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<strong>2017</strong> ALL SOULS REGATTA<br />

SIARGAO CLOUD 9 SURFING CUP<br />

<strong>2017</strong> AUTUMN REGATTA<br />

FISHING AN OLYMPIC SPORT?<br />

MURPHY’S FUN IN PALAWAN<br />

CEBU LIFEGUARD RESCUE <strong>2017</strong><br />

BONIFACIO CUP<br />

SAILING TIPS<br />

Sunseeker 95 page 25<br />

Destination<br />

CEBU<br />

DEC <strong>2017</strong> Vol. VI Issue 4<br />

ACTIVE BOATING & WATERSPORTS<br />

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PhP150


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All Souls<br />

REGATTA<br />

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Within the Philippine sailing calendar<br />

there are many bewitching regattas<br />

where idyllic scenery, elegantly graceful yachts<br />

and a friendly competitive spirit are combined with<br />

a robust joie de vivre. The Royal Cargo ‘All Souls<br />

Regatta’ held each year at Puerto Galera is among<br />

the best of them. Even before getting there, the<br />

seaward approach to Puerto Galera via Verde Island<br />

and the Batangas Channel is<br />

one of the most photographed,<br />

and most photogenic, sights in<br />

the archipelago and all visitors<br />

to the Philippines should<br />

witness it at least once.<br />

This year the ‘All Souls Regatta’<br />

was held between October 29<br />

and 31. For those yachties<br />

who like to combine a spot<br />

of benign sailing in delightful<br />

surroundings followed by<br />

more than a few drinks among<br />

like minded companions will<br />

do well to keep an eye on the<br />

PGYC website for the <strong>2017</strong><br />

regatta dates. And, just for<br />

the sheer hell of it, throw in a<br />

fancy dress costume or two to get the most out of<br />

the Halloween party.<br />

With a record number of entries the Puerto Galera<br />

Yacht Club’s <strong>2017</strong> All Souls Regatta has been voted<br />

the best yet, the Royal Cargo sponsored event<br />

attracted entries from as far afield as Hong Kong,<br />

Australia, Germany and France to name just a few<br />

of the countries.<br />

And, just for the<br />

sheer hell of it, throw<br />

in a fancy dress<br />

costume or two to get<br />

the most out of the<br />

Halloween party.<br />

The weather Gods smiled on competitors with<br />

winds averaging around 15 knots. Albeit there was<br />

some heavy rain storms which did not deter the<br />

competitiveness of these well-seasoned sailors.<br />

In keeping with PGYC tradition all racing was done<br />

on a pursuit basis, with slowest boats starting<br />

first. This worked to perfection with the fleet<br />

finishing within a time frame<br />

of approximately 30 minutes.<br />

Major sponsor was the ever<br />

faithful Royal Cargo, which<br />

has supported the regatta for<br />

many years.<br />

Sponsor numbers were at an all<br />

time high this year with several<br />

newcomers that included<br />

the government body,<br />

the Philippine Retirement<br />

Authority, sea plane agent<br />

Air Juan, Hyde Sails, Papaya<br />

Cove Yacht Charter Services,<br />

and Rayomarine. Other major<br />

sponsors included Broadwater<br />

Marine.<br />

The racing was divided into three classes, Multi<br />

hulls, Racing division and Cruising division.<br />

Competing this year there were six multi-hulls,<br />

twelve in the cruising class and eight in the racing<br />

class with Kareem Magill on sroka in a special class,<br />

a total of twenty seven competing in this year’s<br />

regatta, making it one of the top events on the<br />

Philippine sailing calendar.<br />

Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

Soars to New Heights<br />

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Each night at prize<br />

giving, bottles of fine<br />

rum were handed out<br />

to the class winner<br />

and place getters.<br />

Each night at prize giving, bottles of fine rum were<br />

handed out to the class winner and place getters<br />

and on the final night, trophies befitting the<br />

occasion were presented to the overall winners.<br />

Overall winner of the regatta was the Multi hull<br />

MYG2 skippered by Vincent Ruais. Second overall<br />

was Bella Uno skippered by Michiel Brinkers, third<br />

was Hanafe, skippered by Peter Stevens.<br />

In concert with the All Souls Regatta was a PGYC<br />

Junior Sailing regatta held the week before the main<br />

event. The juniors’ prizes were presented by Peter<br />

Stevens. And the winners were in the SWOPTI, 1st<br />

was James, 2nd Arnel and 3rd Dave. In the SW<br />

Larwin, Michael and Jelly were 1st , Dave and Jhon<br />

Mell were 2nd and in 3rd was James and Marvin.<br />

In the PGYC OP Dave Tala came 1st, Justine Danao<br />

2nd and Jimboy 3rd. In the OP Open 1st place<br />

went to Jonvic Valasques, in 2nd place was Jerald<br />

Carreon while Julius Danao took 3rd spot. In the<br />

Lawin Nov. 1st place went to Jordan Danao and<br />

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DEDICATED ENGINEERING SPECIALISTS<br />

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Ace Guiral, Justin Danao and Kent Mart Almondia<br />

were 2nd while in 3rd was Orlyn Abanilla and Carl<br />

John Reyes. And the winners in the open class<br />

were 1st Carl John Reyes and Jervin Alumisin, 2nd<br />

was Alvin Populi and Darius Garcia, with Kent Mart<br />

Alomondia and Reymark Ronquillo in 3rd.<br />

Again the racing was well organized and the winds<br />

were on occasions kind, which seen good starts to<br />

all races each day during the 3 day event. After<br />

some very competitive racing top overall honors of<br />

the <strong>2017</strong> Royal Cargo All Souls Regatta went to<br />

Ricky White and crew bring Zenity into 3rd Place,<br />

while Brian Richardson and crew seen Amihan<br />

over the line in 2nd place, with top honors going<br />

to Gary Kingshott and crew on Kerida in a wellearned<br />

1st place.<br />

The racing was<br />

well organized and<br />

the winds were on<br />

occasions kind.<br />

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FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK<br />

As <strong>2017</strong> draws to an end it has been a memorable year has been<br />

recorded with many things happening on the Philippine sailing calendar<br />

from great events to unfortunate mishaps like the loss of craft due to<br />

inclement weather conditions in the <strong>2017</strong> Hobie Challenge, to your<br />

favourite boating magazine being awarded the Golden Globes for<br />

Business Excellence. We can now brace ourselves and prepare for a<br />

bigger and better 2018 sailing calendar, from the Rolex China Sea Race,<br />

The Subic to Boracay and Boracay Cup, Punta Fuego Regatta to the All<br />

Souls Regatta and RTV at Lake Taal. Plus the many other watersports<br />

events during the year.<br />

This edition we revisited Cebu to expand on the many things this great<br />

city of The Philippines has to offer, like the many attractions in the<br />

provinces.<br />

In our 1st edition for 2018 we will be exposing the Province of Iloilo and<br />

everything they have to offer.<br />

Lastly for this year we would like to take the opportunity to wish all our<br />

readers, advertisers and supporters the very best for the festive season<br />

and an even better 2018<br />

WHAT’S INSIDE?<br />

All Souls Regatta Soars to New Heights 4<br />

Monteiro Triumphant at Siargao 12<br />

Cloud 9 Surfing Cup<br />

<strong>2017</strong> Autumn Regatta Day 1 20<br />

Golden Globes Awards Active Boating 28<br />

Murphy’s Fun in Palawan 32<br />

Cebu Lifeguard Rescue <strong>2017</strong> 40<br />

<strong>2017</strong> Bonifacio Cup Regatta 46<br />

Destination - CEBU 48<br />

2018 Zambales Lifeguard Challenge 74<br />

Sailing Tips - Equipment for Berthing 78<br />

Will Fishing Become an Olympic Sport? 80<br />

Oz Goose Nationals Regatta 84<br />

Barry Dawson Editor<br />

Sunseeker 95, p25<br />

Sunseeker 95<br />

Cover photo courtesy of HYS YACHTS Philippines<br />

Ho Ho Ho<br />

Happy Holidays!<br />

Active Boating Magazine trophy, p28<br />

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The All Souls Regatta is not just about racing,<br />

with the club in full-on party mode each night.<br />

Entertainment included live music and the inevitable<br />

karaoke. Halloween night was celebrated with<br />

crews competing for prizes by dressing in ghostly<br />

and in some cases totally outrageous costumes.<br />

This year was no exception with some outrageous<br />

costumes and everyone getting into the spirit of<br />

the evening’s festivities, like Alan Burrell and Suzie<br />

our prehistoric cave dwellers who had to be one of<br />

the best on the night. After the last day of racing<br />

it was back to the every day work grind but with<br />

big smiles and anticipation of a bigger and better<br />

2018 Royal Cargo All Souls Regatta.<br />

Halloween night was<br />

celebrated with crews<br />

competing for prizes<br />

by dressing in ghostly<br />

costumes.<br />

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SURFING<br />

Monteiro T<br />

AT <strong>2017</strong> SIARG<br />

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iumphant<br />

GAO CLOUD 9<br />

G CUP<br />

Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

Brad Gerlach<br />

Cloud 9, Siargao/Philippines, (Wednesday,<br />

September 27, <strong>2017</strong>) - After an epic<br />

four days of competition, Raoni Monteiro<br />

(BRA) has been crowned the Champion of the<br />

<strong>2017</strong> Siargao Cloud 9 Surfing Cup. In its first year<br />

as a World Surf League Qualifying Series (QS)<br />

3,000 event, Cloud 9 didn’t<br />

disappoint with great waves<br />

on offer all week including<br />

the final day where<br />

competitors had clean 2-to-<br />

3 foot high-performance<br />

waves to lay into.<br />

Competitors had<br />

clean 2-to-3 foot<br />

high-performance<br />

waves to lay into.<br />

In an event filled with<br />

excitement and pumping<br />

waves, the most thrilling<br />

heat of all was hands-down the Final. Former elite<br />

Championship Tour (CT) competitor Monteiro came<br />

up against Costa Rica’s Thomas King (CRI). The lead<br />

went back and forward between the two throughout<br />

the 35-minute final with King holding the lead into<br />

the dying minutes. Needing a solid 7.17 (out of a<br />

possible 10) in the dying seconds, Monteiro took<br />

off on a medium set wave and got busy. The score<br />

came in at an 8.03 giving Monteiro the win with a<br />

heat total of 17.06.<br />

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Thomas King with 2nd place finish<br />

“I can’t even explain how happy I am right now,”<br />

Monteiro said. “Right at the end when I saw that<br />

wave came I knew it as the one and I knew I could<br />

do it. This has been a really amazing event for me.<br />

It is my first time here in the Philippines and the<br />

waves have so good, we have all been really spoiled<br />

with the waves we got and everyone was ripping so<br />

I feel really lucky to come<br />

out on top.”<br />

“I have been working<br />

really hard on my<br />

comeback and training<br />

hard.” -Monteiro<br />

Day 4 Raoni wins<br />

After a myriad of knee<br />

injuries forced Monteiro<br />

off the CT in 2014, he took<br />

some time to focus on<br />

family and time at home.<br />

In <strong>2017</strong>, he has returned<br />

to competitive surfing<br />

arena and is determined to<br />

return to the elite level. This win not only gives him<br />

3000 raking points but the confidence to know he<br />

can still mix it with the best and win events - a feat<br />

he last accomplished at the prestigious Vans World<br />

Cup at Sunset Beach in 2010.<br />

“The last event I won was Sunset so it has been a<br />

while since I had this feeling,” Monteiro continued.<br />

“I have been working really hard on my comeback<br />

and training hard. It is so nice when all of the hard<br />

In form surfer<br />

Raoni Monteiro<br />

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Seb Williams<br />

work pays off. The most important thing I have<br />

gained from this win is confidence in my surfing and<br />

my ability to surf contests. I can’t wait for the next<br />

event in Brazil.”<br />

Thomas King (CRI) had Monteiro on the ropes until<br />

the final seconds and looked to almost become the<br />

event champion. Falling just short was not an issue<br />

for 21-year-old King who surfed an incredible event<br />

and will leave the Philippines with his best QS result<br />

to date.<br />

“This is the best place I’ve been in my life,” King<br />

said. “It is beautiful and the waves are sick, I’ve had<br />

an amazing week. This is by far my best result so<br />

I’m just happy to surf in<br />

“This is the best<br />

place I’ve been in my<br />

life,” King said. “It<br />

is beautiful and the<br />

waves are sick.”<br />

a final, especially with<br />

a former CT surfer like<br />

Raoni. He was surfing so<br />

well and I’m really stoked<br />

for him that he won.”<br />

On his way to the Final,<br />

Monteiro overcame<br />

Peruvian ripper Lucca<br />

Messinas (PER) in an<br />

epic semifinal. Messinas looked in incredible form<br />

posting a solid heat total of 14.93 for his quick<br />

forehand attack. Monteiro had other ideas how<br />

ever posting a massive heat total of 18.07 leaving<br />

Messinas to finish the event in equal third place, his<br />

best QS result to date.<br />

Yuuki Nakashio<br />

Piso Alcala<br />

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“I’m really happy with my performance here,”<br />

