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SEPT 2021<br />



SUBIC BAY 2<br />







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It has been 18 months now of Covid-19 and still being handled with<br />

complete stupidity, but gradually commonsense in a lot of areas<br />

is beginning to prevail, which is great to see, with the population<br />

starting to enjoy life again.<br />

This quarter we were able to visit and write about Sorsogon. What a<br />

fabulous, place for anyone to visit. There is so much to see and do in<br />

this awesome part of Bicol.<br />

Sorsogon has so much diversity to offer visitors it would be a new<br />

adventure every day with great places to visit and enjoy. Everyone<br />

is welcome here with open arms by some of the most friendly locals<br />

you can imagine from the governor down. You will experience major<br />

upgrades in local attractions like Lake Bulusan Volcano Park where<br />

new view decks and visitor facilities have had major improvements.<br />

I was lucky enough to write about Sorsogon back in 2014, so I<br />

was able to see many major improvements to this awesome place<br />

firsthand and recommend that Sorsogon is right at the top of your<br />

bucket list of places to visit.<br />


Kayaking In Sorsogon 6<br />

1st Boaters Unlimited Cebu 14<br />

Fishing Tournament<br />

JPark Island Resort & Waterpark - 22<br />

Resort of the Month<br />

Subic Bay 2 28<br />

Philippines Best Fishing Spots 36<br />

Combing The Coral Carpet - Part 3 43<br />

Women’s Dive Day 54<br />

Destination - Sensational SORSOGON 60<br />

Thailand Set To Host 86<br />

First International Boat Show<br />

After The Pandemic Crisis<br />

Drowning-An Ignored National 90<br />

Health Emergency<br />

Sailing Tips - Berthing 94<br />

In our next edition, we are in the planning process to visit Misamis<br />

Oriental in Mindanao and check on the tourist attractions over<br />

there.<br />

Stay safe, and enjoy what the Philippines has to offer in places such<br />

as Sorsogon, a holiday here will surely be full of so many wonderful<br />

surprises, you will come home with everlasting memories and<br />

thoughts to go back there again and again.<br />

Barry Dawson Editor<br />

Rizal Beach Resort<br />

Destination - Sensational SORSOGON<br />

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Late DENR Secretary’s legacy memorialized at<br />

Sorsogon’s first-ever Kayaking Guides Tryouts.<br />

Buhatan River, Sorsogon City -<br />

Six years ago, the late Department of<br />

Environment and Natural Resources<br />

(DENR) Secretary Regina Paz “Gina”<br />

Lopez founded the Buhatan River Eco-<br />

Adventure Service Cooperative that gave<br />

birth to the Buhatan River Cruise and<br />

Firefly Experience.<br />

In her memory, an activity was held<br />

meant to continue her legacy of developing “River Warriors”<br />

while soon, providing world-class Kayaking Guided Tours at<br />

said tourist destination. As another first at Sorsogon City,<br />

a Kayaking Tryouts was conducted last March 7, 2021, at<br />

Buhatan River, Brgy. Buhatan, Sorsogon City.<br />

The first-ever tryouts drawn<br />

significant turn-out among the youth<br />

community which numbered at fifteen<br />

and consisted of males and from the<br />

LGBTQ. It was facilitated by seasoned<br />

professionals from a private sector<br />

alliance named Strategic Adventures<br />

Consortium whose expertise are<br />

adventure tourism and emergency<br />

services, public relations, hotel and restaurant management,<br />

and, drowning prevention and underwater activities.<br />

“We thought learning<br />

how to swim was<br />

enough, yet the<br />

qualifying skills were all<br />

too new for most of us.”<br />

Words by BARRY DAWSON<br />

Photographs as Credited<br />

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“We thought learning how to swim was enough, yet the<br />

qualifying skills were all too new for most of us. But, I am<br />

very glad that I was one of those selected.”, said try-outs<br />

participant Ernesto Sapitan III. He and other participants<br />

underwent paddle craft skills tests, among others, 50 meters<br />

paddling in a straight line; 25 meters swim to shore in full<br />

paddling gear, and re-entry to a kayak following simulated<br />

deep water capsize.<br />

Hereafter, continuing training and practice shall be required<br />

for all guides-candidates as parallel efforts shall also be<br />

made for their certification later such as the Philippine<br />

Heart Association or possibly from a Cagayan de Orobased<br />

organization and Manila-based Academy of Surfing<br />

Instructors, for kayaking and stand-up paddleboard<br />

respectively. Two weeks after a grueling rain-or-shine<br />

Kayaking Tryouts, the “River Warriors” of Buhatan River Eco<br />

Adventure dedicated its so-called 3-Mile Kayak Tripping for<br />

this year’s celebration of Women’s Month whose theme is,<br />

“Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future.”<br />

This endurance paddle-out was the final test of physical<br />

and mental limits for these select groups of Sorsoganon<br />

youth as kayak guides-candidates. Paddling in tandem,<br />

they were required to paddle the whole stretch from the<br />

Visitors Center of Buhatan River Eco-Adventure Service<br />

Cooperative and towards its floating restaurant, only with a<br />

bottle of water and snacks.<br />

In Sorsogon<br />

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All reciting the “Paddlers Prayer” before they deployed,<br />

among the highlights of this event was an all-female and<br />

all-LGBTQ paddler in tandem at each kayak, together<br />

with other male participants. Risk management services,<br />

however, were provided by a private-sector alliance, now<br />

named Sorsogon Strategic Adventures Consortium whom<br />

also facilitated its two previous activities.<br />

“River Warriors” who passed this<br />

endurance paddle-out test shall qualify<br />

for a formal kayaking training to be<br />

conducted under the tutelage of a<br />

kayaking practitioner who has previously<br />

trained at Profi Sailors Academy and<br />

worked at Coastline, LLC, Jeddah,<br />

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.<br />

Meanwhile, with a current number of tandem-type kayaks<br />

belonging to the Cooperative, they shall have their first group<br />

of guests for a dry-run of its hourly Kayak Guided Tours on<br />

March 28, 2021. Among those being intimated to be invited<br />

are groups of environmental planners and firefighters, aside<br />

from school-age children of Barangay Buhatan.<br />

sit-on-top tandem kayak. After reciting the Paddlers Prayer,<br />

all then paddled from the Visitors Center of Buhatan River<br />

to its landing site, with each kayaker on his/her lifejacket,<br />

paddle leash, and a float plan in mind.<br />

Labor Day celebration is a local holiday in the country.<br />

However, the “River Warriors” of Buhatan community held<br />

its very first Kayak Polo Games at the<br />

...among the<br />

highlights of this<br />

event was an allfemale<br />

and all-LGBTQ<br />

paddler in tandem at<br />

each kayak...<br />

Buhatan River. True to the Cooperative’s<br />

advocacy of inclusive and sustainable<br />

development program, the youth were<br />

introduced to another tourism product<br />

--- Kayak Guided Tours, that led to<br />

said friendly games amongst its young<br />

members.<br />

Through the leadership of Mrs. Elsa<br />

Lagamayo-Malecki, Chairperson, Buhatan River Eco-<br />

Adventure Service Cooperative, the cooperative is taking<br />

productive initiatives despite the ongoing pandemic. One<br />

of which is the conduct of training for “River Warriors” and<br />

introduction to certain water-sports so to familiarize its<br />

young members with other lifelong skills.<br />

In a modest display of support to a legislative measure on<br />

drowning prevention certified urgent last year by Hon..<br />

Francis Joseph G. Escudero, Governor, Sorsogon Province,<br />

yet still pending at Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP). The<br />

“River Warriors” of Buhatan River Eco-Adventure Service<br />

Cooperative assisted by professionals from Strategic<br />

Adventures Consortium held its first-ever paddle-out<br />

meeting and lunch, afloat, at Tanglad Junction, Buhatan<br />

River, this city.<br />

Before its launch, each paddler took a surprise “moving<br />

exam” where they identify each of the different parts of a<br />

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Ms. Jovie Derla, the only woman-paddler from Purok<br />

Quirino, Brgy. Buhatan, thanked the Buhatan River Eco-<br />

Adventure Service Cooperative, through its Chairman, Ms.<br />

Elsa Lagamayo-Malecki for allowing her to join its kayaking<br />

program. “Here, I learned to swim and, as days passed, gave<br />

me the inspiration to continue”, said Ms. Derla.<br />

Probably, the first-ever Kayak Polo Games<br />

in Bicol Region, or the entire country, it<br />

was compared to a rugby football --- on<br />

a kayak, in terms of scoring and play. “It<br />

was a very happy experience to be given<br />

this chance by the Buhatan River Eco-<br />

Adventure Service Cooperative, although<br />

strength and strategy are still needed to<br />

win the game”, said Arjay Sapitan, Chief<br />

Paddler of Buhatan River’s “River Warriors”.<br />

to know and learned of our current tourism-related services,”<br />

said Chairman Lagamayo-Malecki.<br />

From 2020 to early this year, Sorsogon Province registered<br />

significant fatal drowning incidents at towns of Matnog,<br />

Magallanes, Pilar, Bulan, Irosin, Juban, and Sorsogon City.<br />

Very much earlier, however, Governor<br />

Chiz sent a letter to Sangguniang<br />

Panlalawigan for legislative action and<br />

was referred to SP’s Committee on<br />

Public Order and Safety. Subsequently,<br />

the Sorsogon Provincial Tourism,<br />

Culture, and Arts Office crafted<br />

and submitted to the latter a draft<br />

for the said Drowning Prevention<br />

Ordinance but, things went cold at<br />

said Committee from October last year up to the present.<br />

Probably, the first-ever<br />

Kayak Polo Games in<br />

Bicol Region, or the<br />

entire country, it was<br />

compared to a rugby<br />

football - on a kayak...<br />

“The Cooperative is part of my daily life already, as Chairman<br />

of the Board of Directors, and such give color to my love<br />

for the environment.”, said Ms. Elsa Lagamayo-Malecki.<br />

She said that she is happy that Kayak Guided Tours is now<br />

one of the services ready to be patronized by residents and<br />

tourists, even initially from neighboring provinces. “Today,<br />

we also introduced Kayak Polo Games among kayaking<br />

paddlers of the cooperative so to encourage teamwork and<br />

camaraderie. Our office is always open for those who want<br />

The “River Warriors” registering a Float Plan for the above<br />

kayaking trip, and mandatory wearing of lifejackets for<br />

all the crew and incoming guests of Buhatan River Eco<br />

Adventure’s Kayak Guided Tours sought to convey a<br />

very strong drowning prevention message to all of those<br />

engaging in water-related activities. Likewise, of creating<br />

awareness for the eventual passage of Sorsogon Province’s<br />

Drowning Prevention Ordinance by the Sangguniang<br />

Panlalawigan the soonest time possible. Purok Quezon,<br />

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Sorsogon City - Amidst the strong winds and river currents<br />

last 25th July, the Buhatan River Eco-Adventure Service<br />

Cooperative’s River Warriors and other boatmen braved a<br />

three-kilometer kayak paddle-out from Buhatan River to<br />

Floating Resto near the mouth of Sorsogon Bay and back,<br />

to mark the observance of the first-ever World Drowning<br />

Prevention Day.<br />

Actualizing their show of support, all fifteen participants<br />

of the above kayak trip worn their lifejackets so to ensure<br />

safety during such inclement weather. In so doing, it<br />

probably became the one-and-only physical, yet compliant,<br />

celebration of the inaugural global event in the Philippines.<br />

Buhatan River being known as the location of a premiere<br />

river tourism destination in Sorsogon Province took the<br />

activity as an opportunity to promote its services such as<br />

river cruise, mangrove experience, and kayak guided tours<br />

whereby its main safety feature is of wearing lifejackets.<br />

Buhatan River Eco-Adventure Service Cooperative “River<br />

Warriors”, a special project started around March of this<br />

year where the youth of employment age underwent proper<br />

training on how to maneuver said paddle craft so to patrol<br />

the Buhatan River and monitor it for any environmental<br />

issues. On peak tourism season, however, these trained<br />

paddlers provide kayak guided tours, to visitors both local<br />

and foreigners.<br />

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New Squadron 53 Arrives in Hong Kong,<br />

