31st, August, 2014
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
21st, August, 2014
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
9th, July, 2014
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 . . .
1st, June, 2014
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.
19th, May, 2014
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”!
17th, May, 2014
Few know where Sibuyan is, fewer still know Sibuyan better than the forest rangers and hiking tour guides. If you are considering hiking with Mother Nature for an explorer holiday on a tropical island then you need to visit Sibuyan . . . Sibuyan is the one place on Earth where the Environment is predominant and consumerism virtually non-existent.
20th, April, 2014
Beyond eons of time recorded, Maestre De Campo (also widely known as Sibale) was formed from the heart of the Earth in a prolonged volcanic eruption that punctured forever the surface of the Sibuyan Sea. The volcano island spewed millions of tons of lava, ash and rocks skyward, that fell back to the ocean floor to create one of the most intriguingly beautiful islands at the very centre of the archipelago that is known today as The Philippines.
25th, March, 2014
Two new ferry services are now available that will help tourists visit parts of the Philippines largely overlooked in the past. The first is from Manila to Romblon (and Masbate and Cebu); the second is from Pinamalayan to Maestre De Campo (Sibale), Banton and Simara (Corcuera).