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<strong>2018</strong> SEA-EX NOW IN OCTOBER<br />

THE 5TH PHILMARINE <strong>2018</strong><br />

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It is with the greatest of pleasure that we celebrate our eighth<br />

anniversary with the <strong>Sept</strong>ember edition. We have come a long way<br />

since the first edition hit the streets in <strong>Sept</strong>ember 2010. The growth<br />

rate over these past eight years has been both phenomenal and very<br />

rewarding, with lots of milestones achieved, like being supported by<br />

the Department of Tourism since 2011, being awarded the Golden<br />

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Over the last eight years we have seen so much growth and many<br />

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many people.<br />

In this issue we have revisited Marinduque, this magical Island has<br />

so much to offer, and I was lucky enough to spend the week with<br />

Tourism Officer Dindo Asuncion and his staff, in helping produce the<br />

destination feature.<br />

In our next edition we will be visiting Panganiban in Camarines Norte,<br />

I have been reading up on this little gem of a destination and look<br />

forward to bring you the complete story in our December Edition.<br />

Once again thank you for all your support and a great eight years,<br />

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Far East 28s Manila Bay Series 6<br />

Cruising Adventure in the Philippines 12<br />

International Collaboration Brings 20<br />

Sailing to the Filipinos<br />

Palawan Sailing 24<br />

INTO THE BLUE Cruising the Philippines 30<br />

In A Motorized Banca<br />

Pied Piper of Fish 36<br />

Zambales Lifesaving - Meeting the 42<br />

Challenges of Aquatic Safety<br />

Destination - MARINDUQUE 50<br />

<strong>2018</strong> SEA-EX Now In October 74<br />

Sailing Tips - Using A Tender 78<br />

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Far East 28’s<br />

Manila Bay<br />

Series<br />


The latest innovations in speedy, easy to<br />

handle, sailing boats, The Far East 28’s were<br />

introduced to the Philippines within the last year<br />

by Jerry Rollin and Phil Sail Manila.<br />

Since being part of the Philippine Sailing scene<br />

they are really making a name for themselves.<br />

Competing in regattas all over the country, at Subic<br />

Bay, Puerto Galera, Punta<br />

Fuego and Manila Bay. The<br />

latest is the series racing in<br />

Manila Bay with eight monthly<br />

events from June through<br />

to December <strong>2018</strong>. With<br />

teams from Subic Sailing, Taal<br />

Lake Yacht Club, PHINSAF,<br />

PSA Men & Women Teams,<br />

Centennial II, all competing for<br />

top honours.<br />

The series got off to an<br />

excellent start in the 1st leg<br />

with excellent conditions<br />

A couple of the events<br />

because of typhoon<br />

conditions we have been<br />

experiencing over the<br />

last two months some<br />

legs had to be postponed<br />

and rescheduled.<br />

for sailing across the Manila Bay. Unfortunately<br />

a couple of the events because of typhoon<br />

conditions we have been experiencing over the last<br />

two months some legs had to be postponed and<br />

rescheduled, this is not a problem for the teams<br />

when sailing is in your blood like most competing<br />

sailors in the Philippines.<br />

The event schedule is now up<br />

to date with the latest event<br />

being held this last weekend<br />

August 25th <strong>2018</strong>. The next<br />

leg in the series will be held<br />

in Manila Bay on Saturday the<br />

8th of <strong>Sept</strong>ember, so if you<br />

have a free Saturday come<br />

down and watch these speedy<br />

craft in action.<br />

During the Philippine Boat<br />

Show (Sea-Ex) held at the<br />

SMX Convention Centre Mall<br />

of Asia on October 5th to 7th<br />

Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />


<strong>2018</strong>, there will be two events held at the floating<br />

docks at the SM By The Bay Terminal. This will be<br />

an exciting event so make sure you make it part<br />

of your <strong>2018</strong> Sea-Ex<br />

experience.<br />

There will be two<br />

events held at the<br />

floating docks at<br />

the SM By The Bay<br />

Terminal.<br />

Some of the teams<br />

competing in the series<br />

are For the PSA Women’s<br />

Crew there was Jerene<br />

Medel, Paula Bombeo,<br />

Rosario Amadeo, Asejo<br />

Alaiza, Belmonte Evita,<br />

Elise Zamora and Maria<br />

Vinzon, with Jerene Medel skippering the team. For<br />

Subic sailing there was Balting Asejo, Chris Cheng,<br />

Joshua Santos, Sean Michael Mitchell, Reimond<br />

Silvestre and Maria Vioeira, with Sean Mitchell and<br />

Subic Sailing: Balting Asejo Chris Cheng Joshua<br />

Santos Sean Michael Mitchell Reimond Silvestre<br />

and Maria Vidoeira. With Maria Vidoeira and<br />

Sean Mitchell sharing the skippers duties. Team<br />

Centennial II was crewed by Eli Paraiso, Norman<br />

Jaravata, Rex Sanico, Ricky Domingo, Joseph<br />

Frisco and Jimmy Yamson and skippered by Alan<br />

Chua. For TLYC some of the regular crew members<br />

participating in the series are Joe Hagedorn, Glenn<br />

and Jana Everett, Joiada Pablo, Mikee Vinzon and<br />




Patrick Bassett, while Peter Capotosto and Alex<br />

Chen shared the skippering duties.<br />

The Series has been<br />

very competitive so<br />

far with lots more<br />

excitement to come in<br />

the next few months.<br />

The Series has been very<br />

competitive so far with lots<br />

more excitement to come<br />

in the next few months so<br />

watch out for the event<br />

schedule and be part of<br />

this exciting regatta held<br />

on Manila Bay.<br />

The results so far and the<br />

leader board stands at Subic Sailing holding the<br />

lead with Centennial II in second place PSA Women<br />

in third spot with Phinsaf holding fourth place.<br />

Watch out for other event times in the events<br />

calendar of Active Boating and Watersports.<br />


L E O P A R D 5 0<br />

L E O P A R D<br />

L E O P A R<br />

Welcome the newest addition to the<br />

award-winning fleet Welcome the newes<br />

award-winning fleet<br />

V E R S A T I L E<br />



Cruising A<br />

in the Philippines<br />


dventure<br />

After finishing the last boat maintenance<br />

jobs in Subic Bay we eagerly departed<br />

for our holiday destination,<br />

Puerto Galera Yacht Club. We<br />

make this 95-mile jaunt in<br />

two legs, stopping at Pattaya<br />

Cove midway. We dropped the<br />

hook in the protected bay right<br />

next to the boatyard, making<br />

for a nice short 45 miles day.<br />

We arose at first light and<br />

made the second passage in<br />

relatively calm waters. This leg<br />

takes some weather planning<br />

as Verde Pass can be quite a<br />

bumpy ride. We use windy.com<br />

for weather planning although<br />

there are several other options.<br />

Back in what we call “one<br />

of our homes” we picked<br />

up the reserved mooring by<br />

early afternoon. Puerto Galera Yacht Club has a<br />

great mooring program with the big bonus of the<br />

“service boat” which takes us to shore or the yacht<br />

club. I am teaching our 5-year-old proper VHF<br />

radio protocol, so he loves to call the boat. Priam’s<br />

tiny voice calling “service boat please, picks up on<br />

Furthur” gives the drivers a chuckle.<br />

I don the 900 Christmas lights and we plan a party<br />

aboard, a Furthur tradition. The cruisers in the<br />

anchorage come by dinghy and others from the<br />

shore. The Holiday season has begun! Christmas<br />

and New Years are spent with our good friends at<br />

the Yacht Club. This is my eighth Christmas in the<br />

tropics, memories of cold rainy days, long cold<br />

nights and the insane hustle bustle of my hometown<br />

holidays are but a faint memory. Christmas should<br />

be spent in flip flops, shorts and a festive Hawaiian<br />

shirt!<br />

We now pick up our crew for the season, Maggie, a<br />

spunky gal from Oklahoma who has been studying<br />

in Australia. This gives her a unique accent, Oky/<br />

Ozish. Weather looking good for the downwind leg<br />

down Verde Pass and around Civitte Point. This can<br />

As we get ready we talk<br />

to other divers who just<br />

saw a Hammer Head<br />

Shark, one of the view<br />

things missing from my<br />

“I have seen” list, so I<br />

get really excited.<br />

be a hairy bit of water as it rounds the north tip of<br />

Mindoro Island. We drop the hook at a protected<br />

anchorage inside Cumalog<br />

Point. This cuts the trip to Apo<br />

Reef, our destination, in half.<br />

Crack of light departure and<br />

we head to diving Mecca,<br />

Apo Reef. We drop the hook<br />

just inside the massive reef<br />

at a place where we find 13<br />

meters of water. Most of the<br />

inside is deep, 25 to 30 meters<br />

so finding this mound makes<br />

anchoring easier. We drop the<br />

dinghy and Maggie and I do a<br />

quick dive, with Donna driving<br />

the tender. As we get ready we<br />

talk to other divers who just<br />

saw a Hammer Head Shark,<br />

one of the view things missing<br />

from my “I have seen” list, so I<br />

get really excited. Sadly, the sought-after shark has<br />

gone but we see a few of its smaller cousins plus<br />

the usual spectacular array of fish, great dive!<br />

The next day we make the short hop to El Rio<br />

Resort. This is our first time visiting this distinctive<br />

location. We have heard great things but others<br />

have reported that this is not a very “Cruiser<br />

Friendly” place, so we want to find out. As we<br />

approach and call on the radio a boat comes out to<br />

greet us and guide us to a mooring. We go ashore<br />

by landing the dinghy on a very well-built dock and<br />

are escorted to the office.<br />

El Rio is a 5-star resort, dream-like white sandy<br />

beaches, pools and a top-level restaurant. They<br />

charge us 500p for the mooring, and 500p a person<br />

to come ashore, 1000p if you want to use their<br />

pools or showers. The per person fee can apply to<br />

your restaurant bill. The dinner we had was superb<br />

along with live music. The prices are resort like, not<br />

local, so the 500p per person is eaten up pronto.<br />

This got us thinking about all the wonderful resorts<br />

in Palawan and how they relate to cruisers. I find<br />

there are three categories: first being “welcome!”,<br />

Words by<br />

BRIAN<br />


Photographs<br />

as credited<br />


esorts that value our business and find boats<br />

moored in view of their guests to be a positive<br />

experience for them. These places offer moorings<br />

with the caveat that we drop by for a meal or<br />

drinks. The second, like the above-mentioned<br />

resort, welcome us but for a<br />

mooring and landing fee, a<br />

reasonable request I guess.<br />

The third, and there are<br />

some like this, who not only<br />

do not welcome us but claim<br />

ownership of the waterfront<br />

near their establishments—<br />

GET OUT! Not wanting to<br />

argue the legalities of such<br />

a claim and certainly not<br />

wanting to go where we are not welcome, we avoid<br />

such places, leaving a clean wake.<br />

If you are lucky you<br />

will find Mike, the<br />

pioneer of the bay and<br />

full of history and<br />

news.<br />

Now we round the north tip of Busuanga Island<br />

and head to another of our “homes”, Busuanga<br />

Bay aka Pearl Bay or Puerto Del Sol (no name on<br />

the charts). This is the gathering place for all Coron<br />

area cruisers, as per our designations, a type 1<br />

resort area, WELCOME. There are solid moorings<br />

that can be used, do drop by Puerto Del Sol for a<br />

scrumptious meal or drinks. If you are lucky you will<br />

find Mike, the pioneer of the bay and full of history<br />

and news.<br />

The bay is also home to two other popular resorts;<br />

Busuanga Bay Lodge is the big newer one, exquisite<br />

in design and accommodations. Cruisers can join<br />

the BBL Yacht Club which will provide you a shortterm<br />

space at the dock, (3 hours) for fueling and<br />

water. Gasoline for dinghies is also available there.<br />

Members get a discount at the 5-star restaurant<br />

and use of the amazing infinity pool. The fee is<br />

5000pp a month or 20,000pp for the year for those<br />



who make this a more permanent home. The fuel<br />

prices are comparable to those in town.<br />

Many a cruiser makes the hike up to the tower of<br />

Al Faro Resort, who boasts, rightly so, the best<br />

sunset pool view on earth. Happy Hour brings the<br />

boaters in and the frequent special events are an<br />

attraction. Jimmy, the pink toenail painted, golden<br />

long-haired owner, puts on “Fashion Shows” that<br />

delight the crowds, he is a gold plated character for<br />

sure. Meals are affordable and excellent.<br />

Our stay is in the bay is ended when our need<br />

for provisions crops up so off to Coron Town we<br />

go. To create some confusion, Coron Town is on<br />

Busuanga Island, not Coron Island which is mostly<br />

undeveloped. We drop the hook and dinghy into<br />

town. There are several good dinghy landings, we<br />

like Sea Dive as it is handy, and we get to check<br />

in on the owner, who may fool you as he wonders<br />

about not looking “owner-esque” he is one of the<br />

pioneers of the wreck diving in the area.<br />

A stop at Coron Town is not complete without a<br />

visit to the famed Hot Springs, so we hop a tricycle<br />

and make the bumpy ride out of town. The springs<br />

are salt water and crystal clear. With three pools at<br />

varying temperatures, everyone gets a comfortable<br />

soak, I go for the hot one!<br />

Loaded up we set back to seek the purpose of<br />

our quest, the wreck diving! History dropped a<br />

golden egg on this area when in 1944, seven large<br />

Japanese ships were attacked by 125 US fighterbombers<br />

and sank in diveable depths. I have been<br />

diving these treasures for five years and never tire<br />

of the experience.<br />

I have been diving<br />

these treasures<br />

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never tire of the<br />

experience.<br />

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just off the town and go ashore while grabbing<br />

lunch we run into Pastor Hermi. He becomes<br />

our exuberant guide. A lifelong local, both his<br />

grandparents were Lepers. Unlike the horror stories<br />

of the Hawaiian colony, this one was dedicated to<br />

the treatment and helped develop the cure.<br />

As our time in Coron winds down we start making<br />

plans to go south to El Nido. Our first stop is a new<br />

one for us, Coral Bay Resort. Again this is a type 1<br />

resort, welcome cruisers. We grab a mooring and<br />

go ashore, it is a slow week for them with only a<br />

few guests who we befriend. Donna and I have a<br />

tradition of dining in a new place on the eighteenth<br />

of each month, (married on the 18th) so Coral Bay<br />

is the pick of the month.<br />

This ends the first half of our cruising adventure in<br />

the Philippines. We are blessed with near perfect<br />

weather, incredible sites, and diving extraordinaire,<br />

old friends and new. Simply some of the best<br />

cruising in the world. We now depart for Palawan, El<br />

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each month, (married on<br />