Messinas said. “I have never had a result this good<br />

in a QS so I’m stoked. This event has been so good<br />

with some amazing waves, definitely the best waves<br />

I’ve seen for a QS event. This was my first time in the<br />

Philippines as well and I loved it – it’s an epic spot<br />

here at Cloud 9.”<br />

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<strong>2017</strong><br />

Autumn<br />

Regatta<br />

Day 1<br />

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Eighty eight boats turned out for the first day of<br />

the Autumn Regatta with much speculation on<br />

whether the breeze would also join the fleet due to two<br />

typhoons in the region doing<br />

their best to suck the breeze out<br />

of Hong Kong.<br />

It was a day of challenging<br />

conditions for racing with nine<br />

starts to get away. Racing was<br />

initially delayed as the wind had<br />

swung 180 degrees requiring<br />

the marks to be reset and new<br />

course selections made.<br />

Racing kicked off at 1411hrs<br />

with easterly courses chosen<br />

starting from Hung Hom. The<br />

The track turned into<br />

a huge drifter with<br />

racers battling it out<br />

in no breeze and the<br />

tide against them.<br />

first fleets to set off were the J/80s and Sports Boats,<br />

the Etchells (after a general recall) and Impalas. The<br />

Flying Fifteen sequence was postponed as the wind<br />

dropped, and then restarted<br />

in the new westerly breeze.<br />

The westerly breeze resulted in<br />

downwind starts for following<br />

fleets, the Dragons set out next<br />

with all other starts thereafter<br />

setting off in six minute intervals.<br />

The later starters got the benefit<br />

of the breeze and caught up to<br />

the rest of the fleet but when<br />

they approached the huge hole<br />

off of Tai Koo Shing the track<br />

turned into a huge drifter with<br />

racers battling it out in no breeze<br />

Words by<br />

RHKYC<br />

Photographs by<br />

RHKYC/ Guy<br />

Nowell<br />

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and the tide against them. The hole eventually resulted<br />

in a massive pile up at the Top Mark where almost half<br />

of the fleet tried to round the mark at the same time.<br />

After the pile up (which resulted in a few protests<br />

being heard after racing), the westerly wind caught up<br />

to the fleet and sent the fleet up the course, reports<br />

came in from around the race track of first 6kts then<br />

a few minutes later 14kts. The first boat to cross the<br />

finish line at Hung Hom was J/80 Footloose at 15h<br />

58m 12s with all boats finished racing by 16h 33m 10s.<br />

Today’s race was also designated as the Royal Hong<br />

Kong Yacht Club Bart’s Bash <strong>2017</strong> – “the biggest sailing<br />

event in the world”. Bart’s Bash is a global charity<br />

fund-raising<br />

sailing race<br />

taking place<br />

at 100s of<br />

venues, with<br />

1000s of<br />

Bart’s Bash <strong>2017</strong> –<br />

“the biggest sailing<br />

event in the world.”<br />

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Going into racing today,<br />

the Royal Hong Kong<br />

Yacht Club was listed as<br />

the Top Venue with the<br />

most participants.<br />

sailors in 100s of different classes of boat around the<br />

world. Going into racing today, the Royal Hong Kong<br />

Yacht Club was listed as the Top Venue with the most<br />

participants.<br />

This year’s event is supported by sponsors St. James’s<br />

Place who are continuing their collaborations with<br />

the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club after an incredibly<br />

successful Sunset Series. Joining them are new<br />

sponsors, ICE Yachts, who will begin a multi-event<br />

partnership that sees them also involved in the<br />

Around the Island Race and the Spring Regatta and<br />

Foundation Global Education who also begin a wider<br />

partnership with the Club engaging in sailing events<br />

and classes/courses for the younger members of the<br />

Club. Partnering with the event are ETA Logistics and<br />

The Artist who will be providing<br />

their unique brand of Craft<br />

Beer for the prizegiving event<br />

tomorrow evening.<br />

For more information please<br />

visit the Club website<br />

Autumn Regatta -<br />

http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/<br />

AutumnRegatta.aspx<br />

Bart’s Bash - http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/bartsbash.<br />

aspx<br />

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Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

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It is the only full service yacht<br />

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Sunseeker<br />

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Mr. Luke Prince of Sunseeker<br />

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HYS is also currently building its<br />

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Mr. Mark Prangnell of HYS yachts noted that<br />

Sunseeker Philippines will be the only yacht dealer<br />

in the country that can offer the complete facility<br />

and support expected by the clients. Sunseeker<br />

is known for being one of the best, and HYS is<br />

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The new Sunseeker 95 was delivered this month<br />

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Fully equipped for luxury entertaining, the 95<br />

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Golden Globes<br />

Active Boating<br />

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After over seven years of producing your<br />

favourite watersports magazine, the<br />

efforts of a dedicated team and the support of<br />

our faithful readers resulted in Active Boating<br />

and Watersports being awarded the Golden<br />

Globes for Business Excellence.<br />

The awarding took place<br />

at the Grand Centennial<br />

Ballroom Manila Hotel on<br />

the evening of September<br />

23rd <strong>2017</strong> in grand style.<br />

Active Boating was<br />

represented by Rosalie<br />

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and her partner Mr Peter<br />

Baird, Barry Dawson, Editor<br />

and Production Manager<br />

and partner Richelle Galvan.<br />

Our thanks must go firstly<br />

to all those who work<br />

diligently behind the scenes<br />

to make the magazine the<br />

success it is today. Firstly<br />

our dedicated layout artist<br />

Mr. Mar Suba, who works endlessly to make the<br />

presentation of each article, published a work<br />

of art. And of course we could not produce<br />

the destinations so informatively without the<br />

Support of the Department of Tourism, and our<br />

special thanks go out to Grace Marzan and her<br />

team at The Regional Monitoring Staff, Makati,<br />

The Golden Globes<br />

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awarded our magazine<br />

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and Water Sports<br />

Magazine.<br />

who coordinate with the local tourism offices<br />

of each destination. To dedicated contributors<br />

to the magazine like famous author Bruce<br />

Curran who produced famous works such as<br />

“Combing the Coral Carpet”and James Webster<br />

who supplies us with our fishing stories, plus<br />

all other contributors that have supported the<br />

magazine since day one.<br />

Thank you also to Rochelle in<br />

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importantly YOU our readers<br />

who made all this work to<br />

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have made this all possible<br />

are people like Jun Avecilla<br />

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Galera Yacht Club not only<br />

with the regattas held but<br />

with the valuable assistance<br />

in distribution of the magazine in Puerto Galera,<br />

and Peter Capitosto of Lake Taal Yacht Club.<br />

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Murphy’s Law’ is the expression defined in<br />

English as “If something can go wrong<br />

it Will”.<br />

*** ** ***<br />

The time for exploration and adventure had finally<br />

arrived and we set off for the North Harbour in<br />

Manila to board the 2GO Ferry<br />

‘St Augustine of Hippo’.<br />

In true Filipino style we were<br />

told that we had to arrive<br />

at the dock 4 hours prior to<br />

scheduled departure. I think this<br />

is due to the fact that Filipinos<br />

are traditionally late for all<br />

appointments, and if they state<br />

4 hours then many will arrive at<br />

least 1 hour before the actual<br />

departure. On this occasion<br />

the ferry left, travelled for an<br />

hour, then turned back to dock<br />

to sort out a ‘minor’ engine<br />

dis-function. That lucky Asian<br />

number 8 was our saviour as<br />

we left harbour 8 hours behind<br />

schedule – so had been at the<br />

dock for a total of 12 hours. We quoted Murphy’s Law<br />

and had a laugh between us, and the boat was finally<br />

on its way. Coron first, then on to our destination to<br />

Murphy’s Law’ is the<br />

expression defined in<br />

English as<br />

“If something can go<br />

wrong it Will.”<br />

the port of Puerto Princesa in the capital of Palawan.<br />

*** ** ***<br />

On board, the main open ‘Tourist’ cabin was getting a<br />

little warm, so I decided to go to the 2nd floor and find<br />

the small restaurant that had good air-conditioning.<br />

I arrived there with a copy of my book ‘Combing the<br />

Coral Carpet’ tucked under my<br />

arm. I sat alone, but noticed 2<br />

people chatting up the other<br />

end, and felt like joining them,<br />

so walked up sat beside them<br />

and introduced myself;<br />

“Hi, I’m Bruce …may I join<br />

you?” I shook this guy’s hand,<br />

and he then said, “Hi Bruce …I<br />

haven’t seen you since 1995!<br />

It’s Andy, do you remember?<br />

Great seeing you again!”<br />

It was Andy Alford who had<br />

sailed with me on a 43 foot<br />

yacht from Subic Bay to<br />

Hong Kong in 1995. BUT the<br />

weirdest thing was the fact<br />

that the story of that crossing<br />

titled “Blue Phoenix Hits the Headlines” was in my<br />

book that I was carrying now under my arm! Our 9<br />

day crossing included a massive storm and friends in


hy’s Fun<br />

n<br />

HK thought that we had been lost at sea, and when<br />

we arrived alive but exhausted, we made the Chinese<br />

newspapers front pages! And here was Andy on his<br />

way to his now home territory of Coron where he has<br />

his own yacht these days, and was here on board<br />

talking to a dynamic Filipina who lived in Coron too,<br />

married to a foreigner. We had a great catch up chat,<br />

and are now back in regular contact. How is that for a<br />

coincidence and definitely reflects just how small the<br />

World really is.<br />

.<br />

On the return journey going to Coron, another<br />

remarkable coincidence occurred, which also showed<br />

how small the world is. David, a Vietnamese refugee<br />

who had grown up in Australia, was in the same<br />

little restaurant with his Filipina wife and their 2 year<br />

old twins. We started talking about spirituality and<br />

many interesting things. I then told him how I had<br />

done some work for Art Valdez, as the editor for their<br />

grand maritime history celebration of the Philippines<br />

with the book “The Voyage of the Balangay” by Art<br />

Valdez and Andy Maluche (photographer). Art had<br />

previously been the Filipino who had organized the<br />

first Filipinos and Filipinas to climb Mount Everest. I<br />

told David the story of how one of the Filipinas had<br />

given birth within a year before she climbed Mount<br />

Everest, and when she came back down she named<br />

her child ‘Himalaya’! David then announced that<br />

Filipina and her husband with Himalaya had lived in<br />

the house next door to them in Coron! BUT then he<br />

told me a tragic up-date, since they had had another<br />

child, a daughter, and when they moved to live on a<br />

boat, she had drowned when 3 years old. They had<br />

then wanted to get away from all the associations<br />

so moved away from Coron, and he thought they<br />

had moved to the Himalayas to live. The World was<br />

spinning again.<br />

*** ** ***<br />

Palawan is the Province out of a country total of 82<br />

that contains ¼ of all the islands in the country -<br />

1,780 out of 7000+ islands. In this magical tropical<br />

arena only an estimated 1% of the total country<br />

population lives, with 250,000 inhabiting the widely<br />

spread Puerto Princesa City itself.<br />

39 nine hours later since our arrival at the dock in<br />

Manila we disembarked in Puerto Princesa, meaning<br />

we had theoretically covered 7 miles per hour in all<br />

the time allotted!<br />

It was a great relief to step ashore at 2.30 am, and<br />

Arnold and his trike took us through the city to our<br />

hotel which we had booked for 2 days online from<br />

Manila. They had been informed by me that we were<br />

coming by ferry, since I had asked them the price of<br />

the trike in my online booking to them, and they had<br />

told me P100.<br />

The Victoria Guest House was padlocked and the<br />

front building was in total darkness, and though we<br />

Entrance to the<br />

Underground River<br />

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a large Coca-Cola bottle full of gasoline being sold at<br />

the side of the road a few hundred metres further up,<br />

and headed out again, found a shop, bought an inner<br />

tube and headed back. The tube was fitted filled with<br />

air and we headed out again for San Vicente another<br />

41 kilometres away on the West coast.<br />

Correa’s Borrowed<br />

bike from a<br />

completely<br />

friendly stranger<br />

banged on the gate and shouted for 30 minutes there<br />

was no response whatsoever … So much for booking<br />

online! We quoted Murphy’s Law again and Arnold,<br />

who luckily had kindly waited, triked us to a place he<br />

knew, which was all light up, with a receptionist wide<br />

awake and we were shown smiling to room number<br />

5. We fell asleep before our heads hit the pillows and<br />

slept like logs!<br />

The next day Arnold helped<br />

us organise an automatic<br />

125cc Japanese scooter and<br />

we scooted around the City<br />

to the Abanico Yacht Club,<br />

where I left some copies<br />

of the Philippine Active<br />

Boating and Watersports<br />

magazine for the yachties<br />

based there, and left them a<br />

‘sponsor’s pack for my upcoming republication of the<br />

book “Combing the Coral Carpet” which is the sailing<br />

and cruising guide to the Philippine islands. We also<br />

biked to City Hall and left “Sponsor Packs” for the<br />

Mayor and the Department of Tourism (DOT).<br />

We pushed the bike<br />

for a kilometre and<br />

with amazing luck<br />

found a repair shop.<br />

We then headed out up country for a bike ride of some<br />

200 kilometres and finally after passing Roxas on the<br />

East coast of northern Palawan Island Murphy’s Law<br />

paid us another visit.<br />

We arrived in San Vicente having travelled on a<br />

covered road all the way, and went a little further<br />

north looking for a beach resort. Another wobble<br />

session found us re-punctured, again it was the<br />

back inner tube! Hurtful Murphy had done it again.<br />

A friendly local on his bike stopped to help us, and<br />

I wobbled to the next built up area to yet another<br />

vulcanizing shop. Our new found friend told us of a<br />

beach resort just a few hundred metres way from the<br />

repair shop, and we slipped in to book a room while<br />

the bike was being fixed.<br />

The weirdest thing was about to confront us. The<br />

place was called the Victoria Beach Resort, and<br />

it turned out to be the same owners as at the one<br />

we had abandoned at 3 am in Puerto Princesa. Was<br />

Murphy giving us some positive payback at this stage,<br />

for it was a remarkable coincidence.<br />

The Victoria Beach Resort was a class act, very friendly<br />

and helpful staff, a full on birthday party that evening<br />

which we were invited to join for singing, dancing and<br />

a luscious seafood dinner caught from the pristine<br />

ocean waters of the West Philippine Seas. Then, the<br />

ultimate coincidence occurred, and we met the owner<br />

Mylene, who apologized for our treatment in Puerto<br />

and welcomed us with open arms to this magic resort<br />

laced in natural materials that tuned neatly into the<br />

environmental consciousness of the place. Then<br />

and there I vowed to write a Trip-Advisor review to<br />

celebrate this great find.<br />

The next day we rode all the way back to Puerto,<br />

stayed at the same spot, but took issue with the<br />

Bike Rental shop, and asked for a replacement bike<br />

because there were some strange clanking sounds<br />

now coming from the bike as we wove our way back<br />

to the city. Sure enough they turned up with another<br />

Japanese auto scooter, and we had a relaxing and full<br />

night’s sleep.<br />

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All of a sudden the bike started wobbling violently<br />

side to side, and luckily my experience and gradual<br />

braking found us still up right and on the side of<br />

the tarred road, but with a back tyre puncture. We<br />

pushed the bike for a kilometre and with amazing<br />

luck found a repair shop. However, they did not have<br />

a replacement tube, since the burst one had opened<br />

at the seam for a 2 foot stretch, so they lent us one<br />

of their Rusi bikes and we headed back to Roxas, but<br />

only for a mile before the bike ran out of gasoline<br />

– Murphy was beginning to take over our lives and<br />

the amusement side was now long gone. We found<br />

The next day was D-Day, it was Nessy’s Birthday,<br />

and time to visit the magnificence of the St Paul’s<br />

Underground River, designated as one of the 7 New<br />

Wonders of the Natural World since 2012. We headed<br />

out on our fresh machine. Murphy joined us for<br />

another session!<br />

Some 30 kilometres out of town the now familiar<br />

wobble began again and this bike’s back tyre was<br />

totally flat. I pushed, then rode the bike gingerly<br />

and slowly for 8 kilometres (that Asian lucky number<br />

8 was haunting us again) before we found another


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Drying Fish Puerto Princesa<br />