Joins the Growing Fairline Fleet<br />

A new Fairline Squadron 53 has arrived into Hong Kong and<br />

is now ready for delivery to her new owner. Striking, bold and<br />

instantly recognisable, this hand crafted model from British boat<br />

builder Fairline was designed by Alberto Mancini and has a host<br />

of features that are sure to appeal to potential owners. If you want<br />

a luxury cruiser with space, sophistication and style, the Fairline<br />

Squadron 53 is the perfect answer to that dream, with large<br />

cockpit seating and sunbathing areas, plus interior saloon seating<br />

all beautifully connected together via a sliding door.<br />

Built to order by Fairline’s highly experienced and dedicated<br />

craftsmen in Oundle, England, the new Squadron 53 offers<br />

boaters total command and control thanks to its striking swept<br />

flybridge, whilst exuding style and offering great entertaining<br />

spaces onboard. Fairline’s approach, from superior engineering and<br />

multiple layout options, to small details that delight, makes the<br />

Squadron 53 the perfect choice for those who want their yacht their<br />

way. Clever layout configurations provide owners with complete<br />

flexibility, including three or four cabin options and multiple galley<br />

arrangements including the main deck, forward or aft locations or<br />

below deck, as well as the new addition of foredeck seating.<br />

Andrew Pope, Head of Design at Fairline, says, “Owners will feel in<br />

total command and control on the fantastic flybridge of the new<br />

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What started in 2018 as a ragtime Viber group,<br />

boaters from what would become ‘Boaters<br />

Unlimited’ would create chat rooms for specific<br />

boating trips and then close those chat rooms<br />

after each trip. It then dawned to some that it would be<br />

better to organize the group; thus a meeting was called at<br />

the North Sand Bar where all ideas<br />

could be discussed.<br />

During the meeting and after too<br />

much alcohol (the meeting was<br />

held in a bar after all), the boaters<br />

present appointed Luis Moro to be<br />

the acting president for the 1st year.<br />

Not really wanting the job, he tried<br />

to discourage everyone by making<br />

his first order for all members to pay a<br />

ten thousand peso membership fee,<br />

but to his surprise, everyone paid up.<br />

Thereafter, Luis created a core group to help in decisions<br />

such as new member acceptance, group direction, interim<br />

rules and running the organization. The core group he<br />

created was composed of members who would represent<br />

different groups of the boater’s community namely Joseph<br />

Gandionco, John Wong, Victor Lua, Pet Dakay and Gino<br />

Salvador.<br />

In 2019, the direction was taken to build the camaraderie<br />

and cooperation of the group<br />

by holding monthly gatherings.<br />

Since the group’s funds were<br />

limited, they had to find vendors/<br />

sponsors who could present<br />

products as well as educate<br />

members on various marine<br />

technologies and techniques. A<br />

number of small events were held<br />

in 2019 culminating in the 1st<br />

annual meeting and Christmas<br />

rendezvous. From this start a<br />

group of dedicated fishermen, a<br />

major fishing tournament was organized to be held in Cebu,<br />

after all the upset of the COVID-19 pandemic scare, to<br />

finally bring fun and enjoyment back as something normal.<br />

Not really wanting the<br />

job, he tried to discourage<br />

everyone by making his<br />

first order for all members<br />

to pay a ten thousand peso<br />

membership fee, but to his<br />

surprise, everyone paid up.<br />

Words by BARRY DAWSON<br />

Photographs as Credited<br />

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The inaugural 1st Boaters Unlimited Cebu Fishing<br />

Tournament got under way in grand style on the shores of<br />

JPark Island Resort & Waterpark at Mactan, Cebu on 4th<br />

June 2021. Setting the stage for a great fishing tournament<br />

with 95 anglers fishing from the decks of an impressive<br />

fleet of 30 boats ranging from local outriggers, motor<br />

boats, and yachts, and crewed by a total of 50 captains and<br />

boatmen, all ready to showcase their<br />

angling expertise. There was a mix<br />

of individuals and teams like, Lucky<br />

Strike, CTS/BigBlue, Julies Bakeshop,<br />

JPark, Ocean Jet, Modala Resort<br />

Panglao, KillerWhave, Converge, No<br />

Name, Calderon, Tsunami, Unos, CAC,<br />

Jigger Buddies, Birra, TBD, APS leisure<br />

Fishing, Palms Cebu, Crusty Cruisers,<br />

Mighty Jungle, Real Estate, Noi-Noi<br />

and Jigawokees.<br />

...the anglers retired<br />

and prepared<br />

themselves for some<br />

fierce competition of<br />

this 2-day event, with a<br />

total of PHP250,000.00<br />

cash prize at stake.<br />

There were also 20 marshals to make sure everything went<br />

to plan, and 15 visitors including LGU officers that assisted<br />

with the proceedings. And smoothly was the way it went<br />

thanks to the tireless efforts, especially of the organizers,<br />

Farrah Mae Bullos, Arnel Prete and Vincent Villocino.<br />

Modala Resort Panglao, RDAK Powersports, International<br />

Pharmaceuticals Inc. and 2010 Gas. Other sponsors of<br />

this event were Broadwater Marine, XCED Enterprises,<br />

Natures Spring, Big Blue and Colours Foto. Mayor Ahong<br />

Chan of Lapu-Lapu city graced the event with First Lady<br />

Cindy Chan, Tourism Chairperson and Vince Carungay,<br />

Sports Commissioner of Lapu-Lapu. JPark Island Resort<br />

and Waterpark, the event’s official venue<br />

partner, catered to the accommodation<br />

and the delicious food enjoyed by all<br />

during the opening ceremony and<br />

the awards night. Active Boating and<br />

Watersports Lifestyle Magazine proudly<br />

covered the event.<br />

After a delicious and mouth-watering<br />

meal and cold drinks everyone enjoyed<br />

an evening of getting to know each other<br />

during Friday’s fellowship night, enjoying a couple more<br />

drinks and the superb hospitality of JPark Island Resort<br />

and Waterpark’s CEO Jonathon Nowell, the anglers retired<br />

and prepared themselves for some fierce competition of<br />

this 2-day event, with a total of PHP250,000.00 cash prize<br />

at stake.<br />

The Major sponsors of this prestigious event were,<br />

Converge ICT, Cebu Pacific Air - the official airline partner,<br />

JPark Island Resort & Waterpark, Sunpride Foods Inc.,<br />

Julies Bakeshop, OceanJet, AluPorter, Suzuki Marine,<br />

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The Saturday’s send-off started with an early morning<br />

breakfast fit for any top angler. Right after, loud horns from<br />

yachts, and flares blowing off at 7AM, signalling the official<br />

start of the tournament. There were 19 teams consisting of<br />

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Boaters and Non-Boaters members. The teams were Lucky<br />

Strike consisting of Cliff Joie Culanag, John Wong, Maricel<br />

Wong and Ramon Fernandez. CTS/BIG BLUE had Stephen<br />

Castillo and Benn Bautista. Jules Bakeshop consisted of<br />

Joseph Gandionco and Apollo Ybañez while representing<br />

JPark were Junichi Machida, Ging Ging Machida and<br />

Justin Uy. The Ocean Jet team had<br />

four members – Victor Lua, Peter Paul<br />

Soy, Jaybie Ryan Quinio and Bryan<br />

Lua. Modala Resort from Panglao<br />

boasted two anglers Rommel Gonzales<br />

and Manny Mendoza, Fronting up for<br />

team KillerWhave was Gino and Galen<br />

Salvador. The Converge team were<br />

well represented with six members,<br />

Joe Mike Sequihod, Jay Villalobos,<br />

Michael Maquiran, Mark Balamon,<br />

Dennis Anthony Uy and Jesus Romero.<br />

Dale Gomez and Dave Sharpe were on Team No Name.<br />

It was no surprise to find Manger, Emmanuel, Jettevand<br />

Frederick Calderon were all on the Calderon Team. Sito<br />

and Sean Ugarte made up the Tsunami Team and the<br />

contingent for the Unos Team were Enrique V. Arcenas Jr,<br />

Antonio C. Empleo Jr, Jose Felix Obinque, Tony Cuerquis,<br />

Nick Manuel, Jessie Joaquin, Jayson Cadungog and<br />

Robert Salahog. Fishing on the CAC team were Reginald<br />

Tunacao, Paulo Roberto Catorce, Carl Henry Savellon, John<br />

Dave Bullos, Reginald Tunacao, Jay Mark Ortega, Kharl<br />

Zeno Dimagiba, Cary Bullos and Jake Virtucio. Top anglers<br />

competing in the team of the Jigger Buddies were- Ray Vicoy,<br />

Rex Gella Aro, John Edrick Tan, Emmanuel Robie, Roland Sala,<br />

Johnn Paul Aligno and Bryan G Raza. In Team Birra there<br />

was Mathew James Archival, Johann<br />

...the 8 winning anglers<br />

were announced based<br />

on the weight of their<br />

landed game fish, with<br />

each one receiving<br />

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Roma, Vincent Rubin Castanios, Drei<br />

Bentazal, Nick Joseph Siliwan, And<br />

Alexis Ian Bailon. The shining stars<br />

for TBD were Rudy Balbuena, Frank<br />

Dindsay, Michael Lazaro, Apple John<br />

Manriquez, Thomas Villanueva Jr,<br />

Macky Ranario, Milson Cless Sandalan<br />

and Michael Dungog. Last but<br />

definitely not least were the guys from<br />

APS Leisure Fishing- Alex Senagan,<br />

Jurel Salatandol and Eduard Del Pozo.<br />

After a weekend of fishing, fun and frivolity, it was time<br />

for the awards, and recognise the skill and efforts put in by<br />

the anglers, not to mention a certain amount of luck. After<br />

a sumptuous dinner again provided by JPark Island Resort<br />

and Waterpark, the 8 winning anglers were announced<br />

based on the weight of their landed game fish, with each<br />

one receiving a trophy and a substantial cash prize.<br />

Cliff 1st BOATERS<br />

Dave 2nd BOATERS<br />

Apple 1st NON-BOATERS<br />

Cary 2nd NON-BOATERS<br />

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In the Boaters Division, securing 3rd place with<br />

PHP15,000.00 cash was Jake Virtucio of the Team<br />

CAC who landed a 5.67kg Ruby Snapper. In 2nd place<br />

with PHP25,000.00 cash was Dave Kintanar from Team<br />

Jigawookez with his 6.07kg King Maceral and 1st place<br />

with PHP35,000.00 was awarded to Cliff Joie Culanag from<br />

Team Lucky Strike with an 8.09kg Grouper. Peter Paul Soy<br />

of Team OceanJet Team proudly wore the champions crown<br />

by landing a 10.13kg Dog Tooth Tuna and a whooping<br />

PHP50,000.00 in cash.<br />

In the Non-boaters Division Robert Salahog from Team Unos<br />

came in 3rd with PHP15,000.00 with his entry a 1.07kg Rust<br />

Jobfish. Cary Bullos from Team CAC landed a 2.53kg Bigeye<br />

Trevally securing 2nd spot with PHP25,000.00 cash, and<br />

Apple John Manriquez from Team TBD reeled in a 2.61kg<br />

Rust Jobfish to give him 1st place with PHP35,000.00<br />

cash. The overall champion in this division snatched up a<br />

4.67kg Bigeye Trevally caught by Jessie Joaquin of Team<br />

Unos and went home with PHP50,000.00.<br />

During the weekend, the event also hosted a ‘Passport<br />

to Fishing’ session, introducing up and coming young<br />

anglers to the world of sports fishing and encouraging<br />

them towards sustainable fishing practices.<br />

The weekend was an overwhelming success and I look<br />

forward to their next event, which judging by the way<br />

this one was run, I can only imagine it will be bigger and<br />

better.<br />

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The long-awaited reopening of the Philippines to<br />

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month after month, not a natural state for the adventurous.<br />

The Philippines offer some of the most diverse and secluded<br />

cruising grounds on earth. Then a cruiser can avail themselves<br />

of quite modern and luxurious facilities<br />

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The Subic Bay Yacht Club is putting out<br />

