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Our ventures took us on a rare calm sea day thru<br />

Calavite Pass, to the great relief of my able crew.<br />

That forgiving weather followed us down to a<br />

moonlit night at Apo Reef.<br />

Priam got his first shark sighting as we<br />

did a dive, then headed to one of my<br />

favorite places on earth, Busuanga Bay.<br />

Busuanga Bay will be home to the sixth<br />

running of the famed Busuanga Bay<br />

Cup Regatta.<br />

This gave us a week of solitude and<br />

exploring before the armada descended<br />

upon us. We enjoyed the two hot springs, epic wreck<br />

diving and the hospitality of Al Faro Resort and Marina Del<br />

Sol. Marina del Sol manages the moorings, arranged for<br />

our health check clearance and provided services such as<br />

refilling our drinking water, accepting packages, motorbike<br />

rental and even some shopping for us. The staff at MDS has<br />

really ramped up the services for visiting yachts.<br />

The seventeen racing boats departed Punta Fuego early<br />

morning on Febuary 17 and began the over 130 nautical mile<br />

course to Busuanga Island. The fleet had good wind for the<br />

start and raced down the Luzon coast,<br />

winding through Golo Island and across<br />

to the west side of Busuanga Island.<br />

The first boats finished<br />

in the wee hours of<br />

the 18th, as the fleet<br />

staggered in much of<br />

the day.<br />

The first boats finished in the wee hours<br />

of the 18th, as the fleet staggered in<br />

much of the day. The wind had died<br />

down forcing all to use the iron jib. The<br />

race has a formula for deducting time<br />

under engine power, as it is rare to see a<br />

boat sail all the way.<br />

The stalwart motor yacht, Lost in Asia, served as the<br />

committee boat, arriving on the scene late the night before.<br />

Assistance also came from local dive shop owner, Gunther<br />

Bernet.<br />

Words by BRIAN CALVERT<br />

Photographs as Credited<br />



The fleet began arriving at Busuanga Bay and the party<br />

atmosphere could be felt around the bay. The Marina del<br />

Sol staff and organized the moorings for all the participants<br />

and guided boats to the assigned spot. The bay went from<br />

the quiet emptiness to vibrant activity as dinghies zipped<br />

around the anchorage greeting old friends and new.<br />

The Friday night Meet and Greet was hosted by MDS on<br />

their newly enlarged waterfront veranda, elegant Pica Pica<br />

and drinks for all were served. The sailors and locals all<br />

gathered for the welcoming.<br />

The owner of the resort, Muncho Garcia, following the wise<br />

words of the American icon, Ken Kesey and “puts his good<br />

where it will do the most good”. He has used the event<br />

to support two worthy causes: the local school and church.<br />

The Pandemic has put a strain on resources of the school,<br />

especially printing needs. Peter Baird of<br />

Broadwater Marine donated a new printer<br />

and ink supply. The Regatta also donated<br />

printing supplies. The local church has<br />

outgrown its home and the regatta made<br />

a sizable donation to the building fund.<br />

The local school staff and church Priest<br />

were there to accept the gifts. All were<br />

glad the sailing community was “leaving<br />

a clean wake” in this community.<br />

A bright and sunny Saturday morning saw the fleet depart<br />

for the Donni Altura Cup, the day race of the regatta. This<br />

cup honors the past director of the Philippines Saling<br />

Association who started the regatta.<br />

The race began in ideal ten knots of wind, the courses<br />

for each class wound around several of the over 500 plus<br />

islands in Palawan. Recent increase in the number of pearl<br />

10<br />

farm markers complicated the courses. As too often, the<br />

fickle wind died off and many of the cruising class could<br />

not finish the course, but all had a great day sailing in this<br />

incredible place.<br />

As the yachts returned to the moorings and the sun set, the<br />

excitement for the Gala awards party<br />

As too often, the fickle<br />

wind died off and many of<br />

the cruising class could not<br />

finish the course, but all<br />

had a great day sailing in<br />

this incredible place.<br />

party was on!<br />

blossomed, dinghies zipped around the<br />

anchorage, as friends gathered again at<br />

Marina del Sol pool side patio.<br />

Even with tripling the size of the patio,<br />

it became crowded with sailors, crew,<br />

and local sailing enthusiasts. The partiers<br />

enjoyed the Reggae tunes of the Pala<br />

Boys band, the exotic pica pica spread<br />

was laid out and the drinks flowed, the<br />

The event is supported well by several sponsors, and all<br />

were acknowledged. The support of Bank of the Philippines<br />

Island, Broadwater Marine, Asia Yachting and of course<br />

Marina del Sol made this incredible event the success it was.<br />

Jerry Rollin, the director of the Philippines Sailing Association,<br />

with his legendary deep voice and enthusiasm announced



the awards. The results are a point system combining the<br />

two races.<br />

First in the IRC Racing Class, Bellatrix owned by Jun<br />

Villanuave, 2nd; Selma Star with Jun<br />

Avecilla, 3rd Hurricane Hunter, with<br />

Albert Altura at the helm.<br />

Ocean Multihull Class; 1st Polo Loco<br />

driven by David Sutton, 2nd Atevidos<br />

with Eddie Lagarda at the wheel, 3rd<br />

Sonija skippered by Kareem Magill<br />

Cruiser Class; 1st Isabelle with Tere Marcial, 2nd Wild Honey,<br />

James Villeralle, 3rd Lady May, Francis Perez.<br />

This year’s<br />

seventeen boats is<br />

a record, hoping for<br />

more next year.<br />

The coveted Busuanga Bay Regatta perpetual trophy went<br />

to Jun Villanueva and Bellatrix while the honored Donni<br />

Altura Cup went to Jun Avecilla and Selma Star.<br />

The party raved on into the night while<br />

sailors swayed to the Reggae beat,<br />

boasting, laughing and shared the joy of<br />

the night. The next morning the fleet<br />

slowly departed for the annual 3 day cruise<br />

around the Palawan islands.<br />

This glorious event has survived Covid,<br />

consistently running for six years and<br />

growing. This year’s seventeen boats is a record, hoping for<br />

more next year. The organizers are hoping for international<br />

competitors to join next year as this is to be one of the<br />

premier sailing events in Southeast Asia.<br />


In the June 2021 issue of Active Boating and Watersports<br />

magazine, we featured the rebirth of the Albay Yacht<br />

Club (AYC); starting with a fleet of 12 Oz Goose<br />

sailing dinghies, built at home while the Coronavirus<br />

pandemic was in full swing. Coming from the idea of having<br />

sailboats regularly<br />

sailing in Albay<br />

Despite the Omicron<br />

surge that gave the<br />

organizers a little anxiety,<br />

online pre-registration<br />

was a confidence<br />

booster...<br />

Gulf and holding<br />

monthly regattas<br />

for its members,<br />

the AYC Oz Goose<br />

program has<br />

grown to reach out<br />

to the community<br />

to train local<br />

kids how to sail,<br />

appreciate nature,<br />

improve sportsmanship and instill a good work ethic that<br />

they can carry on to adulthood.<br />

The AYC members trained by members of the Philippine<br />

Home Boatbuilders Yacht Club (PHBYC) to rig and sail Oz<br />

Geese in <strong>March</strong> of 2021 passed on their knowledge by<br />

training local kids on how to rig boats as well as how to<br />

sail them, and later in the year, they were even able to<br />

bring onboard Jeff Morris, an avid<br />

sailor from New Zealand who lives in Legazpi as the coach<br />

of AYC’s new sailing team called the Puro Sailors, named<br />

after Barangay Puro where all the boys are from and the<br />

current site of the AYC boat yard.<br />

Around October 2021, with COVID-19 cases on a steady<br />

decline, AYC officers and PHBYC were confident that a<br />

big regatta like the Oz Goose Nationals could happen in<br />

Legazpi. AYC was confident that it could get the sponsorship<br />

necessary to host the Nationals. In November 2021 the<br />

wheels were set in motion to host the Philippines; largest<br />

ever one-design regatta. The current standing record for a<br />

one design regatta in PH is held by 25 boats in the Hobie<br />

14 worlds, held in Puerto Azul in 1984. The PH Goose class<br />

tied that in 2018, but this year they aimed to break the<br />

record.<br />

First to express interest in supporting the event was the<br />

Bicol Regional Office of the Department of Tourism<br />

(DoT), the same agency that sponsored<br />

Oz Goose sails that were<br />

placed on boats<br />

assigned to 4<br />

The 31 boat fleet with<br />

Kapuntukan Hill and<br />

Mayon Vocano in the<br />

background<br />

Oz Oz Goose Nationa<br />


Legazpi coastal barangays in 2020. With their sponsorship<br />

more or less secured, naming the event using DOT Region<br />

V’s tagline, “Exciting Bicol” made amazing sense, and thus,<br />

the Exciting Bicol Oz Goose National Championships was<br />

slated to happen on the upcoming long weekend at the<br />

end of February <strong>2022</strong>, People Power weekend.<br />

A Notice of Race was issued in December 2021 and Goose<br />

sailors from Batangas, Subic and even Butuan expressed<br />

interest in participating. To upgrade the level of competition<br />

in the regatta, an invite was sent out to young athletes<br />

trained by the Philippine Sailing Association (PSA). These<br />

competitive sailors who train at the sailing center in Manila<br />

have not had an opportunity to sail competitively or even<br />

sail at all, since lockdowns started in 2020. Because the<br />

event could not get an official PSA sanction due to IATF<br />

regulations, the athletes needed to participate in a personal<br />

capacity. An Internet fundraiser was quickly organized for<br />

them through the Storer boat plans group<br />

and Oz Goose Internet<br />

community to<br />

help fund their<br />

entry and<br />

charter<br />

fees.<br />

Despite the Omicron surge that gave the organizers a little<br />

anxiety, online pre-registration was a confidence booster,<br />

allowing the event to quickly fill the 31 boat target. Sailors<br />

from Batangas, Subic, Manila and Legazpi signed up. The<br />

Butuan contingent however were not able to because of<br />

Omicron fears.<br />

Sponsorships were obtained for logistics, accommodations<br />

and even internet connectivity. AYC and PHBYC worked<br />

hand in hand to make everything necessary to accomplish<br />

all the tasks. It was difficult, but serendipity found a way.<br />

To get the Puro sailors ready for their first regatta Mik,<br />

Myself and TLYC race officer Jason went down to Legazpi<br />

to give a crash course in right of way rules, boat handling,<br />

start sequences and race officiating. Jeff Morris, their new<br />

coach, was also there to help ensure that their training<br />

regimen goes on after we leave.<br />

Sponsor count was growing, long time Oz Goose supporter<br />

Hyde sails sponsored the four race marks that were to be<br />

used at Nationals, Financial, Logistics and back end support<br />

were provided by Imperial homes, Kress provided funding<br />

support as well as a prize for the top winner, while Toyota<br />

Albay provided monetary sponsorship in exchange for an<br />

opportunity to Market their new vehicle to participants and<br />

the regatta audience. The City of Legazpi<br />

sponsored the welcome dinner and<br />

the Legazpi Oceanfront Hostel<br />

which is located beside<br />

AYC, and is owned by<br />

an officer of the club<br />

provided quarters<br />

for the<br />

Words by ROY ESPIRITU of PHBYC<br />

Photographs by STOLENSHOTS<br />


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organizers and race officials as well as convenient venue for<br />