Newly-built banca at Roxas<br />

Chance meeting with<br />

Andy aboard 2GO<br />

after 22 years<br />

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repair shop in a village area. They said we needed a<br />

new inner tube, and since they were going into the<br />

city later, they could buy us one and fix it later in the day.<br />

We were stumped, because we had to make it to<br />

the Underground River before they closed new<br />

entrants to the caves by midafternoon.<br />

We were lost in the<br />

realm of Murphy’s Law, but<br />

were rescued by an old bloke,<br />

who appeared like an angel,<br />

and offered to lend us his old<br />

manual chained bike to go to<br />

the Underground River! Off<br />

we set and arrived, booked,<br />

went by local banca (bangka)<br />

boat with a Czech couple and<br />

a Filipino Honeymooning couple to the unbelievably<br />

awesome trip for 1.5 miles underground seeing<br />

thousands of bats, swooping swifts, stalactites and<br />

stalagmites galore in all their natural thousands of<br />

years of glory.<br />

It was a consuming and mindboggling and superb<br />

adventure magnifying our minds in tuning in<br />

We were<br />

stranded again on<br />

the side of the<br />

road in the middle<br />

of nowhere!<br />

to the environmental wonders and opening our<br />

consciousness to the need to protect and conserve<br />

our natural world for the future of us, our children<br />

and their children to eternity.<br />

We were all smiles as we biked back to collect our<br />

rented bike. But, then, when,<br />

how, why and right there<br />

Murphy poked at us again as<br />

the connecting link on the drive<br />

chain snapped and fell out. We<br />

were stranded again on the<br />

side of the road in the middle<br />

of nowhere! Alfie turned up<br />

passing us by, turning back<br />

and stopping on his very own<br />

chained bike and asked us<br />

what was the problem. Murphy was our problem –<br />

big time! Alfie went off with Nessy, bought a new pin,<br />

went home, got his bike tools, returned to the scene<br />

of our predicament, rolled out his tool bag, refitted<br />

the chain, installed the new link pin and secured our<br />

borrowed bike back to road worthiness……..we<br />

were on our way yet again.<br />

Our rented bike was fixed and we biked back towards<br />

Puerto. We laughed together as we were passing the<br />

exact spot where we had had the outgoing puncture<br />

8 kilometres back towards Princesa. Murphy was<br />

listening in to our conversation, and the bike went<br />

into a fresh wobble, hobble and back tyre puncture.<br />

Our fourth in 3 days of biking – I thought it must<br />

be a Guinness Book of Records winner by now, and<br />

laughed aloud at our new predicament. Some guy<br />

on a bike stopped and told us that 1 kilometre up<br />

the road was a vulcanizing shop. I pushed the bike<br />

there, and we told our stories as they fixed the bike<br />

by flame burning and moulding the inner tube back<br />

to a fit ride-able state. It was night time, and we set<br />

out slowly and carefully for our hour trip back to<br />

the bright lights of the city. Nessy was overawed by<br />

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and admitted to never seeing so many in her entire<br />

lifetime. It was indeed a fantastic sight, before the<br />

city lights cut out natures beauty and we made it<br />

back to the lodgings.<br />

The next morning was a ride out to Honda Bay in<br />

search of a beach for a swim in pristine waters. We<br />

only found a pier taking visitors out to various islands<br />

and turned back towards the city to find a public<br />

beach on the shores of Puerto City itself.<br />

We were on our final ride back and it was on our final<br />

day in Palawan before we were to board 2GO for our<br />

ferry ride back to Manila. Murphy raised his ugly head<br />

and we wove into a wobble session for the fifth time!<br />

The vulcanizing shop set to work, and our texting<br />

resulted in the rental shop owner turning up, giving<br />

us his bike, allowing us 5 ‘free’ hours more of rental,<br />

and off we went.<br />

all the life jackets that had been assigned to each and<br />

every bunk for safety- - the sign reading “Your safety<br />

is our priority” seemed to be laughing directly at all<br />

of us as passengers, and it felt as though we were<br />

all being held to ransom in a world without logic.<br />

However, Murphy did not visit us as the boat did not sink,<br />

and we all made it to port, life jacket naked but safely.<br />

We had been hounded by Murphy’s Law on 8<br />

occasions, we had been assisted on each occasion by<br />

remarkably friendly locals who helped us to the core<br />

of their humanity and we miraculously covered all the<br />

ground that we had intended to on our exploration and<br />

adventure in the tropical magic that is Palawan Island.<br />

The truth is, Palawan is brimming with natural wonders<br />

and a haven for divers, boaters, cavers, waterfall lovers,<br />

hikers, bikers, natural environmental travellers and has<br />

an endless host of magic places to visit.<br />

The sign reading “Your<br />

safety is our priority”<br />

seemed to be laughing<br />

directly at all of us as<br />

passengers.<br />

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Alfie saves<br />

The Pristine Beach was a gem as we bathed in the<br />

waters of the Sulu Sea, and laced ourselves with Rum<br />

and cokes.<br />

The biking back was a wobble<br />

of a different nature, and we<br />

returned the bike and Arnold<br />

picked us up for our final road<br />

trip to the ferry pier.<br />

The trip took 36 hours in all,<br />

since the boat diverted to go<br />

east of Mindoro instead of<br />

east, in order to avoid some<br />

building swells that were making some passengers<br />

anxious. Oh yes, Murphy had also played his part<br />

here, because the Depression ‘Mirang’ had caused<br />

our departure to be delayed by one day and we<br />

finally stepped on land again another day behind our<br />

original schedule.<br />

The last 3 hours of the ferry ride was into and up the<br />

30 mile length of Manila Bay.<br />

Something here had me worried that Murphy might<br />

pay us all a visit on board the 2GO ferry, since 3 hours<br />

before we docked the crew went around and collected<br />

On our journeys we met a host of local and foreign<br />

travellers. Everyone with an interesting story to<br />

tell: two were from Sheffield University in England<br />

on their Asian tour; a Scottish commercial seafarer<br />

taking his annual break; a French couple working in<br />

Malaysia; another French University student doing<br />

his qualifying agricultural trip working on a fish<br />

farm in Coron; the Czech Republic couple on their<br />

annual adventures. Life goes on enriched by these<br />

personal encounters and inspired by the warmth and<br />

friendliness of the Filipino people all wrapped up in<br />

the endless tropical magic of Palawan.<br />

My advice to everyone is, don’t focus on Murphy’s<br />

Law, “get on your bike” and visit Palawan, full of a<br />

people friendly beyond compare, and full of evidence<br />

that it is indeed “More Fun in the Philippines”, since<br />

as they say here “Ever Island An Adventure”. Get<br />

steeped in that Asian lucky Number ‘8’, and visit at<br />

least 8 sites on your trip to at least 8 of the 1,780<br />

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25 are active. Cleopatra’s Needle at 1,593 feet is the<br />

highest point in Palawan and surrounded by thick<br />

luscious green forests running along the mountain<br />

range that covers so much of the main island that<br />

is home to a host of endemic species including the<br />

Palawan Peacock Pheasant (Palawan’s emblem), the<br />

Palawan Bearcat, the one-toed otter, the Calamian<br />

deer, the Palawan Hornbill and hundreds of other<br />

unique species.<br />

Go well, Stay well, and enjoy Life’s Journey<br />

Get real, Go to Delightful and Friendly Palawan now!<br />

*** ** ***<br />

Thanks to Murphy, our trip was 8 Days<br />

*** ** ***<br />

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Lifeguard<br />

Rescue <strong>2017</strong><br />

A<br />

s the sun majestically started to rise over the<br />

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Spa at Malibago Cebu, the excitement was already<br />

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skilled and trainee lifesavers<br />

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Lane Hotel, JPark Island Resort<br />

and Waterpark, Sanga Bohol,<br />

Surf Lifesaving Cebu chapters<br />

from both Minglanilla and<br />

Naga, Villa Teresita Resort and<br />

Zambales Surf Lifesaving.<br />

The event was sponsored by<br />

the White Sands Beach Resort,<br />

who open their doors and their<br />

hearts to the event supplying<br />

not only the venue but all<br />

refreshments and meals for all<br />

the competitors and officials.<br />

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DAWSON<br />

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The events got under way right on time at ten am<br />

and four of the seven events were completed prior<br />

to a delicious lunch served up by the hosts. The<br />

events for the day were seven in all which included<br />

rescue board relay, rescue tube relay, rescue tube<br />

and transfer relay, rescue and transfer relay, lifeguard<br />

ironman, lifeguard rescue challenge relay, and the<br />

beach flag race.<br />

After a well-earned<br />

rest, it was back into<br />

the fray for the final<br />

three events.<br />

After a delicious luncheon and<br />

a well-earned rest from the<br />

morning’s strenuous activities, it<br />

was back into the fray for the final<br />

three events. After the final event<br />

was over and the scores being<br />

tallied everyone enjoyed some<br />

light refreshments supplied by<br />

White Sands Cebu Resort and Spa.<br />

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At the awards presentations every one of the<br />

contestants received the accolades and awards that<br />

each player so richly deserved. Zambales showed<br />

their strength by team members taking honours in<br />

4 of the events, SLSC Inc. Naga snaffled 2 and<br />

Sanga Bohol 1. Over all winners were, Zambales<br />

first, SLSCInc. Naga second and Sanga Bohol came<br />

in third.<br />

Surf Life Saving Cebu made a heartfelt thanks to all<br />

the supporters and volunteers who made the day<br />

the complete success it was. Active Boating and<br />

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to become part of this elite group of outstanding<br />

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Nearing the end of the Subic Sailing Calendar<br />

is the Bonifacio Cup, held this year on<br />

the weekend of November 25th and 26th, <strong>2017</strong>.<br />

Fully supported by Lighthouse<br />

Marina, the Bonifacio Cup<br />

is one of the many popular<br />

events held each year by Subic<br />

Sailing.<br />

Although this year, because<br />

of other commitments of the<br />

sailors, numbers were slightly<br />

down, but this did not deter<br />

everyone from having a great<br />

weekend of sailing.<br />

Competing in the regatta this<br />

year were, Selma Star with Jun<br />

Avecilla and crew, Selma with<br />

The winds and<br />

some inefficient<br />

sailing caused Alexa<br />

to retire with a<br />

broken mast.<br />

Ricky Sandoval and crew, Centennial II with Martin<br />

Tanco and Crew, Karakoa with Ray Ordoveza and<br />

crew and Alexa with Eric Jurado and crew.<br />

After the skippers meeting<br />

at the Subic Bay Yacht club,<br />

Racing got underway in earnest<br />

with good healthy winds,<br />

giving an exceptionally good<br />

start. Some excellent sailing by<br />

Jun Avecilla and his crew seen<br />

them take out the honours on<br />

the first day with Centennial II<br />

in Second Place and Karakoa<br />

in third. After the days racing,<br />

everyone gathered at the bar<br />

at the Lighthouse Marina, for<br />

some well deserving drinks,<br />

and light snacks.<br />

Before<br />

After<br />

<strong>2017</strong> Bonifacio<br />

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The Sunday’s racing seen even better breezes for<br />

