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Environmental Destruction and Air Pollution are Destroying our Beloved Philippines…What are You Doing About it?

Environmental Pollution

What will you do if you wake up one day in Boracay and you do not see turquoise waters, but green mushy moss blanketing the whole coastline?

The biggest problem in Manila is not traffic because it is a just point in time issue and can be solved with an infrastructure solution like a subway system. The biggest problem is the apathy of Filipinos in preserving our environment and letting big businesses destroy the natural beauty of the Philippine archipelago.

The “green tide” photo above of Boracay Station 1 is NOT a dream or a photoshopped photo. We took a drone shot of the most pristine part of White Beach in Station 1 in Boracay just last March 2017 and we were shocked by this scene.

How can Boracay businesses argue that this is a natural occurrence? How could this scene be alright when we know that our kids could never ever enjoy Boracay the way we did?

What if I told you that environmental destruction is happening in other tourist spots because of coal use? Did you know that Manila’s pollution levels are getting higher each day and will reach intolerable levels in the next decade?

The thing with Climate Change issues is that we only act when we already see the irreversible destruction. Maybe it’s too late for Boracay, but we can do something for the rest of the Philippine isles.

Here are 8 things we can do to battle Environmental Destruction and Climate Change effects…

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ITBAYAT ISLAND: Life On The Philippines’ Last Frontier

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For first-time visitors, Itbayat Island may seem like a place suspended in time.

An island paradise barely touched by the unrelenting hand of modernization, Itbayat is one of the last regions of the Philippines where man has hardly left his mark on the environment.

It is a place that sometimes feels foreign and wild, yet at the same time, familiar and tame, a place of majestic rolling hills where wild horses roam freely, racing across open fields. It's also a place forgotten by history, where vast cave systems hold the secrets to some of the Philippines earliest settlers.   

Most importantly, it's home to nearly 3,000 Ivatan—the original inhabitants of the island.  

If you're up for a real adventure and want to experience untouched nature, Itbayat is the perfect destination.  

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BORACAY KITESURFING: Fly and Surf with Freestyle Academy! @regaladooexperiences

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Boracay is a well-known summer destination for friends and lovers. People from all over the world flock here to relax, eat, party, and enjoy fun activities under the sun.

There are a lot of things to see and do in this not-so-tiny island…you only have to know where to look.

Freestyle Academy – Kitesurfing School
Bulabog Beach, Boracay, Philippines
Website: www.freestyle-boracay.com
Facebook: Freestyle Boracay
Instagram: @freestyleacademy
Email: info@freestyle-boracay.com
Contact: +63 36 288 9254 / +63 9155593080

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BORACAY MERMAID: What it feels like to be a Mermaid? @regaladooexperiences

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You’ve probably seen it before while strolling along the coast of Boracay–girls wearing flashy and colorful fins posing in front of the camera.

Did you know you could actually be a real life mermaid for a day?

 

Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy
Fisheye Divers, Station 1, White Beach (beside Starbucks)
Website:
www.philippinemermaidswimmingacademy.com
Facebook: 
Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy
Instagram:
@boracaymermaids
Email: 
mermaidphilippines@gmail.com
Contact:
+63 917 324 39 47

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IVATAN CUISINE: The Flavors of the Batanes Isles!

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Already captivated by the beauty of the northernmost tip of the Philippines, the magic of Batanes continues as we discover and experience its food! Find out how yummy authentic Ivatan dishes are–from freshly caught mahi-mahi, flying fish, and lobsters, to grass-fed cows, organic pork, root crops, and vegetables!

Ivatan-style cooking can be described as bland, using only salt, soy sauce, and vinegar as condiments. It’s not hard to see that local Ivatans like to maintain a very healthy lifestyle.

Here are some of the dishes you should try…

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#Philippines, #Travel, Batanes

BATAN SOUTH TOUR: House of Dakay, Honesty Cafe, and Malboro Country (Part 2)

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We heard that the South Batan Tour was much more charming than that of North Batan. But how could that be, when we were already captured by the breathtaking landscapes of the North?!

South Batan is where you’ll find everything to love about Batanes–from the marvelous historical man-made structures, natural sceneries, and authentic Ivatan cuisine, down to taking part in the important cultural experience.

The South Batan Tour is a day tour covering the towns of Ivana, Mahatao, and Uyugan. The tour starts early in Mahatao and covers Chawa Viewdeck, San Jose Borromeo Church, Tayid Lighthouse, Diura fishing village, and Racuh a Payaman (Marlboro Country), then starts again after lunch to Imnajbu, Alapad, Uyugan Town, Ivana Town, Honesty Coffee Shop, and the oldest house in Basco.

Here’s our itinerary with Kuya Roger of Bashi Tours, who showed us around South of Basco…

Bashi Eco-Tours & Adventure
Batanes, Batan – Sabtang – Itbayat
Mobile: +63 999 990-7547, +63 929-6418829
Email: bashitours@gmail.com
Guide: Roger Doplito

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BATAN NORTH TOUR: Basco and the Biggest Batanes Island! (Part 1)

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Batanes, you take my breathe away!

A trip to Batanes is something you’ll have to do at least once in your lifetime. The country’s northernmost province is one of the most sought-after tourism frontiers, gifted with its unique blend of breathtaking scenery, natural beauty, and well-preserved culture!

North Batan consists of the whole of Basco–from the picturesque Valugan boulder beach, Vayang rolling hills, and Basco lighthouse, to the Mount Carmel Chapel, Fundacion Pacita, the Japanese tunnels, and a weather station with a 360 view of the island!

Check out these awesome Batanes scenes from our northern Batan island tour…

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@MadridFusionManila 2017: A Gastronomical Roadmap to Sustainability! (Photo Essay Recap)

by Kristine Terrible

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This year’s Madrid Fusion Manila revolved around the theme “Towards a Sustainable Gastronomic Planet”.

During the International Food Congress, twenty-four of the best chefs in the world–most of them with at least one Michelin star under their belts, and all of them with multiple awards–discussed how they practice sustainability in their kitchens and businesses every day.

 

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Given an hour each including a few minutes where they answered questions from the audience, they also demonstrated a few of their dishes that best showcased the theme.

Madrid Fusion 2017 Series:
• 10 Most Awesome Heirloom Rice Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 1) 
• 10 Most Awesome "Nose-to-Tail" Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 2)
• 5 Most Awesome Corn Creations! @MadridFusionManila (Day 3)

 

Here's the recap of the three-day International Gastronomy Congress at Madrid Fusion Manila

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