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International C<br />

Brings Sailing<br />

Words by ROY<br />


PHBYC<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

An International collaboration of organizations<br />

involved in sailing and boatbuilding has<br />

brought about the popularity of the Oz Goose sailboat,<br />

an easy to build sailboat designed<br />

by Batangas-based Australian<br />

designer Michael Storer. This<br />

initiative has helped dispel the<br />

myth that sailing is only for the<br />

rich, it has also made sailing<br />

affordable and user-friendly and<br />

drawn more Filipinos to take up a<br />

hobby and sport that is virtually<br />

a perfect fit for the country’s<br />

archipelagic geography.<br />

Companies involved in this<br />

collaboration include; Hyde Sails<br />

International a British company<br />

that manufactures sails for<br />

various watercraft whose main<br />

This initiative has<br />

helped dispel the myth<br />

that sailing is only for<br />

the rich, it has also<br />

made sailing affordable<br />

and user-friendly.<br />

factory is in Cebu, Duckworks Boatbuilders Supply<br />

of the U.S, Broadwater Marine of Australia., local<br />

boatbuilding materials suppliers such as Zamboply<br />

Marine plywood, Pioneer Epoxy<br />

and Polymer Products, Inc.<br />

This initiative was brought<br />

about through the efforts of the<br />

Philippine Home Boatbuilders<br />

Yacht Club or PHBYC, an internet<br />

group of boating enthusiasts<br />

that promote affordable boating<br />

and sailing through do-ityourself<br />

wooden boats.<br />

So far, over 50 Oz Goose<br />

sailboats have been built in<br />

the three island groups of the<br />

Philippines; built from scratch<br />

using downloadable boat plans,<br />


Collaboration<br />

g to to Filipinos<br />

built to order from authorized builders, and most of<br />

them produced during Family Boatbuilding Weekends<br />

(FBW) the signature event of PHBYC, wherein families<br />

or groups assemble a boat from a prefabricated kit.<br />

In 3 years, the PHBYC has successfully organized three<br />

Oz Goose FBWs in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao,<br />

making the Oz Goose the fastest growing sailing fleet<br />

in the country, boats in Batangas regularly participate<br />

in monthly regattas organized by the Taal Lake Yacht<br />

Club. These events culminated in the first Oz Goose<br />

National Championships in 2017 in Talisay, Batangas.<br />

The event was a resounding success, 18 teams<br />

participated from all three island groups in the<br />

Philippines. The official video that came out from<br />

the regatta spurred renewed interest in dinghy<br />

sailing. PHBYC has since organized two more FBWs in<br />

Batangas, allowing for more boats to participate in the<br />

upcoming National Championships in November <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Long-time sailing enthusiast, Peter Capotosto,<br />