AYC and regatta related business, Another establishment<br />

on the Legazpi Boulevard, Pacific Blue, a dive shop owned<br />

by another officer of the club; provided accommodations<br />

for the athletes along with a race office, flags, a committee<br />

boat and ground tackle to be used by the race committee.<br />

Pink Marks provided by Hyde Sails<br />

Porters assisting crews launch<br />

Several participants took the long drive down to Legazpi<br />

from Metro Manila, Batangas and Subic, while PSA trained<br />

athletes including PWD sailors took the bus sponsored by<br />

RRCG. AYC allowed<br />

use of their boat yard<br />

as campgrounds for<br />

sailors who preferred<br />

camping over<br />

booking a hotel or<br />

b&b.<br />

“The waves were<br />

awesome! Sometimes it<br />

felt like a SUV was<br />

heading towards you...<br />

and there was no driver!“<br />

Most of the sailors<br />

arrived on the evening of 24 February or the morning of the<br />

25th and all of them wanted to get some practice before<br />

the serious racing the next day. With the launching beach<br />

facing directly into the prevailing monsoon wind (Amihan)<br />

, getting off the beach would be a challenge if you didn’t<br />

have any help. To assist the sailors launch and return to the<br />

beach without incident, AYC hired eight “porters” from the<br />

community. The porters helped ensure that the boat wasn’t<br />

swamped by waves as it launched, and they pointed the<br />

boat in the right direction to sail off the beach with its foils<br />

in the water. As the boats came back in, they allowed the<br />

crew to get off first, then timed the entry of the boat into<br />

Claus getting help re-attaching his hiking strap<br />

PSA Sailor Nicko pushing the limits of their boat<br />

Father and Son Martin and Quint<br />

Subic Sailing’s Fernan and<br />

Miguel showing their winning<br />

form going downwind<br />


the beach in between swells and carried the boat to a part<br />

of the beach or boardwalk where it was beyond the reach<br />

of waves.<br />

There was also a tide window that the regatta organizers<br />

needed to consider. At 1.2 meters of tide height, the<br />

launching beach disappears, and on the first day of racing,<br />

daytime high tide was scheduled to happen at around<br />

09:30. So that means that the boats need to be in the water<br />

by 07:30. This was mentioned in the pre-race briefing the<br />

night before the first race.<br />

To make the regatta interesting, a twist was added to<br />

the first race of the regatta. Two of PHBYC’s founders.<br />

Rolly Perez and Louis Casambre passed away in January<br />

and February of <strong>2022</strong>. The first race of Nationals was<br />

dedicated to their memory, both gentlemen had a hand<br />

in the development of the Oz Goose program directly or<br />

indirectly. The race was called the Rolly and Louis memorial<br />

trophy. Rolly was an avid photographer and Louis loved to<br />

race. So, for the first race the photography component was<br />

added. The participants had to take a picture during the<br />

race consistent with the theme “Exciting Bicol” the race<br />

result and the photography contest result are combined to<br />

determine the winner. The race starts at the five-minute<br />

countdown and the racers can take a picture then if they<br />

wish. The racers were tracking with a mobile app called<br />

raceQs anyway so they had a smartphone with them that<br />

they can use to take the photo.<br />

Thom Kleiss’ winning photo that bagged him<br />

the Rolly and Louis memorial trophy<br />

Happy PSA sailors Boyet and Jovel<br />

The conditions in Legazpi were very different from what the<br />

northern sailors were used to from sailing in Subic, Manila<br />

and Taal Lake. The waves had short wavelengths just like<br />

on Taal, but the waves were bigger and sometimes came<br />

from two different directions. Michael Storer, National’s<br />

champion form 2019 said that “The waves were awesome!<br />

Sometimes it felt like a SUV was heading towards you ...<br />

and there was no driver!<br />

All the participants and even the designer was amazed<br />

how the goose handled the conditions well. The wind<br />

was forecasted to blow 8 to 18 kts and sure enough it<br />

was blowing around the 15-knot range most of the time.<br />

Participants were allowed to sail solo or with crew, most<br />

of the single-handed participants took in a reef and some<br />

didn’t. The single-handed sailors that reefed fared better<br />

than those that didn’t. The competition was fierce, Puro<br />

Sailors were jockeying for position against racers who have<br />

been sailing competitively for years.<br />

Participants and Porters helping crews as they come in<br />

Puro Sailors keeping up with the pros<br />

The audience along with curious onlookers were out in<br />

droves all around the Legazpi boardwalk as well as the new<br />

banka jetty, a big tent with an LED wall was set up behind<br />

the Legazpi sign to show VIPs live video feed as well as<br />

drone footage of the races.<br />

A total of nine races were to happen during the series,<br />

the Rolly and Louis Memorial was supposed to be a<br />

long race out to the channel markers. However, the race<br />


Jaz and Aries<br />

clubs took first place bullets in three races each, The top<br />

racer in the Open Division of the Oz Goose Nationals went<br />

to Subic Sailing’s Fernan Sarmiento and his crew Miguel<br />

Magasaysay, their first place finishes came in consecutive<br />

races five, six and seven.<br />

EBOGNat Champions<br />

Fernan and Miguel<br />

In the Women’s Division there were 6 teams, one from<br />

TLYC, one from Subic, two from PSA, and two from the<br />

Sailability or PWD division. The winner of the women’s<br />

division is the PSA tandem of the Parocha twins Jonalyn<br />

and Jonabel they also came in 5th overall. In the Sailability<br />

Division, Cherrie Pinpin took first along with her Puro sailor<br />

crew Joshua Barcelon.<br />

Parocha twins Jonalyn and<br />

Jonabel, 1st, Women’s division<br />

committee decided to call for the shorter triangle course,<br />

as conditions didn’t really permit such a long race. Six races<br />

were completed on the first day consisting of windward<br />

- leeward courses with sometimes<br />

a triangle thrown in. Thom Kleiss<br />

finished sixth in the first race and<br />

took a well composed photo of a<br />

competitor with a rainbow backdrop.<br />

This allowed him to bag the Roly and<br />

Louis memorial trophy.<br />

Sailability Winners Cherrie and Joshua<br />

Taal based sailors Job and Thom held<br />

their own against the pros from Subic<br />

and PSA, getting line honors in the first and second races<br />

respectively, with Job also taking the 8th race, but the top<br />

PSA and Subic sailors were a quick study and were soon<br />

leaving everyone else in their wake. Surprisingly, the top<br />

...two of them who had a<br />

case of “too Exciting Bicol<br />

fever” the first one lost<br />

his only car key, while the<br />

other one needed to get<br />

an operation...<br />

In B-Fleet, the scoring system compares the first three races<br />

with the last three races and the biggest positive difference<br />

is the winner. Taking 2nd and 3rd spots in B-Fleet were both<br />

Puro Sailors, their skills clearly improving as they progressed.<br />

2nd went to skipper John Eugene Balderama and his crew<br />

Marvin Bahoy, 3rd in B went to James Gabriel Balderama<br />

and crewmate John Anthony Ajero, they were also the top<br />

finishing Puro Sailors, finishing 10th overall. First in B-Feet<br />

went to TLYC Skipper, 13 year old Jazmine Lucero and her<br />

crew Aries Royce Punzalan. Jazmine started sailing on geese<br />

when she was 8 years old, mostly just as crew or a passenger<br />

when one of her cousins would sail or race. Whereas, Aries<br />

was involved with the Goose program<br />

from the very beginning, having<br />

helped build the first three Geese in<br />

the Philippines and is an indispensable<br />

skilled craftsman of all PHBYC Family<br />

Boatbuilding Weekends with the Oz<br />