a faster start, but the winds and some inefficient<br />

sailing caused both Alexa to retire with a broken<br />

mast, and Selma Star’s crew receiving the best<br />

aerobatics award when they came to grief when<br />

trying to do too much and tipped the boat, but<br />

with a resilient and efficient crew, they were able to<br />

recover and came in second overall.<br />

Not so lucky was the fate of Alexa which had to<br />

be rescued by the race committee boat and with a<br />

broken mast was forced to retire from the race. The<br />

good thing about the incident was, that the only<br />

injuries in the mishap was some very badly bruised<br />

egos. The awards were given after a delicious<br />

meal of sausages and pasta was supplied by the<br />

Lighthouse Marina.<br />

The overall results seen the ever popular, Martin<br />

Tanco and his crew taking pride of place and coming<br />

first for the weekend. With Jun Avecilla and crew<br />

coming in second and Karakoa with Ray Ordoveza<br />

and crew placed third.<br />

Active Boating and Watersports would also like<br />

to express their gratitude to Le Charme Suites Of<br />

Subic Bay who supplied the accommodation for the<br />

magazine. The beautiful newly appointed hotel in<br />

Palm Street is near Royal Duty free Mall, so it not<br />

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DESTINATION<br />

CEBU<br />

C<br />

ebu City (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Sugbu;<br />

Filipino: Lungsod ng Cebu) is a first class<br />

highly urbanized city in the island province of<br />

Cebu in Central Visayas, Philippines. Though the<br />

seat of government and capital for the province,<br />

it is governed independent and separate from it.<br />

According to the 2015 census, it has a population<br />

of 922,611, making it the fifth most populated<br />

city in the nation. In the<br />

2016 electoral roll, it had<br />

630,003 registered voters.<br />

Cebu City is a significant<br />

centre of commerce, trade<br />

and education in the Visayas.<br />

Located on the mid-eastern<br />

side of Cebu Island, it is the<br />

centre of a metropolitan<br />

area called Metro Cebu,<br />

which includes the cities of<br />

Carcar, Danao, Lapu-Lapu,<br />

Mandaue, Naga and Talisay;<br />

and the municipalities of<br />

Compostela, Consolacion,<br />

Cordova, Liloan, Minglanilla<br />

and San Fernando.<br />

Metro Cebu had a total<br />

population of 2,849,213 as<br />

of 2015, making it the second most populous<br />

metropolitan area of the nation after Metro<br />

Manila in Luzon.<br />

The city is the first Spanish settlement, the<br />

country’s oldest city, and the first capital of<br />

the Philippines. It is considered as the Fount<br />

of Christianity in the Far East. It is the “second<br />

city” of the Philippines after Manila. Cebu is the<br />

Philippines’ main domestic shipping port, and is<br />

home to about 80% of the country’s domestic<br />

shipping companies. Cebu City is bordered to<br />

the northeast by Mandaue and the town of<br />

Magellan’s Cross was<br />

erected on the site<br />

where the ruler of<br />

Cebu, Raja Humabon<br />

was baptized and the<br />

first Catholic mass<br />

delivered.<br />

Consolacion, to the west are Toledo City, and the<br />

towns of Balamban and Asturias, to the south are<br />

Talisay City and the town of Minglanilla. Across<br />

Mactan Strait to the east is Mactan Island.<br />

Cebu City is also a significant cultural centre. The<br />

imprint of Spanish and Roman Catholic culture<br />

is evident, with Magellan’s Cross the city’s most<br />

famous landmark. The Cross,<br />

now housed in a chapel beside<br />

the Basilica, was erected<br />

by Ferdinand Magellan on<br />

the site where the ruler of<br />

Cebu, Raja Humabon, his<br />

wife Hara Amihan,(Juana),<br />

and followers were baptized<br />

and the first Catholic mass<br />

delivered. In 1835 Magellan’s<br />

Cross was encased in hollow<br />

tindalo wood, on the order<br />

of the Augustinian Bishop<br />

Santos Gómez Marañon,<br />

to prevent devotees from<br />

taking it home chip by chip.<br />

The same bishop restored<br />

the present template or<br />

kiosk, located in Magallanes<br />

Street between City Hall and<br />

the Colegio del Santo Niño.<br />

Magellan’s Cross is a symbol of Christianity in<br />

the Philippines and revered by Filipinos. A few<br />

steps away from Magellan’s Cross is the Basilica<br />

Minore del Santo Niño. This Augustinian church<br />

was elevated to the rank of Basilica in 1965<br />

during the 400th anniversary commemoration of<br />

Christianity in the Philippines, held in Cebu. The<br />

church, which was the first to be established in<br />

the colony, is built of hewn stone and features<br />

the country’s oldest relic, the figure of the Santo<br />

Niño de Cebu.<br />

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DAWSON<br />

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Cebu Central<br />

Business District<br />

Mactan-Cebu International Airport, (MCIA), is<br />

the second busiest in the Philippines in terms<br />

of passenger numbers and the volume of freight<br />

carried. Located on Mactan Island it serves as<br />

the main gateway for domestic and international<br />

flights servicing Cebu and other cities throughout<br />

the country. In the last<br />

15 years international<br />

Cebu’s weather promises<br />

to be good for business<br />

because typhoon activities<br />

are minor and rainfall<br />

is evenly distributed<br />

throughout the year.<br />

passenger traffic<br />

through Cebu has grown<br />

at an annual average of<br />

21%. Spurred by years<br />

of growth, plans are well<br />

advanced to build a new<br />

terminal and facilities<br />

at an estimated cost<br />

of $240 million, to be<br />

funded under the Philippine government publicprivate<br />

partnership program. When completed,<br />

the new terminal will handle international flights<br />

while the old terminal will host domestic flights.<br />

In addition, in the first half of 2016, MCIA and<br />

GMRCAC started the rehabilitation, renovation<br />

and expansion of terminal 1. This is the Phase 1<br />

of the Project. The new terminal building to be<br />

designed by Integrated Design Associates Ltd.<br />

(IDA) is expected to be completed by 2018.<br />

On Mactan Island, Megaworld Corporation’s<br />

Mactan Ocean town is a 25-hectare business<br />

park near the luxurious Shangri-La Mactan<br />

Resort and Spa. The project will house hightech<br />

offices, a retail centre, residential towers<br />

and villages, and leisure facilities with a beach<br />

frontage. Mactan Island is linked to mainland<br />

Cebu via Mandaue-Mactan Bridge and Marcelo<br />

Fernan Bridge.<br />

Cebu City<br />

Cebu plays a vital role in trade and commerce<br />

in Asia because the island has been gifted with<br />

a natural harbour. Its channel is deep enough<br />

to accommodate the flow of goods through<br />

international cargo sea vessels, and the Mactan<br />

Island serves as protection from winds and<br />

current.<br />

Cebu’s weather promises to be good for business<br />

because typhoon activities are minor and<br />

rainfall is evenly distributed throughout the<br />

year. Moreover, the island is not located within<br />

any earthquake belt, there is no known active<br />

volcano, and its international airport has been<br />

large enough to connect the island to several<br />

continents. Making this area a tourists paradise<br />

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The Cebu International Port is the main domestic<br />

shipping hub in the Visayas region. Notable<br />

business districts are the Cebu Business Park and<br />

the Cebu IT Park. These parks host information<br />

technology, such as software development;<br />

telecommunications; engineering research<br />

and development centres; business process<br />

outsourcing and other related industries.<br />

Cebu City, also known as the ‘Queen City of the<br />

South’, is one of the country’s most popular<br />

destinations, with tourism being a major<br />

contributor to the city’s coffers. Many visitors<br />

find the best way to explore the city is by bus,<br />

jeepney or metered taxi. The colourful multicabs<br />

ply all areas of Cebu. You can travel to all areas<br />

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The lights of the<br />

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P8 depending on the distance travelled. There is<br />

also the motorized pedicars, these are usually a<br />

fixed charge, but you can negotiate a fare with<br />

the driver.<br />

There are many monuments, churches, museums<br />

and cathedrals in Cebu that reflect the rich<br />

historical legacy of the city. The Spanish initially<br />

administered the fledgling colony from Cebu,<br />

resulting in many interesting buildings and<br />

monuments dating from the time of Spanish<br />

colonial rule. The elegant, ‘H’-shaped, three<br />

storey Capitol Building, on Osmena Boulevard,<br />

with its curved façade was inaugurated in 1938,<br />

and is the hub of provincial government.<br />

Fort San Pedro National Museum, Legaspi<br />

Extension, attracts many visitors daily. This very<br />

popular museum has several well displayed and<br />

presented ancient artifacts of distinct interest.<br />

Rizal Museum and Library on Osmena Boulevard<br />

showcases many antiques, donated by Cebu’s<br />

wealthiest families, which preserve the heritage<br />

of early settlers, along with numerous artworks<br />

by popular local painters and artists from Cebu<br />

and surrounding areas.<br />

Mountain View<br />

Mountain View is about 30 minutes from the city<br />

centre, Set high atop a mountain overlooking<br />

the entire area of Cebu, this spectacular view<br />

of the entire city is well worth the trip. There is<br />

also a swimming pool and overnight cottages,<br />

restaurants and snack bars. For some memorable<br />

photos of your trip to Cebu, make sure Mountain<br />

View is on your agenda. It is a romantic, clean,<br />

safe, serene haven where you can stroll around<br />

and take in the fresh, crisp air.<br />

Mountain View Nature Park in Busay offers<br />

camping sites, gardens, retreat and seminar<br />

halls, cottages, children’s park, swimming<br />

pool, botanical garden, picnic tables, countless<br />

benches of different variations, videoke, jukebox,<br />

bunk-houses, mini-zoo, hanging bridges,<br />

viewing decks, a canteen, mini-restaurants, a<br />

Way of the Cross area, Christmas Park and much<br />

more. Mountain View Nature Park is just a few<br />

hundred meters below TOPS, a famous tourist<br />

attraction also in Busay.<br />

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary<br />

This charming sanctuary was the brainchild<br />

and passion of Julian Jumalon, an enthusiastic<br />

lepidopterist and accomplished artist. The<br />

Jumalon Butterfly Sanctuary is one of the most<br />

fascinating tourist destinations in Cebu.<br />

Established in 1974, there are now around 50<br />

species of butterfly flying freely within the<br />

reserve, many of them quite rare, which Jumalon<br />

initially attracted by growing their favourite food<br />

plants so he could watch study and paint them in<br />

their natural habitat. Man must devise strategies<br />

for survival toward a better, sustainable future<br />

while carrying on what is good and beautiful<br />

for posterity to enjoy. That is what the Butterfly<br />

Sanctuary is all about. Part of its rationale is to<br />

inculcate upon impressionable young minds,<br />

captive audiences of pupils accompanied here


y concerned teachers and parents, the wisdom<br />

of environmental protection and conservation.<br />

Every time a species becomes extinct owing to<br />

man’s greed or negligence, mankind is poorer,<br />

for the gene pool is diminished, as consequently<br />

are the resources available to it in terms of<br />

potential economic, survival or aesthetic value.<br />

This pilot Butterfly Sanctuary has provided in its<br />

modest space the natural habitat of 55 butterfly<br />

species and scores of moths and associated fauna.<br />

Itself a veritable botanical<br />

garden, it has grown within<br />

the 1,460-square-meter<br />

enclosure more than one<br />

hundred plant species,<br />

some serving as part of<br />

the life-support system of<br />

butterflies in their larval<br />

stages. Although many<br />

a visitor strays into the<br />

garden to catch a glimpse<br />

of these flying gems in their<br />

poetry in motion, through the years students<br />

with scientific inclination have been assisted in<br />

their term papers and master’s theses by having<br />

materials in the Sanctuary available for them<br />

for research on natural history. It is also a place<br />

where sometimes an overenthusiastic adult,<br />

with sharpened reflexes, can be young again by<br />

chasing something beautiful and elusive.<br />

Casa Gorordo Museum Cebu<br />

The Casa Gorordo Museum, located in Lopez<br />

Jaena Street, is one of the best preserved<br />

Spanish colonial houses in Cebu.<br />

Once home to the first Filipino<br />

Bishop of Cebu, it was<br />

Casa Gorordo was<br />

declared a historical<br />

landmark of the nation<br />

in 1991, by the National<br />

Historical Institute Board.<br />

acquired by the Spanish merchant Juan Isidro<br />

De Gorordo in 1863 and four generations of his<br />

family lived there. Built of timber and stone it<br />

typifies Spanish architecture in the Philippines<br />

and is situated in the Parian district, once home<br />

to Cebu’s most prominent families.<br />

Within the museum are religious relics, antique<br />

furniture, paintings and household items that<br />

reflect the lifestyle of the period, including<br />

ceramics and pottery. The courtyard is quite<br />

pretty and the museum well<br />

maintained and carefully<br />

refurbished to maintain<br />

the integrity of the original<br />

house. Built by Alejandro<br />

Reynes Y. Rosales in the<br />

middle of the 19th Century,<br />

the building was acquired<br />

by the Ramon Aboitiz<br />

Foundation, Inc., in 1980.<br />

After restoration,the home<br />

was turned into a museum<br />

and opened to the people. Casa Gorordo was<br />

declared an historical landmark of the nation in<br />

1991, by the National Historical Institute Board.<br />

Fort San Pedro<br />

Fort San Pedro is the oldest, and smallest,<br />

triangular bastion fort in Cebu, was named<br />

after the galleon ‘San Pedro’ on which Miguel<br />

Lopez De Legaspi, navigator and governor who<br />

founded Cebu in 1565, sailed the Pacific. Two<br />

sides of the fort face the sea and were equipped<br />

with cannon to ward off unwelcome visitors.<br />

Entrance to the fort is on the third side which is<br />

the base of the triangle and looks inland towards<br />

the city. Fort San Pedro was briefly the focus<br />

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of Spanish rule in the country<br />

until the government moved to<br />

Manila in 1571. The fort was<br />

also a stronghold for Filipino<br />

revolutionaries in the closing<br />

stages of the 19th Century.<br />

The fort is handily located in<br />

the Plaza Independencia, near<br />

the Port of Cebu, and contains<br />

artefacts from Spanish times<br />

including documents, paintings<br />

and sculpture.<br />

History of<br />

Fort San Pedro<br />

The conquistador, Miguel Lopez De Legaspi,<br />

was responsible for the construction of the fort<br />

and there is evidence that the ground breaking<br />

took place as early as<br />

1565. Originally this<br />

Fort San Pedro was<br />

rebuilt in stone during<br />

the 1730s, with walls<br />

6 meters tall and 2.4<br />

meters thick.<br />

sturdy little fort was<br />

built of mud and timber,<br />

but was rebuilt in stone<br />

during the 1730s, with<br />

walls 6 meters tall and<br />

2.4 meters thick. The<br />

towers rise to a height of<br />

7 meters. The land area<br />

of the fort is about 2025<br />

square meters. Fort San Pedro was neglected for<br />

many years and at one stage faced demolition.<br />

Wiser heads prevailed and the fort has largely<br />

been restored to something like its original<br />

state. It’s now administered by the City of Cebu<br />

and serves as an historical park. There’s a statue<br />

of Miguel Lopez De Legaspi outside the gates to<br />

the fort.<br />

Taoist Temple Cebu<br />

Taoist Temple Cebu<br />

The Cebu Taoist Temple is an imposing multitiered,<br />

variegated oasis of calm built in 1972,<br />

at an elevation of 300m above sea level, by the<br />

city’s substantial Chinese community. Located in<br />

the decidedly upmarket Beverly Hills region of<br />

Cebu, the temple is reached by three separate,<br />

circuitous pathways, with the entrance way<br />

through a pseudo Great Wall of China. The<br />

teachings of the 600 B.C.E. Chinese philosopher<br />

Lao-Tse are preserved in the temple.<br />

Twice a week Taoists can climb the 81 steps of<br />

the Temple with each step representing one of<br />

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the 81 scriptures. Worship is followed by the<br />