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Short term guests will enjoy full use of all<br />

facilities, swimming pools, gym, restaurant<br />

More than ever the<br />

Subic Bay Yacht<br />

Club is striving to<br />

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yachting center of<br />

the Philippines.<br />

and the new Boathouse club house. New arrivals using short<br />

term guest berthing will receive a gift, the third night free.<br />

Longer term visitors will also avail themselves of all club<br />

facilities. The “Term Membership” has been improved<br />

making it a favorable option for cruising boats staying three<br />

months or more. Payments of the membership fee are for<br />

six months instead of a full year, with<br />

a flat fee and no extra charges. Now<br />

these boats will receive the membership<br />

discount which reduces the berthing<br />

rate considerably for boats staying<br />

a while. Term Members may enjoy<br />

discounts at the Cambusa Bistro and<br />

Mistral Bar plus use of all the facilities.<br />

Recognizing the needs of multihull<br />

boats, the rate has been reduced to 1.5<br />

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times normal berthing for boats taking up two berths, a fair<br />

and common compromise.<br />

The staff provides daily rubbish collection at your boat, will<br />

have your purified drinking water containers refilled and<br />

delivered, and are always eager to help lugging supplies<br />

down the dock. The 24 hour armed security guards plus<br />

multiple CTV cameras provide tight security. The newly<br />

rebuilt docks are now safe and secure with lighting designed<br />

to preserve the night sky.<br />

With hundreds of cruising boats that have been stuck<br />

somewhere for up to two years and ready to move, the appeal<br />

of Subic Bay grows. What cruiser would not like to “tie it up<br />

and plug it in” for a respite from anchorage life? Maybe<br />

time to catch up on needed boat work by professionals, or<br />

pampering the crew with a massage and spa day? At Subic<br />

Bay Yacht Club you can give the galley slaves a break and<br />

enjoy endless dining opportunities within a two-dollar cab<br />

ride, see a movie, shop in 3 malls. Subic Bay is a great place<br />

to work off that “Covid tummy” we all got from lockdowns,<br />

the club gym has both cardio and weight machines. Or try<br />

one of the four larger gyms and fitness centers nearby.<br />

Go for a long walk or jog along the waterfront park. Give<br />

Lady Luck a spin, roll the dice or play the pokeys at the<br />

newly opened Filipino Casino.<br />

A group of “Yachtie’s “meet once a month for dinner<br />

and socializing at the club house sharing great food and<br />

camaraderie. All marina tenants are welcome, this event is<br />

growing into a very popular joining of yachties and cruisers.<br />

Land exploring opens the door to a vast amount of history<br />

near Subic Bay, one can follow the marked trail of the Bataan<br />

Death March to the memorial at the POW camp or visit<br />

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the United Nations Refugee Center used for Vietnamese<br />

refugees. Multiple mountain waterfalls offer short hikes<br />

and grand swimming holes, then find one of the hidden hot<br />

springs all within a day’s drive.<br />

The marina has two large swimming pools, one lap pool and<br />

one kiddy’s pool, complete with water slide. The intimate<br />

gym is available for a<br />

There are eight Korean<br />

restaurants, two Chinese,<br />

Japanese, three Italian,<br />

and many offering<br />

western cuisine, all<br />

within walking distance<br />

or a 100p taxi ride.<br />

good work out, with<br />

cardio and weight<br />

machines. Yoga and<br />

Zumba classes run<br />

by club members<br />

are frequent. The<br />

adjoining Spa has<br />

multiple massage<br />

offerings. Soon we<br />

hope to see the<br />

reopening of the<br />

sauna/steam/jacuzzi room in use plus the bowling alley.<br />

The Cambusa Bistro at the club offers a verity of dishes,<br />

Filipino and Western cuisine. The bistro has received high<br />

ratings in the local reviews. The Mistral is open for cocktails<br />

and music. From there the dining options are nearly<br />

endless. There are eight Korean restaurants, two Chinese,<br />

Japanese, three Italian, and many offering western cuisine,<br />

all within walking distance or a 100p taxi ride. Many places<br />

offer delivery right to your boat!<br />

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this Month<br />

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Cruisers always look for easy and wide-ranging provisioning.<br />

There are five major supermarkets in the immediate area, most<br />

have expansive western food supplies. Many specialty venders<br />

offer imported meats and seafood delivered right to your boat.<br />

For hardware and repair options the small specialty shops are<br />

endless, electrical, plumbing, hydraulics, petroleum supplies<br />

all found nearby. Broadwater Marine has a well-stocked<br />

Whatever your<br />

boating needs,<br />

Subic Bay<br />

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chandlery and has expertly trained<br />

technicians for all yacht repair/<br />

refit needs. Asia Pacific Marine<br />

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outs for multihull boats. Watercraft<br />

Boatyard is a full-service yard with<br />

one of the few travel lifts in the Philippines. There are small<br />

independent contractors for every need, canvas, upholstery,<br />

mechanical, detailing, and refrigeration to name a few.<br />

Whatever your boating needs, Subic Bay probably has it.<br />

For those wishing for that long-awaited trip home and to<br />

leave their boats when they travel, SBYC has full security and<br />

eager staff to watch your boat, hiring a boatman is easy and<br />

safe. The Marina is 1 hour from Clark International Airport<br />

and 3 hours from Manila Airport, via the new Skyway.<br />

Local travel is easy, taxicab rides within the base are 100p,<br />

outside there are plenty of trikes and jeepneys. Several car<br />

rental agencies offer pick up and drop off at the marina,<br />

parking is available.<br />

Shake off those Covid Blues and come to Subic Bay for that<br />

long-awaited luxury and relaxation, you deserve it.<br />

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Siargao Islands<br />

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Although 10 of the 13 major fishing grounds in the<br />

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anglers from around the world.<br />

Cebu Red snapper<br />

If you would rather stay closer to shore then you should<br />

drop an anchor in the waters of Subic. A plethora of<br />

shipwrecks over centuries have provided vibrant reefs and<br />

coral reefs attracting many fish<br />

species. Charter a boat and drop a<br />

line just offshore to hook a Giant<br />

Trevally, Sailfish, Wahoo, Mackerel<br />

or Barracuda and even the odd<br />

Snapper. Best time of the year is<br />

between October and June, giving<br />

you nine months of ideal fishing.<br />

The pièce de<br />

résistance of<br />

fishing in the<br />

Philippines<br />

is Mactan<br />

and Cebu.<br />

Yes! The Philippines shorelines are world class, but if you<br />

want to get away from the humidity of the coast, lake<br />

fishing is just as attractive to the fishing enthusiast. Two<br />

neighboring lakes about 2.5 hours from Manila, Lumot and<br />

Caliraya abound with Large Mouthed Bass. They are mainly<br />

Cebu Red snapper<br />

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an American species of fish, but both lakes are man made.<br />

They were seeded during WWII with bass by the Americans<br />

and now they absolutely thrive there.<br />

Derado catch<br />

The pièce de résistance of fishing in the Philippines is Mactan<br />

and Cebu. Close offshore to Cebu is Mactan island where<br />

many of the large commercial fisheries catch their wares.<br />

Here, both at sea and from the shore the opportunities are<br />

great for fish species which include Ladyfish, Snapper, Tarpon,<br />

Barracuda, Coral Trout, Trevally and many more. Many charter<br />

boat operators will chase you for your patronage.<br />

For a genuine local experience, just a 40 minute drive from<br />

Cebu, is the Naga City Baywalk where you can enjoy a<br />

productive days fishing, totally free, in the clearest waters<br />

you will find locally without your fee t ever leaving dry land.<br />

Here you will fish in the center of the hustle and bustle of city<br />

life with traffic, joggers and pedestrians streaming by while<br />

you are landing such fish species as Snapper, Needlefish,<br />

Crescent Grunters and Trevally to name a few.<br />

So, if you are hankering for a good days fishing and you are<br />

close enough to any of these spots you will enjoy yourself.<br />

However, no matter where you are in the Philippines I am<br />

sure with a few questions to the locals you will find a suitable<br />

spot.<br />

Good catch<br />

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Active Boating & Watersports<br />

Lifestyle magazine was always<br />

proud to be associated with<br />

renowned author Bruce Curran who<br />

sadly passed away April 17th 2020.<br />

As a tribute to this very<br />

talented writer we are<br />

proud to announce<br />

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1948 to 2020<br />



Revised<br />

Edition<br />

A Tribute to Bruce Curran, a Sailing and Biking Mate.<br />

“Combing the Coral Carpet- Revised Edition”<br />

Sailing tales and the Cruising Guide to the Philippine Islands.<br />

A comprehensive coffee table book with over one hundred spectacular photos of the<br />

Philippines that includes maritime history, seafaring tales, anchorages and facts & facilities<br />

available along the water ways of the fantastic tropical islands of the Philippines with their<br />

wealth of friendly people.<br />

The new “Revised Edition” that updates the previous edition with new pages of updated and<br />

extra information is intended to be available for delivery October 2020.<br />

All proceeds from the book sales will go to Bruce’s three children; Edward Swayn, Shauna Indra<br />

Salina and Edward Bali.<br />

Bruce Malcolm Curran was born in Edinburgh Scotland on the 26 th of November 1948 and sadly<br />

passed due to cancer related complications on the 17 th of April 2020 at the age of 71. Bruce will<br />

be missed by many, but his memory, legend and legacy to everyone he’s shared the magic of<br />

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Bruce had three main phases in his life’s Grand Journey:<br />

‘Land Journeys’ that have taken him to 16 countries from England to Pakistan, Europe, the<br />

Middle East and Africa on his Norton Commando 750cc motorcycle he named “Demeter”, the<br />

Greek “Goddess of Life” which he first purchased brand new in the United Kingdom in 1971.<br />

‘Water Journeys’ by sailing some 35,000 miles on a 40 year old - 37 foot wooden ketch which<br />

was rebuilt in Sydney, Australia. Bruce sailed in this ketch for two and a half years starting from<br />

Sydney sailing up to Darwin, then six and a half weeks non-stop to Mauritius Island, on to South<br />

Africa, then to St Helena Island in the South Atlantic, and finally to Brazil.<br />

This amazing adventure continued on into the Philippines when he first arrived in 1988. It was<br />

love at first sight. Bruce often set sail from Hong Kong, where he was based for 10 years, to<br />

explore the Philippines by water. He finally decided to move to Manila in 1997.<br />

Bruce quickly realised that the only real way to experience the Philippines was by boat, and<br />

he did so by sailing some 8,000 miles around his much treasured Philippines Islands. His<br />

unquenchable thirst for adventure and learning never stopped as he was driven by the beauty,<br />

diversity and people of the Islands of the Philippines which inspired him to write the best seller<br />

“Combing the Coral Carpet” and the 2020 sequel “Combing the Coral Carpet-Revised Edition”<br />

He then progressed to what he called his ‘Head Journeys’ writing about his travels, adventures<br />

and experiences of this magnificent thing called life.<br />

“I like to see myself as having developed a keen ‘third’ eye that embroils me in life at all its<br />

vibrant levels. My passion is writing about what I see and how I see. I aim to leave a legacy of<br />

books, and one way or another see this as stamping my mark on the world as a legend!”<br />

-Bruce Curran<br />

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Words by BRIAN CALVERT<br />

Photographs as Credited<br />

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omen are the fastest growing segment of the<br />

diving world, to celebrate this accomplishment<br />

Women’s Dive Day has become the largest<br />

diving event on the planet. For seven years,<br />

the dive community has rallied together to encourage divers<br />

of all genders, ages, races, backgrounds, and abilities to join<br />

in the festivities. The Lady divers of Puerto Galera were not<br />

to be left out. Two dive shops sponsored Women’s Dive Day<br />

events on July 18 in Puerto Galera: Asia Divers and Reef<br />

Haven Dive Center.<br />

Fourteen Filipina divers with beaming smiles and bubbling<br />

enthusiasm joined the Reef Haven crew for a day of diving<br />

adventure. This event combines fun, learning and a greater<br />

respect for the ocean, and then more fun.<br />

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with beaming smiles and<br />

bubbling enthusiasm joined<br />

the Reef Haven crew for a<br />

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diver donned costumes for the day. Lions and Tigers and<br />

Bears, then toss in a few superheroes, that is what the gals<br />

came diving as that day.<br />

The day combined the love of diving with the restoration<br />

and protection of our cherished reefs. Bags of rubbish were<br />

collected during the dives leaving the areas pristine. Diving is<br />

an excellent way to combine fun, adventure and dedication<br />

to the environment and our reefs.<br />

Both these shops have female Filipina staff or ownership, it<br />

is so great to see the underwater world being discovered by<br />

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Sorsogon is a province in the Philippines in Bicol<br />