Goose.<br />

All participants had a great time<br />

during the regatta, except for maybe<br />

two of them who had a case of “too Exciting Bicol fever”<br />

the first one lost his only car key, while the other one<br />

needed to get an operation after he broke his foot trying<br />

to get to his boat before race 7.<br />

Team Subic Sailing and guests<br />

The TLYC contingent<br />




San Antonio<br />

San Antonio<br />

San Narciso<br />

Zambales<br />

Coastal Road<br />

Words by A ZAMBALEÑO<br />

Photographs as Credited<br />

Project<br />


With little to be known about the complete<br />

plan, a section of the rumored construction of<br />

a coastal road running alongside the coast of<br />

the whole Zambales Province has been seen<br />

in San Miguel, San Antonio (Facebook) as well as other<br />

sections seemingly being constructed in the towns of<br />

Botolan and San Felipe.<br />

Due to lack of information available<br />

for evaluation of the public, a rise<br />

of speculations and concern has<br />

been brought upon by the citizens<br />

among who are environmentalists,<br />

land, property and resort owners<br />

as well as commercial operators.<br />

Information of this concern has<br />

been obtained by the writer from<br />

several sources such as the Capital<br />

and Municipal Councils’ land offices<br />

where construction is under way. All<br />

have claimed that they have “heard<br />

rumors about it” but cannot verify that any information is<br />

available bringing forth even more insecurity on the actual<br />

plan to be followed. Therefore, the writer has decided to<br />

interview the side of the affected by such construction.<br />

Below are the potential issues this rumored coastal road<br />

will bring forth to the citizens mentioned above.<br />

1. Environmentalists<br />

Zambales coastline holds an important role in providing<br />

breeding grounds for critically endangered sea turtles.<br />

Environmental groups such as turtle hatcheries who<br />

are located and operate in Zambales with accreditation<br />

and approval from the DENR are concerned that this<br />

rumored construction road will negatively impact the<br />

natural breeding of these sea turtles through the concrete<br />

embankments that will be constructed like in San Miguel,<br />

San Antonio. Sea turtles travel a great amount around the<br />

oceans of the world; however, they have been researched<br />

and proven to return to the shore they were born (natal<br />

homing) to lay their eggs. Sea turtles are an important<br />

part of the ecosystem as they involve themselves in a<br />

mutual relationship with many other aquatic species.<br />

Thus, destruction or even interruption of this reproductive<br />

cycle could negatively impact not only the sea turtles<br />

but the entire ecosystem. Additionally, the change in<br />

weather conditions causes the entire coastline of the West<br />

Philippine Sea to be subject to erosion and accretion which<br />

may potentially destroy the rumored road leaving the<br />

beaches of Zambales with boulders broken concrete and in<br />

complete shambles.<br />

2.Property Owners<br />

In areas where construction is yet to take place, some 40<br />

property owners were quite baffled as they were shown the<br />

video of the completed coastal road located in San Miguel,<br />

San Antonio. They stated that this was never discussed nor<br />

even announced. If in an instance, it was announced, they<br />

have all stated their opposition for such project or proposal<br />

since they originally owned/purchased a property with<br />

higher value such as a “beach front” instead of a “road<br />

front” property with less value.<br />

Several mentioned that their titles<br />

All have claimed that they<br />

have “heard rumors about<br />

it” but cannot verify<br />

that any information is<br />

available bringing forth<br />

even more insecurity<br />

on the actual plan to be<br />

followed.<br />

stated either the West Philippine<br />

Sea or on older titles, the South<br />

China Sea, with a provision that<br />

20 meters from sea will remain<br />

a “Salvage Zone” or in case of<br />

accretion, there is the option of<br />

claiming the said lands under the<br />

disposal of alienable lands act.<br />

3. Resorts and Recreation<br />

Owners/Operators<br />

Amongst the resort owners/<br />

operators, safety was their biggest<br />

concern as they opposed the rumored project. Zambales is<br />

visited by many tourists each year for its gorgeous beaches.<br />

Many tourists deem that crossing a road to avail of a swim<br />

or walk at the beach would be very dangerous for kids<br />

and even elders. In addition, resort owners/operators also<br />

consider the financial disadvantage of such project. Firstly,<br />

the value of their property would greatly decrease similar to<br />

property owners as discussed above. Secondly, their annual<br />

or even seasonal income would be greatly affected, thus,<br />

affecting the income of the national, provincial and local<br />

government earned via the issuance of business permits<br />

that are assessed on the gross revenue income.<br />

Legal and moral issues were also brought forth such as:<br />







Article 51. The banks of rivers and streams and the<br />

shores of the seas and lakes throughout their entire length<br />

and within a zone of three (3) meters in urban areas,<br />

twenty (20) meters in agricultural areas and forty (40)<br />

meters in forest areas, along their margins are subject to<br />

the easement of public use in the interest of recreation,<br />

navigation, floatage, fishing and salvage. No person shall<br />

be allowed to stay in this zone longer than what is necessary<br />

for recreation, navigation, floatage, fishing or salvage or to<br />

build structures of any kind.”<br />

Evidently, accretion has increased along the coast of<br />

Zambales between the properties and the sea. Automatically,<br />


Botolon<br />

In fact, a Municipal<br />

officer stated a main<br />

purpose for the<br />

construction of the<br />

coastal road is to remove<br />

the tricycles from the<br />

National Highway.<br />

Botolon<br />

this land becomes Government land; however, under the<br />

diposal of alienable lands act, as mentioned above, the land<br />

owners have the option to claim this accretion. Thus, the<br />

question arises, where will this rumored coastal road actually<br />

be constructed? If the land owners claim the accretion, this<br />

road cannot be constructed within private property without<br />

permission. In addition, as mentioned above, it cannot be<br />

constructed within the “Salvage Zone” which is bounded<br />

by private property. Once again, where will this road be<br />

constructed and what are the requirements they must<br />

provide the property or resort owners/operators?<br />

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San Antonio

Alternative questions that must be put forth are, taking<br />

the current pandemic into consideration and the money<br />

already allocated and borrowed to cope with the current<br />

situation, should thousands and even millions of taxpayer’s<br />

money be spent on a nonessential road that, literally,<br />

leads to nowhere? In fact, a Municipal officer stated a<br />

main purpose for the construction of the coastal road is<br />

to remove the tricycles from the National Highway. Thus,<br />

new intersections must be created in order to connect<br />

the coastal road to the National Highway at each river<br />

crossing. The intricacy to construct bridges between each<br />

river crossing is the result of the unfortunate eruption<br />

of Mt. Pinatubo in the 1990’s that created the widening<br />

of the river mouth as well as the massive quantities of<br />

lahar deposited into the river possibly preventing a stable<br />

foundation for potential bridges. In addition, even prior<br />

to the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo, engineers considered it<br />

hazardous to build bridges near the sea in comparison to<br />

inland. Therefore, all traffic, including the said tricycles,<br />