lighting of joss sticks and having one’s fortune<br />

told by a monk. Open to non-worshippers, the<br />

temple contains a chapel, library and a wishing<br />

well. The views from the temple over Cebu and<br />

nearby islands of Mactan and Bohol are quite<br />

stunning.<br />

Sinulog’s Annual Fluvial Procession<br />

The Sinulog-Santo Niño Festival is an annual<br />

cultural and religious festival held on the third<br />

Sunday of January in Cebu City, and is the centre<br />

of the Santo Niño Catholic celebrations in the<br />

Philippines.<br />

The festival is considered to be one of the most<br />

popular festivals in the Philippines, with every<br />

celebration of the festival routinely attracting<br />

around 1 to 2 million people from all over the<br />

Philippines every year. Aside from the religious<br />

aspect of the festival, Sinulog is also famous for<br />

its street parties, usually happening the night<br />

before and the night of the main festival.<br />

Other places like Kabankalan City, Maasin City,<br />

Balingasag Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro<br />

City, Butuan City, and Southern Leyte also have<br />

their own version of the festival in honour of<br />

Santo Niño.<br />

One of the main highlights of the festival is the<br />

grand street parade which lasts for 9 to 12 hours<br />

with participants coming from the different<br />

towns and cities of Cebu and from Luzon,<br />

Visayas and Mindanao across the Philippines.<br />

The Sinulog dance contingents are dressed in<br />

bright coloured costumes dancing gracefully to<br />

the rhythm of drums, trumpet and native gongs.<br />

Smaller versions of the festival are held in<br />

various parts of the province, also to celebrate<br />

and honour the Santo Niño. There is also a<br />

“Sinulog sa Kabataan” performed by the youths<br />

of Cebu a week before the parade. Recently,<br />

Sinulog fluvial procession<br />

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Sinulog participants<br />

parade in colorful<br />

costumes<br />

the festival has been promoted as a tourist<br />

attraction, with a contest featuring contingents<br />

from various parts of the country. The Sinulog<br />

Contest is usually held in the Cebu City Sports<br />

Complex. The Sinulog<br />

Festival competition<br />

is divided into three<br />

categories namely the<br />

Street Dancing Category,<br />

Free Interpretation and<br />

Sinulog base categories.<br />

The free interpretation<br />

category has the most<br />

number of participating<br />

contingents coming from<br />

outside Cebu. The dance steps are fast and<br />

the storyline and theme varies from folkloric,<br />

mythical and historical lines. The Sinulog-based<br />

category centers more on the Sinulog ritual dance<br />

The Sinulog celebration<br />

lasts for nine days,<br />

culminating on the final<br />

day with the Sinulog<br />

Grand Parade.<br />

worship and the choreography is more “formal”<br />

the dance steps depicts the prayer dance which<br />

is the true identity of the Sinulog ritual dance.<br />

The Sinulog-based participants wear Filipiniana<br />

and Hispanic inspired costumes. The Grand<br />

Champion of the Free Interpretation, Street<br />

Dancing, and Sinulog base categories wins one<br />

million pesos respectively. The Sinanduloy Dance<br />

Troupe of Tangub City, Misamis Occidental is a<br />

consistent winner in the Sinulog-based category.<br />

Carcar City of Cebu also proved their mastery of<br />

the Sinulog dance and they always end within<br />

the top 5 places in the Sinulog Competition. The<br />

famous Lumad Basakanon dance contingent of<br />

Basak San Nicolas, Cebu City has won several<br />

Free Interpretation titles in Sinulog and made<br />

history when they were elevated to the Aliwan<br />

Fiesta Hall of Fame for winning the national street<br />

dancing championship during Aliwan Fiesta<br />

2006, 2007, 2008 and 2014. Sinulog Festival<br />

showcases the most number of participants and<br />

the best choreographic exhibition of any festival<br />

in the Philippines. The Sinulog celebration lasts<br />

for nine days, culminating on the final day<br />

with the Sinulog Grand Parade. The day before<br />

the parade, the religious Fluvial Procession<br />

sponsored by the Archdiocese of Cebu is held<br />

at dawn with a statue of the Santo Niño carried<br />

on a beautifully decorated boat which sails<br />

from Mandaue City to Cebu City, decked with<br />

hundreds of flowers and candles. The procession<br />

ends at the Basilica Minore del Santo Nino de<br />

Cebu where a re-enactment of the baptism to<br />

the Christian faith of Cebu is performed. In the<br />

afternoon, a more solemn procession takes place<br />

along with the major streets of Cebu City, which<br />

Sinulog performers<br />

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The word Sinulog comes from the Cebuano<br />

adverb sulog which roughly means “like water<br />

current movement;” it describes the forwardbackward<br />

movement of the Sinulog dance. The<br />

dance consists of two steps forward and one<br />

step backward, done to the sound of drums.<br />

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street dancing. Candle<br />

vendors at the Basilica<br />

continue to perform the<br />

traditional version of the<br />

dance when lighting a<br />

candle for the customer,<br />

usually accompanied<br />

by songs in the native<br />

language.<br />

Sinulog is the ritual prayer-dance honouring<br />

Señor Santo Niño. An image of the Child Jesus<br />

is said to be the baptismal gift the Portuguese<br />

conquistador Ferdinand Magellan gave Hara<br />

Amihan (Humanay) of Zebu (now Cebu) in April<br />

1521. The image, believed to be miraculous, is<br />

housed at the Basilica Minore del Santo Niño in<br />

downtown Cebu City.<br />

According to historical accounts, the Zebu<br />

natives already danced the Sinulog in honour<br />

of their animist idols long before the arrival<br />

of Magellan who led a Spanish expedition on<br />

April 7, 1521. Magellan did not live long after<br />

he introduced Christianity. He died in a failed<br />

assault on nearby Mactan Island at the hands of<br />

a local chieftain named Lapu-Lapu.<br />

Survivors of Magellan’s expedition left behind<br />

the image to be discovered 44 years later. The<br />

expedition led by Miguel Lopez de Legaspi<br />

bombarded the native settlement when they<br />

arrived on April 28, 1565. In one of the burning<br />

huts, one of Legaspi’s men, Juan Camus,<br />

discovered the image of the Santo Niño inside<br />

a wooden box beside other idols. This time<br />

however, Legaspi discovered that the natives<br />

already dance the Sinulog honouring the Santo<br />

Niño.<br />

Today the Sinulog commemorates the Filipino<br />

people’s acceptance of Christianity, and their<br />

rejection of their former animist beliefs. The first<br />

of these conversions happened in 1521 on the<br />

island of Cebu, when Rajah Humabon and his<br />

queen Amihan (Humamay) were baptized along<br />

with their subjects, becoming Carlos and Juana<br />

of Cebu.<br />

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The Sinulog dance moves are basically two<br />

steps forward and one step backward as the<br />

dancer sways to a distinct rhythm of drums.<br />

This movement resembles the current (Sulog) of<br />

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Gilutongan, where you can experience the local<br />

underwater wonders that Cebu has to offer, this<br />

fish sanctuary provides a variety of the local<br />

fish that you can enjoy at your leisure while<br />

snorkelling.<br />

Lapu-Lapu, Mactan<br />

Mactan or Maktan is a densely populated island<br />

located a few kilometres from Cebu Island in the<br />

Philippines. The island is part of Cebu Province<br />

and it is divided into Lapu-Lapu City and the<br />

municipality of Cordova. Mactan Island lies<br />

across the Mactan Channel, opposite Cebu City<br />

in the southeast of Manila. It is modern and yet<br />

has retained its greenness and features lovely<br />

sandy beaches and good diving spots off the<br />

neighbouring islets. Mactan has a long history<br />

with many stories, the most frequently told<br />

being about the Battle of Mactan. In 1521, when<br />

Portuguese-born explorer Ferdinand Magellan<br />

arrived onshore he was killed by Mactan Chief<br />

Lapu Lapu and his men. Visitors can visit both<br />

the Magellan and Lapu-Lapu shrines while<br />

visiting the island. Mactan is also important as<br />

home of Mactan – Cebu International Airport,<br />

the country’s second busiest airport as well as<br />

the country’s largest export processing zone.<br />

Mactan is also well known for producing guitars<br />

and other musical instruments. As Mactan is a<br />

coral island, it boasts some of the best diving,<br />

snorkelling, island hopping, jet-ski, sailing<br />

and cultural activities of any island in the<br />

Philippines. The only aquarium in the Visayas is<br />

located here.<br />

Mactan Island Aquarium<br />

This charming attraction is the first in the Visayas<br />

and the only public aquarium outside of Luzon<br />

on the 7107 islands of the Philippines. The<br />

Aquarium opened to the public in September<br />

2008 and is the first and only public aquarium<br />

in the Visayas region. The exhibits, tours and<br />

educational programs focus on the aquatic<br />

life of The Philippines and the tropical Pacific<br />

Ocean. Scientists also recognized that the<br />

central Philippines region as the global centre<br />

of marine biodiversity. Meaning that there is<br />

nowhere on this planet with a greater variety of<br />

marine life than here, so where better to have<br />

an aquarium to reveal the amazing life forms<br />

beneath the water? Visitors can see an amazing<br />

variety of marine life from the tropical Pacific<br />

Ocean. Home to over 1,000 animals including<br />

exotic fish, water snakes, sea slugs and even<br />

turtles, the Aquarium is especially proud of its<br />

wide variety of life forms. When you come to the<br />

Aquarium, you can get up-close views of reef<br />

sharks, living corals, sea horses, graceful sea<br />

jellies, myriads of colourful reef fish, and much,<br />

much more.<br />

Olango Island<br />

Just twenty minutes by boat from Punta Engaño<br />

the island has so much to see and do, rich in<br />

mangrove forests, coral reefs and sea grass<br />

beds, being protected from the trade winds<br />

and monsoons makes it one of the best known<br />

flyways for migratory birds, The Olango wildlife<br />

sanctuary is home for these migratory birds<br />

taking refuge from the harsh winter conditions.<br />

Situated in San Vicente about a twenty minute<br />

tricycle ride from the pier, this sanctuary of<br />

over 920 hectares has an observation deck in<br />

the middle of the water where you can see part<br />

of the feeding and nesting grounds of over 97<br />

species of birds. On the same road to sanctuary<br />

is the San Vicente Marine Sanctuary where you<br />

can dive and take in some of the exotic marine<br />

like exclusive to the area.<br />

Diving Mactan<br />

Because of its proximity to Cebu City and the<br />

international airport, the diving infrastructure is<br />

well developed and visitors can literally be in the<br />

water within an hour or so of flying in.<br />

Whilst Mactan doesn’t offer the best diving in<br />

the Visayas there is plenty of choice and the<br />

island attracts thousands of divers every year.<br />

The east coast offers the best variety of sites<br />

along its walls and the Hilutangan Channel,


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Palompon<br />

which separates it from Olango Island to the east,<br />

is extremely deep, offering good opportunities<br />

to see the larger fish that dwell there.<br />

With the creation of Marine Protected<br />

Sanctuaries, there has been a promising<br />

development of the marine life during the<br />

past 5 years and while pelagic fish are still not<br />

frequently seen around, the dive sites have<br />

amazing sea creatures, which will delight any<br />

diver including macro enthusiasts.<br />

Currents can be<br />

strong, so not every<br />

dive is suitable for<br />

beginners.<br />

Fun & Sun House Reef<br />

This site is composed of a gentle slope with<br />

some boulders and corals formations followed<br />

by a small drop off. Juvenile Puffer fish and<br />

Porcupine fish like this quiet spot. Seahorses,<br />

Blue Ribbon Eels, Pegasus and Mantis Shrimp<br />

have been spotted there as well. At night,<br />

several kinds of Crabs and shrimp come up. Ideal<br />

for divers who like to search for crawling critters.<br />

Talima Marine Sanctuary<br />

Is a fish sanctuary with a small wreck attracting<br />

countless fish and where some cool shrimp can<br />

be found. Parrot fish, Rabbit fish, Butterfly fish,<br />

Trigger fish and Sweetlips are always spotted<br />

as well as big Groupers. The wall is particularly<br />

interesting.<br />

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Schools of Jacks, Batfish and Chevron Barracuda<br />

will be present among superb coral gardens<br />

where you will also find some spectacular<br />

critters such as Ornate Ghost Pipe Fish, Frog<br />

fish, Nudibranches, Shrimp and much more.<br />

Currents can be strong, so not every dive is<br />

suitable for beginners. As sites are numerous,<br />

and in some cases very similar, they are grouped<br />

into three sections, one of which is Olango<br />

Island. Mactan is a favourite jumping off point<br />

for excursions further afield around the Visayas.<br />

Some of the dive sites that are popular with<br />

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Nalusuan Marine Sanctuary<br />