Region situated in the southernmost tip of Luzon<br />

Island blessed with extraordinary tourist spots.<br />

Geographically advantaged, the province is one<br />

of the most popular eco-tourism destinations of the<br />

country for its whale shark interaction, scuba diving,<br />

surfing, and island hopping tours.<br />

Sorsogon covers a total area of 2,119.01 square kilometers<br />

occupying the south-eastern tip of the Bicol Peninsula in<br />

Luzon. The province is bordered on the north by Albay,<br />

east by the Philippine Sea, south by the San Bernardino<br />

Strait, and west and northwest by the Ticao and Burias<br />

Passes. The Sorsogon Bay lies within the central portion<br />

of the province.<br />

The province has an irregular topography. Except for<br />

landlocked Irosin, all the towns lie along the coast. They<br />

are all connected by concrete and asphalt 4-lane roads.<br />

Mountain ranges sprawl over the northeast, southeast,<br />

and west portions. Bulusan Volcano, the tallest peak,<br />

rises 1,560 meters above sea level.<br />

Except for its overland link with the province of Albay<br />

to the north, it is surrounded by water. Sorsogon is the<br />

gateway of Luzon to the Visayas and Mindanao through<br />

its Roll-on/Roll-off ferry terminal facilities located in the<br />

municipalities of Matnog, Pilar, and Bulan, respectively.<br />

There are many attractions to see and visit in Sorsogon<br />

and surrounding areas, like whale shark interaction at<br />

Words by BARRY DAWSON<br />

Photographs as Credited<br />

Often dubbed as the<br />

Tree of Hope, pili has<br />

brought prosperity to<br />

Sorsogon.<br />

SORS<br />

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Donsol, Juag fish sanctuary, Rizal Beach, Calintaan Island,<br />

Balay Buhay Sa Uma Bee Farm, Bulusan Volcano Natural<br />

Park, with Bulusan Lake and Bulusan Volcano.<br />

Firefly River Cruise<br />

Visit the Buhatan River in Sorsogon City for an eco-adventure<br />

cruise to see the fireflies. Boarding what they call cabanas —<br />

floating platforms with comfortable seating under canvas<br />

canopies. Visitors are welcomed upon our arrival by the guides<br />

Henry L. Lagamayo and Jonathon L. Jaramiel, offering snacks<br />

of different types of pili nut — roasted, fresh, candied, and is<br />

a variant of polvoron (a powdered milk candy with bits of pili<br />

nuts) — and a pitcher of muscovado (raw sugar) and ginger<br />

juice — served during the entire river cruise.<br />

The 3.9-kilometer river was unproductive, until people<br />

from the community, whose main sources of livelihood<br />

are farming and fishing, thought of ways to develop<br />

it. The river’s waters were cleaned up; the mangroves<br />

and other plants by the riverside were maintained and<br />

replanted.<br />

Ate Mina explained that sometime in 2014, when Ms.<br />

Regina Paz “Gina” O. Lopez was<br />

still alive, (Former Secretary<br />

of the Department of<br />

Environment and<br />

Natural Resources)<br />

she toured the<br />

Buhatan River and<br />

Mount Bulusan<br />


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Fireflies<br />

saw its potential. The foundation donated material for<br />

the cabanas to replace the makeshift flatboats the locals<br />

had before. Later on, the Buhatan River Eco-Adventure<br />

Cooperative was established, with 60<br />

bankeros and 10 cooks as members,<br />

and the Buhatan cruise was officially<br />

launched in April 2015.<br />

Besides the leisurely cruise downriver,<br />

the Buhatan River Eco-Adventure<br />

also offers guided kayaking. For more<br />

information, you can contact Tita<br />

Sorsogon Museum<br />

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The new Sorsogon<br />

Museum is now in<br />

the old provincial<br />

jail that has been<br />

fully restored...<br />

Elsa L. Malecki, Chairperson of the Buhatan River Eco-<br />

Adventure Service Cooperative.<br />

Sorsogon Museum<br />

The new Sorsogon Museum is now<br />

in the old provincial jail that has<br />

been fully restored, it is a place worth<br />

visiting as it displays the rich history of<br />

Sorsogon. And on 12 March 2021, the<br />

National Historical Commission of the<br />

Philippines formally turned over the<br />

newly completed Museo Sorsogon to the<br />

Sorsogon Provincial Government.<br />

NHCP Chairman Dr. Rene R. Escalante presented the<br />

Certificate of Turn-over to Governor Francis Joseph<br />

G. Escudero. During the ceremony, the facility was<br />

blessed by Sorsogon Bishop Jose Alan V. Dialogo. The<br />

inauguration of the museum was also attended by Deputy<br />

Speaker Evelina G. Escudero, National Museum of the<br />

Philippines Director-General Jeremy R. Barns, Sorsogon<br />

Vice Governor Manuel L. Fortes, Jr., Sorsogon City Mayor<br />

Ma. Ester E. Hamor, and other local government officials.<br />

The NHCP managed the curatorial development of the<br />

new museum and restored the ‘Iustitia’ mural in Gallery<br />

8. It also facilitated the loans of important artifacts from<br />

the National Museum of the Philippines.<br />

The museum is located at the Old Provincial Jail which<br />

was restored by the Department of Public Works and<br />

Highways. The yard was also converted into an amphitheatre,<br />

wherein theatre plays, mini concerts and performances<br />

can be held. Two coffee shops inside the amphitheater<br />

offer guests with choices of snacks and drinks. As of now,<br />

the entrance to the museum is still free, while the local<br />

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Mangroves<br />

BURGOS<br />

Sanggunian and Treasurer’s Office work hand in hand in<br />

the crafting of the fees and charges for the use of the<br />

museum.<br />

Prieto Diaz is a<br />

model community for<br />

ecological protection,<br />

conservation, and<br />

sustainable resource<br />

management in Bicol.<br />

As the letters say: Prieto Diaz<br />

The museum is<br />

now open to the<br />

public since its<br />

inauguration.<br />

Visitors are required<br />

to schedule their<br />

visits to prevent<br />

overcrowding and<br />

are advised to wear<br />

their face masks<br />

and face shields, in<br />

observance of the COVID-19 pandemic health protocols.<br />

Prieto Diaz Mangroves<br />

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Prieto Diaz is a thriving municipality in Sorsogon.<br />

Approximately 20 kilometers from Sorsogon City and<br />

at the easternmost point of Luzon. Bounded by Albay<br />

Gulf and the Pacific Ocean, one can only imagine how<br />

mesmerizing its seascape is. If there is one thing that<br />

can be learned from a small town like this, it would<br />

be ecological resource management and behind its<br />

invisibility is a community that truly cares for nature<br />

and its resources. Prieto Diaz is a model community<br />

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for ecological protection, conservation, and sustainable<br />

resource management in Bicol. Through Seamancor Eco-<br />

Developers Inc, a people organization of sea farmers, the<br />

town’s marine resources are kept healthy and abundant.<br />

While the rest of the country constantly battles inundations<br />

caused by typhoons, Prieto Diaz sits safe and flood-free.<br />

As a mangrove protected area, and under the Mangrove<br />

Stewardship Agreement awarded to SEMANCOR by the<br />

Department of Environment and Natural Resources, it<br />

is covered by 500 hectares of mangrove forest with 21<br />

different species of mangroves and 31 species of beach<br />

trees and shrubs, that creates their first line of defense.<br />

The Mangrove cruise takes you to a maze of mangroves<br />

teeming with all sorts of life, from marine to fauna. It is a<br />

serene paddle over a sweeping bed of seagrass and tree<br />

tunnels.<br />

The town’s tourism agenda is anchored on sustainable<br />

ecotourism. Here, tourists are encouraged to help in<br />

planting mangroves along its banks during the tour.<br />

And it is great to think that you can help the community<br />

while having fun at the same time.<br />

Calintaan Island and Subic Beach:<br />

Sorsogon’s Pink Sand Wonder<br />

Subic liit beach<br />

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Calintaan Island is located in Matnog, Sorsogon and is<br />

getting well known as the home of Subic Beach, a semi<br />

pink beach. There is a community on the Island which has<br />

fresh water and electricity coming from a long power line<br />

with inter-island electrical connection. The inhabitants<br />

of the island are extremely friendly, making visitors feel<br />

completely at home.<br />

Subic Beach is divided into two segments. The locals call<br />

these appropriately Subic Laki (Subic Big Beach) and<br />

Subic Liit (Subic Small Beach). The waters are crystal<br />

clear, so one can easily observe the sea bed sloping down<br />

quite rapidly from shore. A good reminder of drowning<br />

prevention, and for everyone to be careful when<br />

swimming and to never go down there without their<br />

life vests. The sand on this beach is quite fine and when<br />

viewed from distance it takes on the color of a pinkishwhite<br />

hue. When you take a closer inspection you can<br />

Calintaan Island<br />

Pink Beach<br />

Island Hopping near Matnog<br />

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Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary<br />

Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary<br />

in Matnog, Sorsogon<br />

see why: because mixed in with the creamy white sand<br />

there are particles of deep red color produced by the<br />

crushing of red corals. Along with nearby Tikling Island,<br />

this pinkish sand is the unique trait of the islands here in<br />

Matnog.<br />

Juag Fish Sanctuary<br />

Juag Lagoon Fish Sanctuary is privately owned and<br />

maintained by the Geneblazo family and managed by<br />

Mang Lupito. Despite being privately owned, they decided<br />

to open it up to the public to educate and entertain. The<br />

island hopping tours in Matnog include the sanctuary as<br />

part of its itinerary.<br />

BURGOS<br />

The Geneblazo family does not<br />

charge an entrance fee to the<br />

property but fish feeds costs P<br />

100.00, while donations for the<br />

maintenance of the sanctuary are<br />

very welcome. The sanctuary prides<br />

itself on a wide variety of marine<br />

life including lobsters, coral fishes,<br />

giant clams, groupers, sea turtles,<br />

sea cucumbers, clown fishes, and the famous humphead<br />

wrasse, locally known as “mameng”. Each enclosure<br />

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This tidal pool on<br />

the rocky side of the<br />

beach gets filled with<br />

water when the waves<br />

crash against it.<br />

holds different aquatic creatures that are raised by Mang<br />

Lupito and his family, along with their caretakers.<br />

Barcelona<br />

Barcelona Town is an historicocultural<br />

place in the Province<br />

of Sorsogon, the southernmost<br />

province in the Bicol Region in the<br />

island of Luzon and the gateway<br />

to yet another island, the island of<br />

Visayas. Barcelona’s land area is<br />

6,433.280 hectares. It is 565 kilometers or 351.075 miles<br />

from the City of Manila. It is accessible by a 45-minute<br />

plane ride via Legazpi Airport in the province of Albay<br />

plus a 2-hour drive from that airport. Or, by a 12-hour<br />

bus ride from the City of Manila.<br />

Barcelona is 33 kilometers from Sorsogon City, and is<br />

13klm from the neighboring northern town of Gubat,<br />

Iconic jeepneys or simply, jeeps, and motorized tricycles,<br />

or a motorcycle fitted with a sidecar, are the most popular<br />

means of public transportation in Barcelona.<br />

This tropical town, sandwiched by the Pacific Ocean on<br />

the east and the mountain ranges on the west, is lived<br />

by 23,000 people — simple yet generally happy people<br />

— most of whom can ably handle directional questions<br />

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Barcelona church<br />

BURGOS<br />

Baluarte in Barcelona, Sorsogon<br />

in the English language commonly posed by tourists.<br />

Barcelona is good access to Mt. Aguingay, a close cousin<br />

of Mt. Bulusan. Whether it is a thrilling climb or just a<br />

leisurely hike, access via Barcelona is the right choice.<br />

Agriculture defines the economic landscape of the town.<br />

Coconut, rice, and banana farming, and fishing are the main<br />

sources of livelihood of its townspeople. Handicraft and<br />

shell craft making, food preservation, animal production,<br />

and trading account for other sources of income.<br />

Barcelona is known for its fruit crop and cash crop called<br />

lakatan, a species of banana characterized by its aroma<br />

and sweetness. Through public-private partnerships<br />

initiated by the local government, banana cultivation<br />

became popular. Barring typhoons and bunchitap virus,<br />

banana plants of this variety live for six years.<br />

The aesthetic thematic<br />

scheme visible in<br />

structures and signages,<br />

and the pot power with<br />

eye-catching and vibrant<br />

foliage, send good vibes.<br />

It is also known<br />

as a root crops<br />

producer with the<br />

local government’s<br />

communitybased<br />

Hinguha<br />

Paraoma and Farm<br />

Young livelihood<br />

programs.<br />

Fishing is limited to hook and line, spear, and net fishing.<br />

Commercial deep-sea fishing is untapped.<br />

Game fishing has reached Barcelona and has become<br />

a special interest event. In August 2019, the local<br />

government hosted the 1st National Fishing Tournament.<br />

Skilled anglers vied for the biggest catch. Tuna, Amberjack<br />

(Duhaw), Giant Trevally (Mamsa), Long Nose Emperor<br />

(Dug so) were among the catch.<br />

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Another attraction in Barcelona is the 136-hectare Fish<br />