must again exit the rumored coastal road at each river<br />

crossing causing more obstruction to the National Highway.<br />

Proposing to you, another question, would it not be easier<br />

San Felipe<br />

and more economical to simply enforce the law that states<br />

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and using the taxpayer’s money for other essential projects<br />

and development?<br />

In regards to projects and development, a more viable<br />

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the Clark to Botolan road to shorten the distance of travel<br />

and attract more tourists from various provinces East and<br />

South of Zambales. In addition, the presence of the fully<br />

functional Clark International Airport will make Zambales<br />

a potential national and internationally-known tourist<br />

attraction. Therefore, providing greater livelihood potential<br />

for the local communities.<br />

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With yet another year of restrictions, lockdowns,<br />

travel limits and economic hardships, it was said<br />

“We need a Little Christmas”. The Subic Bay<br />

Yacht Club rose to the call.<br />

The traditional decorating of the street side started early in<br />

October as one could see the sparks of the welding and hear<br />

the roar of the grinders producing a steel structure? What<br />

will it be? The theme was a Hawaiian Christmas, a massive<br />

30-foot-tall Pineapple was the center piece of this year’s<br />

display. A beautiful Nativity Scene and dozens of lit up stars<br />

adorned the entire street side of the Yacht Club. Stadium<br />

sized speakers blared Christmas cheer every night, it was<br />

Christmas at the Subic Bay Yacht Club.<br />

The crowning event of the nautical Christmas season is the<br />

Third Annual Subic Bay Yacht Club Lighted Boat Parade,<br />

this year it was bigger than ever. Eight brilliantly lit up<br />

vessels with flashing lights, gigantic inflatable characters<br />

and boats filled with celebraters gathered just before dark<br />

at the Yacht Club. The lead boat, M/Y Furthur, had gone all<br />

out with over 3000 lights. The boat seemed to be following<br />

the life-sized inflatable Santa and his sled, with the reindeer<br />

leading the way over the bow. As the boat passed the<br />

Santa’s village and snow man could be seen waving at the<br />

crowds from the stern. All this under the strobing lights of<br />

a huge star mounted on the mast top.<br />

Stadium sized speakers<br />

blared Christmas cheer<br />

every night, it was<br />

Christmas at the Subic<br />

Bay Yacht Club.<br />


Words by BRIAN CALVERT<br />

Photographs as Credited<br />


Furthur docked at the VIP dock in front of the club and who<br />

should appear but a barefoot, Ho Ho Hoing Santa Clause<br />

himself. Santa wandered through the spectator crowd<br />

handing out treats and even an interview with the press.<br />

Next Furthur led the Parade as it passed by the viewing area<br />

one boat at a time, each of the eights boat were decorated<br />

beautifully and full of Christmas cheering parties. The<br />

parade departed the Yacht Club basin and proceeded along<br />

the shore past the Navy ships as the sailors waved and<br />

cheered. Then the parade passed the waterfront park where<br />

many spectators gathered to see the procession. Santa<br />

blared Merry Christmas over a loudspeaker system. The<br />

yachts proceeded to the Light House and back to the Yacht<br />

Club for a gala celebration. A grand time was had by all.<br />

With the Lighted Boat Parade behind us we made our annual<br />

pilgrimage to Puerto Galera. Often a perilous voyage this<br />

time of year, Furthur and our traveling companions on S/V<br />

Snow were blessed with calm seas all the way. Once back in<br />

Puerto Galera we all enjoyed the traditional Christmas Luch<br />

supplied by the Puerto Galera Yacht Club and joined many<br />

old friends for the Holiday.<br />

That infamous bare footed Santa Clause mad another<br />

appearance, dolling out gifts the members had delivered to<br />

AS 2021<br />


the loyal Puerto Galera Yacht Club staff. Santa and his Elvin<br />

helper were also seen passing out holiday roses to all the<br />

ladies in the anchorage that morning, they do get around!<br />

The Yacht Club is famous for its holiday and regatta dances,<br />

local bands are quite excellent and draw large crowds. This<br />

year it was all about downsizing public events, so a smaller<br />

albeit no less enthusiastic crowd heralded in the New Year.<br />

The Puerto Galera Yacht Club annual general meeting<br />

produced a new and enthusiastic board of directors and<br />

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Words by JAMES WEBSTER<br />

Photographs as Credited

Found in off-shore temperate, tropical, and<br />

subtropical waters worldwide the mahi-mahi or<br />

dolphin fish is a surface-dwelling ray-finned fish.<br />

Also commonly known as dorado in many parts of<br />

the world it is widely described as one of the tastiest fish<br />

on this planet.<br />

The warm<br />

tropical<br />

waters of the<br />

Philippines<br />

make it<br />

possible<br />

to catch<br />

dolphinfish<br />

close to land and islands. They have even been<br />

caught by beach fisherman and in estuaries.<br />

However, in many locations around the world you will have<br />

to travel deep-sea to run into these top dwelling delights.<br />

I did most of my fishing in the Shoalhaven area and to snag<br />

a dolphinfish you would have to travel the 14 odd mile<br />

from Crookhaven Heads to the Continental Shelf. As fishing<br />

clubs had a limit to the distance you could travel deep-sea<br />

for fishing competitions, there were no dolphinfish on the<br />

records board.<br />

Then, one warm<br />

January Sunday I<br />

thought that had<br />

all changed. My<br />

old mate Jack,<br />

who had taught<br />

me everything<br />

about fishing, he<br />

was a genius, set<br />

out at 5.30 am, up<br />

The warm tropical<br />

waters of the<br />

Philippines make<br />

it possible to catch<br />

dolphinfish close to<br />

land and islands.<br />

the Shoalhaven<br />

River into the<br />

Crookhaven River and out through Crookhaven Heads for<br />

the last day of that month’s fishing comp. We had done<br />

reasonably well the day before with some nice bream,<br />

flathead and flounder from the river and snapper, mowong,<br />

flathead and a nice red grouper from outside.<br />

Just to the right of the heads was what was called the bait<br />

grounds where we caught our supply of yellowtail and<br />


slimy mackerel for bait. We then had to decide whether to<br />

go North and drift out from Shoalhaven Heads Beach for<br />

flathead and head to the reefs further out for reef fish or<br />

head South, drifting from Culburra Beach over the sand to<br />

the reefs. We went South, Jack almost always got it right.<br />

After a number of drifts, we were meeting with little success<br />

so Jack decided we would go further South and we traveled<br />

right across Culburra Beach to Penguin Head at the other<br />

end of the beach.<br />

We had never traveled this far South before from Crookhaven<br />

and began having a little success in the deep water just out<br />

from the rocks and cliffs when<br />

Jack hooked something.<br />

He could always tell<br />

what he had caught<br />

by the way it bit<br />

and fought, but<br />

he had no<br />

idea<br />

it<br />

We were<br />

laughing and<br />

cheering when<br />

I latched onto<br />

something big.<br />

what<br />

was.<br />

We were<br />

dumbfounded when he pulled<br />

in about a three and a half kilo<br />

dolphinfish.<br />

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We were laughing and cheering when<br />

I latched onto something big. Jack<br />

told me to make sure of it because it<br />

was another dolphinfish. I said sure and<br />

actually thought I had a shark. Nope, it<br />

was a dolphinfish which I guessed to be<br />

about 5 kilos, although when we eventually<br />

weighed it in in went just over 6 kilos.