Commodore of the Taal Lake Yacht Club said, “I have<br />

come to believe that this boat could be what Philippine<br />

sailing has been waiting for, for half a century. All the<br />

pieces fit, to create a boat with multi-sector demand<br />

that will be produced and sailed, by a broad number<br />

of individuals, corporations, and schools, with varied<br />

interests. The Optimist was a huge hit in Europe. This<br />

could be the Philippines’ Optimist. It’s bigger, faster,<br />

and way more versatile. The Optimist is not going to<br />

jump start sailing in the Philippines, but this boat just<br />

might.” Mr Capotosto said.<br />

“The unique coming together of international and<br />

local boating experts and suppliers leading to the rising<br />

popularity of the Oz Goose class in the Philippines is<br />

unprecedented, and could be the hope for the future<br />

of Dinghy sailing here”, According to Mr Capotosto;<br />

“We organize monthly races at TLYC and the increased<br />

participation of old and new sailors in the Oz Goose<br />


Bottoms nailed<br />

Deck installed<br />

class has increased exponentially after we had a FBW<br />

there in February” Mr Capotosto added.<br />

Sailing clubs around the world are trying to emulate<br />

what PHBYC has done to revive interest in small boat<br />

sailing. According to boat designer Michael Storer:<br />

“We still have a long way to go to get mainstream<br />

interest in small boat sailing in the Philippines, but<br />

PHBYC is making progress, schools have expressed<br />

their interest having sailing as a varsity sport and our<br />

maritime academies that produce sailors that know<br />

little about sailing are beginning to appreciate how<br />

small boat sailing and boatbuilding can significantly<br />

add to the seamanship knowhow of their cadets.”<br />

The Oz Goose is easy to build and it sails well with 3<br />

persons, but is best sailed with one or two people onboard,<br />

making it a great platform to learn how to sail.<br />


Its shape gives it a lot of stability and is empty of water<br />

when righted from a capsize. Sailing lessons with the<br />

Oz Goose sailboat are organized by PHBYC at TLYC in<br />

Talisay, Batangas.<br />

The Oz Goose is four meters long and made from 5 or<br />

6mm marine grade plywood, and lumber, assembled<br />

with epoxy. While the sails that move the boat can be<br />

made by the builder from materials like polytarp or<br />

tyvek, professionally made Dacron sails can also be<br />

purchased locally from dealers such as Las Pinas based<br />

Monsoon Marine.<br />

Safety on the Water<br />

Anyone can learn how to sail, PHBYC has always<br />

been an advocate of safety on the water by wearing a<br />

personal flotation device (PFD) being responsible and<br />

respectful to the<br />

environment<br />

and advising<br />

people when to<br />

expect you back<br />

when going<br />

on extended<br />

boating trips.<br />

The Oz Goose is four<br />

meters long and made from<br />

5 or 6mm marine grade<br />

plywood, and lumber,<br />

assembled with epoxy.<br />

About PHBYC<br />

The Philippine<br />

Home Boatbuilders Yacht Club (PHBYC) is a local<br />

community sailors, boaters and amateur and<br />

professional boatbuilders that help people get into<br />

boating and sailing economically through boatbuilding.<br />

Plans for building all kinds of boats are available<br />

online and the materials to build them are readily<br />

available locally. Established in 2006 PHBYC helps its<br />

members by giving advice on sourcing materials and<br />

boatbuilding techniques, all they ask in return is for<br />

people to pay forward what they’ve learned to help<br />

grow the fleet of homebuilt boats. Feel free to follow<br />

PHBYC’s Facebook group page and the Open Goose<br />

Sailing Boat Group).<br />


Palawan<br />

Aquilone on a<br />

quiet day with<br />

sails up<br />


Sailing<br />

If you think the best way to fall in love with the<br />

world’s favorite island destination, Palawan, is<br />

island hopping on a crowded banca, think again. An<br />

El Nido- based sailing adventure,<br />

Palawan Sailing, is changing<br />

the scene. What’s on offer<br />

with Palawan Sailing is both<br />

certified sailing courses and fully<br />

chartered sailing expeditions in<br />

Northern Palawan and beyond.<br />

Talking about falling in love. In<br />

search of a site for both sailing<br />

and diving, Dustie and Thierry<br />

arrived on their sailing boat<br />

Aquilone in El Nido in 2014 after<br />

cruising many Southeastern<br />

countries. Stunned by the beauty<br />

of the Bacuit Bay, they decided<br />

to start a sailing school, the first<br />

Students come from<br />

all over the world to<br />

El Nido to take course<br />

in the most beautiful<br />

“classroom” with<br />

Thierry and Thomas.<br />

truly internationally recognized school, endorsed by<br />

IYT, in the Philippines.<br />

Shortly after, Thomas, a veteran<br />

scuba and free diving instructor<br />

from France, joined the team as<br />

a sailing instructor. Both Thomas<br />

and Thierry are professional<br />

IYT/MCA sailing instructors and<br />

qualified to teach sailing from<br />

beginner level up to the highest<br />

recreational level YachtMaster<br />

Ocean on the 45- foot sailing<br />

sloop, Aquilone.<br />

Students come from all over<br />

the world to El Nido to take<br />

course in the most beautiful<br />

“classroom” with Thierry and<br />

Thomas. Courses usually run for<br />

Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />


4-6 days depending on the level of certification. At the<br />

end of each course, students receive an internationally<br />

recognized IYT/MCA certificate which is accepted by<br />

all charter/rental boat companies and coast guard<br />

authorities around the world.<br />

Is it just the beauty of the Bay to enjoy? Certainly not!<br />

Northern Palawan is very unique compared to other<br />

Southeastern Asia for reliable winds in the Habagat<br />

season from November till June. The winds go from<br />

10 to 20 knots throughout the day from the north/<br />

east, which makes perfect condition for sailors as well<br />

as students. In addition, the Bacuit Bay is sheltered<br />

from ocean swells hence is ideal for beginners to<br />

experience their first sail trimming and steering. More<br />

advanced students can experience coastal sailing<br />

with trips between El Nido, Linapacan, Coron, Port<br />

Barton, and Puerto Princesa. For even more advanced<br />

skipper candidates, farther trips can be organized to<br />

experience blue water sailing up to Puerto Galera,<br />

Mindoro. Engine off, chart plotter off …students can<br />

learn the art of navigating by the stars with the help of<br />

a sextant and guidance from their instructor.<br />

Thomas on winches<br />

Thomas at the helm<br />

Students on 0 to hero<br />

Other than courses, Palawan sailing organizes custom<br />

sailing expeditions around the Northern Palawan.<br />

Usual trips range from 3 to 8 days. Aquilone can easily<br />

accommodate 4 guests very comfortably in 2 separate<br />

cabins, ideal for families and/or two couples. Most days<br />

are spent cruising from one secret island to another,<br />

with plenty time to relax on the deck or snorkeling<br />

on pristine reef. To fully appreciate the stunning view<br />

and tranquility of Big Lagoon and Small Lagoon, visit<br />

such spots in Bacuit Bay before the hordes of bancas<br />

arrive. Only a private sailing expedition can bring this<br />

unspoiled beauty to you.<br />

Learn to sail. Hold the tiller. Feel the breeze. Love the<br />

freedom.<br />

Engine off, chart<br />

plotter off…<br />

students can learn the<br />

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the stars.<br />



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BRUCE<br />

CURRAN<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

Below: Fisherfolk<br />

Middle: The Lenz<br />

Meret<br />

Center: Boarding<br />

the Lenz Meret<br />

I<br />

n the last decade, I have been fortunate enough<br />

to sail some 8000 mile through different regions<br />

in the Philippines,. Curiously though, it left me<br />

increasingly frustrated. With my boat’s draft of 2<br />

meters, I was so concerned about coral shallows and<br />

running aground that I tended to stay away from<br />

the coasts, and consequently felt as though I was<br />

missing much of the beauty of these islands. The<br />

scenery is spectacular, but passing by closer in,<br />

occasionally stepping ashore for lunch or just for<br />

a wander seemed so much more interesting, and I<br />

found myself increasingly unable to resist.<br />

Finally the day arrived when my curiosity saw me run<br />

aground on a reef. Stuck fast, I watched while the<br />

local bancas (native outriggers, often motorized)<br />

sped around me. Grounded from 7pm till 3.30 am,<br />

I had a lot of time to think of future travel plans,<br />

and how the shallow draft of bancas is a supreme<br />

advantage in these waters.<br />

Seagoing bancas are over 15 meters long, built of<br />

ply laid over a supporting frame of local hardwood<br />

and mostly rigged with bamboo outriggers on both<br />

sides of the main hull. These days most of them<br />

are motorized, generally using Japanese truck<br />

engines adapted for marine use. Drawing less than<br />

the water of my sailboat, they could go where my<br />

expensive plaything could not, gliding over reefs<br />

and running right up onto the sandy beaches that<br />

skirt most of the islands. The slow pace of a sailboat<br />

may be magical if you have the luxury of time on<br />

your hands, but with a diesel engine, you can cover<br />

a lot more ground. The seed of an idea for a more<br />

intimate way to explore local coastal communities<br />

was germinating.<br />

With over 7,500 islands, any serious exploration of<br />

the Philippines means taking to the water at some<br />

point. In many urbanized parts of the country the<br />

roads are nightmarishly choked with traffic; in more<br />

rural areas, they are sometimes scarcely drivable.<br />

By contrast, the waterways are free and open and<br />

un-crowded. The water is frequently an inviting<br />

turquoise, warm and chock-full of marine life.<br />

Around 70% of the country’s settlements are shore<br />

based, and offer a ready way to experience the<br />

famously warm Filipino welcome given to visitors.<br />

There are also plenty of beach resorts in the most<br />

beautiful parts of the country to call home for the<br />

night, where the banca can be beached nearby,<br />

ready for the next day’s excursion.<br />

I realized I was on to something. In a sailboat I<br />

had always stuck out like a sore thumb, giving<br />

an impression of extortionate wealth in a country<br />

where subsistence is the norm for many. With a<br />

banca, I would be demonstrating an appreciation<br />

of local craftsmanship and know-how, and by<br />

employing local guides I would be bringing an extra,<br />

unlooked-for source of income to a remote area.<br />

After much hunting and many enquiries a suitable<br />

17 meter banca was located, and I plotted a 500<br />

mile route through the region named Mimaropa<br />

(this name comes from the first two letters of<br />

the region’s main islands: Mindoro, Marinduque,<br />

Romblon and Palawan). Four crewmen, namely<br />


A group of adventurers test the waters aboard a native<br />

outrigger, on the lookout for hidden havens and magical<br />

memories<br />

Paul, Ruel, Rey and Reychel came with the banca,<br />

as part of the package for our seven-day adventure,<br />

with the vessel averaging about 12 knots, a good<br />

pace for long nautical journeys.<br />

but adventurous, we wedged ourselves into two<br />

vans loaded with supplies, belongings and camera<br />

gear for the drive down to Lucena City, three hours<br />

to the south.<br />

Nine like-minded would-be<br />

explorers were joining me, six<br />

foreigners and three Filipinos,<br />

all aware that our clear-cut<br />

route and expected timetable<br />

were subject to the vagaries of<br />

the weather. There was a simple<br />

VHF radio set on board in case<br />

of the need for shore contact -<br />

although as it turned out it was<br />

mostly tuned in to a local music<br />

station. A GPS and appropriate<br />

navigation charts were another<br />

necessity, especially since<br />

the crew were being asked to<br />

venture into waters unknown to<br />

them. Finally, lacking a pair of<br />

binoculars, we would make do<br />

with the pairs of sharp Filipino<br />

eyes to help us through the winding reef areas to<br />

come. We were now ready to begin our voyage of<br />

exploration.<br />

Getting Acquainted<br />

Our first day dawned early: with more than 75<br />

nautical miles of ocean to cover by nightfall, we<br />

gathered quietly in the foyer of a Manila hotel at 3<br />

am. Nine bleary-eyed adventurers feeling anything<br />

The 175hp diesel engine<br />

coughed into life and in<br />

short order we had turned<br />

a semicircle through the<br />

harbour and headed out<br />

for the open sea.<br />

By the time we arrived, the<br />

busy port was humming with<br />

passenger and cargo traffic,<br />

and a mishmash of boats of all<br />

sizes were vying for positions<br />

at the dockside. Street<br />

vendors were doing a brisk<br />

trade in the crowd and our<br />

motley crew wove their way<br />

amongst the hordes in search<br />

of our own chartered banca.<br />

There she was, the Lenz<br />

Meret, glimmering white with<br />

a dark-blue marlin painted<br />

on both sides, bobbing and<br />

bucking eagerly at anchor<br />

close to a concrete pier. Her<br />

flags crackling overhead were<br />

a good omen, indicating that<br />

there was a fair breeze from the northeast. This was<br />

the expected prevailing wind, known locally as the<br />

amihan, which blows pretty consistently from mid-<br />

October to mid-May during the dry season.<br />

We clambered aboard what was to be our floating<br />

base for the next seven days. The 175hp diesel<br />

engine coughed into life and in short order we had<br />

turned a semicircle through the harbour and headed<br />

out for the open sea. The clamour and chaos of<br />

Below: Paul relaxing<br />

on the Lenz Meret<br />

Middle: Apo island<br />

driftwood fire<br />

Center: Charting<br />


Clockwise Below:<br />

Coral reef Apo island<br />

Next: Dongon Reef<br />

Next: Kayaking in El<br />

Nido<br />

Bottom: Marinduque<br />

the port was soon a thing of the past as a majestic<br />

shoreline view opened up behind us, dominated<br />

by the massive conical bulk of Mount Banahaw, a<br />

dormant volcano and Christian pilgrimage site inland<br />

in Quezon province. A wonderful sense of release<br />

fell over all of us as we outran the greedy clutches<br />

of city life, the timeless rhythms of tide and wind<br />

replacing the blaring horns and non-stop hustle. We<br />

breathed in great lungful’s of fresh sea air and dozed<br />

on deck as we nosed out into the Sibuyan Sea.<br />

It was time to appraise our shipmates. The crew<br />

eyed us city-types and we in turn cast furtive<br />

glances back at them, each of us mindful that these<br />

strangers were all about to become very familiar<br />

over the course of the next week. Slowly we shed<br />

our wariness and relaxed. As the hours slipped by,<br />

we sank into a sort of meditative state, lulled by the<br />

action of the waves, the slap of water against the<br />

hull, the creak as the boat’s timbers flexed against<br />

the sea. Often we dozed, suddenly awaking as a<br />

quiver in the frame of the boat betrayed a change<br />

of direction.<br />

After such a blissful<br />

day afloat, our night’s<br />

stay back in the urban<br />

jungle was a shock to<br />

the system.<br />

We made only one stop along the Luzon coast that<br />

day, stopping at the tiny, rarely visited community<br />

of Pitogo laid out below a grand old stone church<br />

that dated back to the days of the Spanish 400<br />

years ago. Our quick tour attracted a gaggle of<br />

curious youngsters and then we were back aboard.<br />

Well before dusk we crossed the open water between<br />

Luzon and the island of Marinduque in the midst of<br />

the Sibuyan Sea. The banca gingerly wound its way<br />

through the bamboo fish traps that sat on the edge<br />

of the surrounding reefs, and headed in towards a<br />

coast thick with mangroves. A successful first day,<br />

and soon we were relaxing around a swimming pool<br />

at our resort near the town of Santa Cruz.<br />

Marinduque and Romblon<br />

Our early morning wake-up call came courtesy of<br />

the local fighting cocks loudly proclaiming their<br />

prowess. These prized fowl are an integral part of<br />

rural Filipino life, and they are kept well fed and<br />

ready to do battle at all times.<br />

We quickly readied ourselves and back on the water<br />

we turned the banca north along the coast, making<br />

our way to Balanacan, where a massive yet graceful<br />

religious statue dominates the entrance to the<br />

inner harbour, standing guard over all those who<br />

shelter in the port. With its quiet shallows, it makes<br />

an excellent place to sit out the typhoons that<br />

batter these parts in the summer. Kevin Hamdorf,<br />

a professional photographer, took the chance to<br />

scurry off inland to Mogpog market on a mission<br />

for colorful images.<br />


By afternoon we had reached Boac, the capital of<br />

Marinduque and home, at Easter, to the well-known<br />

religious festival of Moriones. This culminates in a<br />

re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus complete<br />

with Roman legionnaires, and the local handicraft<br />

stores do a natty line in Roman dress and masks.<br />

The narrow, pristine streets of the capital were lined<br />

with immaculately kept colonial-era buildings, and<br />

on the hill at the heart of the city was a grand old<br />

brick cathedral with a pair of vast, ornately carved<br />

wooden doors. A host of small black bats had taken<br />

sanctuary inside, clinging to the whitewashed,<br />

curved ceiling above the main altar.<br />

Then it was time for something more hedonistic. We<br />

took a two-hour dip in the hot springs to the south<br />

of the city, then paid a visit to a beach club where<br />

a band was playing. As it happened, one of our<br />

fellow adventurers was herself a professional singer<br />

and late in the evening, Mel lit up the stage with an<br />

electric performance that had the band, the local<br />

clientele and us, roaring for more.<br />

Next morning the sea was in a similarly boisterous<br />

mood, making our day-three longer than we had<br />

envisioned. We also spent time checking out a rumor<br />

we had heard, of a Boracay-like beach, hidden in<br />

an island group off Romblon. Boracay then had its<br />

tip-top worldwide reputation amongst tourists, but<br />

scattered throughout the Philippines are 7,500+<br />

islands and many, perhaps hundreds, of comparable<br />

places exist. You need a boat to find them though,<br />

for they are isolated paradises beyond the reach of<br />

the average holidaying masses. We were in search<br />

of one such paradise but were unable to find it, and<br />

with the day well advanced we turned towards the<br />

main island of Romblon and made our landfall at<br />

the town of the same name.<br />

We berthed in the same protected harbour where<br />

Spanish galleons, laden with silver, used to drop<br />

anchor for the first time after their three-month<br />

voyage from Acapulco in Mexico. Today, two<br />

dilapidated Spanish hill fortifications still guard the<br />

city below, and yet another magnificent Spanish<br />

cathedral dominates the center of town. This is<br />

marble country and trinkets of many sizes are on<br />

sale, though prospective buyers should make sure<br />

to bargain hard.<br />

Mindoro<br />

Day four was our longest sea journey by far - a 100<br />

mile run from Romblon to San Jose, in southwest<br />

Mindoro. It had been for some concern at the outset,<br />

but in the event we found ourselves running with<br />

the amihan, and the strong seasonal northeasterly<br />

winds sped us along smoothly and quickly. It was<br />

a delight to make such good time, and we snuck<br />

into a stretch of protected crystal water to find a<br />

perfect sand beach which made an idyllic spot for<br />

a late lunch at rest under the shade of an ancient,<br />

gnarled tree.<br />

By sundown we were lying off San Jose, with<br />

hundreds of fishing bancas anchored higgledypiggledy<br />

around us. San Jose was our first encounter<br />

with urban sprawl since we had left Lucena, and it<br />

was not a pleasant one, with smoke-belching and<br />

honking vehicles jamming the highways of the large<br />

town. After such a blissful day afloat, our night’s<br />

stay back in the urban jungle was a shock to the<br />

system.<br />

Awakening to the whine of motorcycles in the street<br />

outside, we checked out in a hurry, wanting to be<br />

underway as soon as possible. The agony of the<br />

land was soon transformed into the ecstasy of the<br />

sea. Some three kilometers offshore lay Dongon<br />

Reef, an immaculate coral sand spit protruding from<br />

a mirror-flat sea. We edged the banca as close as<br />

we dared and anchored on the surrounding sand to<br />

avoid damaging the glimmering field of coral spread<br />

like a persian carpet beneath the clear waters. The<br />

perfection was overwhelming; it was a magical place<br />

seemingly at the other end of the universe from the<br />

town which was now on the far horizon, so close<br />

yet so far. Rainbow-coloured shoals of fish graced<br />

the coral garden, and parrotfish and other more<br />

solitary inhabitants darted here and there amongst<br />

the coral.<br />

Eventually we dragged ourselves away, but just<br />

as we got started, we were surprised by a pod of<br />

some 20 common dolphins that crossed our path.<br />

We were spellbound by their antics and though<br />

they quickly left us, another group (much larger<br />

bottlenose dolphins this time) came by to surf and<br />

prance off our bow.<br />

Finally we were tied alongside the dock at Sablayan<br />

town, which lies more or less halfway up the west<br />

Apo island<br />


coast of Mindoro. Here we had to shop for supplies<br />

for a one-night beach camp we had planned on<br />

remote Apo Island. Most importantly, our permit to<br />

enter the magnificent Apo Reef protected area had<br />

to be organized at the office of the a Department<br />

of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).<br />

We split up and headed out on separate supplygathering<br />

missions, then with supplies stowed,<br />

started out once more. By early afternoon we had<br />

checked into our first beach resort, at North Pandan<br />

Island. Nico and Ethel took<br />

However, as the sun<br />

dropped below the<br />

horizon we were invaded<br />

by what seemed like<br />

millions of sandflies<br />

known locally as nik-niks.<br />

to a kayak for an early<br />

evening paddle along the<br />

shoreline, while my son<br />

Bali and I, together with<br />

Kevin, explored the trails<br />

that crisscross the island<br />

to remote rocky coves and<br />

isolated limestone cliffs.<br />

Apo Reef<br />

Next morning came exploration of a different kind<br />

as Anthony, the dive master from Pandan Resort,<br />

took us two hours west to Apo Reef, one of the best<br />

dive sites in the Philippines. For the keen divers on<br />

board, this was a highlight, the day they had been<br />

waiting for, and Ethel, Nico, Kevin and Bruno were<br />

abuzz with anticipation.<br />

The first dive was as good as it gets; Bali and I<br />

snorkeled along the edge of the reef on the first<br />

dive, following the bubble line above the team of<br />

experienced divers. The bubbles acted as a herding<br />

call to the reef fishes below, and many swam much<br />

closer to the surface as a result, giving Bali and I a<br />

better view. A turtle idled lazily along the reef some<br />

5 meters below us, while much farther down the<br />

divers were immersed in natural wonders, swimming<br />

among grey reef sharks, turtles, innumerable fish<br />

species and a vast array of spectacular corals. There<br />

are said to be more coral species in this single reef<br />

complex than the whole of the Caribbean Sea.<br />

After the second dive, Kevin announced it was the<br />

best diving he had ever done. There were beaming<br />

smiles all round as we headed for our overnight<br />

camp at the southeastern tip of Apo island, a little<br />

to the west of the Apo Reef complex.<br />

Since 1998, A Japanese lighthouse has been<br />

guiding ships around the reef, which sits in the<br />

middle of a busy shipping lane. Climbing up to the<br />

platform, high above the tree line, we were able to<br />

enjoy spectacular views in all directions, with subtle<br />

changes in the color of the water revealing the<br />

extent of the Apo Reef sanctuary. Much closer to<br />

hand, the rusted and decrepit remains of a wreck<br />

lay forlorn atop the reef, a reminder of why the<br />

lighthouse is necessary.<br />

As the day drew on we set a driftwood fire and<br />

gathered for a peaceful night, with a full moon clear<br />

and bright overhead. However, as the sun dropped<br />

below the horizon we were invaded by what seemed<br />

like millions of sandflies known locally as nik-niks.<br />

The torment of these biting hordes was unbearable<br />

for some, and by morning four of our number had<br />

retreated to the top of the lighthouse to get above<br />

the pests. Meanwhile, the local resident warden<br />

slept soundly in his loosely laced tent, while all<br />

around him we were scratching, slapping and<br />

cursing the night away. By dawn Gary looked like a<br />

pincushion, his legs a mass of itching bites.<br />

Palawan<br />

The next day was an easy 3 hour banca ride to<br />

Dimakaya Island, in the Calamian island group north<br />

of Palawan Island, where a first-class resort, Club<br />

Paradise, awaited us. The main part of the trip was<br />

now at an end, with a final trek across Dimakaya<br />

Island to the Eagle’s Nest viewing point as a kind of<br />

grand finale to our seven days of adventure. After<br />

the 500 nautical mile voyage, every one of the nine<br />

participants agreed they would do another, and a<br />

second trip has already been drawn up to run down<br />

the west coast of Palawan Island. The scenery and<br />

diving there are superb, and there are many beach<br />

resorts to soothe the travel-weary.<br />

Five of our number flew back up to Manila from<br />

Busuanga while three of us stayed on, one more<br />

adventure on our minds. Kevin hadn’t been able<br />

to resist the chance to kayak and photograph the<br />

cathedral-like limestone karst coves of Coron Island.<br />

Travelling overland to its namesake, Busuanga’s<br />

main town of Coron, we then took to the water<br />

one final time to visit the island with its turquoise<br />

lakes that nestle between towering crags. If you’re<br />

prepared to drag all your own gear up and over a<br />

long set of rough limestone steps, there is some<br />

excellent thermocline (neighboring layers of water<br />

at very different temperatures) diving to be done<br />

in Cayangan Lake. In this case though, we were<br />

content to swim, snorkel, sightsee and savour the<br />

last hours of our week-long voyage of discovery.<br />

Dusk was closing in as we returned to our kayaks,<br />

cleared the breakers on the beach and set out for<br />

Coron town. A fantastic sunset was brewing on the<br />

horizon, a pleasantly cooling breeze was blowing,<br />

and right then everything seemed just as it always<br />

should be.<br />



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A<br />

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your baited hook amongst all<br />