Is one of the largest fish sanctuaries in the vicinity of<br />

Mactan Island. This dive site has an abundant coral reef<br />

formation and a gentle slope where Groupers, Blue<br />

Spotted Stingrays, Surgeon fish, Lionfish, Snapper and<br />

Parrot fish cruise around. Big Jacks are also patrolling<br />

the reef. Occasionally Turtles are seen there as well. The<br />

soft coral on the shallow area is outstanding.<br />

Nalusuan Marine<br />

Sanctuary is one of the<br />

largest fish sanctuaries in<br />

the vicinity of<br />

Mactan Island.<br />

Plane wreck at<br />

West Punta<br />

Is a dive site well<br />

recommended for macro<br />

lovers as the visibility<br />

there is limited. Frog<br />

fish, Octopus, Stone fish,<br />

Scorpion fish, Flounder,<br />

Ghost Pipefish and several<br />

kinds of Nudi branches can<br />

be spotted there. Good<br />

for macro photography and it is a different dive<br />

ambiance with an unusually greenish visibility.<br />

Hilutungan Marine Sanctuary<br />

Located just thirty minutes from Mactan,<br />

Hiluntungan Island is also a favourite spot for the<br />

snorkelling community. You will find, Barracudas,<br />

Jacks, Groupers, Bat fish, Lionfish and most of<br />

the tropical fish of Cebu’s’ Oceans can be found<br />

here. Also Eagle Rays are occasionally being<br />

spotted in the area.<br />

Kon Tiki<br />

A real favourite for night diving, as its wall is<br />

abundant with marine life. Many divers are<br />

surprised at the amount of Crabs, Shrimps,<br />

Octopus, and many other species you will<br />

encounter. During the day, the school of Sardines<br />

and Mackerel are common spectacles.<br />

Agus Wall<br />

Besides being abundant with tropical fish, the<br />

wall is host to different species of sponges, and<br />

other types of coral. Clown Fish and Anemone<br />

Fish are frequently spotted here. You never<br />

know what may show up. It has been known to<br />

have manta rays and even whale shark cruising<br />

along the wall from time to time.<br />

Tambuli<br />

Tambuli Site is the final resting place of a small<br />

plane wreck in about 20 meters of water that<br />

is always enjoyed by the divers that frequent<br />

this site. The current makes you drift along a<br />

slope where you will see schools of Damsel fish,<br />

Sergeant Major fish, Catfish and Butterfly fish<br />

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With so much to choose from divers enjoy the<br />

variety of Mactan and Cebu and with places<br />

like Fun & Sun dive travel and the Kon Tiki Dive<br />

Centre to help and guide you Mactan in Cebu is<br />

a great place to dive.<br />

Oslob, home of the<br />

whale shark<br />

The south east of Cebu, in Tanawan, Oslob, is<br />

now famous for watching whale sharks, and a<br />

pod of 22 whale sharks was seen there last year.<br />

If you ever wanted to see whale sharks up close<br />

then Tanawan is the place to do it. Not so long<br />

ago this sleepy barangay about 130km south of<br />

Cebu City was unheard of, the locals deriving<br />

there subsistence lifestyle from fishing. The<br />

whale sharks used to be physically discouraged<br />

as they caused damage to the fishing nets.<br />

One day a fisherman noticed that if he put bait<br />

out behind the boat the whale sharks would<br />

follow. The boatmen are divided into three<br />

teams, all do the same job and the ticket price is<br />

fixed. You can hire snorkels, underwater cameras<br />

and diving equipment at additional costs above<br />

the basic price, which while relatively expensive<br />

still, represents good value compared to similar<br />

attractions in the Philippines.<br />

Get there early as feeding stops at 12 pm, during<br />

weekdays 8-9 am would be fine, but on high days<br />

and holidays 6-7 am start means you will spend<br />

less time queuing and the outside temperature<br />

is cooler early in the morning. Transportation<br />

couldn’t be easier as the normal yellow and blue<br />

buses will drop you outside, where you will be<br />

greeted by many Filipinos trying to secure your<br />

business, As I said the ticket price is controlled,<br />

you shouldn’t need to pay an entrance fee most<br />

won’t charge, but beware. Once you get there<br />

ticket in hand, you wait your turn. The boatmen<br />

are used to seeing scantily dressed females now,<br />

most Filipinas being a little more conservative<br />

with their beach attire. seeing Whale Sharks is<br />

a virtual guarantee although most are juveniles,<br />

they are still an impressive sight up close, and no<br />

doubt you will be tempted into buying a T shirt<br />

saying save the Whale Sharks.<br />

Whale sharks are visible during good weather<br />

and clear water before the temperature begins<br />

to rise: but when the water is rough and muddy,<br />

the sharks don’t come in to feed. Swimming with<br />

whale sharks is an awesome experience and the<br />

local government has sensibly introduced strict<br />

rules to protect the sharks and the environment.<br />

Swimmers cannot approach within 5 meters of<br />

these magnificent creatures, the use of a flash<br />

camera is prohibited, and feeding the whale<br />

sharks is not permitted. You can snorkel in the<br />

water with the sharks or observe them from<br />

the boat. The boats are all wooden bancas<br />

with oars only, no motorized boats are allowed<br />

anywhere near the area to protect the sharks<br />

from dangerous propeller blades. But no matter<br />

which way you choose to see these magnificent<br />

creatures of the ocean please observe the rules<br />

the rules set in place by the local authorities or<br />

you can face a very severe penalty and justly so.<br />

Besides the whale shark watching, an experience<br />

everyone should be part of, there are many<br />

other attractions in Oslob well worth the visit.<br />

The Heritage Park located at the back of<br />

the municipal offices facing the shoreline is<br />

picturesque and extremely well maintained,<br />

take a leisurely stroll along the shore or visit the<br />

newly established museum. From Heritage Park<br />

you can also see the Cuartel, a unique structure<br />

built from the coral stones of the fallen church<br />

bell tower through the efforts of El Gran Maestro<br />

Don Marcos Sabandal as barracks for the Spanish<br />

armies but was halted during the American arrival<br />

in 1899.<br />

The oldest street in Oslob, Calle Aragones was<br />

built in 1879 and faces the church which was<br />

destroyed by fire, luckily there was no structural<br />

damage and this beautiful old church built<br />

from coral stone in 1840 has had the interior<br />

completely rebuilt.<br />

Oslob also hosts the watersports triathlon in the<br />

beginning of October each year. It is a weekend<br />

of fun, activity and friendly competition that<br />

attracts many visitors and competitors to this<br />

quaint and peaceful town. Your visit to Oslob<br />

would not be complete without a visit to the<br />

spectacular Tumalog Falls. The road down to


the actual falls is sealed but very steep so it<br />

is recommended to get a motorbike from the<br />

entrance to the falls, it is only P50 and the<br />

drivers are very experienced.<br />

These magnificent falls cascade down the<br />

mountainside from approx. 300 meters into a<br />

pool below, there are many observation points<br />

at the falls all designed to give you a perfect<br />

One day a fisherman<br />

noticed that if he put<br />

bait out behind the<br />

boat the whale sharks<br />

would follow.<br />

Moalboal, a divers paradise<br />

The municipality of Moalboal lies on the<br />

southwest coast of Cebu island. Moalboal has<br />

been ‘discovered’ and is now a famed tourist<br />

destination for both locals and foreign nationals.<br />

It has laudable coastlines, flanked by almost<br />

deserted beaches. It’s a magnificent underwater<br />

paradise and one of the best dive capitals in the<br />

world.<br />

Moalboal is approximately 89 km by road from<br />

Cebu City, and can be reached by bus or car in<br />

under three hours. Everyone can enjoy the warm,<br />

pristine waters, and the fine, glistening sand<br />

to be found here. It is popularly known as the<br />

‘Diving Paradise of Cebu’ because of its beaches,<br />

dramatic coral and different underwater marine<br />

view. While at the falls remember to get some<br />

very tasty native passion fruit for a special taste<br />

delight.<br />

Another taste delight of Oslob is the local BBQ in<br />

the main street of an evening, typically Filipino,<br />

very delicious and very low cost, just select what<br />

you prefer and have it BBQ’d. You can eat it at<br />

the tables provided along with some rice or take<br />

it back to your hotel.<br />

Sometimes good food is hard to come by in the<br />

provinces, but if you fancy a T bone steak or fish<br />

and chips, Buddy’s bar and restaurant offer a<br />

large choice of cuisine and cheap accommodation<br />

, located 2 km north of Oslob town.<br />

On the second Saturday of <strong>Dec</strong>ember the town of<br />

Oslob holds the “Toslob Festival. The word Toslob<br />

means soak in the local dialect and got its name<br />

from the original naming of Oslob. A long time<br />

ago there was a popular spring called Bolocboloc<br />

named because of its existing spring located<br />

beneath the shoreline and is now called Nigad.<br />

The word Oslob comes from a misunderstanding<br />

between a native couple and two civil guards<br />

in 1785. While the couple were sitting resting<br />

under a tree eating boiled bananas soaking them<br />

in vinegar and salt, the two guards asked them<br />

the name of the place, the couple were surprised<br />

and not being able to comprehend what the<br />

guards were saying , thought they were asking<br />

them what they were doing to which they replied<br />

“Toslob” which meant soaking.<br />

Ceres Liner runs frequent bus services to Oslob<br />

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depending on traffic conditions. The buses are<br />

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life, especially around Pescador Island. This<br />

region is the most fascinating of the underwater<br />

world, interlaced with awesome and exotic coral<br />

and a variety of sea flora and fauna, which is<br />

why it’s considered the jewel of Moalboal.<br />

Moalboal celebrates its annual town fiesta on<br />

May 16 in honor of Patron Saint, San Juan<br />

Nepomuceno, and on May 15 visitors can<br />

watch the “KAGASANGAN FESTIVAL”. This is a<br />

presentation of street dancing and ritual showdown<br />

participated in by<br />

A paradise for scuba<br />

divers, Moalboal has<br />

numerous beach resorts<br />

offering luxurious<br />

amenities.<br />

the different barangays.<br />

A paradise for scuba<br />

divers, Moalboal has<br />

numerous beach resorts<br />

offering luxurious<br />

amenities, European,<br />

American, Asian, and<br />

Filipino cuisine, a full<br />

range of aqua sports<br />

and a splendid night life by the beach. The<br />

diving schools and dive centers like Kasai Village<br />

Resort and Dive centre can teach the skills and<br />

techniques of scuba diving. Enjoy the diving<br />

experience in wonderful Moalboal.<br />

Panagsama Beach<br />

Is a paradise for scuba divers! It has numerous<br />

beach resorts that offer luxurious amenities,<br />

aqua sports and cater for European, Asian,<br />

English, American and Filipino Cuisine. Sit back<br />

relax and enjoy the majestic night life on the<br />

beach. New to diving? There are many diving<br />

schools and dive centers that can teach you<br />

the skills and techniques needed to enjoy the<br />

wonderful world of scuba diving. Formerly know<br />

as Basdiot beach it is situated in the barangay<br />

of Saavedra it has a lot of white sand to offer<br />

and is the ideal place to sun, swim, snorkel and<br />

even jet ski, let the pristine waters and whites<br />

sands tempt you. The Marine Sanctuaries at<br />

Basdiot, Tuble and Saavedra, are home to<br />

different corals and shoals of various fish. These<br />

marine sanctuaries bring forth moments of<br />

amusement and amazement. Exploring the coral<br />

with its surrounding flora and fauna will expose<br />

a paradise of the marine world.<br />

Pescador Island<br />

This uninhabited island has an automated<br />

lighthouse with access steps on the north and<br />

east sides, while the area around the island is a<br />

marine reserve, protected by the local Moalboal<br />

Municipality.<br />

However it is a marine reserve in name only, as<br />

fishermen extensively spear fish across the entire<br />

reef. Local fishermen are destroying the coral<br />

by using rocks as anchors and entangling the<br />

delicate growth with their nylon fishing lines.<br />

Experienced divers have noticed the lack of<br />

large fish around Pescador compared with other<br />

similar areas, such as the nearby Apo Island.<br />

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and the current abuse of the area is resulting in a<br />

decline of the island’s attraction to scuba divers.<br />

From a diver’s perspective it is an ideal dive site<br />

with easy access from the shore, (a 10 minute, 3<br />

km boat ride from Panagsama Beach), and with<br />

great snorkeling and diving spots ranging from<br />

shallow to deep dives. Accessible year round<br />

in all but extreme storm conditions, Pescador<br />

Island provides consistently<br />

interesting diving.<br />

Bantayan Island<br />

Bantayan Island is located in<br />

the Visayan Sea, to the west<br />

of the northern end of Cebu<br />

Island, across the Tañon<br />

Strait, which separates Cebu<br />

from Negros. It is known as<br />

the egg basket of the Philippines producing over<br />

one million eggs per day.<br />

The warmth and friendliness of the local people is<br />

truly something special visitors to Bantayan will<br />

remember for years to come. And the destruction<br />

suffered here in the 2013 earthquake did not<br />

deter these people from making it still one of<br />

the best island destinations in Cebu.<br />

Bantayan Island is<br />

known as the egg basket<br />

of the Philippines<br />

producing over one<br />

million eggs per day.<br />

A vacation in Cebu is hardly complete without<br />

going to Bantayan island, known for its sparkling<br />

beaches and crystal clear waters. Having the same<br />

beach front as the world-renowned Boracay,<br />

Bantayan is one of the most visited islands in the<br />

region. A must visit is the Sugar Beach Resort,<br />

with its beautiful white sands like refined sugar,<br />

hence the name and the bungalows set amongst<br />

tropical palms is one of the most beautiful and<br />

cleanest beaches I have seen<br />

in for quite a while. During<br />

holy week the beach comes<br />

alive with many activities<br />

including many concerts<br />

and live shows. There are<br />

many resorts in Bantayan<br />

to choose from and most of<br />

them are right on the beach.<br />

Resort rates range from<br />

US$12 to US$142 daily. With<br />

a vast shoreline it won’t take long to find has<br />

just been completely refurbished, or the unique<br />

Anika resort where all the cabins are made from<br />

shipping containers. Next door to Anika is the<br />

Beach Placid Resort the caption of this resort is<br />

“where serenity starts” and one can truly believe<br />

this when staying at this beautiful resort with its<br />

rustic cabins, native style restaurant and tropical<br />

gardens where you can relax and swim at the<br />

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eautiful white sand beach. The most notable<br />