I had got myself onto the records board but Jack was more<br />

excited than I was. He was always proud when I did well<br />

in fishing comps. He always pronounced “I taught him<br />

everything he knows. That’s why he knows nothing”.<br />

We had to gut our fish and be back for weigh in by midday so<br />

we headed home with what we thought was a unique story.<br />

We were wrong. We had taken no photos for proof of where<br />

we had caught the dolphinfish and the club committee did<br />

not believe where we had caught the two fish and they were<br />

disqualified. I can honestly say I had never seen old Jack so<br />

angry but never the less I was still not on the records board.<br />

But I did achieve a record for my 6-kilo dolphinfish<br />

although it was only recorded in club minutes. As was the<br />

usual practice, all competitors kept what fish they wanted<br />

for personal consumption and the rest went up for public<br />

auction with the money raised going into club funds for<br />

special events, end of year presentation and trophies. I<br />

added my dolphinfish to action and it sold for a record bid<br />

at $45 which was a little above the current going price for<br />

Mahi Mahi.<br />

Penguin Head,<br />

Culburra Beach,<br />

New South Wales<br />

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dolphinfish<br />

Mahi-mahi<br />

(also known as<br />

the common<br />

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the shamanism and witchcraft<br />

that Siquijor is known for.


Siquijor is a 5th provincial income class island<br />

province of the Philippines located in the Central<br />

Visayas region. Its capital is the municipality also<br />

named Siquijor. To the north of Siquijor is Cebu,<br />

to the west is Negros, northeast is Bohol, and to the<br />

south, across the Bohol Sea, is Mindanao. Locally known<br />

as ‘Isla del Fuego’, or the island of fire, because of its<br />

mystical fireflies swarming in the branches of the of its<br />

numerous molave trees. One can still catch such visions<br />

in secluded, wooded, unlit out of town roads where<br />

crickets hold sway.<br />

When you see them out, you know there’s magic around,<br />

the island is also referred to as the ‘mystical island’ or<br />

even ‘Siquihorror’ by locals due to the shamanism and<br />

witchcraft that Siquijor is known for.<br />

Famed for its 102 kilometres of pristine shoreline<br />

bordered by white sand beaches, mangroves, coral reefs<br />

and majestic rock formations. Siquijor Island enjoys the<br />

tropical sun apart from the rains the monsoons bring, the<br />

cheery climate allows an atmosphere and terrain perfect<br />

for hikers. The seaside towns give sway to a majestic view<br />

of the beach’s gentle waves and the pristine blue beyond.<br />

Creation of the Siquijor Island<br />

A Siquijor legend also tells of a great storm which<br />

once engulfed the region. Then there came a strong<br />

earthquake that shook the earth and sea. Amidst the<br />

lightning and thunder arose an island from the depths<br />

of the ocean’s womb which came to be known as the<br />

island. Despite being a legend, modern times highland<br />

farmers have unravelled giant shell casings under farm<br />

plots, supporting the theory that Siquijor is indeed an<br />

island that rose from the sea.<br />


Prior to colonization, the island polity was home to the<br />

Kingdom (Kedatuan) of Katugasan, from tugas, the<br />

molave trees that cover the hills, which abounded the<br />

island along with fireflies. The “tugas” or molave trees<br />

were used by the ancient dwellers of<br />


the island in making posts or “haligi”<br />

of their houses because of its strength<br />

and durability that could withstand<br />

and struggle against strong typhoons<br />

and “habagat” and was proven by<br />

the house of “Totang” built near the<br />

artesian well of Cang-igdot. Most<br />

St. Francis de Assisi Church<br />

...the primitive<br />

Siquijodnons dwelt in<br />

the caves as evidenced<br />

by the pottery and old<br />

tools like stone grinder<br />

of the patriarchs of the island made the “tugas” trees<br />

to a wooden plow or “tukod” to cultivate the rocky<br />

soil for farming using mainly “toro” or male cattle to<br />

pull it through the sticky and hard rocky soil. However,<br />

before the discovery of making “tugas”<br />

as the foundations of their house, the<br />

primitive Siquijodnons dwelt in the<br />

caves as evidenced by the pottery and<br />

old tools like stone grinder or “liligsan”<br />

excavated by Mitring from the 3 caves<br />

of Sam-ang. During this time, the people<br />

of the kingdom was already in contact<br />

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Siquijor island from afar<br />

BURGOS<br />

with Chinese traders, as seen through archaeological<br />

evidence including Chinese ceramics and other objects.<br />

The art of traditional healing and traditional witchcraft<br />

belief systems also<br />

Siquijor is also<br />

well known for its<br />

festivals that focus on<br />

healing rituals where<br />

incantations are sung<br />

while the old folks<br />

make potions ...<br />

developed within this<br />

period. During the<br />

arrival of the Spanish,<br />

the monarch of the<br />

island was Datu<br />

Kihod, as recorded in<br />

Legazpi’s chronicles.<br />

Siquijor’s long-time<br />

reputation as a place<br />

of magic and sorcery<br />

both attracts and repulses visitors. Siquijor is also well<br />

known for its festivals that focus on healing rituals where<br />

incantations are sung while the old folks make potions<br />

out of herbs, roots, insects and tree barks.<br />

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Among the many attractions are the beaches, caves,<br />

waterfalls, Bandila a natural park and butterfly sanctuary.<br />

The most popular of them are the Cambugahay Falls and<br />

the old Balete tree, both located in Lazi.<br />

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The coral reefs ringing the island offer some of the best<br />