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By putting your fish scraps in a blender and filling<br />

a plastic container and freezing this concoction<br />

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method of drawing fish to your baited hook with no<br />

competition from other sources for the attention of<br />

the fish. By punching a number of holes into the<br />

container before dropping overboard a slow release<br />

of burley pieces too small to feed the fish but a<br />

scent that will entice the fish towards your bait.<br />

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excited and ravenous, assuring a good feed of fish<br />

at tonight’s dinner.<br />

Lions, monkeys and fish will quickly discover when<br />

and where an ample supply of food is available at<br />

You will have created a<br />

fish buffet and by the<br />

time you arrive at your<br />

location on your fishing<br />

day, they will be there<br />

waiting.<br />

Above: Berley bomb<br />

Right: Fish attracted<br />

with Burley<br />


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day. If you are able to visit your preferred fishing<br />

location for 10 minutes, 3 or 4 days in row before<br />

your planned fishing trip, you can fashion such a<br />

smorgasbord for the fish. I have seen this method<br />

performed with sensational success, particularly<br />

during fishing competitions.<br />

Formulate your bombs with chunks of berley as<br />

described in the first instance with enough weight<br />

to hold them in place on the river, lake or sea bed.<br />

Fashion enough for two for each visit you make<br />

before your planned fishing day. Then simply drop<br />

them overboard or toss them to your casting location<br />

if fishing from the banks rivers or lakes, at the same<br />

place each day and leave.<br />

You will have created a fish buffet and by the time<br />

you arrive at your location on your fishing day, they<br />

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Zambales Lifes<br />

Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

A<br />

quatic safety is something that needs<br />

far more attention, especially during the<br />

Summer months when, locals, tourists and foreigners<br />

flock to the beaches to cool off by enjoying the<br />

pristine waters that abound in the Philippines.<br />

Water safety has to be at the top of list of priorities<br />

and is fully supported by Active Boating and<br />

Watersports, and as discussed in the last edition,<br />

drowning statistics show that<br />

there is a long overdue need<br />

to resolve the problem and<br />

lower the drowning rates as<br />

significantly as possible.<br />

Zambales Lifesaving Inc., a<br />

non-stock, non-profit NGO, is<br />

working hard on this issue for<br />

its home area, Zambales, but<br />

also are finding themselves<br />

called upon by other areas such<br />

as San Juan La Union, Bataan,<br />

and Aurora, to assist with their<br />

endeavors in delivering better<br />

water safety for locals and<br />

visitors.<br />

Zambales Lifesavings success<br />

comes from having an organized<br />

approach and the correct priorities; the first and<br />

most important being “Drowning Prevention and<br />

Awareness” targeted at all ages but with a special<br />

emphasis on children below 14 years of age, but<br />

also with their parents, this is followed by training<br />

of various people in aquatic safety and rescue at<br />

That advice is very clear…<br />

“reach or throw, but do<br />

not go”… it teaches you to<br />

look for objects that you<br />

can throw to the person.<br />

affordable cost, lastly is lifesaving sports, below is<br />

a background on the three priorities, why they are<br />

being treated in this order and how they work.<br />

Drowning prevention and awareness:<br />

This is the most important priority, as statistically<br />

more than 30% of all drowning incidents involve<br />

children below 12 years of age, or in real terms more<br />

than 12,000 children lose their lives due to drowning<br />

every year in the Philippines,<br />

drowning is the 6th highest<br />

cause of mortality in children 1<br />

– 4, 3rd in children 5 – 9 and the<br />

2nd leading cause of mortality<br />

in children 10 – 14. The saddest<br />

thing of all is that drowning is<br />

preventable through education<br />

and awareness.<br />

Especially, the education of the<br />

parents and older persons who<br />

supervise these kids when at<br />

the beach, pool or areas where<br />

water is used for recreation by<br />

children. According to statistics,<br />

a staggering 88% of children<br />

in fatal drowning incidents<br />

were under supervision of<br />

their parents or an adult at the<br />

time, thus it is very important to educate those who<br />

supervise children when around water.<br />

The “Swim-safe” program that Zambales Lifesaving<br />

initiated in 2016 has been a great success and they<br />

thank participating resorts, Palmera Garden Resort<br />

Pray this is never<br />

your child<br />


saving Meeting Meeting the the Challenges<br />

of Aquatic of Aquatic Safety Safety<br />

in Iba, with support of the Iba Rotary Club, also the<br />

Lighthouse Marina Resort and Le Charms Suites’ in<br />

SBMA for supporting the program.<br />

However the program badly needs a sponsor to<br />

continue to grow. The program itself is only a half<br />

day, commencing with a lecture, which discusses<br />

various dangers often found in aquatic recreations,<br />

such as at the beach, rip currents and inshore holes,<br />

in rivers and creeks, snags and unseen rocks and also<br />

in pools, especially wave pools. It also covers around<br />

the home, such as pails and washing dishes left with<br />

water in them, as this is unfortunately one of the<br />

largest causes of drowning in the home. Parents or<br />

guardians must also attend the lecture.<br />

There is also special emphasis on assisting a victim,<br />

especially if you are not trained in rescue, even if<br />

you think you are a good swimmer, that advice is<br />

very clear… “reach or throw, but do not go”… it<br />

teaches you to look for objects that you can throw to<br />

the person, or things to use to reach them, especially<br />

if close to the edge of the water.<br />

This is followed by practical in water instruction, the<br />

main goal of which is to teach the participants to<br />

“float”, everyone can float and knowing how to do so<br />

is the difference between life and death, as the victim<br />

will not panic, thus can wait for assistance without fear<br />

of drowning, there are also scenarios and games of<br />

how to find things to use for “reach or throw”.<br />

The number that can attend is dependent on the<br />

number of trained instructors available, as all need<br />

one on one initial instruction on how to float. Sadly<br />

though there is very little support from the tourism<br />

or other allied industries, that should be involved,<br />

the program is not expensive to run, however for<br />

it to grow and expand we do require a sponsors to<br />

come on board and assist us.<br />

The second priority is: Training of Lifeguards and<br />

Lifesavers: Zambales Lifesaving Inc. is a Philippine<br />

Coast Guard “Accredited Training organization” for<br />

the training and certifying of Lifeguards as per RA-<br />

9993 and PCG MC 03-14, which attests to their ability<br />

and resources to get the job done professionally.<br />

Thus all Certificates issued by Zambales Lifesaving<br />

Inc. and accepted throughout the country and also<br />

accepted in many overseas countries. Through the<br />

efforts of founder and program director, Mr. Roger<br />

Bound, who has a background in Lifesaving, going<br />

back to his roots in Australia, plus almost 30 years<br />

experience in the Resort industry in Zambales,<br />

giving him accurate knowledge faced by the resort<br />

industry as well as those of lifeguards, it was through<br />

his initiatives that the Swim-safe program was<br />

commenced aiming at drowning prevention through<br />

awareness and education.<br />

Mr. Bound has also cemented ties between Surf<br />

Life Saving Australia Far North Coast Branch who<br />

regularly visit Zambales with the latest updates on<br />

training and equipment, they also assist in donating<br />

equipment, such as rescue boards, that are used<br />

for training and can be issued to member resorts to<br />

supplement what equipment they may themselves<br />

have, thus making it safer for their beach users.<br />

Additionally they have with the support of the<br />

Australian Life Saving Academy been able to modify<br />

the training modules to suit local conditions and to<br />

translate much of the materials into Filipino, this,<br />

along with them issuing self assessment manuals<br />

to their students has substantially decreased the<br />

student failure rate in the classroom and theory<br />

areas, as Mr. Bound says, Lifeguarding is one of the<br />

very few professions that can be achieved without a<br />

university or college degree and there are now quite<br />

a number of lifeguards initially trained by Zambales<br />

Lifesaving working overseas and on cruise ships.<br />

Zambales Lifesaving has a number of contacts for<br />

overseas placement, but also has a policy that they<br />

will not endorse their trainees to overseas until<br />

they have had at least 3 years experience in the<br />

Philippines, when asked why was this is, he replied,<br />

Lifesaving training<br />


This year saw it become<br />

an International event<br />

with teams from<br />

Singapore and Sabah<br />

Malaysia.<br />

Right: Drowning<br />

child being<br />

administered cpr<br />

our priority is aquatic safety in Zambales and the<br />

Philippines for locals and visitors here.<br />

Another of the innovations that Zambales Lifesaving<br />

has is extending its program from Open Water<br />

(Beach) lifeguard, a 40 hour course and swimming<br />

pool lifeguard, a 36 hour course to meet the growing<br />

demand and increase in interest in surfing, by devising<br />

a special course to train surfing instructors in first<br />

aid, basic life support (CPR) and basic rescue, should<br />

any untoward incident occur during surfing lessons,<br />

this program has been approved and Zambales<br />

Lifesaving Inc. has been accredited by all of the major<br />

controlling bodies of surfing,<br />

such as International Surfing<br />

Association (ISA) Academy<br />

of Surfing Instructors (ASI)<br />

and United Philippine Surfing<br />

Association (UPSA) and the<br />

Department of Tourism (DOT)<br />

who oversees the ASI program<br />

in the Philippines. The<br />

Zambales Lifesaving Inc. Surf<br />

Instructors Safety Certificate is<br />

now a requirement for all Surfing Instructors working<br />

with these organizations.<br />

Their final priority is: Lifesaving Sports:<br />

Lifesaving sports certainly have an importance, they<br />

are Internationally recognized, in fact, there is a World<br />

Championship held every 2 years, there are also<br />

competitions Nationally and in other nearby South<br />

East Asian Countries, such as Thailand, Vietnam and<br />

we believe soon to be in Sabah, Malaysia.<br />

Zambales Lifesaving Inc. have run a competition<br />

every year in Zambales for the last 7 years, attracting<br />

in the past teams from other areas, such as Boracay,<br />

Cebu, Dumaguete and Manila, this year saw it<br />

become an International event with teams from<br />

Singapore and Sabah Malaysia, also Zambales<br />

Lifesaving Inc. with the assistance of the Zambales<br />

Provincial Government through the efforts of Hon.<br />

Governor Atty. Amor Deloso plus the assistance of<br />

the Standard Insurance Co. Inc and RP Energy has<br />

competed in the Phuket Surf Lifesaving Competition<br />

in Thailand for the past 2 years, finishing second<br />

outright in the Teams Championship and outright<br />

Ironman Champion on both occasions against as<br />

many as 12 countries.<br />

Zambales Lifesaving also competes nationally,<br />

since 2012 Zambales Lifesaving has sent a team to<br />

the Great Titan Lifesaving sports event in Negros,<br />

finishing 1st and 4th, it again competed at this event<br />

at Bantayan Island in 2014, finishing 1st and 2nd.<br />

Also, the Festival of the Winds Lifesaving competition<br />

in Boracay, 2012 finishing 2nd in the International<br />

division against teams national and Australian teams.<br />

Zambales Lifesaving has also attended the Cebu<br />

Lifeguard Rescue Challenge every year since 2013,<br />

finishing Champions on every occasion during those<br />

5 years, they will again attend the Cebu event on<br />

<strong>Sept</strong>ember 9 and hope again to be successful.<br />

We asked Mr. Bound why they have done so well<br />

in the Lifesaving Sports, his reply, hard work and<br />

dedication, plus it showcases that we are among<br />

the top training facilities in the Philippines, also it<br />

gives us the opportunity to work in the development<br />

of our youths in sports associated with water, we<br />

have successfully managed to bond together our<br />

lifeguards, our swimming community and our surfing<br />

community to all work hand in hand in drowning<br />

prevention and awareness, this even more so with<br />

our special lifesaving sports event for children from<br />

5 to 15 years of age that we held the following<br />

day after our 7th Standard Insurance Lifeguard<br />

Challenge Competition, this event is sponsored by<br />


Lifesavers from all<br />

over the Philippines<br />

Singapore and<br />

Malaysia<br />

Junior Trainees<br />

with Coach Nhel<br />

Aranzanso Coach<br />

William Asturias<br />

and Roger Bound<br />


the Provincial Sports Office, this is the first year<br />

that they have been involved, but we hope this will<br />

become a permanent annual fixture.<br />

It showcases that we<br />

are among the top<br />

training facilities in the<br />

Philippines, also it gives<br />

us the opportunity to<br />

work in the development<br />

of our youths.<br />

Clockwise below:<br />

Instructors at a swim<br />

safe session Palmera<br />

Gardens, Iba<br />

Next: Swim Safe<br />

Instructions been given<br />

Next: From Left to<br />

Right PO2 Michael B<br />

Macayan Philippine<br />

Coast Guard (PCG)<br />

Chief Master-at-Arms<br />

Subic, CPO Manuel O<br />

Laroco PCG Deputy<br />

Subic, Roger Bound<br />

Zambales Life Saving,<br />

SNI Gervy I Mayo PCG<br />

Admin POIC Subic and<br />

Jim Rapp Zambales<br />

Life Saving<br />

Bottom: Proud winners<br />

of one of the many<br />

frequent competitions<br />

held<br />

We are also looking to<br />

commence monthly<br />

training sessions for kids<br />

on a monthly basis and<br />

are currently in discussions<br />

with resorts to provide their<br />

facilities free for the kids.<br />

Our 2019 event will, we<br />

hope, again see a whole<br />

day of events just for the<br />

kids. Lifesaving sports are also a great way to keep<br />

your lifeguards fit, learn new techniques and new<br />

innovations and it showcases lifesaving to the public,<br />

you meet new friends and learn from each other and<br />

most importantly you make new contacts and have<br />

the opportunity to reward those who support you,<br />

not only your competitors, but also the sponsors, if<br />

you look at our relationship with Active Boating and<br />

Watersports Magazine, it commenced from a chance<br />

meeting at a Lifesaving Sports demonstration we<br />

did at the Hobie Challenge in SBMA, way back in I<br />

think in early 2015, this showcased to you what we<br />

do and what our commitment and objectives are,<br />

without this we may never had met and gained your<br />

valuable support.<br />

I thank you also for the continued coverage that<br />

you have give not only to us but to drowning<br />

awareness and prevention, ours has become a strong<br />

partnership, as you see the need for what we do.<br />

Thanks also to our Hon. Governor who has now<br />

installed our organization onto the Provincial Disaster<br />

Risk Reduction Management Council so we can share<br />

our thoughts and expertise in the reduction of risk,<br />

especially in the aquatic recreation areas of Zambales.<br />

In closing if anyone or organization is interested<br />

to become a partner in these projects, Contact<br />

information: Zambales Lifesaving Inc. a duly<br />

registered SEC non-stock, nonprofit organization Mr.<br />

Roger Bound - President and program director.<br />

Email: slszambales@gmail.com or call or text him on<br />

0918 922 2863. www.zambaleslifesaving.org<br />

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he true heart of the Philippines, in the heart<br />

