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Hi, I'm Marilyn. I am a Filipina from Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines, happily married with five children. I am a Certified Public Accountant. I used to be an State Auditor but now a businesswoman managing our homestay.
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Staying at Marilyn's was a delight. It was our first AirBnB experience and she put the bar really high! When we came, it was extremely busy with around 16 other guests and all her family (they live there). We love meeting people and there was for sure a bunch of cool ones at her homestay. Having a curfew at midnight, it was very quiet at night and one wonders if there really is that many people in the house.
Marilyn was very helpful when we were looking for activities, and also arranged pick up and drop off from airport. Moreover, she offers to prepare delicious diner and/or breakfast. Ask for the grilled calamari! Perfect for a laid back long weekend :)
If you're looking for quality people and you don't mind sharing the living and dining room with always smiling people, make sure to stop by her place.
Unfortunately we couldn't see any whale sharks during our stay. We have to come back in Donsol. And of course, Marilyn's homestay will be our first choice for accommodation :)
Marilyn was very accommodating and hospitable host, also giving us more insight on Filipino life and customs. She made sure that we had a comfortable stay as well as managed the whale shark adventures and other activities. The food is very good, I would recommend lunch in particular! As long as you make it clear about what you want to do in Donsol along with pricing, then you'll have a great experience. The room and house in general is well kept and clean and there is ample space to hang around as well if you fell like it.
Staying with Marilyn in her beautiful home is quite an experience, and one highly recommended to any traveler or visitor of Donsol. The small coastal town of Donsol has become famous in the last couple decades for its prime Whale Shark location, as well as dazzling displays of fireflies and just the solitude and simplicity. First-time visitors to the town will love Marilyn's place not only for its charm, warmth and friendliness, but the accommodation is very nice and inexpensive. The internet works great here, and that's hard to find in Donsol (they don't even have ATMs here), so if that's important to you rest assured you're taken care of at Auguluz home stay. If traveling to the Philippines put Donsol on the list of places to see, you won't regret it!