 8009.

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  38. Hi we have a van for hire service in Tacloban and we can take you there safely. Our business is Haven's Tourist Transport and we are accredited bt Dept. of Tourism. you can access our facebook page and send us inquiries at https://www.facebook.com/Havens-Tourist-Transport-Rent-a-Car-533160666697451/ or call our Booking officer mr. Joel Obillo at 0926 649 8009 or me personally at 0917 806 7275 if you need help or assistance about booking at Palompon Tourism office. thanks and have a safe and enjoyable travel

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    1. Hi everyone ito na po new # ko +639269909388 dahil yung una kusa po ito na snatch for continue service thanks and more power. ..

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  40. Hi! anyone travelling this May 21 to kalanggaman? 2 lang kami

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    1. hi weng,
      good day! i do have some reserved travelers on the same date as you plan.

      for more info you can reach me @ 09051545998

      thanks

      LOUIE C.

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  41. Hi, we will be at Kalanggaman on April 25-26 is there anyone here interested to share a pumpbput with us? 2 lang kame and already registered. We will be travelling from manila to tacloban then Van from tacloban to palompon baka may makakasabay nadin sa van. Thanks!

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  42. Anyone wants to share a pumpboat with us this May 14-15? Overnight kami. on the 15th, aalis kami mga around9-10. Need namin mga 5 or less. :) Email me ijoycahilo@gmail.com

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  43. Solo traveler here, anyone going to the island on June 24 overnight? Need to share with others for the boat fare. Thanks 0908-6265858

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  44. My wife & I with my daughter are going to Kalanggaman Island on Aug. 19-21, 2 nights stay. Kung sino po pupunta ng same date, text me: 09215784575
    -jomar/guia

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  45. May net ba ng volleyball sa kalangaman para makapaglaro kami ng beach volley?

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    1. dati po meron, not sure kung meron pa po ngayon.

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  46. Hi tanong ko lang if may wifi signal ba sa kalanggaman? thanks.

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  48. Hi guys ito na new# ko 09269909388 or 09975895966 thanks for more info.

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  49. Hello po, may pupunta po bang Kalanggaman sa Nov 25? Makiki share po sana ng boat. Please feel free to reach me at 09177922571. Thank you.

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  50. Hi we are traveling from cebu to kalanggaman feb 15 morning. Di pa sure if from bantayan or malapascua. If you are traveling same date pwede tayo magshare sa boat rent. 09266285380 thanks

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  51. Hi sir, tanung ko lng po kung my byahe from malapascua to kalanggam on sundays and kung pwede b mgovernight doun ma kalanggam agad khit galing ng malapascua. Thank you po

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