of the Philippine archipelago, and shaped<br />

like a heart is Marinduque (Tagalog pronunciation:<br />

[marin’duke]) an island province in the Philippines<br />

located in South-Western Tagalog Region or<br />

MIMAROPA, formerly designated as Region IV-B.<br />

Its capital is the municipality of Boac. Marinduque<br />

lies between Tayabas Bay to the north and Sibuyan<br />

Sea to the south. It is west of the Bondoc Peninsula<br />

of Quezon province; east of<br />

Mindoro Island; and north<br />

of the island province of<br />

Romblon. Some parts of the<br />

Verde Island Passage, the<br />

centre of the centre of world’s<br />

marine biodiversity and a<br />

protected marine area, are also<br />

within Marinduque’s provincial<br />

waters.<br />

During the Philippine-<br />

American War,<br />

Marinduque was the<br />

first island to have<br />

American concentration<br />

camps.<br />

The province of Marinduque was ranked number<br />

1 by the Philippine National Police and Philippine<br />

Security Forces as the 2013 Most Peaceful Province<br />

of the country due to its low crime rate statistics<br />

alternately ranking with the province of Batanes<br />

yearly. Furthermore, for almost 200 years, the<br />

province is home to one of the oldest religious<br />

festivals of the country, the Moriones celebrated<br />

annually every Holy Week.<br />

According to a legend, the<br />

island of Marinduque was<br />

formed as a consequence of a<br />

tragic love affair between two<br />

people: Mariin and Gatduke.<br />

Mariin’s father, a local chieftain,<br />

did not approve of this affair<br />

and ordered the beheading<br />

of Gatduke. Before this could<br />


e done, the couple sailed out to sea and drowned<br />

themselves, forming the island now called Marinduque.<br />

However, the most accepted theory of the etymology of<br />

the province’s name is a Hispanized corruption of either<br />

malindig or malindug, which means “stand tall” or<br />

“elegant”, in reference to a potentially active volcano in<br />

the southern section of the island, the Mount Malindig.<br />

During the Spanish and early American occupations,<br />

Marinduque was part of Balayan Province (now<br />

Batangas) in the 16th century, Mindoro in the 17th<br />

century, and had a brief period as an independent<br />

province in 1901, when the Americans arrived.<br />

During the Philippine-American War, Marinduque<br />

was the first island to have American concentration<br />

camps. Marinduque is the site of the Battle of<br />

Pulang Lupa, where 250 Filipino soldiers under<br />

Colonel Maximo Abad, defeated a smaller force of<br />

54 American Infantrymen. It is one of the few battles<br />

during the pacification of the Philippines where the<br />

tenacity and bravery of the Filipinos prevailed over<br />

the well-armed Americans. Col. Abad after capturing<br />

the Americans later surrendered on April 15, 1901<br />

upon orders from Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and due to<br />

the capture of Gov. Martin Lardizabal and two other<br />

officials of the revolutionary who were held hostage<br />

by the Americans in Fort Santiago.<br />

In 1902, the US-Philippine Commission annexed the<br />

islands of Mindoro (now two separate provinces)<br />

and Lubang (now part of Occidental Mindoro) to the<br />

province. Four months later, the province became<br />

part of the province of Tayabas (now Quezon). On<br />

February 21, 1920, Act 2280 was passed by the<br />

Philippine Congress, re-establishing Marinduque as<br />

a separate province.<br />


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Boac Cathedral<br />

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Boac business district<br />

In 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces landed in<br />

Marinduque. In 1945, combined American and<br />

Filipino troops liberated the province from the<br />

Japanese forces. Two government agencies were<br />

stationed in the province during the American<br />

period, the Philippine Commonwealth Army and the<br />

Philippine Constabulary. The general headquarters<br />

of the PCA was active from 1935 to 1942 and again<br />

Archaeology<br />

in the Philippines<br />

began in<br />

Marinduque.<br />

from 1945 to 1946 while the PC was active from<br />

1945 to 1946.<br />

Archaeology in the Philippines began in Marinduque.<br />

Prior to 1900, only one important archaeological<br />

investigation had been carried out in the country: the<br />

Antoine-Alfred Marche’s exploration of Marinduque<br />

from April to July 1881. According to anthropologist<br />

Henry Otley Beyer, while many other accidental<br />

discoveries and finds have been recorded from time<br />

to time and a few burial caves<br />

and sites had been casually<br />

explored by European and local<br />

scientists, no systematic work<br />

had been done anywhere else<br />

prior to these explorations. After<br />

Marche, the next important<br />

archaeological work was<br />

undertaken by Dr. Carl Gunthe<br />

in the Visayas Island Group in<br />

1922.<br />

Marinduque provincial capitol<br />

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An abundant yield of Chinese urns, vases, gold<br />

ornaments, skulls and other ornaments of precolonial<br />

origin was what Marche finds represented.<br />

He brought back to France the Marinduque<br />

artefacts he uncovered in 40 crates. Part of it now<br />

is said to be housed at the Musée de l’Homme in<br />

France. The finds also included a wooden image<br />

of the Marinduque anito called “Pastores” by<br />

the natives. One of these artefacts also found its<br />

way into the National Museum of Natural History<br />

of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington,<br />

D.C. (Catalogue No. A127996-0, Department of<br />

Anthropology, NMNH, Smithsonian Institution).<br />

These fragile jarlets traveled from China to the precolonial<br />

Philippines. Buried in a cave in Marinduque<br />

for centuries, excavated in the late 19th century,<br />

brought to Paris and eventually one ended up at the<br />

Smithsonian Institution museum.<br />

Part of Marinduque’s history lies at the Marinduque<br />

Museum in Poblacion at Boac and in museums<br />

abroad. It will take some time to analyze these<br />

artefacts to piece together its pre-colonial past.<br />

Marinduque is considered as the geographical centre<br />

of the Philippine archipelago by the Luzon Datum of<br />

1911, the mother of all Philippine geodetic survey.<br />

The province is a “heart-shaped” island with a total<br />

land area of 952.58 square kilometers, situated<br />

between Tayabas Bay in the north and Sibuyan<br />

Sea to the south. It is separated from the Bondoc<br />

Peninsula in Quezon by the Mompong Pass. West<br />

of Marinduque is Tablas Strait, which separates it<br />

from Mindoro Island. Some of the smaller islands to<br />

the northeast are Polo Island, Maniwaya Island, and<br />

Mompong Island. Southwest portion includes the<br />

Tres Reyes Islands and Elephant Island.<br />

The highest peak in Marinduque is Mount Malindig<br />

(formerly called Mt. Marlanga), a potentially active<br />

strato volcano with an elevation of 1,157 metres<br />

(3,796 ft.) above sea level, located at the southern<br />

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Jaro Cathedral<br />

tip of the island. Various cave systems occupy the<br />

province, which include the grand Bathala Cave; the<br />

newly discovered San Isidro Cave with its complex<br />

subterranean river; and Talao Caves with its 12 series<br />

of caves overlooking the western part of the island.<br />

Balanacan<br />

Balanacan Port (Filipino:<br />

Pantalan ng Balanakan) is<br />

the major port in the island<br />

province of Marinduque,<br />

Philippines. It is located at<br />

the north-western tip of<br />

the province in Barangay<br />

Balanacan at the town of<br />

Mogpog. Overlooking the port is the statue of Our<br />

Lady of Immediate Succor (Biglang-awa stands as a<br />

silent sentinel at the entry to the port watching over<br />

all those who enter and leave).<br />

Biglang-awa stands<br />

as a silent sentinel at<br />

the entry to the port<br />

watching over all those<br />

who enter and leave.<br />

access as it is set a high hill, located 10 meters<br />

northwest of the highest point on Marinduque<br />

Island, is the Station Mark used for mapping,<br />

surveying and navigation. The station mark is a 1.5<br />

cm hole, approximately 6 cm deep, drilled in the<br />

corner of a triangle carved into<br />

hard rock at the center of a<br />

cross cut on top of this stone.<br />

The reference mark is azimuth<br />

326° and is distant 18.85<br />

meters. The Initialization of<br />

Station Balanacan as the<br />

geodetic datum origin is<br />

traced back to surveying and<br />

mapping activities in the<br />

Balanacan Port<br />

from afar<br />

439 steps to<br />

Luzon Datum<br />

A majestic view of the Balanacan Cove and<br />

surrounding areas can be seen from the newly<br />

refurbished view deck, where a 360 ° breath-taking<br />

view sprawls out before you, and is a must visit to<br />

get some photos that will remain a lifetime memory.<br />

Luzon Datum<br />

On our last visit to Marinduque in 2013 we could<br />

only report on the Luzon Datum because of limited<br />


Luzon Datum<br />

Thus a geodetic station is<br />

said to be in the Luzon<br />

Datum if it is connected by<br />

continuous triangulation<br />

from Station Balanacan.<br />

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Philippines of the then<br />

United Sates Coast And<br />

Geodetic Survey (USCGS).<br />

With the new territorial<br />

claim of the US following<br />

the Spanish-American<br />

War, the responsibilities of<br />

the USCGS grew to include<br />

various scientific and<br />

cartographic initiatives<br />

in the Philippine islands beginning in 1901. The<br />

charting of insular waters and harbours and the<br />

development of a geodetic network had to be done<br />

from scratch, both military and commercial factors<br />

were considered in the initial surveys. The military<br />

telegraph and cable aided in the establishment of<br />

astronomical stations in Legaspi, Vigan, Ormoc,<br />

Tacloban, Iloilo, Bancalan Island, Cagayan, Sulu<br />

Island, Davao, Iligan, Misamis Oriental and<br />

Zamboanga, each having its own datum. The<br />

Station Balanacan (Latitude 13° 33’ 41”.000 North,<br />

Longitude 121° 52’ 03”.000 East) in the province<br />

of Marinduque defined the datum origin of the<br />

Luzon Datum of 1911, with Clarke Spheroid of<br />

1866 as reference ellipsoid. The historical document<br />

on the triangulation of the Philippine islands gives<br />

the establishment of Station Balanacan as 1906.<br />

All surveys in the Philippines from 1901 to 1927<br />

were based on the position of this station. Thus a<br />

geodetic station is said to be in the Luzon Datum<br />

if it is connected by continuous triangulation from<br />

Station Balanacan. Now for the fit and healthy there<br />

is a 439 step climb to top. The climb is demanding<br />

but if you just take your time, stopping frequently<br />

on the way up to enjoy the view, the effort is well<br />

worth it when you reach the top, with a commanding<br />

view of some of the most spectacular views you will<br />

encounter, there is also a two level viewing deck to<br />

make it even more spectacular than it already is.<br />

Boac<br />

The main city of Marinduque is Boac, where the<br />

local people are amazingly friendly. A Franciscan<br />

missionary Fray Estevan Ortiz established the town<br />

in 1580 and named it Montserrat de Marinduque.<br />

From this point foundations were laid for two other<br />

towns, San Juan de Marinduque and San Bernardo<br />

de Marinduque.<br />

Boac is home to most of the province’s commercial<br />

businesses. Barangays San Miguel, Murallon, and<br />

Mercado are the town’s business district where the<br />

public market, medium-rise buildings, sports arena<br />

and Boac Town Arena, now Moriones Arena are.<br />

Meanwhile, Barangay Isok is home to the town’s<br />

education district. Marinduque National High<br />

School, St. Mary’s College of Marinduque, Don<br />

Luis Hidalgo Memorial School, Barangay Day Care<br />

Centers, Boac North District Office and the Division<br />

of Marinduque DepED Office are in Barangay Isok.<br />

The Municipal Building Hall is at Brgy. Tampus,<br />

adjacent is the Marinduque Museum at Brgy.<br />

Malusak.<br />

The Marinduque Provincial Capital is in Barangay<br />

Santol near the Dr. Damian Reyes Memorial Hospital<br />

(formerly Marinduque Provincial Hospital) and<br />

Camp Maximo Abad. The name Boac is derived from<br />

the Visayan word bu-ak, which means “divided”.<br />

The town had been divided in two by a river running<br />

from the eastern hinterland to the western plains<br />

down to the sea. The two were the Northern and<br />

the Southern areas.

Other records say that Boac came from the word<br />

“bulwak”, which characterizes the tide caused by<br />

the rapids of the Boac River to its mouth in Brgy.<br />

Lupac and to the banks around the riverside barrios.<br />

The first “visita” was established in 1580 and it was<br />

called “Monserrat de Marinduque” (now Boac) with<br />

Fray Alonzo Banol as its minister.<br />

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In 1621, the Spanish Jesuit missionaries brought<br />

the three-foot Marian image to Boac. So began the<br />

people’s devotion to the image of the Virgin Mary.<br />

In the mid-17th century, a group of Muslims in the<br />

Philippines called the Moro people felt threatened by<br />

the actions of the ruling Spanish government. They<br />

challenged the government by launching attacks on<br />

coastal Christian towns. This resulted in a raid along<br />

the shores of Barangay Laylay, near the Boac River.<br />

During the siege, the neighborhood people fled in<br />

panic and took refuge in the fortress church of Boac,<br />

which is now called Immaculate Conception Cathedral.<br />

In the meantime, all able-bodied men defended the<br />

outer walls of the church fortress against the attacks.<br />

Many Christians were killed and, by the third day of<br />

violence, those alive began to run short on food. The<br />

capture of the fortress seemed imminent.<br />

The survivors prayed fervently at the throne of<br />

Mary, asking her to deliver them from their enemies.<br />

Legend says that suddenly there came a very strong<br />

storm, with torrential rain, thunder and lightning. At<br />

the very height of the storm, it is reported that the<br />

image of a beautiful lady with outstretched arms<br />

appeared standing on the top of the wall. Terror<br />

seized the Moros and they fled in confusion to their<br />

vinta boats. Thus, the Christians were saved from<br />

death by Mary.<br />

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Ever since this incident, the image of Mary has been<br />

