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World Ocean’s Day 2014 and the Call for Beach Clean Ups

Advocacy, Outventure By June 8, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments


Image downloaded (and text below lifted) from the Facebook page of WWF-Philippines.

“Today is World Oceans Day!

The planet’s oceans and coasts are home to an incredible array of life – and are vital to human health, livelihoods, and cultures. But damaging and unsustainable human activities are taking their toll on marine habitats and marine species around the world.

WWF works toward a future in which well-managed oceans and coasts are resilient, full of life, and capable of supporting sustainable development.

Visit http://wwf.org.ph/ to find ways to help!”

Image by El Nido Resorts.

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World Turtle Day 2014 in El Nido, Palawan

Life in El Nido, Outventure, Palawan By May 23, 2014 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

First off, some credits where/to whom credit is due.

Happy World Turtle Day from all five species of sea turtles that can be found in Palawan! El Nido Resorts takes part in sea turtle conservation by protecting their nesting sites, educating guests and staff, and engaging in monitoring activities.

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Chronicles: El Nido Resorts, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By April 3, 2012 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

Living in El Nido and working for the wonderful couple that we fondly called Ati and Koya was one of the best things that happened to me. Koya principally looked after the school while Ati’s official work was at the resort. So on weekends, when Ati had time, we we’re off island hopping or going to the resort with their kids Pat and Jam, and the other teachers. It was always fun!

We’d take off with Kuya Mesach in the Geographic, a bright yellow boat that was so named because it appeared on the cover of an issue of National Geographic, and have a day off in the water and sun!

I do not know how many times I have been to Lagen, Miniloc, as well as Pangulasian – another island that had a resort that originally opened in 1992 but burned down shortly after Lagen Resort opened in 1998. Pangulasian, also known as the “Island of the Sun” will open its shores again starting this May with its canopy, beach and pool villas. Read all about it here.

Going to the resorts was always a welcome treat, especially if it involved eating. I had absolutely loved the buffets at the resorts. For me, they are still the best so far, even though I have been to many other resorts and hotels.

When H came over to visit, we were treated to a trip to the resorts. We first dropped by Miniloc because it has a wonderful beachfront with its own snorkeling area. All one needed to do was jump over the breakwater and there they all were. (Click on the thumbnails to view full size.)

     

Miniloc Island Resort is very laid-back. Compared with Lagen Island,

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Chronicles: Sunset Fishing, El Nido, Palawan

Palawan By April 1, 2012 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , 1 Comment

Two things:

1. Sunset Cruise
Offered by tour operators, it involves just chilling out on a boat in the middle of the sea, with a bottle or two of beer and some packed barbecue, while the sun sets in the background. Quite a normal activity one would say, except they add a twist by putting you on a small outrigger boat – with a bottle of San Miguel beer, dare I say.

I have never done this.

2. Fishing
I lived in El Nido without really going into the details of actual fishing. The most common I encountered was something they called kawil. “Teacher, nangawil kami,” is what my students used to tell me. It involved putting a bait on a hook and just waiting for the fish. The usual, except one had to catch the bait first, and they weren’t worms. During low tide, the sand and rocks get exposed and sea creatures would get trapped in holes in the sand or in spaces in between rocks.

During the months of February, March and April, the El Nido horizon would glow with a multitude of lights. One of the teachers even said it made her think Manila was just nearby as she had thought the lights were coming from Manila. The lights in truth came from the lights of fishermen catching squid.

If there was something I regretted not having done, despite the opportunities to, was go out with the fisher folks to catch squid, or at least watch them do it. The catch sadly did not reach the shores of the town, as they were sold right then and there to Taiwanese merchants aboard their own ships.

What I did do was go out with my friends Likha, Derick, and Eric, to fish as the sun was setting.

What we did first was catch an octopus stranded in little holes in the sand by leaving a trailing bait out on the beach.

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