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What Is Biodiversity? The Owls Have It

26th, November, 2014
Photo by: Romy Ocon

Professor Nigel Peake observes: ‘They’ve done this for millions of years before we ever thought of it.’ The good professor, although he does not make the specific connection in his statement, is referring to just one aspect of biodiversity and how it helps humans do more with less by observing how Mother Nature (biodiversity) has all the answers if we can just keep her alive long enough to show us. The article, in which owls and biodiversity are the object, was focused on improving the design of aircraft and wind-turbi

Why Do Ultra High Net Worth Individuals Go Sailing

4th, October, 2014
Photo courtesy: John Smart

The amihan winds of Autumn are building around the periphery of a high pressure system that is developing over East Siberia. During the coming three weeks, Philippine sailing enthusiasts will be gearing up for sustained action at the first sailing regatta of the 2014/15 racing season: the All Souls Regatta in Puerto Galera – the largest sailing event in the Philippines for

3 Reasons Biodiversity Is Important To Man

6th, September, 2014
Photo courtesy: John Smart

“Biodiversity is important to Man” I stated, during a discussion with business acquaintances last week. I was shocked that more than half the group asked, “Why?”

Here are the 3 reasons why biodiversity is important

The Benefits Of Development | Not Here Please

31st, August, 2014
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I try not to read the “news” on Sundays because it is my day for catching up on all the things that I did not accomplish during the week before. Today however, I decided to take a peek at the news from “down under” . . . you know, the place of the rugged, spiritual Crocodile Dundee and a beer so lifeless that it has been reduced to a two letter acronym (“VB”). I wanted to see what the benefits of development may have been in the defining moments of the island's 40,000 years of history – other than the arrival of Capta

Fruit Bats: Killer Or Victim?

21st, August, 2014
Photo courtesy: Juliet Solar

On a beach on the island of Sibale, about 15 miles off the coast of Mindoro, when the glow of the departed sun is still lingering in the heavens, a large fruit bat may flap into the arms of the talisay tree that has given me shade throughout the day. It will climb in ungainly fashion along the limb of the tree towards a small clumps of fruits near the extremity. After maybe 30 minutes it will take flight and depart towards another stand of trees on the headland, about a mile distant, its darkened form a momentary obscurer across the star studded heavens. Could this be the killer? . . . the carrier of ebola virus that is currently causing untold panic and bizarre acts of civil and state sponsored violence, pitting neighbor against neighbor in West

5 Reasons To Save Dahican Beach

9th, July, 2014
Photo courtesy: Girlie Cervantes

The first and most obvious reason to save Dahican Beach is that very few people have ever been here and imbibed its beauty on a sunny afternoon, with a gentle Pacific Ocean breeze bringing the sounds of dolphins frolicking in front of a beach that they know is protected by Man . . .


What is Explorer Tourism? Why Philippines?

1st, June, 2014
Photo courtesy: John Smart

What is “explorer tourism”? In a nutshell, explorer tourism is all about going somewhere that is so new to tourism that you may be the first person to experience or discover something there. The additional benefit of being the first to experience or discover something is that you frequently receive the honor of naming the something.


Ecotourism Philippines Explore The Adventure Today

19th, May, 2014
Photo courtesy: Juliet Solar

For many years Ecotourism in the Philippines has had bad-press, and justifiably so, e.g. tourist attractions that allow the visitor to observe the natural environment from the comfort of a gas-guzzling SUV traveling a concrete road, riding a zipline through a manicured portion of forest or, visiting a theme park, set in a portion of cultivated land beside the forest (from which it was hewn), to observe a selection of caged animals. Not exactly “Eco”!


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