honoured and given the title “Biglang Awa.” To<br />

commemorate the miracle, a stone niche was built<br />

on the wall at the spot<br />

The image of a<br />

beautiful lady with<br />

outstretched arms<br />

appeared standing on<br />

the top of the wall.<br />

Our Lady of<br />

Biglang Awa<br />

Marinduque<br />

where Mary appeared. The<br />

old image brought by the<br />

Jesuits in Boac was placed<br />

there. There is a shrine at<br />

this location today.<br />

In 1942, Boac was<br />

occupied by Japanese<br />

troops. In 1945, the Battle<br />

of Marinduque began and the American-Philippine<br />

Commonwealth troops landed in Boac after the<br />

war was built of the general headquarters of the<br />

Philippine Commonwealth Army and Philippine<br />

Constabulary from 1945 to 1946 station in this<br />

municipality.<br />

The Provincial Government of Marinduque under<br />

Gov. Carmencita O. Reyes built a larger-than-lifesize<br />

image of the Our Lady of Biglang Awa in cement<br />

and placed in the seashore in Balanacan Port to<br />

welcome travellers to the island. A tradition in Boac<br />

is the staged passion play called the Senakulo,<br />

an annual event, that has gained popularity for<br />

supporters and sponsors. It has a permanent site,<br />

complete with stage and elevated grounds at the<br />

reclaimed Boac River bed.<br />

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Moriones centurions<br />

parade in the streets<br />

The Senakulo is a series of theatrical presentations<br />

with sound and special lighting, and is held on the<br />

evenings of Holy Wednesday, Maundy Thursday,<br />

on Good Friday Morning and after the midnight<br />

mass on Easter Sunday. The presentations are reenactments<br />

of relevant passages from the Old and<br />

New Testaments, with the Genesis, Prophecies, the<br />

birth, life and teachings,<br />

the passion and death of<br />

Christ to his resurrection.<br />

The Easter Sunday<br />

presentation also includes<br />

the full conversion of<br />

the centurion Longino to<br />

Christianity following the<br />

restoration of his eyesight,<br />

his defiance of Pilate by<br />

spreading the news, his capture and beheading.<br />

The presentations<br />

are re-enactments<br />

of relevant passages<br />

from the Old and<br />

New Testaments.<br />

Preparations on the props and costumes start<br />

months before and rehearsals sometimes last till<br />

dawn, proving, (if proof was ever needed), that<br />

Filipinos take their religion and their festivals very<br />

seriously. Even participants working in other parts<br />

of the country come home to fulfil their spiritual<br />

promise to take part in the passion play for as long<br />

as they can.<br />

On May 10, 2008, the Diocese of Boac celebrated<br />

the 13th anniversary and the golden anniversary<br />

of the canonical coronation of Mahal na Birhen<br />

ng Biglang-Awa (1958–2008). Cebu Archbishop<br />

Cardinal Ricardo Vidal of Mogpog, Marinduque,<br />

officiated at the consecrated mass.<br />

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for the MARINDUQUE<br />

Boac is the third largest of the six municipalities<br />

of the province of Marinduque, after Santa Cruz<br />

and Torrijos. It borders all the municipalities of the<br />

province: Mogpog to the north, Santa Cruz to the<br />

Northeast, Torrijos to the East, Buena Vista to the<br />

South and Gasan to the South Southwest.<br />

The municipality is generally hilly, rugged and<br />

mountainous in the south and eastern part with thin<br />

strips of flat and farm lands and long shoreline in<br />

the west. The longest and largest river, Boac River,<br />

which gets its source in the mountainous forest in<br />

The Senakulo<br />

features the passion<br />

and death of Jesus<br />


the extreme southwest and spills off to the northern<br />

shore of Boac, divides the municipality into two<br />

geographical areas: north and south.<br />

The closest town-to-town reference to Boac is the<br />

municipality of Mogpog which is approximately 5<br />

kilometers. Boac is connected to Mogpog and Gasan<br />

by the Marinduque Circumferential Highway or the<br />

Pan-Marinduque Highway. Two bridges connect<br />

the north and south area of the municipality: the<br />

narrow Tabi Bridge which connects Brgy. Tabi and<br />

Brgy. San Miguel and the said-to-be the longest<br />

bridge in the province, Biglang Awa Bridge (186<br />

m), which connects Brgy. Tampus and Brgy. Bantad.<br />

A narrow minor road connects Boac and Mogpog<br />

via Buliasnin-Nangka Road, and Boac and Gasan via<br />

Duyay-Tapuyan Trail. Boac has a total road network<br />

of 117.61 kilometers. Geopolitically, Boac is divided<br />

into six zones: Poblacion, Riverside, Ilaya I, Ilaya II,<br />

Seaside A and Seaside B. Boac’s geographical centre<br />

is roughly located between the border of Brgy.<br />

Binunga and Brgy. Can-at.<br />

Mogpog and the Paadjao Falls<br />

The township of Mogpog (the name is derived from<br />

the Tagalog word ma-apog which means abundance<br />

of lime, lies a few kilometers from Balanacan port<br />

and has a lot for the visitor to see. Spectacular<br />

views over Balanacan cove and the islands between<br />

Marinduque and Lucena can be seen from the<br />

View Deck which is located by the statue of ‘Ina<br />


View of Gasan town<br />

from the St. Joseph<br />

church’s view deck<br />

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ng Biglang Awa’, a gentle stroll from the town<br />

centre. For visitors staying in the area overnight, the<br />

popular Hilltop Hotel and the Palms by the Beach<br />

resort offer comfortable rooms to complement the<br />

island’s well known reputation for hospitality and<br />

friendly service.<br />

For an energetic day out, trek to the Paadjao<br />

Falls which are best reached on foot. A series of<br />

mesmerizing, gently cascading falls of approximately<br />

100 feet tumble into a 15 foot deep pool of clear<br />

fresh water. By the pool are naturally formed<br />

hollows where tired travellers can relax, bask in the<br />

refreshing water and enjoy the spa like effects of<br />

these open-air baths.<br />

More adventurous travellers can explore the Tarug<br />

Caves, a three chambered cave within a limestone<br />

formation rising steeply to about 1000 feet above<br />

sea level. The pinnacle is about 10 square feet but<br />

the climb is well worth it. Camera enthusiasts will<br />

love the panoramic views over Bondoc Peninsula to<br />

the east and Tablas Strait in the west. Caves can be<br />

confusing and confounding places for the unwary,<br />

so inexperienced spelunkers should seek the services<br />

of an experienced guide before setting out.<br />

Mogpog also offers a pristine diving and snorkelling<br />

site at the Natangco Reefs. A natural shelf of up to<br />

40 feet deep is on the west side of Natangco Islet<br />

and is an excellent area for snorkelling buffs. For<br />

SCUBA divers the reef terminates into a near vertical<br />

drop of underwater cliffs reaching down to the<br />

sandy bottom approximately 130 feet below and is<br />

recommended for drift diving. The industries of this<br />

gentle town are fishing, agriculture, butterfly culture<br />

and of course the making of the famous morion,<br />

which means mask or visor.<br />

Gasan<br />

The peaceful little township of Gasan, situated<br />

south of Boac, like all other towns on Marinduque<br />

has so much to see, plus of course the overwhelming<br />

friendliness of the local inhabitants. Gasan is

famous for its butterflies, handicrafts and many<br />

archaeological sites, appealing to both nature lovers<br />

and culture vultures. There’s more to see from an<br />

eco-tourism perspective than for lovers of water<br />

sports but its rustic, unspoiled beauty will reward<br />

anyone who makes the effort to come here. For<br />

the romantically minded there is nothing more<br />

satisfying than a stroll through Reyes Park. This<br />

dreamy promenade with its stone tables, benches<br />

and lights is built on top of an ancient sea wall<br />

with an unobstructed view of the western coast<br />

of Marinduque – Tablas Strait, Tres Reyes Islets are<br />

southwest and glimpses of Mindoro to the west.<br />

Gasan’s butterflies are the most beautiful seen in<br />

the Philippines, with over 200 species, many of<br />

which are not found anywhere else. In fact, 75%<br />

of butterflies exported from the Philippines come<br />

from Marinduque. Accommodation in Gasan is<br />

comfortable and friendly. Two of the better resorts<br />

seen, while touring the island, were the Katala<br />

Beach Resort and Restaurant and the Blue Castle<br />

Beach Resort. Both offer excellent facilities at very<br />

reasonable rates. St Joseph’s is a beautiful church<br />

on the hilltop overlooking the township of Gasan.<br />

With its magnificent architecture is a place well<br />

worth visiting.<br />

Tres Reyes Island<br />

Approximately 20 minutes by Banka from the<br />

mainland at Gasan is Tres Reyes Island, the idyllic<br />

settings of this Island makes for a day to remember<br />

as it has so much to offer for a relaxing day of<br />

touring the islands, the local residents are extremely<br />

friendly, the waters are clean and pristine and the<br />

atmosphere is serene and peaceful. Dindo Asuncion<br />

and his team from the provisional tourism office<br />

have plans in the pipeline for more improvements<br />

to the island like a new pier for the incoming boats,<br />

for easier access. The main industry of the island is<br />

the cultivation of the seaweed for the markets, a<br />

delicious delicacy that is a must try.<br />

Torrijos<br />

Tres Reyes Island<br />

The buntal is<br />

painstakingly<br />

processed by soaking<br />

and boiling in a secret<br />

herbal mixture .<br />

Established in 1879 was<br />

named after General Jose<br />

Maria Torrijos, a prominent<br />

military officer admired<br />

in Spain during the War<br />

of Independence. Torrijos<br />

boasts beautiful beaches,<br />

white sands and pristine<br />

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rustic resorts like Cagpo Beach Resort where you<br />

can stay at very reasonable rates. There are local<br />

industries in the area where you can pick up a sample<br />

of hand crafted products. In the Barangay of Bonlin<br />

a local group formed a cooperative<br />

for loom weaving<br />

which has steadily gained<br />

prominence in the years.<br />

since its establishment.<br />

This thriving handicraft<br />

centre makes intricately<br />

woven products for the<br />

home, such as place<br />

mats, table runners,<br />

window shades and wall<br />

decorations, on manually operated looms. That is<br />

now exported all over the Philippines. The material<br />

used for these home furnishings is called buntal,<br />

a fibre extracted from the buri tree that thrives in<br />

Eco-friendly and located<br />

on an 8 hectare property<br />

it has everything you<br />

could ask for.<br />

the area. The buntal is painstakingly processed by<br />

soaking and boiling in a secret herbal mixture to<br />

produce a fibre that has been deemed to be of the<br />

finest quality available in the Philippines.<br />

There is also hand crafted pottery a successful<br />

industry of the area. Gabisan Pottery is the makers’<br />

fine pottery and terracotta products. The barangay<br />

boundary markers in the municipality came from the<br />

Gabisan kilns.<br />

Buenavista<br />

The main attraction to this sleepy town would have<br />

to be the Marinduque Hot Springs Resort. Set in a<br />

serene and rustic environment the Marinduque Hot<br />

Springs Resort is a welcome relaxation after traveling<br />

this magnificent island. Eco-friendly and located on<br />

an 8 hectare property it has everything you could<br />

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Surrounding the swimming pools are beautiful<br />

picnic houses where you can relax and enjoy lunch<br />

after an invigorating dip in one of the pools, all the<br />

while taking the time to enjoy the atmosphere.<br />

You can just have a day trip, or stay overnight as<br />

the resort boasts cottages with private pools, airconditioned<br />

rooms, tree house kiosks, picnic and<br />

camping grounds. A nourishing breakfast is included<br />

for overnight residents. For a really therapeutic<br />

treatment, not far from the hot springs is Sulphur<br />

Springs, a few hours spent here will be an invigorating<br />

stopover. A few kilometres from the hot springs is<br />

the Curba Farm Resort. The resort also runs one of<br />

the finest restaurants on the island. The Curba Bar<br />

and Grill is located next door to the resort, on the<br />

second level overlooking the town. The theme is of<br />

the wild west and the superb cuisine is nothing short<br />

of mouth-watering and at very reasonable prices.<br />

The other attraction of Buenavista is the Bellarroca<br />

Resort. This exclusive five star resort is on a small<br />

island just off the coast of Buenavista, and for a<br />

price you can stay overnight in one of the luxurious<br />

rooms or villas. The amenities are of the highest<br />

quality and the resort boasts everything from a spa<br />

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Freedom Echo Adventure Park<br />

When we last visited Marinduque back in 2013 the<br />

Freedom Echo Adventure Park was on the drawing<br />

board and just started under development, now<br />

fully functional the Adventure park has so much<br />

to offer with accommodation,<br />

trekking, zip line, swimming<br />

pool, off roaders and fabulous<br />

food. Is now a must to be<br />

at the top of your to do list<br />

when in Marinduque enjoying<br />

everything this magical Island<br />

has to offer.<br />

This side of the<br />

island-province is<br />

where you’ll find the<br />

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Scuba Diving in Marinduque<br />

For many years the significant absence of a reputable<br />

and dependable diving facility in the province<br />

concealed the underwater beauty of the island from<br />

the eyes of the diving community for years. While it<br />

is true that scuba activities in<br />

the province have been going<br />

on for years, these were made<br />

and organized on personal<br />

trips and alliances. Two formal<br />

dive facilities were established<br />

in the early ‘90s – one in Boac<br />

(Marinduque Marine Sports<br />

Corporation), the other in the<br />

old Fantasy Elephant Club<br />

(precursor to the now Bellarocca Island Resort &<br />

Spa).<br />

Operations of these facilities made diving in the<br />

province somewhat recognized in the industry – the<br />

former with expatriates from Hong Kong; the latter<br />

with the predominantly Japanese clientele of the<br />

resort. Sadly, the operations of the above did not<br />

last long –both naturally ceased with the closure<br />

of their respective resort operations. Since then,<br />

no other formal dive-shop has been established<br />

and functioning in the province. The inimitable and<br />

unique underwater life in the province lured and

attracted Dive Instructor Freedom Dellosa (PADI<br />

#67549) - a native of Lucena City in neighboring<br />

Quezon Province, to set up a dive operation in<br />

Marinduque aptly naming it Coral Divers Den<br />

in 2012. The shop was initially part of an “ecoadventure”<br />

destination his family built on a hilltop<br />

in Boac, but later decided to transfer the same closer<br />

to where the diving actions are –at Poctoy White<br />

Beach in Torrijos. True to its name, the newfound<br />

home of the dive shop is just a stone’s throw from<br />

the waiting reef system beneath the sprawling blue<br />

waters adjoining the facility. There, his organized<br />

diving groups, walk-in guests and students visit<br />

and appreciate the underwater beauty of the<br />

place coupled with the professional dive service<br />

the “Den” has to offer. The facility has an array of<br />

scuba equipment ready to serve the diving activity<br />

of fifteen (15) divers. It also boasts of fifty (50)<br />

scuba tanks filled with quality breathing air from a<br />

well- maintained air compressor system. Underwater<br />

flashlights are likewise available for night diving<br />

activities, as well as other accessory equipment<br />

necessary to make diving safe and enjoyable. Divereducation<br />

is likewise being provided in the place.<br />

Standard PADI diver-courses from Open Water<br />

up to Dive master ratings are offered and being<br />

taught at reasonable rates. Non-divers shall have<br />

the opportunity of having their time underwater by<br />

taking the PADI Discover Scuba Program that the<br />

establishment similarly offers.<br />

With the establishment of Dive Marinduque over<br />

5 years ago things changed considerably for divers<br />

wanting to explore the hidden treasures of this<br />

island. This side of the island-province is where<br />

you’ll find the white sandy beaches. With the mighty<br />

Mt. Malindig – the highest peak in the island as<br />

background, a lazy walk on the ivory sands of Poctoy<br />

coupled with a soothing dip in its turquoise waters is<br />

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a welcome respite. The coral reef system in the area<br />