Sanctuary and Marine Reserve. With its teal green, clear<br />

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waters, corals, and reefs are a sight to behold. It is ideal<br />

for water adventures particularly diving and snorkeling.<br />

The quiet and calming sea conditions in the summertime<br />

are no less wonderful.<br />

In August to November when the Pacific Ocean’s currents<br />

and winds boast good swell, the southernmost part of the<br />

Fish Sanctuary and Marine Reserve waters gives excellent<br />

surfing waves.<br />

Barcelona’s edge is that the tagline of the present local political<br />

leadership by the Local Chief Executive, Atty. Cynthia Falcotelo-<br />

Fortes,#MalinigNaBongtoMaogmaNaTawo or “a clean town<br />

translates to a happy townspeople” has taken roots and is<br />

in bloom. The town is clean and safe. The aesthetic thematic<br />

scheme visible in structures and signages, and the pot power<br />

with eye-catching and vibrant foliage, send good vibes.<br />

In 1868, or two years after the issuance of the Royal<br />

Decree, Barcelona became an independent town. In 1874,<br />

Spanish frailes or friars caused to be built the Barcelona<br />

Church with St. Joseph [Husband of Mary] as patron<br />

saint. In building the church, natives-Barcelonanons or,<br />

malignly branded Indios [by Spaniards] — the lowestranked<br />

group in the then Spanish racial hierarchy — who<br />

proved to be deeply religious and good Christians hence<br />

obedient, were tapped by the friars and did the labor by<br />

hands. Coral rocks and lime, without concrete and steel<br />

bars, were used in building the massive structure.<br />

The church remains unaltered until Atty. Manuel “Wowo”<br />

Fortes, then Municipal Mayor, planted the notion of<br />

restoration to the Chairman of the National Historical<br />

Commission of the Philippines, Dr. Rene Escalante, who<br />

visited him at home in Macabari, Barcelona.<br />

The collaboration reached fruition with the church being<br />

declared an important government cultural property and<br />

restoration works by NHCP started in December 2018.<br />

After two years of toil, complete restoration, inclusive<br />

of intricate handpainted ceiling done on-site by NHCPcommissioned<br />

artists, was through.<br />

Ruins in Barcelona, Sorsogon<br />

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Across Barcelona Church are ruins of two buildings built<br />

by the Spaniards.<br />

BURGOS<br />

Barcelona baywalk<br />

Pantomina sa tinampo<br />

One is the Presidencia Building which was the seat of<br />

Spanish government headed by a Governadorcillo. Built<br />

along the coastline<br />

of the Pacific Ocean,<br />

the Presidencia<br />

Building doubled as a<br />

fortress against pirate<br />

and moro attacks.<br />

Local accounts tell<br />

that underneath the<br />

building is a tunnel<br />

that leads to the<br />

church.<br />

At present, the<br />

expanse of the two<br />

historic structures and<br />

the Barcelona Church<br />

comprised the town’s<br />

heritage area called<br />

the Barcelona Ruins<br />

Park...<br />

In 1941, the same<br />

Presidencia Building<br />

served as a garrison during the Japanese occupation of<br />

the town.<br />

Ruins of the Presidencia Building is what remains of it<br />

today. Unlike the Barcelona Church, a good portion of<br />

the building did not withstand the wrath of multiple<br />

tropical events like typhoons, storm surge, and punishing<br />

winds coming from the Pacific Ocean.<br />

Barcelona municipal building<br />

The other building built by the Spaniards is Edificio<br />

Escolar or a school building purposely to cater to their<br />

children or those of the illustrados or the few educated<br />

class in those times.<br />

dpwh.gov.ph<br />

During the American colonization of the town from<br />

1898 to 1946, the Edificio acquired an English name<br />

and was popularly called the Stone Building. It served as<br />

classrooms to school children of families from all walks of<br />

life in the central district of Barcelona until the building<br />

was condemned for reasons of safety.<br />

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Like the Presidencia Building, ruins of the Edificio Escolar<br />

or Stone Building are what remains of it today.<br />

At present, the expanse of the two historic structures and<br />

the Barcelona Church comprised the town’s heritage area<br />

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Bulusan Lake<br />

Kayaks parked in Bulusan Lake in Sorsogon<br />

called the Barcelona Ruins Park where special interest<br />

events happen all year round — such as game fishing<br />

competition, motorcycle ride, agri-trade fair, Valentine,<br />

Christmas, and New Year decorations display, and<br />

cultural events like fiestas (food feasts in homage to St.<br />

Joseph), comedy (a play depicting<br />

early Barcelonanons’ struggle against<br />

pirates, cag-jarong (a Christmas carol<br />

celebrating the nativity of Christ,<br />

cenaculo (a Lenten play depicting<br />

the life, sufferings, and death of<br />

Christ), pantomime (a dance of<br />

courtship), and the so-called Happy<br />

Life, a community dance event for<br />

physical and mental health wellness.<br />

Simply walking and traversing the street delineating the<br />

area in the central district in a 15-minute tour can leave<br />

anyone swayed that Barcelona Town is a storied place.<br />

Barcelona has other exciting destinations that ought<br />

to be explored like the 136-hectare Fish Sanctuary and<br />

Marine Reserve, the AgriHope Tourism Farm which is a<br />

Department of Tourism-accredited tourism farm, and the<br />

elegant Hispanic-inspired Barcelona Town Hall.<br />

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Hanging Bridge<br />

The pristine waters<br />

are the home of<br />

the Sailfin water<br />

lizard (Hydrosaurus<br />

postulates),...<br />

AgriHope is home to an array of flora and fauna. It<br />

provides an alternative venue for outdoor adventures<br />

which can be both recreational and educational. A<br />

moment or two up the pili treehouse offers a face-toface<br />

experience with Mt. Aguingay, a close cousin of Mt.<br />

Bulusan, soothed by the flowing sounds<br />

of river and bird noises.<br />

The aesthetic theme of the Barcelona<br />

Town Hall captivates tourists. Its elegance<br />

has been captured in killer Instagram<br />

photographs shared online. The Town<br />

Hall’s design and interior broke traditions<br />

by veering away from those abounding<br />

bland civic buildings.<br />

Without a doubt, an authentic travel experience derivable<br />

from a trip to Barcelona Town can be enriching. A genuine<br />

interest in its tourism treasurers is a huge get-go to that<br />

trajectory.<br />

Bulusan Volcano Natural Park and Lake<br />

Incorporation of the Bulusan Lake and Bulusan Volcano<br />

is a must-visit place on anyone’s Bucket List. The<br />

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transformation of this wonder of Sorsogon is a credit to<br />

the combined efforts of Mayor Michael Guysayko, his<br />

local government and Governor Chiz Escudero, with a<br />

view deck and facilities to make every visitor welcome.<br />

There are also boat rides and kayaking for everyone<br />

to enjoy. Lake Bulusan is located within the Bulusan<br />

Volcano Natural Park. The area was first designated as a<br />

National Park in 1935 and later designated as a Natural<br />

Park in 2000 by the National Integrated Protected Areas<br />

System. Bulusan Lake has interesting legends. It is said<br />

that a village once stood where Bulusan Lake is currently<br />

located. The legend suggests that a pagan chieftain once<br />

managed the land, and one day when he did not honor a<br />

promise he made to set his slaves free, waters came from<br />

the skies and flooded everything creating the lake. His<br />

slaves that were working in the fields survived the floods<br />

and are believed to have been the founders of the city of<br />

Bulusan. The lake has an abundance of secondary growth<br />

forest that is home to several butterflies and bird species.<br />

About 41 different species of endemic trees have been<br />

identified in the surrounding secondary forest.<br />

There are no streams or rivers that visibly flow into the<br />

lake. The major source of water is considered to be<br />

seepage from underground water surrounding the lake.<br />

Also, surface runoff during the rainy season contributes<br />

to the lake volume. The pristine waters are the home of<br />

the Sailfin water lizard (Hydrosaurus postulates), the<br />

Philippine duck Luzon bleeding heart, Indigo-banded<br />

and spotted-wood kingfisher, and the Rufous and Luzon<br />

tarictic hornbill are all considered near-threatened.<br />

During summer season, the jade vine, whose enormous,<br />

meter-long spikes of brilliant turquoise flowers hang<br />

from the scrambling stems. A sight to behold, when this<br />

flora blooms when you trek along the trail of the lake.<br />

Faunal species observed at the lake include Tilapia,<br />

Carpa, Plapla, Shrimp, Long-shelled and short-shelled<br />

snails, small and large water striders, and various species<br />

of butterflies. A must-see place for anyone visiting<br />

Sorsogon.<br />

Balay Buhay Sa Uma Bee Farm<br />

Owner Luz Z. Gamba will make you more than welcome<br />

at this awesome bee farm. It is the home of the Philippine<br />

stingless bee (kiwot). With over 3000 colonies of bees,<br />

and is set amongst the native trees on this 3-hectare<br />

farm are the Canarium ovatum, known as pili, and the<br />

region’s prime commercial tree cultivated for its nuts.<br />

There’s also haggis (Syzygium tripinnatum), a berry tree<br />

that can grow to a height of 20 meters and whose fruit<br />

can be processed into juice, jam, or jelly. In the wild, it’s<br />

a favorite food tree for bats and birds.<br />

Peppered among the trees are flowering plants that<br />

Catindig lists off: “Cosmos, Easter lily vines, fishtail palm,<br />

and marigolds.<br />

The bee farm is one of the best places in Sorsogon to<br />

visit and is the perfect family getaway to get away from<br />

the bustle of busy city life and enjoy the ambiance of<br />

nature. Spoil yourself by staying here overnight in one of<br />

the nipa huts, while enjoying the farm atmosphere and<br />

breathing in the fresh clean air. This is the utmost reward<br />

you can give yourself to relax. Combine this with the<br />

Balay Buhay sa Uma Bee Farm<br />

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tranquil sound of the river, the sight of the colorful fish<br />

swimming in the ponds, and butterflies flying everywhere.<br />

You will enjoy everything from the warm welcoming of<br />

the Staff to one of the most delicious hot chocolate<br />

drinks in the Bicol region. Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner<br />

are served in the function area and souvenir shop filled<br />

with salvaged roots and trunks of<br />

trees from the nearby forest made<br />

into tables and chairs. Their available<br />

meals for the day are the only ones<br />

you can get, they are mouth-watering<br />

delicious, very healthy, and freshly<br />

cooked. Swimming in the cold pool<br />

has a very luxurious feel as the water<br />

comes directly from Bulusan Volcano,<br />

it is pristine, clean, and refreshing. The<br />

bee farm is a great place to relax, where you can take a<br />

tour of the farm, wade in the pool, enjoy delicious meals<br />

or have a drink of haggis juice in the resto. Then before<br />

you head home buy some Pasalubong items at the store,<br />

maybe some of their delicious honey, turmeric, pili<br />

polvoron, peanut butter, shirts, native slippers, etc. for<br />

your family and loved ones back home. They also have<br />

different by-products of bees like bee pollen, soaps,<br />

shampoos and ointments for everyone to use.<br />

Donsol is the place to find Whale Sharks<br />

in the Philippines<br />

If you want to find Whale Sharks in the Philippines, you<br />

should plan a trip to Donsol. The local tourism campaign<br />

The bee farm is one<br />

of the best places<br />

in Sorsogon to visit<br />

and is the perfect<br />

family getaway...<br />

states that Donsol has the most Whale Sharks in the world.<br />

That is not fully supported by scientific evidence, though,<br />

however, given the fact that they are concentrated in a<br />

smaller area than most places it is an acceptable claim.<br />

You will seldom see exact numbers on how many Whales<br />

Sharks are in the bay. The numbers vary,<br />

still, even in a slow year the numbers are<br />

impressive and most people will see on<br />

average five different Whale sharks.<br />

Whale sharks can be found throughout<br />

the Philippines with the best times of<br />

year being January to May. But there is<br />

one place in the Philippines where you<br />

can have an almost guaranteed encounter<br />

with a Whale Sharks during the right season, and that<br />

is in Donsol. Donsol lies in the Bicol region of Luzon in<br />

the north of the Philippines. It was just one of the small<br />

fishing villages along Donsol Bay and the Donsol River.<br />

The outside world knew nothing of the Whale sharks that<br />

visit the Bay from November to June.<br />

The fisherman only knew they were not allowed to catch<br />

them. But then, the outside world did start becoming<br />

aware of Donsol, for the locally named Butanding, known<br />

worldwide as the Whale Shark.<br />

Donsol Bay, fed by the Donsol River is rich in plankton and krill,<br />

the main food source of these gentle giants, and this is why they<br />

come back to feed, birth their young, and breed year after year.<br />

Donsol Whale shark<br />

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Whale sharks in Donsol Bay<br />