diving in the Philippines for snorkelers and scuba divers.<br />

Dive courses are conducted by several dive operators on

Eerie Siquijor vibe<br />

the island in version of PADI, CMAS* and NAUI. Siquijor<br />

was declared marine visitor arrivals among the three<br />

provinces in Region VII<br />

There’s something about the vibe on Siquijor, a<br />

combination of white and black magic, the yin and the<br />

yang. There’s a feeling of eeriness and intrigue to it, and<br />

to visit without connecting a bit to the spiritual side of<br />

the island would be missing out on what makes Siquijor<br />

so enchanting. For most Filipinos, Siquijor is a mysterious<br />

other-world of witchcraft and the unknown. True, this<br />

tiny island province is famous for its mountain-dwelling<br />

mangkukulam (healers) who brew traditional ointments<br />

for modern ailments. But these days Siquijor’s most<br />

popular healing practice involves a cocktail and a deck<br />

Siquijor provincial capitol building<br />

Lawrence Ruiz<br />

Keri Jones<br />

A woman healer<br />

Busy Siquijor town street<br />


Cambugahay Falls<br />

Mt. Bandilaan<br />


chair at any number of its laid-back and wonderfully<br />

affordable beach resorts. Attractions include great<br />

diving, waterfalls, caves and forest walks in the hilly<br />

interior. Just about everywhere on Siquijor is great for<br />

snorkelling – find the nearest beach and dive in. Like<br />

many beaches in the Visayas, swimming is only possible<br />

during high tide, and wearing thongs (flip-flops) is<br />

There are many different and mysterious attractions that<br />

one can enjoy on Siquijor, nature has been a major factor<br />

which draws tourist to Siquijor, blessed with stunning<br />

waterfalls in the towns of San Juan and Lazi, that is not<br />

a burden on the budget and can give you that wonderful<br />

relaxed feeling, while filling you with awe and amazement<br />

at what they have to offer.<br />

Cambugahay Falls<br />

These falls are not known for its<br />

daring height, or width, instead<br />

it has been recognized by many<br />

tourists for it pure clean water<br />

and refreshing coolness and sight.<br />

Before the Cambugahay Falls empty<br />

into the basin to which it is located.<br />

Waterfall jumping and swinging<br />

The falls consist of<br />

three levels and is a<br />

must-see place when<br />

in Siquijor.<br />

Canopy of trees<br />

The falls consist of three levels and is a must-see place<br />

when in Siquijor. The water is cool<br />

and refreshing, with a jumping<br />

platform at first of the three falls. An<br />

ideal place to relax and have a picnic<br />

luncheon. When there be mindful of<br />

the environment and dispose of your<br />

rubbish in the provided receptacles<br />

to keep the place clean for other<br />

visitors.<br />

Mt. Bandilaan<br />

Mount Bandilaan is the highest point of Siquijor island,<br />

632 meter above sea level and is not very difficult to<br />

reach. In fact, it is nothing spectacular comparing to<br />

the mountains and peaks on other Philippine islands or<br />

somewhere else in the world, but worth to visit.<br />

White sand and pristine waters of Salagdoong beach<br />


Tourists usually visit Mt. Bandilaan National Park on their<br />

way to Cantabon Cave or just during the trip throughout<br />

Siquijor mountains<br />

...there is always possibility<br />

to climb the mountain<br />

from the town Siquijor. It is<br />

about 10 km walk through<br />

amazing coconut trees<br />

forest and then real jungle.<br />

and mountain<br />

villages.<br />

People stop<br />

there to climb<br />

and reach the<br />

viewing platform<br />

at the top. There is<br />

pavement leading<br />

to the platform, so it is easy to find and the climbing<br />

itself takes about 20 minutes from parking area.<br />

If you do not drive scooter and do not rent tricycle, there<br />

is always possibility to climb the mountain from the town<br />

Siquijor. It is about 10 km walk through amazing coconut<br />

trees forest and then real jungle. Try to find a tour guide<br />

who will take care about you during this trip, and you will<br />

never regret. Once you reach the Mt. Bandilaan viewing<br />

platform you will spot that – unfortunately – high trees<br />

cover the view of most of the island, however it is still<br />

worth to climb and catch few amazing views on the sea<br />

and the jungle, accompanied by intriguing sound of<br />

crickets and many birds.<br />

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And what is most important, that is perfect place to be<br />

during hot days as the Mt. Bandilaan National Park is<br />

full of old trees ensuring pleasant shadow. You will enjoy<br />

fresh and cold air. Near the path to the top there is a<br />

picnic area, so why not to use that space for lunch?<br />

Cantabon Cave<br />

Located roughly in the centre of the island, the Cantabon<br />

Cave can be found at the mountainous side of Mt.<br />

Bandila-an in the Barangay of Cantabon. The cave is one<br />

of the most visited tourist destinations in the island of<br />

Siquijor with its impressing 800-meter-long cave.<br />

Garden at the Cantabon Cave entrance<br />


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One can easily visit the Cantabon Cave by riding local<br />

transportation like tricycle. Since it is one of the most<br />

visited tourist destinations in Siquijor, most tricycle<br />

drivers know where to find the Cantabon Cave. It will take<br />

about 20 to 30 minutes ascending the mountain side of<br />

Siquijor.<br />

For group travellers, a tour van and guide will be highly<br />

recommended for the round trip to the Cantabon Cave. It<br />

will take about more than 2-3 hours to explore the said<br />

800-meter-long cave of Cantabon therefore be prepared<br />

for a transportation going downhill.<br />

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Cantabon Cave<br />

Cantabon Cave<br />

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A refreshing garden can be seen at the entrance before<br />

the Cantabon Cave. Be prepared to bend, slide, flex,<br />

crawl, be wet and dirty. But most of all prepare to be<br />

amazed. Bring waterproofing devices to protect your<br />

phones, cameras and other gadgets since the ceiling<br />

has continuous water drips. One can wear slippers;<br />

however, appropriate aqua shoes and sandals are highly<br />

recommended.<br />

Featuring an underground river, the live cave has an<br />

astonishing sight of white rocks, flowstones, columns,<br />

stalactites and stalagmites reflecting through the water.<br />

It can be very dangerous especially during wet and rainy<br />

seasons. Tour guides, entrance and caving fee can be<br />


“King’s Bed” at Cantabon Cave<br />

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paid at the entrance of the Cantabon Cave. The fee will<br />

include helmets for protection and a few flashlights since<br />

it is quite dark inside the cave.<br />

Everything in the cave is extremely eye catching and<br />

thrilling. Some areas to look forward to is the terraces<br />

formation, “King’s Bed”, “Shower Bell” and the “Angel’s<br />

Bath”. The “King’s Bed” is a made of rich white mineral<br />

with clear waters that sparkles when lights hit it while<br />

the “Shower Bell” is a stalactite that has an odd shape<br />

of a bell. Water flows that flow under the ‘bell’ is said<br />

to be healing water and is drinkable as recommended<br />

by the tour guides. No major cases have been reported<br />

regarding the water; therefore it is safe. The “Angel’s<br />

Bath” on the other hand is made of a small pool that<br />

forms an angel wing.<br />

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Upon reaching the end of the 2 to 3 hours caving<br />

experience at the Cantabon Cave, all those bending, and<br />

flexing will be worth the sight. The Cantabon Cave are<br />

very strict as well in preserving the cleanliness of the<br />

area. Don’t miss the caving experience Cantabon Cave<br />

has to offer.<br />

The 400-year-old Balete Tree<br />

Balete is part the ficus or fig tree family that grows in the<br />

Philippines. It known as ‘stranger figs’ for these trees grow<br />

beside other trees and<br />

Balete Trees are<br />

known to be<br />

the house for<br />

mysterious and<br />

mythical creatures<br />

at night.<br />

later on strangling them<br />

until they kill the tree<br />

host. This kind of trees<br />

can be found throughout<br />

the Philippines, however,<br />

only 10 of 800 Balete<br />

trees are identified and<br />

even named here in<br />

the Philippines. Balete<br />

Trees are known to be the house for mysterious and<br />

mythical creatures at night. Some folk stories say that<br />

these creatures do their rituals in front of the trees as<br />

sign of worship or thanksgiving for home and protection.<br />

Creatures like (dwende) elves, (tikbalang) horse demons,<br />

and (diwata) fairies are some of the said mythical<br />

creatures that live within the Balete Trees.<br />

Old enchanted Balete<br />

tree in Siquijor<br />



One of the famously known Balete tree in the Philippines<br />

can be found in Siquijor. Since Siquijor is known for its<br />

witchcraft and faith healing, it is no wonder that the<br />

Old Balete tree is featured among the different travel<br />

destination.<br />

What makes it<br />

really mystical<br />

is that a natural<br />

spring flows right<br />

underneath the<br />

tree.<br />

Located in the barangay<br />

of Campalanas in Lazi,<br />

this 400-year-old Balete<br />

is considered as the<br />

oldest and the biggest<br />

in the province of<br />

Siquijor. What makes it<br />

really mystical is that a<br />

natural spring flows right<br />

underneath the tree. Locals do not know where and<br />

why water flows but all they know is that it is clean and<br />

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Fish spa at the old<br />

balete tree<br />

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safe. The cold spring water flows from the tree to the<br />

man-made pool where fishes swim around. If one finds<br />

the need for a quick foot spa, just dip your feet directly<br />

in and the fish doctors will nibble around your feet for<br />

unwanted skin. This tourist destination is free and is<br />

open to all, however, all are encouraged to donate for the<br />

maintenance of the place.<br />

Tulapos Fish Sanctuary<br />

The fish sanctuary is approximately 22 kilometres from<br />

the town of Siquijor and is rich in marine resources that<br />

boasts a sea world teeming with colourful tropical fish and<br />

corals, it is ideal for scuba diving and snorkelling. There<br />

is a tree house built on top of one of the mangroves that<br />

offers a picturesque vista of the sanctuary and doubles as<br />

a lookout. The diversity of the sanctuary makes it a must<br />

on your bucket list when in Siquijor.<br />

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Tubod Marine Sanctuary<br />

