Ongpin said that after inspecting the luxury resort, the damage was not as bad as he expected based on the photos and videos posted on social media (Balesin had 125 guests when Ulysses landed on November 11).
“I had been dreading seeing the typhoon damage to the island. But I am happy to say that I am, in fact, quite relieved,” said Ongpin in a letter to Alphaland Balesin Island Club members.
“Surely, plenty of ‘bruises’ but no ‘broken bones’…As I told my management staff, in the next few weeks, the leaves will return to the trees and our beloved Balesin will come back to life.,” he added.
Ongpin said Balesin Village was the worst hit on the island “where 24 of the 40 villas suffered, some with roofs blown away.”
Balesin will reopen on November 20 after one week of clean up and repairs.
“Of the 364 villas on the island, 240 will be operational by Friday and all but 60 will be back in operation before the holidays,” said Ongpin.