Whale shark and a school of fish<br />

Interacting with a whale shark in a situation like this is<br />

best done on the surface. They normally stay just below<br />

the surface. While you calmly float at the surface, the<br />

whale sharks will likely approach you for a close look.<br />

They are very curious animals and gentle.<br />

They may come right up to you if they do you should<br />

avoid making contact with them because oils and bacteria<br />

on your skin may be harmful to them.<br />

The Donsol Whale Shark program started<br />

on the right foot<br />

It received some development funds to be established<br />

as an Eco-tourism site. The Department of Tourism,<br />

together with the WWF and the local government unit of<br />

Donsol, came up with series of rules and regulations to<br />

protect these gentle giants of the sea. They limited the<br />

number of boats in use at any one time. The number of<br />

swimmers during interaction was also regulated and the<br />

wearing of lifevest is a must for every guest.<br />

The result was a program that provided a new local<br />

industry while at the same time protecting the whale<br />

sharks and other environmental concerns. The Donsol<br />

Visitors Center is the starting point of your Whale Shark<br />

Encounter. Here you will meet your Butanding Interaction<br />

Officer (BIO), receive a (safety) briefing on the rules and<br />

regulations. Watching a short video is mandatory and<br />

part of the educational experience.<br />

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Pili tree with pili fruits<br />

After you have watched the video you have some waivers<br />

to complete, and you will be asked to sign a statement to<br />

confirm that you understand and will follow the following<br />

rules:<br />

Do not touch or ride the Whale shark.<br />

Do not restrict the movement of the<br />

shark or impede its natural path. The<br />

recommended distance from the whale<br />

shark is 3 meters from the tail<br />

Do not use flash photography. Do not<br />

use scuba scooters, jet skis, or any<br />

motorized underwater propulsion. A<br />

maximum of 6 snorkelers per shark<br />

with only one boat per whale shark.<br />

A registration fee of 300 Philippine Pesos is paid at the<br />

visitor center. The visitor center is where you will also rent<br />

your boat for the day. The boat package is 3,500 PHP for<br />

the Whale Sark Interaction activity.<br />

This price is good for up to four (4) passengers as we<br />

observe the allowed number of guests for the health and<br />

safety protocol, and it includes the fees for the spotters/<br />

guide and Butanding (Whale Shark) Interaction Officer.<br />

The BIO will be on the boat with you all the time to<br />

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The outside world<br />

did start becoming<br />

aware of Donsol,<br />

for the locally<br />

named Butanding...<br />

ensure that everyone follows the rules. When a Whale<br />

Shark is spotted without any snorkelers around it, the<br />

boat will slowly approach. The BIO will indicate when to<br />

stop and direct the snorkelers to jump in. The boat will<br />

then carefully depart the immediate area.<br />

The snorkelers will have about 10<br />

minutes of interaction with the whale<br />

shark before the boat comes back to<br />

pick up the snorkelers. The boat then<br />

moves off to find another Whale Shark.<br />

The best time to find Whale<br />

Sharks in the Philippines<br />

The migratory patterns of the Whale Shark in the<br />

Philippines and worldwide are still a mystery. However,<br />

they do return each year to the plankton-rich shores of<br />

the Philippine Islands.<br />

Here they gorge themselves on the plankton, krill, and<br />

small marine life. The Whale Sharks start to arrive in<br />

November and reach their peak numbers in January.<br />

The best times for seeing them in Donsol is between<br />

April and May, which is also the “summer” vacation time<br />

in the Philippines. The weather is best at this time of<br />

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year and the months of eating by the Whale Sharks have<br />

reduced the plankton improving visibility in the water.<br />

The whale shark can be seen year-round in the Philippines<br />

but you would have to be lucky to see one. A random<br />

Whale shark encounter cannot be orchestrated, with the<br />

best times being between January and May.<br />

If you want to have a 99% chance to find a Whale shark<br />

in his natural habitat visit Donsol between April and<br />

May. Divers in the Philippines are often joined by these<br />

animals while they explore the wrecks, reefs, and walls of<br />

the Philippines. The Whale Sharks use the straits between<br />

the larger islands in their migration. Being slow movers,<br />

they may take weeks to navigate them.<br />

The dive locations around Cebu and Bicol are good<br />

choices if you want an unexpected encounter with<br />

January to May being the best times.<br />

Pili Nut<br />

The importance of the pili nut (Canarium ovatum Engl.)<br />

industry cannot be discounted due to its immense<br />

domestic potential in Sorsogon Province, Philippines,<br />

where 62% out of the total volume of canarium nut<br />

production in the Bicol Region is concentrated. The Pili<br />

nut is indigenous to the Philippines and is found primarily<br />

in the rainforests surrounding Bulusan Volcano.<br />

When eaten raw, the pili nut has a delicious, creamy and<br />

milky flavor. It can also be sugar-coated, fried, or roasted.<br />

And is also used frequently in the production of cakes,<br />

puddings, ice cream, and candies. It also makes a delicious<br />

preserve when cooked in syrup. The pili nut is also rich in<br />

oil which is suitable for culinary purposes. A variety of<br />

pili nut products are available at pasalubong outlets and<br />

manufacturers like Vicky’s one of the foremost processors<br />

of the pili nut are making many varieties. Pili candies are<br />

prepared from halved or whole kernels, which are coated<br />

or glazed with brown or white refined sugar.<br />

13vegan.com<br />

Make sure you call into one of the Pasalubong outlets<br />

and stock up on this delicious healthy food product<br />

before heading home.<br />

Water Safety and Drowning Prevention<br />

One of the most important aspects of having fun in<br />

the water is water safety, a concern of everyone, and<br />

Sorsogon is making sure it is doing everything to ensure<br />

safety is a top priority. One of the major causes of<br />

death in younger children is drowning, by being aware<br />

of the causes and what you can do could save your life<br />

or the life of someone else. Edmond Santos has started<br />

a drowning awareness program with the help of Roger<br />

Bound of Zambales Surf Life Saving. So we asked Roger<br />

to give us some insight on drowning and what to do.<br />

Roger had this to say.<br />

Drowning; and how it can be prevented<br />

Roger Bound is a Philippine Coast Guard accredited trainer<br />

and certifier of Lifeguards who also runs drowning awareness<br />

and prevention programs and compete in and promotes<br />

Lifesaving Sports and water safety programs for children.<br />

Almost all drowning incidents are preventable through<br />

awareness. Drowning awareness and prevention programs<br />

are the keys to minimizing drowning incidents.<br />

One of the biggest problems in the Philippines is the lack of<br />

accurate statistics, which makes it very difficult to know if<br />

programs being implemented are working successfully, if this<br />

could be remedied, it would make it much easier to establish<br />

what is the most successful of programs implemented.<br />

It appears that the three major areas of fatal drowning<br />

incidents are directly related to the following areas and<br />

causes: (Not necessarily in order of numbers, but will list<br />

them in regards to prevention)<br />

Pili nuts with shell<br />

and without<br />

Calamities; such as typhoons and flooding.<br />

Recreation; such as swimming at beaches, rivers, pools<br />

and water parks, etc.<br />

Around the home; of which most victims are infants and<br />

young children.<br />

Lack of supervision<br />

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Rizal Beach<br />

Prevention: The key to prevention is awareness,<br />

preparedness, and a plan of action.<br />

Calamities: Early weather warnings, advance evacuation<br />

plans, displayed in public places, such as Barangay Hall,<br />

Public Markets, Hotels, and areas<br />

frequented by non-residents, especially<br />

in flood-prone areas. Re-evaluation and<br />

review of such plans after any incident.<br />

Such plans should ideally have a central<br />

assembly area located at the safest<br />

location, it should also show routes of<br />

travel that remain open, additionally, it<br />

should show locations of hazards that<br />

when submerged, become a danger to<br />

responders, such as barbwire and other fences, trenches, etc.<br />

Recreation: Education and signage are the best<br />

prevention measures. Beaches will, when there is wave<br />

action, create what is called “Rip Currents”, this is<br />

nature’s way of getting all the additional water brought<br />

onto the beach by the waves, back to the sea. If you<br />

understand how to spot them and how they operate,<br />

they can be your best friend lifeguards and surfers use<br />

them as a fast way to get out past the breaking waves,<br />

however, if you do not, they can be your deadly enemy.<br />

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Sorsogon is where<br />

62% out of the total<br />

volume of canarium<br />

nut production in<br />

the Bicol Region is<br />

concentrated.<br />

“Inshore holes” often referred to as “gutters”, can also be<br />

deadly for young children and non-swimmers. Generally,<br />

no waves, no currents, or inshore holes.<br />

Unfortunately also the majority of beaches are not<br />

patrolled by lifeguards, despite there<br />

being laws and regulations in place<br />

dictating that Coastal Beach Resorts<br />

must have properly trained lifeguards,<br />

which, according to ZLI’s President, Mr.<br />

Roger Bound, in Zambales, it is estimated<br />

that less than 20% of resorts, actually<br />

have trained and certified lifeguards as<br />

mandated by the PCG Memorandum<br />

Circular 03-14 issued under RA-9993.<br />

How can this be? There are several reasons, such<br />

as, misunderstand of interpretations of the resort’s<br />

responsibilities, boundaries of responsibility, compounded<br />

by lack of enforcement and lack of understanding of what<br />

a lifeguard is, plus lack of accredited training facilities<br />

and costs involved just mentioning some. We will deal<br />

with this in more detail later in the article.<br />

Another major factor in recreation drowning is alcohol,<br />

especially in the 15 – 45 year age groups.<br />

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Rivers and Waterfalls can also be extremely hazardous,<br />

with many dangers such as, currents, snags (unseen<br />

submerged objects) holes, and rocks, waterfalls also have<br />

a habit of forming an “undertow”, that is a circulating<br />

current that keeps dragging you back into the waterfall,<br />

something like being tumbled around in a clothes dryer,<br />

there is only one proven technique to escape this, if<br />

you do not know it, then the consequences will most<br />

likely be deadly, also jumping into waterfalls can be<br />

very dangerous, as often the deep area is very minimal,<br />

surrounded by much shallower waters.<br />

Around the home; sadly hundreds of children drown in<br />

their homes every year in the Philippines, how you may<br />

ask, basically by the negligence of leaving containers<br />

such as cloth washing basins sand pails left with water<br />

in them, it takes less than two centimeters of water for a<br />

child to drown.<br />

Lack of supervision: a parent’s job is to supervise the<br />

safety of their children, or children under their care, in<br />

today’s modern world there are many distractions, such<br />

as smartphones, tablets, and other gadgets that easily<br />

distract one attention of watching their children, best to<br />

leave these in your bag or better still in the cat or at<br />

home, what is more important, a text, a call, an episode<br />

of your favorite serial or a child’s life, that should be a<br />

simple answer. Many do not realize that drowning is most<br />

Kayaking in Bulusan Lake<br />

Entrance to Bulusan Volcano Natural Park<br />

Bulusan Lake with Mt. Bulusan in the background<br />

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often “Silent”, that is because in most cases the child<br />