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Diving in Siquijor<br />

Tulapos Marine Sanctuary<br />

The island of Siquijor has several excellent dive sites<br />

including places like Daquit Shoal, Tulapos Fish Sanctuary<br />

Cedric Wall and Kiwi just<br />

On Good Friday<br />

the healers and<br />

herbalists concoct<br />

Alalgams for “black<br />

Magic” or occult<br />

practices ...<br />

to name a few. There<br />

are many diving shops<br />

including atop diving<br />

shape at the Coco<br />

Grove Beach Resort. If<br />

you love diving, I am<br />

sure you will be awed<br />

by the marine life on<br />

this magical Island.<br />

Faith Healers, Herbalists and Holy Week<br />

Siquijor is most famous for its mystical healers and<br />

witches! Home to spiritual healers and shamans, residents<br />

of Siquijor have long been known to practice witchcraft<br />

and traditional healing rituals. These practices can be<br />

traced back to centuries ago when there was no access to<br />

modern health care facilities.<br />

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The annual Holy Week Celebrations is the time where<br />

faith healers and herbalists from all over the Philippines

migrate to Siquijor to participate in the preparations of<br />

concoctions made from a variety of herbs plants roots<br />

and tree barks, gathered on the Fridays of the lent from<br />

the sea, forests, caves and cemeteries. The resulting<br />

brews are known to have healing powers, The festival<br />

begins on the holy Wednesday by the gathering of the<br />

ingredients and is known as “Pang-Alap”. On Good<br />

Friday the healers and herbalists concoct Alalgams for<br />

“black Magic” or occult practices, this is part of the<br />

villages’ secret knowledge, and no outsiders are allowed<br />

to observe this practice, in contrast to Black Saturday<br />

activities that are open to spectators. Faith Healers,<br />

herbalists and spectators gather together in a circle,<br />

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Siquijor butterfly sanctuary<br />

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taking turns to produce mixtures that also include love<br />

potions. When the brews are ready they are bottled and<br />

sold.<br />

Places to eat<br />

There are several excellent restaurants to dine at in<br />

Siquijor, in San Juan there is the “Get Wrecked” bar and<br />

grill that caters for all tastes selling mouth watering grills,<br />

with an international<br />

and Philippine cuisine.<br />

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Dagsa<br />

Another first-class<br />

establishment is Dagsa<br />

that has a full and<br />

comprehensive menu.<br />

Other top-class places<br />

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and has some of the top chefs in the Philippines on their<br />

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Places to stay<br />

For the budget<br />

conscious there are<br />

places like the Infinity<br />

resorts that are very<br />

comfortable with<br />

reasonable rates.<br />

Siquijor has numerous<br />

hotels and resorts<br />

and depends on<br />

your budget and<br />

what you are looking<br />

for. For the budget<br />

conscious there are<br />

places like the Infinity<br />

resorts that are very<br />

comfortable with<br />

reasonable rates. Or in the upper echelon the is South<br />

Mountain and Coco Grove Beach Resort. But whatever<br />

your requirements are, you will find a resort to suit your<br />

budget and requirements on this magical island.<br />

How to get there<br />

From Manila, take a 1-hour flight to Dumaguete<br />

City. From Dumaguete City Airport, take a tricycle to<br />

Dumaguete Port. At Dumaguete Port, take a boat or a<br />

Solangon white sand beach<br />

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ferry to Siquijor. Upon arrival in Siquijor, you may take<br />

a tricycle or a habal-habal (Single motorcycle) going to<br />

your resort.<br />

A new airport has been built on the Island of Siquijor and<br />

regulars flights will be available direct to Siquijor, Check<br />

the internet for availability.<br />

Covid-19 Travel Restrictions<br />

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Although travel restrictions are being reduced it<br />

is advisable to check the latest updates on travel<br />

restrictions to the Island of Siquijor. At the present time<br />

the requirements are:<br />

• Vaccination Certificate<br />

• S-Pass<br />

• Accommodation booking confirmation<br />

• Anti-gen test showing negative prior to travel<br />

• And your ID’s Kayaking at Salogdoong beach<br />

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Seashell Museum in San Juan<br />

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All though the restrictions are in place, it is well worth the<br />