is of the fringing type.<br />

The shallow reef flat which gently slopes toward the<br />

open ocean is so wide and long, such that shoreentries<br />

are impractical and the use of boats in all<br />

dives is must. With mooring buoys strategically<br />

placed to discourage the use of boat anchors that<br />

contribute to the destruction and damage to the<br />

reef. The reef slope may be found at around 50<br />

- 70 meters from the shore. It is often very steep<br />

and begins to descend<br />

to much deeper depths.<br />

Relatively, coral growth is<br />

more pronounced and rich<br />

in this part of the reef. All<br />

entry points in the dive<br />

sites marked by buoys<br />

are located on these<br />

slopes. The absence of<br />

strong currents in the area<br />

explains the prevalence<br />

of hard corals which are less colorful than the soft<br />

ones. Dive sites are characterized by sloping reefs at<br />

Sea fans and gorgonians<br />

are not uncommon in<br />

the steep walls plastered<br />

with assortments of<br />

coralline covers.<br />

depths ranging from 5-10 meters, followed by walls<br />

covered with hard corals dropping down to around<br />

35 meters into the sandy bottoms. Of interest<br />

to the visiting divers would be the independent<br />

and clustered patches of reefs on the sandy bed<br />

encrusted with hard corals, while an incredible<br />

diversity of sea shells litter the vastness of the sandy<br />

floor. Sea fans and gorgonians are not uncommon<br />

in the steep walls plastered with assortments of<br />

coralline covers. Stag-horns, acroporas and their<br />

lot, are cluttered and distributed unevenly on the<br />

reef. Attention-grabbing reef formations, crevices,<br />

overhangs and swim-troughs proliferate in the area.<br />

These are homes and territories to various reefdwelling<br />

fishes like groupers, wrasses, moray eels<br />

and many more. Pelagic fishes are occasional visitors<br />

to the reef, so divers are advised not to forget to<br />

momentarily gawk into the blue every now and then,<br />

so as not to miss the opportunity of rare pelagicencounters.<br />

Sightings and photographed stop-overs<br />

of eagle rays have been documented and observed,<br />

as well as the much-talked-about beaching of sperm<br />

whales during the ‘70s and 80s. The long stretch of<br />

fringing reef in the area is likewise believed to be<br />

home to minute sea-dwellers that are delights and<br />

joy to underwater macro photographers.<br />

Festivals in Marinduque<br />

There are many festivals of fun and frivolity in<br />

Marinduque that visitors can enjoy like the Gasang-<br />

Gasang festival or the Tuba Festival and the<br />

Kalesayahan Festival and the biggest of them all the<br />

Moriones held every year on holy week.<br />


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Kalutang playing<br />

Kalesayahan<br />

Tuba festival<br />

Gasang Gasang Festival<br />

A yearly colorful Easter Sunday festival held in the<br />

town of Gasan. It is a celebration of the origin of the<br />

name “Gasan” which came from the term “Gasang-<br />

Gasang” a type of coral that used to be seen<br />

around the town’s shoreline. Accompanied by live<br />

marching bands, contingents of colorful costumes<br />

and indigenous materials. Dancing in Jubilation the<br />

contingents from surrounding Barangays are in full<br />

spirit to the beat of the drums as the parade dances<br />

its way along the major streets of Gasan shouting<br />

“Viva El Kristo”.<br />

Tuba Festival<br />

“Tuba” is the native drink<br />

obtained from the coconut<br />

tree by the “mangangant” or<br />

“tuba” gatherers. A festival in<br />

honour of the “mangangant<br />

and “tuba” drinking, a<br />

pastime, that has been developed in the town of<br />

Torrijos, and coincides with the town fiesta. Street<br />

dancing, utilizing props of bamboo and coconut<br />

materials are accompanied by drum and lyre bands.<br />

Kalesayahan Festival<br />

Kalesayahan is a contraction of two tagalog<br />

words “Kalesa” a local horse-drawn vehicle and<br />

The storyline of the<br />

Moriones Festival<br />

centers on Longino,<br />

a Roman Centurion,<br />

blind in one eye.<br />

“kasayahan” A festival celebrating kalesas in Gasan<br />

town during the past decade to generate interest in<br />

this form of local transportation and to preserve the<br />

few existing ones, has been successfully undertaken<br />

in the Month of August of every year. This is<br />

timed with the town’s celebration of its founding<br />

anniversary. Kalesas and horses are gaily decorated<br />

with indigenous materials, carrying a young couple<br />

dressed in “Filipiniana attire that shows e creativity<br />

in various expressions and decorating. A community<br />

project involving men women and children with<br />

winners often receiving cash<br />

prizes.<br />

The Moriones<br />

Would have to be the biggest<br />

festival in Marinduque and is<br />

held on Holy Week each year.<br />

Throughout the Philippines,<br />

Holy Week is celebrated with<br />

fervor and reverence which follow age-old Catholic<br />

customs plus a few ancient practices that border on<br />

the mystical. And Marinduque is no exception as<br />

it is time for the Moriones Festival, a folk-religious<br />

tradition dating back to the 1870s, that runs from<br />

Holy Monday to Easter Sunday. Men and women<br />

from the island’s six towns dress up as colorful<br />

characters that parody the clothing and behavior<br />

of Roman soldiers during the time of Christ. The

hand-made costumes are fashioned from cloth,<br />

shells, woven into vines plus almost anything useful<br />

that’s lying around – the only limit seems to be the<br />

designer’s creativity and imagination. The mask, or<br />

morion, is usually made of hand carved wood or<br />

Paper Mache’. A helmet adorned with multi-hued<br />

paper flowers completes this distinctive garb. The<br />

swords, shields and spears are of painted wood<br />

and with the mask, costume and helmet comprise<br />

the basic Roman tunic. The mask and costume are<br />

prepared painstakingly and discreetly months, even<br />

years, before they’re worn.<br />

For the whole week these pesky Moriones figures<br />

populate the town’s streets, engaging in mock<br />

sword fights, marching, dancing, playing pranks<br />

on the masses of excited children, performing<br />

antics or springing a surprise on an unsuspecting<br />

victim, while staying safely hidden behind their<br />

mask. Amidst all this gaiety and frivolity the man<br />

behind the seemingly vexing morion is actually<br />

fulfilling a vow of penance, thanksgiving or<br />

performing an act of self-cleansing. Traditionally<br />

the Moriones’ identity is kept secret, even from his<br />

immediate family. The spiritual sacrifice of these<br />

men and women is a heavy burden they happily<br />

and enthusiastically carry out. Enduring the<br />

weighty helmet, with vision limited by the mask,<br />

and sweltering inside their costume during the hot<br />

humid days, the penitents then participate in the<br />

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evening’s religious processions and do so with a<br />

sense of pride and achievement.<br />

The storyline of the Moriones Festival centers on<br />

Longino, a Roman Centurion, blind in one eye, who<br />

was ordered by the Roman High Council to command<br />

the soldiers at the crucifixion. He speared the side<br />

of the crucified Christ, and a few drops of the blood<br />

that gushed from the wound splashed into his blind<br />

eye, miraculously restoring his sight. He converted<br />

to Christianity after the miracle, which earned him<br />

the wrath of the other centurions. Longino then set<br />

out to tell as many people as possible of the miracle<br />

and proclaiming Christ as the Son of God. This is<br />

where the fun starts, perfectly timed in Marinduque<br />

for its brand of Easter Sunday celebrations. Pontius<br />

Pilate orders the Moriones to look for Longino,<br />

capture and behead him to prevent his spreading<br />

the news. Learning of the plot he eludes his fellow<br />

Moriones playing captors, not to escape but to<br />

gain more time in spreading the truth of his newly<br />

found faith. The habulan, or mad chase, for Longino<br />

begins and so does the fun. Running in chaotic<br />

circles around the town, in the market place, hiding<br />

in houses and even using the audience as a shield<br />

to avoid his perplexed Moriones pursuers, this<br />

spectacle delights the onlookers no end.<br />

Oftentimes a spectator becomes an unwitting<br />

participant of this tragi-comedy as he tries to hide<br />

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the hapless Longino, who has, by now, become the<br />

darling of the crowd. Longino is captured twice but<br />

manages to escape to the crowd’s resounding roar<br />

of approval. On the third time, realizing that he has<br />

proclaimed to the world the miracle of Christ, he<br />

accepts his fate in the final act called pugutan or<br />

mock beheading, usually timed at high noon. After<br />

asking his newly found Saviour’s forgiveness, he<br />

lowers his head to the block<br />

and is decapitated by another<br />

morione, called the berdugo,<br />

or executioner. His “lifeless”<br />

body is paraded around town<br />

for his “funeral” that leads to<br />

the church where all Moriones<br />

rededicate the year’s Lenten<br />

vow to god. If traveling to<br />

Marinduque, for this week<br />

of religious fun and frivolity,<br />

book all travel and accommodation early, or run<br />

the risk of missing out on one the Philippine’s most<br />

colorful festivals.<br />

Kalutang<br />

Proudly native and exclusive to Marinduque is<br />

the Kalutang. A band of local musicians who have<br />

perfected the art of producing crisp clear melodies<br />

that blends with the catchy rhythm of a booming<br />

bass. Their Instruments are distinctly unconventional<br />

and very unique. Cut from the end of specially chosen<br />

branches of the kwatingan tree found on the island,<br />

each musician carefully cuts this desired length and<br />

specifications. Striking together the identical pair of<br />

wooden instruments at selected points along the<br />

length produces notes of a definite pitch and tone<br />

quality that remotely resembles a cross between an<br />

un-sustained marimba and castanets. As such, the<br />

Kalutang belong in a class of musical instruments that<br />

is generally classified as percussion. The instruments<br />

range in size from approximately ten inches in length<br />

by an inch in diameter for the soprano section to four<br />

feet in length with a diameter of six inches for the<br />

It takes thousands,<br />

even millions, of years<br />

for those geological<br />

miracles to be formed<br />

through continuous<br />

precipitation.<br />

bass section. Due to the method used to produce the<br />

sound, the Kalutang bands of Marinduque never use<br />

any additional percussion instruments. The percussion<br />

and rhythm have been naturally integrated in a style<br />

that these peculiar instruments are played.<br />

The Ka Amon Caves<br />

The caves of Ka Amon are<br />

located at the eastern part<br />

of the island of Marinduque.<br />

Young the island may be,<br />

but the origin of these caves<br />

was already part of nature’s<br />

magnificent sculpture during<br />

the Cretaceous Epoch before<br />

Marinduque finally rose from<br />

the sea about 20 million years<br />

ago. With sunlight touching<br />

the once-underwater limestone beauty, more subtle<br />

changes began to take place —slowly transforming<br />

the barren karst, (landscape formed from the<br />

dissolving or separation of soluble rocks), into a<br />

heart-shaped paradise thriving right at the center<br />

of the Philippine archipelago. Indeed, the wings of<br />

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time, like magic, did its wonders on Marinduque<br />

and among its amazing creations are the more than<br />

one hundred and fifty caves found on the island.<br />

Ka Amon Cave 1 has been classified by PCAT under<br />

Class I, thereby closing it to the public. Caves<br />

under this category possess delicate and fragile<br />

geological formations, threatened fauna and flora<br />

species, archaeological and paleontological value,<br />

and extremely hazardous conditions. In the case<br />

of Ka Amon 1, there are fauna species and fragile<br />

eco-systems in the cave that need to be protected<br />

and the government deems it best for the said cave<br />

to be left undisturbed. Meanwhile, Ka Amon Cave<br />

2 has been classified under Class II, which means<br />

it is open only to experienced cavers or guided<br />

educational tours and/or visits.<br />

According to DENR, caves under this category have<br />

areas, or portions, marked with hazardous conditions<br />

and contain sensitive geological, archaeological,<br />

cultural, historical, and biological values. This adds<br />

to the excitement of seeing and cherishing these<br />

caverns which tell many great stories about the<br />

earth and humankind. the cave, Ka Amon, was<br />

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derived from the name of the owner of the property,<br />