is gulping water and so scared that they are incapable<br />

of calling out, also in most cases, they will be wildly<br />

thrashing their arms, which can also be misinterpreted<br />

as playing, rather than the fact they are in difficulties.<br />

You need to remember also that Lifeguards are not<br />

“babysitters”.<br />

What is a “lifeguard”?<br />

In the Philippines, there are two common Aquatic Rescue<br />

pieces of training.<br />

WSAR (Water safety and Rescue) is wholly designed for<br />

calamity response. and<br />

Lifeguard, which is wholly based on “prevention” and<br />

rescue if prevention was not successful.<br />

Lastly “secondary drowning”, is a little known condition<br />

that leads to several hundred deaths in the Philippines<br />

each year, this can occur if even a few<br />

drops of water are aspirated into the<br />

lungs, irritating, (especially if salt or<br />

chlorinated water) to the lungs which<br />

may cause the lungs to produce fluid<br />

to lessen the acidity, thus causing the<br />

person to drown in their body fluid.<br />

Zambales Lifesaving Inc. (ZLI) has now<br />

for many years been a leader in drowning awareness and<br />

prevention, through their Swim-safe program, a free to<br />

the public program, which they are happy to share with<br />

others, some of which have plagiarized and called their<br />

own and omitted to recognize ZLI as the designer of the<br />

program, which as ZLI President says is a compliment,<br />

as it still achieves its purpose. ZLI offer this program,<br />

free online, complete with videos and other helpful hints,<br />

anyone can view it here; https://www.yumpu.com/en/<br />

document/view/63600741/swim-safe<br />

...he should have a<br />

lifeguard, or better<br />

still 2 lifeguards,<br />

as a responsible<br />

operator...<br />

How do they differ? There are many differences; both<br />

include first aid, basic life support (CPR), and rescue.<br />

However, Lifeguard training is far<br />

more complex and requires more<br />

skills, some short examples of things<br />

taught in Lifeguard training that are<br />

not included in WSAR, such as, spinal<br />

injury management in water, deep water<br />

resuscitation, communications, customer<br />

relations, scanning procedures, profiling<br />

of high-risk swimmers, water conditions,<br />

such as rip currents, wave types, and weather and<br />

tidal conditions, treatments for marine envenomation<br />

(Stingers, jellyfish, treatment of venom from sea<br />

snakes, venomous shells, stonefish, stingrays and other<br />

dangerous sea creatures). Treatment for Heat exhaustion<br />

and Heatstroke, both of which can be fatal. Training with<br />

specialized rescue equipment, such as Rescue tubes and<br />

Rescue boards, and how to deal with submerged and<br />

unconscious victims in the water. There are full details of<br />

training here: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/<br />

view/63282713/lifeguard-training/9<br />

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Paguriran Island<br />

Paguriran Beach<br />

Wild Orchids<br />

Why is there resistance from Resorts in having Lifeguards<br />

available? There appear to be many reasons; One is cost,<br />

especially as so many resorts have been affected by the<br />

pandemic. Also almost all accredited training facilitators<br />

issue certificates valid for one year, there is good reason<br />

for this, such as changes in procedures and fitness level,<br />

however, all, but one accredited training facilitator, make<br />

the participants undergo the full training, 5 to 12 days,<br />

depending on the provider and charge the full training<br />

fee every year, thus the resort loses their employee for<br />

days and pays thousands of pesos to reach year for<br />

the retraining, the only exception to this appears to<br />

be ZLI who offer the Australian standard of a one-day<br />

reassessment, where they sit the exams, (First aid, BLS/<br />

CPR, rescue scenarios, fitness tests, etc.) to be recertified<br />

for a further one year for an affordable fee.<br />

Another is confusion as to regulations and requirements,<br />

also the difficulty of locating a provider in their local area<br />

as almost all facilitators requires at least 10 attendees to<br />

make the cost more affordable.<br />

Another is the confusion of regulations and jurisdiction,<br />

This is a quote from a resort owner, “my resort does not<br />

have a pool or any aquatic recreation within our property,<br />

so why should I have to have a lifeguard?”<br />

But you are adjacent to the beach and your clients go<br />

there do they not?<br />

“The big question here is, are they ‘my customers’, having<br />

left my property they are ‘the public’. The DENR has been<br />

pestering all resorts to have a ‘foreshore lease’, why?<br />

When the lease states that the area must be available to<br />

the public, ‘for recreational sporting and educational use’<br />

if the law already grants them access, why should I have<br />

to pay? Or let me ask you the following question if my<br />

‘customer’ left my resort to go home and had an accident<br />

entering the road, would I be responsible?<br />

I will assume your answer will be no, as it always is, therefore<br />

if my customer leaves my property, crosses 20 meters<br />

of Government-owned land, and has an accident whilst<br />

enjoying the Municipal waters, why am I responsible?<br />

In many ways this person has a valid argument, however,<br />

there are other factors, one of course is, is the beach<br />

an attraction to the customers, if yes, even more so if<br />

it is marketed as a “Beach Resort”, then yes I believe<br />

he should have a lifeguard, or better still 2 lifeguards,<br />

as a responsible operator and understand that all<br />

establishments have a “duty of care” responsibility to<br />

their clients under Philippine Law.<br />

The comments on the “Foreshore lease” are very valid,<br />

however despite there being a far better option available<br />

from the DENR, which we have brought to their attention;<br />

they appear reluctant to explore the same.<br />

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Sorsogon coastal road<br />

For resorts, one of the major problems is that no insurance<br />

company can ensure something over which you have no<br />

jurisdiction, which is currently the case, as these areas<br />

are “Government” lands and “Municipal” waters. Thus<br />

an adjoining owner cannot insure their<br />

customers through Comprehensive<br />

General Liability Insurance.<br />

Regulations, this is an area where it<br />

appears there is also confusion, under<br />

RA-9993 Lifeguards come under the<br />

authority of the PCG, previously it<br />

was loosely controlled by the DOT,<br />

who appears to now have dropped<br />

the requirement of Lifeguards, other than if you have<br />

one, you gain more points towards DOT accreditation.<br />

As the mandate of the PCG, it is doubtful, that they<br />

have authority over non-coastal areas, such as Hotels,<br />

inland Resorts, Water parks, etc. which could be a major<br />

problem.<br />

Additionally, the current guidelines under PCG MC 03-<br />

14 are in some areas unrealistic.<br />

In many countries there is a system of “Swim between<br />

the Flags”, where lifeguards select a safe area of the<br />

beach and erect Red and Yellow flags to designate the<br />

patrolled swimming area, this would work very well in the<br />

Philippines and share manpower and resources.<br />

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However, the only way that this can successfully<br />

happen, if all concerned agencies, PCG, DOT, Tourism<br />

establishments, and lifeguard training providers are<br />

involved in joint discussions.<br />

Sorsogon and<br />

surrounding areas<br />

have several<br />

great resorts to<br />

accommodate even the<br />

fussiest of travelers.<br />

Lastly, one thing that could and would<br />

make a huge impact on reducing<br />

drowning accidents would be to install<br />

basic swimming lessons and drowning<br />

awareness and prevention into the<br />

elementary school curriculum. Taking<br />

notice of this and with the help of<br />

Edmond and Roger people can enjoy<br />

their holidays, even more, when<br />

visiting places like.<br />

Places to Stay<br />

Sorsogon and surrounding areas have several great resorts<br />

to accommodate even the fussiest of travelers. Like the<br />

Villa Isabel Hotel, but wherever you decide to put your<br />

feet up in this amazing place you will get friendly service<br />

and a comfortable room with reasonable rates, making<br />

your stay in Sorsogon even more enjoyable. Siama Surf<br />

in Gubat, Sorsogon is a boutique hotel that offers that<br />

comfort of homey feeling combined with the ambiance of<br />

the sea. Famous interior designer, Mr. Milo Naval, owns<br />

this interesting resort, and all the furniture were designed<br />

by him, bringing in simple yet functional pieces using raw<br />

materials available in Sorsogon. Another place to stay in is<br />

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guides can assist you to pick places that will not only suit<br />

your budget but also very importantly your taste buds.<br />

How to get there<br />

There is currently no commercial airport in Sorsogon<br />

Province. The closest airport is in Legazpi, Albay. Cebu<br />

Pacific and Philippine Airlines flies to Legazpi Airport every<br />

day from Manila and Cebu. Then, you take a PUV or a taxi<br />

from Legazpi Airport to any point of Sorsogon. If you are<br />

coming from Manila, you can take a bus to Sorsogon or<br />

hop on a bus bound for Eastern Visayas or Mindanao. If<br />

you have a private car, a 12-hour ride from Manila can be<br />

possible, as the roads are all well-paved particularly when<br />

you enter the boundary of Albay and Sorsogon.<br />

Our Thanks<br />

the Recidencia del Hamor Beach Front in Sta. Magdalena,<br />

a Santorini-inspired resort with swimming pools for guests<br />

to enjoy. Rooms fronting the Pacific Ocean offers the best<br />

sunrise in the morning, while you sleep in the rooms with<br />

modern amenities.<br />

Places to Eat<br />

Being a very progressive province, Sorsogon takes extreme<br />

pride in its restaurants that are both relaxing and inviting.<br />

For the budget-conscious and fine dining. Several travel<br />

Active Boating and Water Sports would like to thank<br />

everyone involved in making the feature the success it is.<br />

Governor Chiz Escudero, Mr. Herbie B. Aguas Department<br />

of Tourism Region V Regional Director, Sorsogon<br />

Tourism Officer Mr. Bobby G. Gigantone, Senior Tourism<br />

Operations Officer, Cristina J. Racelis and tourism staff<br />

Kimberly Guariňa, Vanessa Lorica, Allan Balaňos, Michael<br />

Fugnit, and Zaldy Espedido. From Sorsogon City, Mayor<br />

Ma. Ester B. Hamor with City Tourism Officer Joni Aspasia<br />

O. Jao; Bulusan Mayor Mike Guysayko and staff along<br />

with Veronica B. Gallanosa Municipal Tourism Officer<br />

and the Eco-guides of Bulusan; Mayor Sharon Escoto,<br />

of Gubat with Tourism Officer Patrick Erestain; Mayor<br />

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Sorsogon City Rizal Street<br />

Benito Doma, and Tourism Officer Kuloy Despuig of Pto<br />

Piaz. Barcelona Mayor Cynthia G. Falcotelo-Fortes and<br />

Tourism Officer Madel G. Azore. From Matnog, Darrel Jun<br />

Buena Municipal Information Officer,<br />

Eydel Laurenaria, Assistant Municipal<br />

Information Officer and tourism staff<br />

of Matnog, Karen Garrate, Jane Baniel,<br />

Sarah Jane Balaguer, Niňo Mattilum,<br />

and Joe Mattilum. My sincerest thanks<br />

to Mr. Milo Naval, owner of Siama Surf<br />

in Gubat. Likewise, my thanks to Ms.<br />

Lhorie Pifano, manager of Recidencia<br />

Being a very<br />

progressive province,<br />

del Hamor Beach Front in Sta. Magdalena. To the Buatan<br />

River Adventure Cooperative chaired by Ms. Elsa Malecki<br />

and our boat crew, thank you for the firefly experience. To<br />

the Museum Guides, Jerome, Mike and<br />

Sorsogon takes extreme<br />

pride in its restaurants<br />

that are both relaxing<br />

and inviting.<br />

Mae, salamat for the special tour for us.<br />

With A special thanks to Celena Morata<br />

So, owner of the Morong Borongan<br />

Island who arranged a superb native<br />

seafood luncheon for the tourism<br />

contingent. And my good friend, Mr.<br />

Edmund Santos from Aquahobbies for<br />

his invaluable assistance.<br />

A Catholic church<br />

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Sorsogon City Hall<br />

L U Z O N<br />

MANILA<br />



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Thailand Set to Host<br />

First International<br />

Boat Show After the<br />

Pandemic Crisis<br />

Phuket, Thailand, 9 July 2021 - Hit hard by the<br />

pandemic, Phuket is set to receive a boost in the new<br />

year when the Thailand International Boat Show will<br />

be held 6 - 9 of January, <strong>2022</strong> at<br />

the award-winning Royal Phuket Marina.<br />

Targeting those with an interest in boating<br />

and luxury lifestyle, organisers also expect to<br />

welcome wealthy jet-setters from overseas<br />

on the back of Phuket’s sandbox success.<br />

Experienced working with leading luxury<br />

brands such as Louis Vuitton Moët<br />

Hennessy, L’Oréal, Givenchy, Kenzo and<br />

more, show organisers JAND Events will<br />

build on Phuket’s position as the marine<br />

and lifestyle hub of Asia, and showcase the best of Phuket<br />

to the world with new exhibitor pavilions and visitor activities<br />

on a scale never seen before.<br />

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“Thailand International Boat Show is set to raise the bar<br />

for boating and lifestyle exhibitions in the region. Initial<br />

feedback from the industry has been very good and we<br />

expect a large in-water line-up of boats<br />

and an exciting collection of marine<br />

Visitors will be able<br />

to see the latest<br />

launches from the<br />

world’s most iconic<br />

boat brands.<br />

products and luxury lifestyle in the<br />

marina-side exhibition hall,” said David<br />

Hayes, CEO of organisers JAND Events.<br />

Visitors will be able to see the latest<br />

launches from the world’s most iconic<br />

boat brands. Yachts of all sizes, both<br />

power and sail, will be on display inthe-water<br />

ranging from dinghies and<br />

day trippers up to superyachts. Onshore<br />

visitors will be able to purchase the latest boating tech,<br />

marine products, gadgets and widgets, while also enjoying<br />

luxury properties, autos and lifestyle brands on display in<br />

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www.tripsavvy.com<br />

Words by BARRY DAWSON<br />

Photographs as Credited<br />

the 2,500sqm air-conditioned exhibition hall, the town<br />

square and other areas within Royal Phuket Marina.<br />

Thailand’s status as the marine leisure hub of Asia remains<br />

undiminished despite the challenges of the pandemic.<br />

Famed for its islands, stunning offshore seascape and<br />

tropical beaches, Thailand is the favoured destination for<br />

boat owners in the region and a popular choice for marine<br />

leisure tourists from all around the world. An industry valued<br />

in the billions pre pandemic, the Thailand International Boat<br />

Show will kickstart its revival and be a valuable economic<br />

driver for Phuket and Thailand going forward.<br />

Billed as A Luxury Lifestyle Event, the Thailand International<br />

Boat Show will be held at the SHA Plus+ certified Royal<br />

Phuket Marina. “I believe this will be the most successful<br />

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oat show yet. Not only are JAND Events professional event<br />