effort to visit this magical island.<br />

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U<br />

nfortunately, water safety appears to have been,<br />

in the past, largely ignored in the Philippine<br />

Government, which considering that the country<br />

consists of 10,700 islands, meaning that all areas<br />

are surrounded by water, also most of the country is subject<br />

to Typhoons and other weather disturbances that often<br />

create flooding, it is hard to understand why the Government<br />

had not invested more in the areas of Drowning awareness<br />

and Prevention.<br />

However since the introduction of RA-<br />

9993 giving the Philippine Coast Guard<br />

(PCG) control, of not just maritime and<br />

shipping movements, within Philippine<br />

Territorial waters, but also expanding<br />

their responsibility to safety, including<br />

the standards for Lifeguards for the<br />

Resort and Tourism Industry.<br />

Under RA 9993 the PCG issued PCG<br />

Memorandum Circular 03-14 setting the guidelines and<br />

requirements for coastal resorts as to their responsibilities<br />

and requirements, meaning that at last there are regulations<br />

in place that can be implemented so as to make recreational<br />

swimming safer for all, along with standards for the training<br />

of lifeguards, which, under PCG MC 03-14 can only be<br />

conducted by PCG accredited training organizations, which<br />

as of writing we believe there are only two in the entire<br />

country, one of which is Zambales Lifesaving Inc. (ZLI),<br />

whose progress and programs we have covered in many<br />

of our issues as they are near to our Manila Headquarters<br />

and always updating us on their progress and activities, not<br />

only in lifeguard training but in all their efforts in drowning<br />

awareness and prevention.<br />

We were interested to see how much water safety had been<br />

affected by the pandemic, so we contacted Roger Bound,<br />

the President and founder of ZLI and were surprised to find<br />

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...once things start<br />

to normalize that<br />

resorts will be far more<br />

likely to conform with<br />

regulations as to their<br />

responsibilities...<br />

him in Australia, apparently to visit Australian Lifesaving<br />

Academy NSW, whose training curriculum they base their<br />

training on and other supporters such as Surf Life Saving<br />

Far North Coast (Australia) who they have a MOA with<br />

in regards to assisting them in having access to the latest<br />

training procedures and updates.<br />

Apparently ZLI have been able to do limited training during<br />

these difficult times and Roger stressed<br />

how cooperative and understanding the<br />

PCG had been during these times, in<br />

such things as allowing the extension<br />

of certificates and reassessments when<br />

lockdowns and restrictions prevented<br />

travel to attend such trainings and<br />

reassessments, this has greatly assisted<br />

the struggling resort industry to still have<br />

available maximum safety for customers<br />

who were able to avail of their services,<br />

the PCG has also assisted resorts in giving<br />

advice and guidance to businesses that had problems<br />

meeting the mandated requirements of PCG MC 03-14,<br />

rather than imposing fines that could be applied, Roger’s<br />

opinion of this is that once things start to normalize that<br />

resorts will be far more likely to conform with regulations as<br />

to their responsibilities, rather than try to ignore same.<br />

Whilst in Australia ZLI training and annual reassessments are<br />

proceeding as usual under Virgel Ramos, the ZLI Training<br />

Director along with other instructors and assessors already<br />

fully trained in all the aspects of the program, including data<br />

input and production of certificates, which have security<br />

features. We were aware that ZLI had, with approval of<br />

their Australian counterparts, already tailored the training<br />

to better suit the Philippine conditions, including a selfassessment<br />

manual and all written materials into dual<br />

language, Filipino/English and developed an electronic<br />

data-base system to manage and record all training records

Water Safety<br />

and Lifeguard<br />

Training<br />

Words by BARRY DAWSON<br />

Photographs as Credited<br />


etc., it even produces the certificates, ID cards etc. for<br />

participants and produces reports as to when certificates<br />

etc will expire.<br />

With all of this now fully operational and due to training<br />

interruptions, which has give ZLI more time to work on the<br />

programs, along with having a lot of requests from areas<br />

outside Zambales and the main island of Luzon which they<br />

are adequately able to cover and are looking to be able<br />

to assist the PCG by enabling a program where they can<br />

work with other areas<br />

The ZLI program is<br />

extremely affordable<br />

as they conduct the<br />

training in a maximum<br />

of 5 days, including<br />

the necessary First<br />

Aid, Spinal Injury<br />

management, and<br />

Basic Life support...<br />

utilizing Provincial<br />

and Local Government<br />

Disaster Risk Reduction<br />

Managements units, in<br />

conjunction with the<br />

local PCG commands<br />

in these areas and not<br />

only train them to be<br />

instructors, assessors<br />

and data-base<br />

encoders, but also in<br />

the management skills<br />

required and supply<br />

them the training<br />

curriculum, which has already been approved by Australian<br />

Lifesaving Academy, along with making the data-base<br />

available, so as to make training far more accessible and<br />

affordable throughout the country.<br />

The ZLI program is extremely affordable as they conduct the<br />

training in a maximum of 5 days, including the necessary<br />

First Aid, Spinal Injury management, and Basic Life support,<br />


plus of course rescue techniques, carries and supports and all<br />

that is required for prevention, which is the main difference in<br />

lifeguard training when compared to Water Safety and rescue,<br />

which is for first responder disaster management whereas,<br />

a lifeguards primary function is prevention, plus with the<br />

program restructuring ZLI is able to combine both Swimming<br />

Pool lifeguard training and Open Water (Beach) Lifeguard<br />

training concurrently, as the first 4 days covers all of the<br />

major requirements for both trainings and those doing Open<br />

Water (Beach) remain for the fifth day for the specialities of<br />

instruction and understanding of Rip currents, Inshore Holes<br />

and Gutters, Wave types and use of speciality equipment for<br />

open water rescue, along with the more demanding swim tests<br />

etc required by a lifeguard in an open water environment, even<br />

including treatment for jelly fish and other more dangerous<br />

stingers that can be found in tropical waters.<br />

ZLI also offers for anyone who fails the course, the<br />

opportunity to work on the areas that they are lacking and<br />

give them one month during which they can be retested and<br />

a second opportunity to pass, rather than just be failed. There<br />

is no other organizations that offers this or for that matter<br />

the ZLI implementation of the Australian one day annual<br />

reassessment, which entails resitting the exams and practical<br />

assessment for CPR, rescue and of course the tests for<br />

swimming requirements and physical fitness, whereas others<br />

implement a full re-training, many of which are as long as 12<br />

days.<br />

We hope that the Philippine Coast Guard Command will<br />

seriously consider the suggestion of ZLI so as all areas within<br />

the Philippines can easily avail of high quality and affordable<br />

training within their local area.<br />


Sailing Tips<br />

Article<br />

excerpts reprinted from the book<br />



You’ve always been interested to sail, but you know little about boat parts, the confusing techno-babble, and what<br />

little you know is making your head spin in four different directions! Worry no more. This continuing series of articles<br />

is for you: it covers tips regarding hardware present on most boats, as well as common sailing techniques, terms and<br />

definitions, the names of the different pieces of hardware, and much more. This will keep you informed about most<br />

things you will need before you begin your own sailing excursion. Be sure to consult with an experienced sailor and someone<br />

knowledgeable about boats.<br />

Motor tender<br />

Highfield<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<br />

provisions and any sailing gear, while<br />

remaining easy to handle under both<br />

oars and an outboard motor. It should<br />

also have permanent buoyancy and<br />

be tough enough to withstand rough<br />

treatment. In Practice, the problems of<br />

stowing a tender on board a small or<br />

medium-sized cruiser limit the choice<br />

of type. While the purpose-designed<br />

rigid tender handles better in water,<br />

you can normally only stow it on davits.<br />

The alternative is to tow it, which reduces your boat speed<br />

and cause problems when coming in and out of the harbor.<br />

Most people in fact, opt for an inflatable tender which can<br />

be partially deflated and easily stowed on deck or in a large<br />

86<br />

...the traveler<br />

should be eased to<br />

leeward with the<br />

mainsheet kept<br />

tight...<br />

locker. They are not easy to row in a strong wind, and you<br />

may find that you need an outboard motor for long trips.<br />

Inflatables, being soft, have the advantage<br />

that they don’t damage the boat when<br />

coming alongside.<br />

You should be very careful when using<br />

the tender – more drownings result from<br />

misuse than from people going overboard<br />

from a cruiser. Make sure that crew<br />

members wear a lifejacket in the tender,<br />

even on short trips, and even if they can<br />

swim. Never overload the tender – make<br />

two trips if necessary.<br />

Towing a Tender<br />

If you have a rigid tender you will probably have to tow it<br />

behind your boat, at least for short trips. Even if you have an<br />

inflatable you may prefer to tow it occasionally rather than

Tenders<br />

If a strong current is flowing, always allow for it,<br />

to avoid being swept past your objective. Your<br />

own efforts, plus the force of the current should<br />

push you sideways to the boat.<br />

Foot pump<br />

Gull oars<br />

deflate it and stow it. If you know you are going to use it<br />

again shortly. Before setting off, remove all loose gear from<br />

the tender and stow it aboard the boat. Use a strong warp as<br />

a towing line, making sure that it is long enough to allow the<br />

tender to lie well astern of the boat. The line should be fixed<br />

to a through-bolted eye on the outside stem of the dinghy. A<br />

slack reserve line should be fastened from the tender to the<br />

boat just in case the towing line breaks. In strong winds you<br />

may find that an inflatable tender becomes airborne or even<br />

blows ahead of the boat. Under these conditions, shorten the<br />

towing line. You may also need a shorter line when towing a<br />

tender in the harbor. A rigid tender is, in fact, more difficult<br />

to tow than an inflatable. It sometimes tends to surf down a<br />

wave when the boat is sailing off-wind, and crash into the<br />

boat. In this case, you should lengthen the line even though<br />

the tender mat sheer about as a result.<br />

If you are maneuvering in congested waters, a crew member<br />

should look after the tender to ensure that the towing line<br />

doesn’t foul the propeller or rudder, and that the tender does<br />

not hit any other boats. Never try to board the tender when<br />

under way, for whatever reason.<br />

Using a Tender<br />

Tenders, whether inflatable or rigid, are inherently unstable,<br />

and you should take great care when using them. Be<br />

particularly careful getting in and out of the tender to avoid<br />

upsetting it. After launching it in the water, secure the painter<br />

to a stanchion base or deck cleat near the shrouds.<br />

The oarsman should get in first, stepping into the middle<br />

of it, and sitting down immediately on the central thwart,<br />

facing the stern. The oars are passed to him, followed by any<br />

stores being transported. Make sure the weight is distributed<br />

evenly. Any other passengers should then get in, taking care<br />

to balance the tender, and holding it steady against the sides<br />

of the cruiser. When the oarsman has fitted the outboard<br />

oard into its rowlock, and said he is ready, the crew member<br />

nearest the painter casts off and pushes the tender clear so<br />

that the oarsman can fit the other rowlock and oar.<br />

Rowing a tender<br />

To disembark, simply reverse the order of getting in, taking<br />

care to keep the weight balanced. If you are coming ashore in<br />

tidal water, make sure your dinghy is pulled up above the high<br />

water mark if there is an incoming tide. If coming ashore in an<br />

unfamiliar estuary or river, watch out for deep mud. Use the<br />

slip way is 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.<br />

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