resort on the island is the Ogtong Cave Resort set<br />

in lush tropical gardens this well-appointed resort<br />

has it all including the only cave on the Island<br />

where you can swim in crystal clear fresh water.<br />

Another activity well worth the effort is the<br />

bird watching at Balidbid, where you can<br />

see thousands of egret or as known in the<br />

Philippines Tuwabong. In the early morning and<br />

just before sunset thousands of these graceful<br />

birds turn the trees white. The island hopping<br />

from Bantayan is a great way to spend a day<br />

with a difference. Seeing places like the Hilanta<br />

Gaan Island and the Hilanta Gaan Dyut Dyut<br />

meaning smaller island, this was later named by<br />

a tourist as the Virgin Island, because it was not<br />

yet developed at the time.<br />

However, before jumping on the next plane<br />

or ferry to Bantayan, here are some important<br />

reminders. To save time and money, plan the trip<br />

well in advance of departure. Choose the best<br />

dates to travel and pick the most convenient yet<br />

affordable means for the voyage.<br />

Upon arrival in Cebu, take a bus to San Remigio<br />

from the North Bus Terminal. After a more or<br />

less 2½ hour land journey by bus, SUV, van or<br />

taxi, a further hour on one of the big RORO<br />

ferries from the Hagnaya wharf to the port of<br />

Santa Fe, Bantayan is required.<br />

Chartering a plane is the most convenient way<br />

to get to Bantayan Island. The flight takes about<br />

25 minutes and costs, at the time of writing,<br />

PhP2300 per person from Mactan-Cebu airport.<br />

One of the airlines operating a charter service<br />

is Air Island Tours. Before setting off on a trip<br />

to Bantayan Island, some preparations will make<br />

the vacation more comfortable. Plan ahead to<br />

reduce stress and make the most of this tropical<br />

getaway. The rule of thumb is: stick with the<br />

essentials.<br />

Beach clothes. This includes swimming gear and<br />

several changes of lightweight clothing. The<br />

Philippines is a tropical country so leave those<br />

long woolen pants and thick shirts at home; just<br />

pack lots of shorts, a few tops and one pair of<br />

long pants or slacks. Jeans can be worn almost<br />

anywhere in the Philippines. Sun protection.<br />

The tropical sun is quite fierce for the unwary<br />

so pack a good pair of sunglasses and a widebrimmed<br />

summer hat. Most importantly<br />

remember to bring a sunscreen with high SPF<br />

to avoid sunburn, skin moisturizer for hydration,<br />

and lip balm to avoid chapped lips. And the best<br />

way to keep hydrated? Drink lots of water.<br />

Camera<br />

Keep those memories alive through photographs<br />

of this beautiful island. Be sure to bring extra<br />

batteries and an adapter.<br />

Cash<br />

Most establishments and hotels on Bantayan<br />

Island don’t accept credit cards. Have some cash<br />

on hand to avoid the tedium of finding an ATM<br />

machine, which will quite possibly be off-line<br />

when it’s needed most.<br />

Malapascua<br />

Friendly faces everywhere<br />

The waters surrounding Cebu have long been a<br />

diver’s paradise, boasting some of the best dive<br />

sites in the world, and Malapascua Island off<br />

the northern tip of Cebu is no exception. This<br />

beautiful, pristine island, with its shimmering,<br />

sandy beaches approximately thirty minutes<br />

from the port of Maya is one of the best. The<br />

residents of this little island paradise will make<br />

you feel like royalty, welcoming you with true<br />

Filipino hospitality that comes from the heart.<br />

The resorts and dive centers of the island have<br />

staff that will make you wish your diving vacation<br />

would never end. With the most beautiful<br />

beaches and sparkling waters being ideal for<br />

both swimming and diving. The waters are crystal<br />

clear and visibility is every diver’s dream.<br />

The resorts and dive centers can cater for all your<br />

needs and some of the popular places to stay are<br />

the Malapascua Legend and Watersports Resort;<br />

the rooms are five star, there’s a swimming pool<br />

and a superb restaurant. Another resort of note<br />

is the Hippocampus. There are many dive centers<br />

on the island, such as Sea Explorers, Seaquest<br />

and Dive Link. The owner of Dive Link and his<br />

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staff are well versed in the top dive sites and are<br />

also innovators of Project Sharklink.<br />

Project Sharklink is a collaborative undertaking<br />

by Singapore and Philippine Education,<br />

Research, and Diving institutions to investigate<br />

and monitor the state of the Monad Shoal reef<br />

and propose measures to limit the degradation<br />

caused by increasing numbers of scuba-divers<br />

to the region, both in the water and on the<br />

fragile ecology of Malapascua Island. This<br />

includes “mapping and comparing topography<br />

and biodiversity of two underwater ‘cleaning’<br />

stations that support cleaner-fish services.”<br />

Cleaner-fish, known as elasmobranch, include<br />

the grey reef and thresher sharks as well as manta<br />

and devil rays which are frequent visitors to<br />

Monad Shoal. Project Sharklink will also identify<br />

“sustainable management of natural resources,<br />

such as fresh water,” on Malapascua island as<br />

well as monitor the quality of the ground-water<br />

which is in danger of long term contamination<br />

by pit latrines and open refuse sites. The teams<br />

will also establish workshops to conduct training<br />

on an alternative livelihood programme for local<br />

volunteers.<br />

When island hopping, some of the better dive<br />

sites are at Chocolate Island, for coral and a<br />

variety of fish. While Isla De Gato is prolific for<br />

sea snakes, sea horses and juvenile sharks.<br />

Situated atop Guimbitayan is the lighthouse that<br />

guides all the vessels plying the shipping lanes<br />

between Cebu and Manila.<br />

One of the more interesting dive sites is Monad<br />

Shoal, a sea mount rising 250m from the floor<br />

bed, 8km east of Malapascua. It is increasingly<br />

popular with divers and snorkelers attracted<br />

by the thresher sharks and manta rays which<br />

regularly bask in the crystal waters of the reef.<br />

Get in touch with Dive Link for details on trips<br />

to Monad Shoal.<br />

One can only say about Malapascua is that it’s<br />

the one destination in the Philippines that every<br />

diver should make time to visit and dive. Its<br />

delightful beaches, water as transparent as fine<br />

glass and intriguing marine life combine to make<br />

this diver’s paradise the holiday of a lifetime.<br />

Handy Hints<br />

There are no cars on the Island so transport<br />

around the island is by motor bike, or if nearby<br />

walking, which is more of a pleasure than a task<br />

as you stroll along the beautiful beaches to your


destination. It’s no hardship to walk around the<br />

island in around three hours. It is important<br />

to note that the lighter you travel the better,<br />

only bringing with you essential items and<br />

light summer clothing. The island has no banks<br />

or ATM’s and credit cards are not generally<br />

accepted, so have enough cash to cater for<br />

your needs: it is not a disadvantage if you<br />

know in advance and come<br />

well prepared. Whatever<br />

your decision for your next<br />

diving holiday choosing<br />

Malapascua is a decision<br />

you would never regret!<br />

How to Get There<br />

From Manila there are<br />

numerous flights daily from<br />

all the major airlines, with most of the airlines<br />

offering different promotional package deals,<br />

so check out the internet for your best options.<br />

From Cebu to places like Oslob and Moalboal,<br />

Ceres Bus lines runs a regular scheduled service<br />

with departures every 30 minutes. There are also<br />

private air charter services available to get you<br />

where you wish to go at reasonable rates. Air<br />

Juan have also commenced regular flights to<br />

various Cebu destinations.<br />

Where to Stay<br />

One of the more<br />

interesting dive sites is<br />

Monad Shoal, a sea mount<br />

rising 250m from the<br />

floor bed, 8 km east of<br />

Malapascua.<br />

Where ever your next stop over on this magical<br />

island there is no end to the number of choices<br />

you have to stay at from the<br />

budget conscious to five<br />

star. Cebu has is all.<br />

Where to Eat<br />

This all depends on your<br />

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no matter whether you are<br />

in Cebu itself or one of the<br />

many provinces there is<br />

always a selection of places to choose from to<br />

please even the most discerning palette.<br />

So looking for a holiday that has a bit of<br />

everything, then look no further than Cebu for<br />

that memorable holiday of a lifetime.<br />

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Chall<br />

2018 Zambales<br />

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s Lifeguard<br />

llenge<br />

Two Thousand Eighteen will see the running<br />

of the 7th Zambales Lifeguard Challenge,<br />

again sponsored by Standard Insurance<br />

Co., Inc., this is fast becoming the premier<br />

lifesaving sports event in the Philippines, due<br />

to Zambales Lifesaving Inc. continuous drive for<br />

precision training, safer beaches and drowning<br />

awareness and prevention.<br />

The growth of this event has<br />

been continuous, with the<br />

first event in 2012 being pool<br />

events and only four teams,<br />

every year it gets bigger<br />

and better; this is brought<br />

about by the continued<br />

assistance of the Standard<br />

Insurance Co., Inc. who<br />

understand the value to the<br />

community that drowning<br />

awareness brings. Also the<br />

support of the Provincial<br />

Government of Zambales<br />

through the support of<br />

Hon. Governor Atty. Amor<br />

Deloso, Congresswoman<br />

Cheryl Deloso-Montalla and<br />

a number of the LGU’s, especially Iba and San<br />

Narciso.<br />

Since the inception of the program, Zambales<br />

Lifesavings president Mr. Roger Bound has<br />

worked hard to bring the swimming community<br />

and lifesaving together, this has resulted in<br />

Zambales Lifesavings<br />

president Mr. Roger<br />

Bound has worked<br />

hard to bring the<br />

swimming community<br />

and lifesaving<br />

together.<br />

a number of competitive swimmers joining<br />

lifesaving and a number of lifesavers also<br />

joining the swimming ranks, which has greatly<br />

benefited both groups and the Province<br />

through sharing ideas and recourses.<br />

Also the recent support of Surf Life Saving Far<br />

North Coast that is assisting<br />

with supply of equipment<br />

that is being issued to<br />

resorts that support the<br />

program, so as to improve<br />

safety on the beaches of<br />

Zambales.<br />

The 2018 event will be held<br />

on the third weekend of<br />

March, which will become<br />

the permanent date of the<br />

event, so in 2018 will be<br />

March 17 and 18.<br />

Even this early there is<br />

interest from a number<br />

of out of province teams,<br />

including Cebu and Bohol,<br />

Zambales Lifesaving are also<br />

hoping that the Naga team can find a sponsor,<br />

as they are fast developing as an extremely<br />

strong team and the more experience they can<br />

get, the stronger they will become.<br />

To assist teams in keeping cost down, teams<br />

will consist of only two persons, these can be<br />

Words by<br />

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DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

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males and females and there will be special<br />

awards for all female teams.<br />

Current inquiries from parents and kids are<br />

increasing, which is a great sign of the junior<br />

ranks increasing, starting from only 4 in 2012,<br />

it is expected to see a minimum of 40 kids<br />

compete in this year’s<br />

event, due to the growth<br />

of interest there will this<br />

year be introduced new age<br />

classes and separate events<br />

for boys and girls, age<br />

categories will be category<br />

1, for 8, 9 and 10 year olds<br />

and category 2 for 11, 12<br />

and 13 year olds, these will<br />

all be individual events,<br />

the 14 and 15 year olds will compete in Team<br />

events and the teams will be mix of 1 female<br />

and 1 male, this it to encourage more females<br />

into the sport and to make the competition as<br />

close as possible.<br />

The program expanded to<br />

assist some 400 children<br />

in basic water safety, with<br />

the major goal to be able<br />

to teach them to “float”.<br />

This year will also see the introduction of a<br />

junior novice category for kids below 8 as there<br />

are inquiries for this, which may well lead to<br />

Zambales following the Australian format of<br />

the juniors being from 5 to 16 rather than the<br />

current 8 to 16.<br />

Events will be run over 2<br />

days and at this point it is<br />

anticipated that there will<br />

be 7 events for seniors and<br />

5 events for the juniors, for<br />

safety, events will be run in<br />

heats, all of which will be<br />

timed and results based on<br />

the fastest times, so it is<br />

envisioned that in all a total<br />

of some 45 plus heats over<br />

the 2 days, so there will be plenty of action for<br />

spectators.<br />

Overall winners will be decided on a points<br />

system based on their overall placing in each<br />

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event, points are 1st. 20 pts.) (2nd. 17 pts.)<br />

(3rd. 15 pts.) (4th. 12 pts) (5th. 10 pts) (6th.<br />

and below 5 pts.) and Did Not Finish (DNF) - 0<br />

pts Disqualification (DQ) – 0 pts.).<br />

The majority of the senior events will be<br />

actual rescue scenarios, using victims who<br />

shall be volunteers from the local lifesaving<br />

communities and resorts.<br />

Due to additional assistance from the sponsor,<br />

Standard Insurance, will be greatly reduced<br />

from what was required in previous years<br />

for individual entries, this is in line with the<br />

policy to make the event more affordable for<br />

competitors and will include a competition<br />

shirt, lunch and medals for first three in all<br />

events and trophies for the outright 1st., 2nd.<br />

and 3rd. in overall points.<br />

As usual the host resort will be offering<br />

free entrance to all spectators; there were a<br />

number of possible venues, but after careful<br />

consideration, the venue chosen for the<br />

7th Standard Insurance Zambales Lifeguard<br />

Challenge is Palmera Garden Beach Resort<br />

and Hotel in Bangantalinga Iba, who have<br />

also hosted some of the previous Lifeguard<br />

Challenges.<br />

The events in the 2018 events to be held will be:<br />

Juniors events:<br />

Run – swim – run. / Beach sprint. / Beach flags. /<br />

Rescue Board run – paddle – run. (These are<br />

junior styro rescue boards) / Rescue tube run<br />

– swim – run. (towing a rescue tube, but no<br />

victim) / Iron-kid. Run – swim – paddle – run.<br />

(Top 6 competitors only)<br />

Senior events and Junior teams:<br />

Beach flags. / Run – swim – run medley relay. /<br />

Rescue board and transfer relay. / Lifeguard<br />

Challenge relay. / Rescue tube and transfer<br />

relay. / Rescue and resuscitation assessment<br />

relay. / Iron-man Challenge. / Board race. If<br />

additional time available this will be a relay.<br />

For further information and registration of the<br />

2018 challenge contact Mr. Roger Bound on<br />

0918-922-2863 or Marichu on 0918-938-0266<br />

or email: slszambales@gmail.com.<br />

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Sailing Tips<br />

Equi<br />

You’ve always been interested to sail, but you know little about boat parts, the confusing technobabble,<br />

and what little you know is making your head spin in four different directions! Worry no<br />

more. This continuing series of articles is for you: it covers tips regarding hardware present on most boats,<br />

as well as common sailing techniques, terms and definitions, the names of the different pieces of hardware,<br />

and much more. This will keep you informed about most things you will need before you begin your own<br />

sailing excursion. Be sure to consult with an experienced sailor and someone knowledgeable about boats.<br />