Ramon Monterey, a very generous son of Torrijos.<br />

Every visitor must register and donate a nominal fee<br />

for cave maintenance and other legitimate purposes.<br />

After just several minutes of a light, exhilarating<br />

climb up the mountainside, you will see the narrow<br />

passage to Ka Amon Cave! It takes thousands,<br />

even millions, of years for those geological miracles<br />

to be formed through continuous precipitation.<br />

As you observed and admire these speleothems,<br />

(a secondary mineral deposit formed in a cave),<br />

one cannot help comparing nature’s to man’s<br />

methodology and fruitage of sculpting. There always<br />

seems to be an essence of divinity in the former,<br />

whether it’s a gigantic or microscopic creation; their<br />

breath-taking designs show the immense power<br />

and intellect of their Maker.<br />

Places to stay<br />

There are numerous places around every province<br />

of Marinduque offering first class accommodation<br />

to suit every type of budget and taste. One of<br />

the choicest places to stay in Boac is the Freedom<br />

Echo Adventure Park. But whatever your taste and<br />

budget you will find something to suit your needs.<br />

A warning if planning to go to Marinduque during<br />

Holy Week, book early, to avoid disappointment.<br />

How to get there<br />

From Manila there are buses daily to Lucena pier<br />

this takes approximately six hours where you can<br />

get a Ferry to Marinduque Balanacan Port. There<br />

are two ferry services Montenegro and Start Horse.<br />

For price and comfort it is recommended to use<br />

Start Horse. Now that the airport is open again you<br />

can get a flight from Manila bay with Air Juan this<br />

is comfortable, fast and convenient and reasonably<br />

priced to book a flight with air one call (02) 7188111<br />

or go to www.airjuan.comer.<br />

Maniwaya island<br />


Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

Normally held in late February / early<br />

March the 10th Philippine Boat Show &<br />

Nautical Lifestyle Expo has been moved to early<br />

October <strong>2018</strong>. As part of the on-going partnerships<br />

with the National Coast Watch Council Secretariat<br />

and MARINA, the organizers decided to move the<br />

dates of the show in order to coincide with the<br />

recently proclaimed “Maritime<br />

and Archipelagic Nation<br />

Awareness Month” (MANA<br />

MO), creating a cohesive and<br />

equally beneficial atmosphere<br />

all around.<br />

This year the Sea-Ex will be<br />

held on October 5th to 7th at<br />

This year the<br />

Sea-Ex will see<br />

the return of the<br />

Floating Docks that<br />

have been absent<br />

for 3 years.<br />

the SMX convention Centre, Mall of Asia Pasay, and<br />

will also see the return of the Floating Docks that<br />

have been absent for 3 years since moving from No.1<br />

Esplanade to make way for the new development<br />

there.<br />

Sponsored by EZ Dock and supplied by Martin<br />

R.Garcia of Rayomarine the<br />

EZ Dock floating docks will be<br />

situated at the SM on the bay<br />

Seaside Terminal, and will be<br />

used for some outstanding on<br />

water displays, a very welcome<br />

return to the Sea-Ex. EZ Dock<br />

is the most versatile floating<br />

docks available today in the<br />

<strong>2018</strong> SEA-EX N<br />


Philippines with multiple applications for Residential,<br />

Commercial use, Marinas, Resorts, Industrial,<br />

Mining, Trail walk-bridges , Government and Military<br />

installations and Seaplane airports. Anyone looking<br />

for floating docks, take the opportunity to speak<br />

to the staff at the Rayomarine EZ Dock stand and<br />

get a great Sea-ex deal. This year there are 43 major<br />

exhibitors, with all the familiar faces and some new<br />

welcome additions people can expect to see a lot<br />

more this year. See the latest navigation technology<br />

at Broadwater Marine, who also showcase the latest<br />

in marine entertainment with the fusion range and<br />

all other high quality boat accessories designed to<br />

make your boating life easier. Norwegian Marine and<br />

Marnav Marine Electronics will also be promoting the<br />

latest innovations. There will be a vast range of boats<br />

for sale from the best suppliers in the Philippines.<br />

Rayomarine will be there with top shelf displays<br />

of the latest Princes Yachts, Hobie Cats along with<br />

Chaparral and Robalo. Europa Yachts, AMAC, Asia<br />

Marine Ocean Gecko, Trevally Boats, Boatshop and<br />

new comer Infinity Boatworks will all have their<br />

latest designs on display.<br />

There will be plenty of eye-catching long legged<br />

candy on display as they model and promote the<br />

latest Jet Skis from Scan Marine and the impressive<br />

designs from Noli Manus’s Team Nonino.<br />

Bankapro will have the latest in inflatable watertoys,<br />

while other exhibitors like Hexagon, Solanda<br />

Industries Dreibund Corporation, Power systems<br />

ow in in October<br />


Return of the Floating Dock<br />

• The inclusion of a floating dock for on water<br />

display at the SM By The Bay Seaside Terminal<br />

is a welcome addition to the show after a<br />

three-year hiatus.<br />

• We are excited to bring back sunset cruises,<br />

music and cocktails by the bay.<br />

• The outdoor area offers our exhibitors and<br />

partners more options to expand their<br />

branding and marketing campaigns.<br />

Example of Floating Dock<br />


Inc., Spurway’s, Sunbrella, Suzuki, Rope Systems<br />

Incorporated, Top Sea Shells, Simpsons Marine,<br />

Upshaw Industrial Corporation, UCM ATV Motors,<br />

PYCS, Unilox, CLP Intertrade Co Ltd. Polymer<br />

Products, Advanced Composite Systems. Seafirst Co<br />

Korea, Integrated Marine Solutions, Neossia, Jiangsu<br />

Marine and Subic Asia Pacific Marine resources will all<br />

be displaying the latest in marine technology in their<br />

particular fields. A long-time supporter of the Seaex,<br />

Mr Rodney Hegerty will be back there with RDH<br />

Marine, while for pleasure activities, there is Busuanga<br />

Bay Lodge, Sun Paradise Island Corregidor Foundation<br />

and Alveo land for that new condo to help you retire<br />

in the Philippines. No Matter what your interest is<br />

you will find it at the 10th Philippine Boat Show &<br />

Nautical Lifestyle Expo <strong>2018</strong><br />

from 5th to 7th October at the<br />

SMX Convention Centre Mall<br />

of Asia Pasay, Metro Manila,<br />

Philippines. Don’t miss this<br />

exciting marine expo, and<br />

while you are checking out<br />

all the goodies on display call<br />

into the Active Boating and<br />

Watersports Display and obtain<br />

your free copy of the latest<br />

edition.<br />

No matter what your<br />

interest is you will find<br />

it at the 10th Philippine<br />

Boat Show & Nautical<br />

Lifestyle Expo <strong>2018</strong>.<br />


You should be very<br />

careful when using<br />

the tender – more<br />

drownings results from<br />

their misuse than from<br />

people going overboard<br />

from a cruiser.<br />

Sailing Tips<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 />

Article<br />

excerpts<br />

reprinted<br />

from<br />

the book<br />



by BOB BOND<br />

& STEVE<br />


Tender stowed on<br />

the davits<br />

78<br />

Tenders<br />

All cruising boats need to have a tender to ferry the crew and<br />

stores between the boat and the shore. Ideally, it should be<br />

large enough to carry all the crew, the provisions and any sailing<br />

gear, while remaining easy to handle under both oars and an<br />

outboard motor. It should also have permanent buoyancy and<br />

be tough enough to withstand rough treatment. In practice the<br />

problems of stowing a tender on board a small or medium sized<br />

cruiser limits the choice of type. While the purpose-designed<br />

rigid tender handles better in the water, you can normally on<br />

the davits. The alternative is to tow it, which reduces your boat<br />

speed and causes problems when coming in and out of the<br />

harbour.<br />

Most people in fact opt for an inflatable tender which can<br />

partially be deflated and easily stowed on deck or in a large<br />

locker. They are not easy to row in a strong wind, and you may<br />

find that you need an outboard motor for long trips, inflatables,<br />

being soft, have the advantage that they don’t damage the<br />

boat when coming alongside. You should be very careful when<br />

using the tender – more drownings results from their misuse<br />

than from people going overboard from a cruiser. Make sure<br />

that crew members wear a lifejacket in the tender, even on short<br />

trips, and even if they can swim. Never overload the tender,<br />

make two trips, if necessary.<br />

Towing a Tender<br />

If you have a rigid tender you will probably have to tow it behind<br />

your boat, at least for short trips. Even if you have an inflatable<br />

you may prefer to tow it occasionally rather than deflate it and<br />

stow it, if you know you are going to use it again shortly. Before<br />

setting off, remove all the loose gear from the tender and stow<br />

it aboard the boat. Use a strong warp as a towing line, making<br />

sure it is long enough to allow the tender to lie well astern of the<br />

boat. The line should be fixed to a through-bolted eye on the<br />

outside of the stem of the dinghy. A slack reserve line should<br />

be fastened from the tender to the boat just in case the towing<br />

line breaks. In strong winds you may find that an inflatable<br />

tender becomes airborne or even blows aboard the boat. Under<br />

these conditions, shorten the towing line. You may also need<br />

a shorter line when towing a tender in harbour. A rigid tender<br />

is, in fact, more difficult to tow than an inflatable. It sometimes<br />

tends to surf down a wave when the boat is sailing offwind,<br />

and crash into the boat. In this case, you should lengthen the<br />

line even though the tender may sheer about as a result. If you<br />

are manoeuvring in congested waters, a crew member should<br />

look after the tender to ensure that the towing line doesn’t<br />

foul the propeller or rudder, and that the tender doesn’t hit any<br />

other boats. Never try to board the tender when under way, for<br />

whatever reason.

Using a Tender<br />

Using a Tender<br />

Tenders, whether inflatable or rigid, are inherently unstable, and<br />

you should take great care when using them. Be particularly<br />

careful getting in and out of the tender to avoid upsetting it.<br />

After launching it in the water, secure the painter to a stanchion<br />

base or deck cleat near the shrouds.<br />

The oarsman should get in first, stepping into the middle of it,<br />

and sitting down immediately on the central thwart, facing the<br />

stern. The oars are passed to him, followed by any stores being<br />

transported. Make sure the weight is distributed evenly. Any<br />

other passengers should then get in, taking care to balance the<br />

tender, and holding it steady against the sides of the cruiser.<br />

When the oarsman has fitted the outboard oar into its rowlock,<br />

and has said he is ready, the crew member nearest the painter<br />

casts off and pushes the tender clear so the oarsman can fit the<br />

other rowlock and oar. To disembark, simply reverse the order of<br />

getting in, taking care to keep the weight balanced.<br />

If you are coming ashore in tidal water, make sure your dinghy<br />

is pulled up above the high water mark if there is an incoming<br />

tide. If coming ashore in an unfamiliar estuary or river, watch<br />

out for deep mud. Use the slipway if there is one.<br />

Rowing a Tender<br />

Rowing a loaded tender is hard work, and the oarsman must<br />

therefore be competent. If the waters are tidal, work out your<br />

plan of approach to your boat or to the shore, depending on<br />

the direction and strength of the current. Remember that it is<br />

always strongest at the point mid-way between high and low<br />

tide. It is also worth remembering that the current is usually<br />

weaker in shallow water. If a strong current is flowing, always<br />

allow for it, to avoid being swept past your objective. Your own<br />

efforts, plus the force of the current, should push you sideways<br />

to the boat.<br />

Always ensure balanced seating for<br />

ease of handling<br />

A seaworthy dinghy<br />

is important -<br />

make sure it also<br />

rows well and don’t<br />

overload it.<br />

boat-tender<br />

Motor Yacht Tender<br />

Hatch<br />

Tender attached<br />

Tender Guide<br />


Words by<br />

BARRY<br />

DAWSON<br />

Photographs<br />

as credited<br />

The <strong>2018</strong> Philmarine Expo held at the SMX<br />

convention Centre on June 27th to 29th and<br />

hosted by the Maritime Industry Authority was<br />

again a huge success for the organizers, exhibitors<br />

and the marine and boating<br />

industry of the Philippines.<br />

With 4830 attending the<br />

expo over the 3 days,<br />

checking what was new<br />

on offer in all facets of the<br />

marine industry. There was<br />

plenty to see for everyone,<br />

with technical advice being<br />

supplied by the Philippines<br />

Ports Authority, the Maritime<br />

Some of the many<br />

international exhibitors<br />

included Rivertrace,<br />

a UK company<br />

completely involved<br />

with the environment<br />

and the removal of oil<br />

from our oceans.<br />

Industry, Naval Defence and exhibitors from all<br />

over the world displaying what was new and what<br />

was hot! Local Philippine exhibitors included the<br />

top boating and marine dealers in the country,<br />

like Broadwater Marine the<br />

largest boat chandlery in<br />

the Philippines with outlets<br />

in Subic Bay, Manila, Cebu,<br />

Boracay, Davao and Puerto<br />

Princesa, promotion the latest<br />

in Marine Entertainment in<br />

the latest Fusion Range of<br />

the world’s best marine audio<br />

systems available, along with<br />

the complete range of Dan<br />


Fenders and BLA accessories and Parts. Megapaint<br />

and Nippon Paint Philippines, Inc. Showcasing<br />

the best marine paints money can buy to protect<br />

your valuable investment, while Eastwest Building<br />

Tech. Inc. had the top in marine flooring and<br />

floating docks, and Riverbank industries.<br />

Scan Marine The largest Sea Doo Jet ski Dealer<br />

in the country with outlets in Manila, Iloilo,<br />

Palawan, Cebu and Davao was there to showcase<br />

the latest and best jet skis on the market today.<br />

For the best in Charts and the full Simrad range<br />

of Radars and equipment, top dealer from Cebu,<br />

Norwegian Marine was there to help and advise<br />

customers the best and latest in technology.<br />

While Al’s Marine and Tronquered were there with<br />

the latest in small pleasure craft. Isuzu and Suzuki<br />

had the latest in marine engines on display, while<br />

boat builders Pacificfortia Marine Technologies<br />

Inc. were displaying their latest designs. There was<br />

also Hy King Marine Trading showcasing fire safety<br />

equipment, While Alatas and Marine Travelift<br />

were displaying the ultimate in Marine cranes and<br />

boat lifting equipment. For the latest in GPS, Fish<br />

Finders and other electronics, the best of Garmin<br />

was showcased by both Broadwater Marine and<br />

Jason Electronics Phils. Company Inc.<br />

Some of the many international exhibitors<br />

included Rivertrace, a UK company completely<br />

The 5th<br />


<strong>2018</strong><br />


involved with the environment and the removal of<br />

oil from our oceans. Lizard Craft from Shanghai with<br />

their new N-wave and Fly-wheel craft have made a<br />

disruptive breakthrough in<br />

boat building technology,<br />

while the Popular Parsh<br />

Marine from Singapore,<br />

now well established in<br />

the Philippines was making<br />

new in-roads in the marine<br />

industry. Korea Marine<br />

Equipment caters from<br />

the pleasure boat to major<br />

shipping and industrial<br />

development. From Greece there was Laliza’s safety<br />

equipment with state of the art life jackets and other<br />

safety equipment that is sure to please.<br />

ZF Asia Pacific from<br />

Singapore and Xiamen<br />

Friendly lighting Technology<br />

were all there to make the<br />

event the success that it was.<br />

From Singapore Shan was there with Global Marine<br />

Safety, showing there advanced technology in safety<br />

equipment.<br />


Other exhibitors at this year’s Philmarine were<br />

Compolite Pte Ltd from Singapore providing marine<br />

lighting solutions, Polymer Products Philippines<br />

with advanced adhesives, GuangDong MinHua<br />

Shipbuilding from Jiangmen Citu Guandong, Deco<br />

Marine From Busan Korea, also from Korea was Gorio<br />

Punp & Marine Systems, Navicharts from Cebu,<br />

Apex Plastic Piping from Laguna, GTI Consultancy<br />

Services from Cavite, China Shipbuilding From<br />

Shanghai, Maps & Globe Specialists from Singapore,<br />

ZF Asia Pacific from Singapore and Xiamen Friendly<br />

lighting Technology were all there to make the event<br />

the success that it was.<br />

If this year’s show is any indication of the growth of<br />

the Marine industry in the Philippines, then don’t<br />

miss out on the 2019 6th Philmarine expo.<br />




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