organisers, but they have gone to market much earlier than<br />

others have in the past,” commented Gulu Lalvani, Chairman<br />

of Royal Phuket Marina. “This will be the first boat show in<br />

Asia in two years and there is a lot of pent up demand for<br />

boats. Globally, boat brands are reporting record sales and<br />

as Phuket is the home of boating in Asia, I expect to see<br />

all the international boat brands and more displaying at the<br />

Thailand International Boat Show in January <strong>2022</strong>.”<br />

A bustling Boardwalk with restaurants and bars, and an<br />

extensive social programme is also planned by organisers<br />

JAND Events.<br />

“To complement the in-water and onshore displays, we<br />

will be curating an exciting programme of social events<br />

for visitors to enjoy during the day and into the evening.<br />

From launches and parties to waterside entertainment, the<br />

Thailand International Boat Show will be an event not to be<br />

missed,” added Hayes.<br />

The Thailand International Boat Show will take place 6 - 9<br />

January, <strong>2022</strong> at Royal Phuket Marina. For more information,<br />

visit https://www.thailandinternationalboatshow.com.<br />

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I<br />

n the Philippines, drowning is at epidemic proportions, it<br />

appears that far more people die from drowning than from<br />

the current Covid-19 pandemic, but despite not needing<br />

a vaccine, medicine, or any medical<br />

intervention to prevent it, it appears<br />

to be ignored, this appears to also be<br />

the case in many other developing<br />

countries, especially in South East Asia.<br />

Drowning: “to die through submersion<br />

in and inhalation of water.”<br />

Which therefore is preventable, through<br />

awareness, prevention, and education.<br />

Who is at greatest risk; anyone can<br />

become the victim of a drowning incident, through hundreds<br />

of different reasons, children it is established are the highest<br />

risk group, followed by young adults and other factors such<br />

as fitness, obesity, intoxication, and even the clothing you<br />

may be wearing.<br />

...currently some<br />

private NGO groups<br />

are working on ways<br />

to better educate<br />

the public as to the<br />

situation...<br />

The major causes of drowning; (Not necessarily by<br />

proportion)<br />

Calamities, such as Typhoons, floods, etc.<br />

Recreation, beaches, swimming pools,<br />

rivers, waterfalls, creeks, and water parks,<br />

etc.<br />

Around the home.<br />

Boating capsizes.<br />

Motor vehicle accidents where the vehicle<br />

becomes submerged.<br />

So how can the situation be addressed,<br />

currently some private NGO groups are<br />

working on ways to better educate the<br />

public as to the situation, such as Zambales<br />

Lifesaving Inc. through their Swim-safe<br />

program, a simple format of educational materials designed<br />

for children and their parents, a free downloadable version<br />

is available online here https://www.yumpu.com/en/<br />

document/view/63600741/swim-safe<br />

Words by BARRY DAWSON<br />

Photographs as Credited<br />

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DROWNING -<br />

An Ignored<br />

National Health<br />

Emergency<br />

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to them that they can use to stay afloat until assistance<br />

arrives, as only a trained and certified lifeguard should<br />

attempt an in-water rescue, using special equipment.<br />

Anyone else will most likely become a second victim.<br />

The problem of greatest concern is that due to the heavy<br />

restrictions placed on people, especially children, due to the<br />

Covid situation, that as things start to return to normal there<br />

is an extremely high possibility that we will see an escalation<br />

in drowning numbers, due to the following reasons.<br />

Awareness, Prevention, and Preparedness, (APP) is the<br />

“Solution” to the problem.<br />

Awareness of dangers that commonly exist in aquatic<br />

environments.<br />

Prevention is the knowledge of knowing how to see them<br />

and avoid these dangers.<br />

Preparedness in knowing how to deal with these dangers if<br />

they are unavoidable.<br />

The “Golden” rule is that if you are a poor or non-swimmer,<br />

“Reach or Throw, but NEVER go!”<br />

Meaning finds something that will reach the person in<br />

difficulty so you can pull them to safety, or throw something<br />

1/ Availability of certified Lifeguards, as with the closure<br />

of so many resorts, hotels, and water parks, many will<br />

not have qualified<br />

Annual “Swim-safe”<br />

program, a free to the<br />

public Water Safety<br />

program for children<br />

and their parents,<br />

which emphasizes<br />

“Reach or Throw” but<br />

NEVER go...<br />

lifeguards available, as<br />

with so many months<br />

of being idle, will most<br />

not be able to pass the<br />

physical requirements<br />

to be duly accredited.<br />

This is an area that<br />

must be addressed.<br />

Zambales Lifesaving<br />

Inc. a Philippine Coast<br />

Guard accredited<br />

training and certifying provider are fully prepared for both<br />

training and re-assessments, Zambales Lifesaving Inc.<br />

uses the Australian Lifesaving Academy program, which<br />

allows lifeguards to renew their certification through a<br />

one-day re-assessment system, rather than complete re<br />

retaining, all will reconvene as soon as the current Covid<br />

restrictions are eased allowing operations to recommence.<br />

Whilst resort operations are highly restricted in Zambales,<br />

Zambales Lifesaving Inc, has been assisting less restricted<br />

areas for lifeguard training, such as Pangasinan, Tarlac, and<br />

Pampanga. If you require their services they are willing to<br />

assist anywhere in the Philippines.<br />

2/ Children will be the highest risk group, as with all the<br />

restrictions they are enduring they will be very quick to<br />

want to get into the water to have fun. We are lucky here<br />

that some people have foreseen this and already reaching<br />

out for assistance, one such group is the Alon & Araw<br />

Club in Cabangan Zambales, recently formed by a young<br />

Filipino, American couple Donn and Gabi, they have been<br />

successful in getting local authorities to see the potential<br />

problem and recently, through their efforts, we can run the<br />

Swim-safe program in Cabangan for those kids who were<br />

eligible, a really good start for safety in that area, currently,<br />

Zambales Lifesaving Inc. is working with Alon & Araw<br />

Club for the formation of a Nipper Program, a kids junior<br />

lifesaving program to be commenced with them as soon as<br />

the weather clears.<br />

Should any other groups be interested in doing similar, they<br />

should contact Zambales Lifesaving Inc. 0966 659 7513 or<br />

Email: slszambales@gmail.com<br />

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Other ideas that could help the situation:<br />

Accurate, statistics on the numbers of drowning incidents,<br />

many are listed only as “Accidental death”, having such<br />

would enable correct evaluation of programs that are<br />

implemented and thus able to assess their viability, also<br />

despite there being regulations in regards to resorts, many<br />

are unwilling to conform, so again accurate statistics would<br />

show the difference between areas conforming and others<br />

that are not.<br />

Education, if basic water safety and swimming could be<br />

added into the DepEd’s curriculum, even if only to learn to<br />

float, because if you know how to float, you can survive,<br />

Japan has a program called “ultimate,” meaning floating<br />

and waiting, could also have a great impact.<br />

Enforcement of safety regulations for resorts, establishments<br />

with swimming pools, etc. however an open dialogue<br />

between the regulators, tourism and hotel industry, and<br />

training providers could well uncover reasons for and<br />

eliminate the current unwillingness of some to conform.<br />

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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 />

Moorings at a marina<br />

In some marinas, the boats have to be berthed stern-to and<br />

secured at the bow with an anchor, so that the boat lies<br />

at right angles to the pontoon. You<br />

therefore need to know how to anchor<br />

your boat. The Berths are easier to<br />

leave from than return to, unless your<br />

boat happens to have good handling<br />

characteristics in reverse gear. If you<br />

have to berth your boat regularly in this<br />

type of marina, it is worth making an<br />

opening in the stern rail and keeping<br />

a gangplank aboard to make access<br />

easier. The boat needs little in the way<br />

of mooring lines – simply a couple at<br />

the stern rigged like the usual springs.<br />

If the Boat swings<br />

out of line get the<br />

crew member to<br />

snub the anchor<br />

cable briefly.<br />

reverse slowly into the berth while a crew member pays out<br />

the anchor cable, in a cross-wind, the anchor should be laid<br />

upwind of the berth. If the Boat swings<br />

out of line get the crew member to snub<br />

in the usual way.<br />

the anchor cable briefly. Once you reach<br />

the pontoon, the crew should rig the stern<br />

lines in the usual way, so that the boat lies<br />

just clear of the berth. If there is a strong<br />

cross-wind you may find it better to motor<br />

in bow first, attach a line to the shore and<br />

reverse out, paying out the line until you<br />

reach the anchoring position. Then lay the<br />

anchor, take the slack line to the stern and<br />

reverse into the berth, berthing stern-to<br />

Arriving<br />

Get the crew to rig the fenders over the stern and the sides of<br />

the boat if necessary. Lay the anchor in the usual way and the<br />

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Leaving<br />

When leaving a stern-to berth, the routine is virtually the<br />

same whatever the direction of the wind, or tide. The stern<br />

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Berthing<br />

lines are released and the boat motored forward while the<br />

anchor cable is recovered. Once the boat is over the anchor,<br />

the anchor is broken out and the boat taken clear of the<br />

berth. With a strong cross-wind or tide it is best to rig a stern<br />

line as a slip. The crew controls any sideways movement by<br />

pulling on the stern line and the anchor line. The stern line<br />

can be slipped once the anchor is broken out.<br />

Pile and Pontoon Berths<br />

Some marinas have a system whereby pairs of piles are used<br />

to secure the boat at right angles to the pontoon. This avoids<br />

having to lay the anchor, as you can attach the stern or bow<br />

of the boat to the piles. If you have a permanent berth, rig<br />

permanent lines to the piles and to the pontoon so that<br />

leaving and arriving is made easier, as you only have to pick<br />

up the rigged lines. If no permanent lines are laid, however<br />

you will have to use your own warps to attach the boat to the<br />

piles and pontoon, and remove them as you leave. If your<br />

boat has a weak engine, berth bow-on, rather than reversing<br />

in such berthing situations, a long telescope boat-hook can<br />

be very useful to allow you to reach the piles easily.<br />

Berthing stern-to<br />

Arriving<br />

If there are no permanent lines fixed to the piles and the<br />

pontoon, the crew should rig two bow lines and two stern<br />

lines. The end of the stern lines should be led forward to<br />

the shrouds. Motor in bow-on and stop with the shrouds<br />

alongside the up-wind or up-tide pile. Attach the stern line,<br />

and then allow the boat to drift down-wind or down-tide to<br />

the other pile. Attach that stern line and the motor into the<br />

berth and attach the bow lines. If permanent lines are rigged<br />

from the piles, they can simply be picked up with the boathook<br />

as you motor in.<br />

Leaving<br />

The instructions which follow are for berthing a boat bowon.<br />

If you wish to come in stern-first, then simply reverse the<br />

instructions for bow and stern. If permanent lines are rigged,<br />

ignore the instructions for rigging the lines. The method you<br />

use will depend on the direction of the wind. If it is from<br />

ahead or astern, your task is simpler. Rig your stern lines as<br />

slip lines and take the forward to the shrouds. Then cast the<br />

bow lines off and pull the boat back through the piles using<br />

the stern slips. As your boat comes level with the piles release<br />

the slip lines. With a strong cross-wind blowing, you will have<br />

to pull the boat up to the windward pile so that you don’t<br />

drift onto the leeward pile ass you depart, Ease out of the<br />

windward bow and stern lines and let the boat drift across<br />

to the leeward pile. Release the leeward stern and bow lines,<br />

and pull the boat backup to the windward using the windward<br />

lines. Rig an extra line as a slip from the windward pile to<br />

point near the bow. Then release the bow and stern lines and<br />

motor the boat out astern. If you find the bow drifting to leeward<br />

a little, tighten the slip line briefly to pull the bow back up to<br />

windward. Once you are clear of the piles you can slip the line.<br />

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Floating pontoon pylons<br />

Pontoon Berth<br />

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