The bow and stern<br />

lines have to be<br />

strong enough to<br />

carry the main load<br />

of the boat.<br />

Article<br />

excerpts<br />

reprinted<br />

from<br />

the book<br />

CRUISER<br />

HANDLING<br />

by BOB BOND<br />

& STEVE<br />

SLEIGHT<br />

Polyform f-series boat fenders<br />

Your boat is probably going to have to spend a good<br />

deal of its life berthed alongside a quay or pontoon.<br />

It is therefore crucial to know how to secure it<br />

properly to prevent it from moving around and<br />

damaging both itself and other craft. You will also<br />

need the proper equipment with which to secure it:<br />

good-quality rope warps, fenders of a suitable size<br />

and shape for your boat that are strong enough<br />

to withstand chafe on rough walls, and cleats and<br />

fairleads fixed to your boat, sturdily made and<br />

securely bolted on. All the equipment with which<br />

to secure it should be checked regularly for signs<br />

of wear and tear, if you do not wish to find yourself<br />

adrift one night in the middle of a gale.<br />

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In Normal circumstances, you would choose a<br />

berth which is sheltered from the full force of wind<br />

and waves, but now and again you may have no<br />

alternative. Any equipment must be strong enough<br />

to withstand considerable pressure. Make sure the<br />

knots you tie will not come undone.


pment for Berthing<br />

Boat at dock<br />

Rope with plastic tubing<br />

Fenders<br />

Fenders are usually made of plastic, although you do<br />

get rope ones occasionally. They are hung over the<br />

side of the boat, tied to the stanchions or grabrails,<br />

and are carefully positioned to prevent the boat from<br />

rubbing against the sides of the berth, or another<br />

boat. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes<br />

to suit the needs of different boats and berthing<br />

situations. You will need at least four large fenders<br />

on board, preferably more. They are, however bulky<br />

and take up a lot of space. Since only the widest<br />

part of the boat normally touches the side of the<br />

berth, you need only position them where the side<br />

of the boat and berth meet. If you are berthed up<br />

alongside an uneven quay wall, you may find it best<br />

to hang a fender board (wooden plank) outside the<br />

fenders to spread the load correctly and protect the<br />

boat.<br />

Cleats and Fairleads<br />

The cleats on your boat should be as large as<br />

possible, since the larger the cleat the less wear there<br />

is on the warp. There should be no sharp edges to<br />

it, and every boat should be equipped with at least<br />

four deck cleats which can be used for mooring.<br />

Bigger boats will need more. If the warps are under<br />

great strain, you should have a Sampson post. Your<br />

boat should have a fairlead on either side, at the<br />

bow and stern, so that the warps do not rub against<br />

the stanchions or rigging. The fairleads can be open<br />

or closed at the top, although the closed type are<br />

safer since the warp cannot slip out accidently.<br />

Warps<br />

The warps used for berthing a boat serve different<br />

functions. Two warps, which form the bow and stern<br />

lines, position the boat correctly in the berth, and<br />

are used by the crew to control the boat’s speed<br />

when coming alongside. The bow and stern lines<br />

have to be strong enough to carry the main load<br />

of the boat and long enough to allow for any rise<br />

and fall of the tide (roughly three times the tidal<br />

range). Two other warps rigged as springs, prevent<br />

the boat from moving backwards and forwards, and<br />

from rubbing against the side of the berth. These<br />

don’t have to be as long as the bow and stern lines:<br />

one and a half times the tidal range is normally<br />

sufficient. The bow and stern lines and the springs<br />

need adjusting as the tide rises and falls. The bow<br />

and stern lines, provided they are long enough,<br />

need only be adjusted at half tide; the springs may<br />

need more frequent adjustment. If you are going<br />

to leave your boat unattended for some time, you<br />

must make sure that you have left enough length<br />

on the lines to allow for the tidal range.<br />

When lying alongside a quay or wall do not lead<br />

the springs through or under the rails, but take<br />

the instead through the fairleads then outside all<br />

the rigging, to prevent chafe on the deck edge or<br />

lifelines as the boat rises and falls with the tide. You<br />

can use fore and aft breast ropes to keep the boat<br />

close alongside when loading, for example. They are<br />

not, however, essential when both bow and stern<br />

lines, and springs are used. When lying alongside a<br />

floating pontoon, they can be used to replace the<br />

bow and stern lines. When about to leave a berth,<br />

you usually rig the lines ashore as slip lines, so that<br />

the crew does not need to go ashore.<br />

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Will Fishing<br />

Olympic<br />

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Become an<br />

Sport?<br />

F<br />

ishing has been recognized for some time as<br />

being the most participated sport in the world<br />

with anglers numbering in the hundreds of millions<br />

around the world and 50 million active anglers in the<br />

United States alone.<br />

The World Freshwater Angling Championships have<br />

been dominated by Europeans since its inception in<br />

1954, being staged on rivers, canals and still waters.<br />

Australian, Dave Wesson, became the first non-<br />

European to win the World Title in 1992.<br />

Words by<br />

JAMES<br />

WEBSTER<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

The International governing<br />

body for fishing (The<br />

International Confederation<br />

of Sport Fishing) has applied<br />

for Olympic status in the 2020<br />

Tokyo Olympic Games, and<br />

why not?<br />

Critics argue<br />

that there is<br />

no athleticism<br />

involved in<br />

fishing.<br />

Angling has already been<br />

an Olympic demonstration<br />

sport with 600 competitors<br />

vying for Olympic Gold at the<br />

1900 Paris Olympic Games.<br />

Since then Angling has<br />

become a major international<br />

competitive sport. There are<br />

now World Championships for<br />

fishing in its many forms with<br />

probably the largest being<br />

“The World Fly Fishing Championship” attracting<br />

fisherman from all over the world. The WWFC also<br />

hosts the Adventure Fishing World Championships,<br />

a very demanding, nine hour, kayak-based fishing<br />

event which would be an outstanding Olympic event<br />

and one that would certainly silence those critics<br />

who argue that there is no athleticism involved in<br />

fishing.<br />

Yet another prestigious world<br />

fishing event is the “Offshore<br />

World Championships” held this<br />

year in Costa Rica. Maybe those<br />

non-athleticism critics need to<br />

discuss the subject with guys<br />

who have tangled with Blue<br />

Marlin in excess of 1,000 pound<br />

on the fitness levels required to<br />

compete at this level.<br />

There are many, many other<br />

branches of fishing World<br />

Championships including<br />

individual species world<br />

titles such as The World Bass<br />

Fishing Championships and<br />

The World Blue Marlin Fishing<br />

Championships.<br />

Many have given up their day jobs for the grind and<br />

prize money of professional fishing. As in all sports<br />

most have failed but the champions have prevailed.<br />

Case in point is Dr. Martin Arostegui who broke 326<br />

world records in his career or Kevin Vandam who<br />

earned $US4.5 million in Bass Tournament prize<br />

money in 2010 and earned 20 consecutive berths<br />

cebacobay.com<br />

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in Bass classics. Had fishing been part of Olympic<br />

competition over the last 50 years, both of these<br />

sportsmen would be held in the same sporting<br />

esteem as the likes of Usain Bolt and Michael<br />

Phelps.<br />

So there is no shortage of anglers who have<br />

achieved the same years of training, knowledge,<br />

experience and skill levels in their sport as those<br />

competitors in other Olympic Sports. To those critics<br />

who say fishing is not really a great a spectator<br />

sport I say “watch synchronized swimming for an<br />

hour and then watch an angler fight a massive<br />

sailfish for an hour and tell me what creates the<br />

biggest adrenalin rush.<br />

There is no shortage<br />

of anglers who have<br />

achieved the same years<br />

of training, knowledge,<br />

experience and skill<br />

levels in their sport as<br />

those competitors in<br />

other Olympic Sports.<br />

If Rhythmic gymnastics, synchronized swimming<br />

and what? race walking? can become Olympic<br />

Sport, then fishing should certainly be part of the<br />

Olympic Games.<br />

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Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

TBecause of the mishap at the beginning of the<br />

year in the Hobie Challenge, where 21 Hobies<br />

were lost at sea in typhoon weather conditions,<br />

the usual Round Taal Volcano<br />

Hobie races and regatta had<br />

to be cancelled for this year,<br />

as replacements of these craft<br />

had not yet arrived.<br />

One of the events on this<br />

weekend was the Oz Goose<br />

race, and this year it was time<br />

for the Oz Goose to shine<br />

in the Inaugural OZ Goose<br />

Nationals Regatta sponsored<br />

by Hyde Sails. The Oz Goose<br />

is a small home built craft with<br />

amazing sailing capabilities.<br />

The Taal Lake Yacht Club<br />

is probably the Philippine’s<br />

most active sailing club and<br />

has traditionally focussed on<br />

the Hobies. However Hobie<br />

16 is far too expensive for the average middle<br />

class family. So Commodore and Founder Peter<br />

Capotosto is looking at the Oz/ PD Goose to bring<br />

more people into the club, increase participation<br />

in sailing and to provide a pool of sailors, some of<br />

whom will move into more advanced sailboat types<br />

as their experience increases. The Oz Goose looks<br />

odd – so how do they sail? Top recorded speed solo<br />

sailing has crept up in the last two years. Originally<br />

The Oz Goose is a<br />

small home built<br />

craft with amazing<br />

sailing capabilities.<br />

12 knots it was raised to 12.9 (both on a tideless<br />

lake in Central Texas. And finally rose to 13.8 knots<br />

on a tideless lake in the Philippines. For fleet racing<br />

they are quite competitive<br />

sailed two up allowing learners<br />

or disabled sailors to take part<br />

in racing against the singlehanders.<br />

But how does the Oz<br />

Goose flat bow and flat bottom<br />

deal with rough water? For six<br />

month of the year the wind<br />

blows down to our lee end of<br />

Taal Lake. They get serious<br />

waves and chop with lots of<br />

reflections off the rocky shore.<br />

The goose is very powerful<br />

because of its high stability<br />

and able to carry full sail<br />

happily in 20 knots even with<br />

65kg sailors. it just smashes<br />

any taller wave tops out of the<br />

way, but a bit of heel gives a<br />

smooth ride. In light winds and<br />

leftover chop they can be quite noisy, but the 89<br />

sq. ft. of sail gives good speed and action is smooth<br />

with a little heel.<br />

The weekend of November 18 & 19 saw 17 Oz<br />

Goose craft compete on the waters of Lake Taal, in<br />

what can only be described as a fun weekend where<br />

the OZ Goose proudly showed the sailing world that<br />

sailing can be fun and inexpensive as well.<br />

Oz Goose<br />

Nationals Regatta<br />

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At the start the wind gods were unkind with still<br />

calm waters and not the slightest breeze all morning,<br />

delaying the start till after lunch, when thankfully<br />

the winds picked up to a satisfactory level, paving<br />

the way for an excellent afternoons’ racing with the<br />

Oz Goose craft strutting their stuff. After the days<br />

racing, a complimentary drink was enjoyed by all,<br />

followed by a delicious evening meal.<br />

To get people<br />

started in sailing<br />

you need something<br />

they can afford, that<br />

has good response<br />

and feels right.<br />

The Sunday seen a much<br />

better start to proceedings,<br />

with good winds prevailing,<br />

allowing for some stiff<br />

competition. While<br />

the racing was on the<br />

traditional delicious Aussie<br />

sausage sizzle, sponsored<br />

by Broadwater Marine<br />

was prepared to feed the<br />

hungry sailors after a day of good racing.<br />

Following the Luncheon, Peter Capotosto presented<br />

the awards to the well deserving winners. The overall<br />

winners were, in first place, Peter Capotosto and<br />

Angelique Tuazon, second place went to Michael<br />

Storer and Honey Trazel Mae S.Truz, with Job<br />

Ferranco and Mikee Vinzon taking 3rd spot.<br />

This amazing little craft drew a host of comments<br />

after its’ first national event. Some of the comments<br />

were: Peter Capotosto “I know. It looks like a closet<br />

that someone kicked over and put a mast in it.<br />

When I saw it for the first time, I laughed! It’s a new<br />

design that sails surprisingly well, is cheap, easy to<br />

build, has enormous buoyancy, and as a result, is a<br />

boat that can be used for collegiate and corporate<br />

training, racing, and flood rescue. It hits several<br />

hot buttons. This is a cheap way to get into sailing.<br />

Remember what they named the largest class in<br />

the world? The „Optimist“? Because you had to<br />

be an optimist to think you could sail it? This is an<br />

improved, simpler, larger, more practical boat, and<br />

it’s a lot less expensive. It sails also LOT better too.”<br />

Michael Storer: “The big advantage is that we can<br />

get 10 to 20 people sailing for the price of importing<br />

a single Laser and spares. To get people started in<br />

sailing you need something they can afford, that<br />

has good response and feels right. They will move<br />

on to something fancy later.<br />

Every feature is designed to keep the cost down.<br />

But they have good spars, a light hull, and excellent<br />

foils with simple but effective rigging not requiring<br />

many imported bits of chandlery.<br />

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Over half the people in the fleet had not sailed<br />

before much. So materially adds to the people<br />

involved with the Taal Lake Yacht Club and sailing<br />

in general. But you have to start them somewhere.<br />

Remember that sailing was dropped from the<br />

Paralympics, not enough countries and not enough<br />

participants in each country. They will also be having<br />

a family boat building weekend on the 16th to 18th<br />

of February 2018 some come and join the fun,<br />

please note that one of the conditions of joining the<br />

FBW2018 is the participation of Oz Goose races for<br />

one year.<br />

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Watch out for more of the Oz Goose in Active<br />

Boating and Watersports, as this easy to build and<br />

sail craft makes its’ mark on the Philippine Sailing<br />

Calendar. If you would like to become involved in<br />

the exciting sport of sailing start by contacting Roy<br />

Espiritu on 09147-871-8547 or Michael Storer on<br />

0977-250-0033 or you can email info@pinoyboats.<br />

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