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Good Friday in Bulacan, Philippines

2 April 2010 N14 86.396 E120 79.011 – Kapitangan N14 57.380 E120 53.943 – Baliwag The Philippines is predominantly a Catholic country with a minority of Muslims living in southern Mindanao. The Catholic faith is strong and thriving and Folk Catholicism finds its major outlet during Lent, where traditional Philippine style rituals can be observed in […]

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Club Ocellaris in Anilao, Batangas, Philippines

27 – 31 March 2010 N13 44.441 E120 53.580 The charming clownfish finds a symbolic home out of water in this quaint dive resort by the sea in Anilao, Mabini, Batangas.  Club Ocellaris is where I first entered the water with a self-contained underwater breathing apparatus and Boy Venus was there to teach and introduce […]

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More Anilao, Mabini, Batangas Critters

27 – 31 March 2010 N13 44.441 E120 53.580 The province of Batangas has more than a 30-kilometer long coastline – Balayan Bay in the west and Batangas Bay in the east. To the north is the town of Bauan, and on the south is Maricaban Strait. Known to scuba divers as Anilao, the prime […]

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Nudibranchs of Anilao, Batangas, Philippines

27 – 31 March 2010 N13 44.441 E120 53.580 Anilao Batangas was where I learned diving in 1997. I had been coming here camping on the rocks when I was still in college in the 80’s! Anilao was where Manila divers went for diving because it was closest to Manila and we all thought it […]

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Newest Dive Resort in Mindoro – Apo Reef Club

15 – 22 March 2010 N12 39.856 E120 53.266 – Apo Reef Club Guenter Taus was my dive instructor for my PADI advance course many years ago. He also is part owner of Occidental Mindoro’s newest dive resort called Apo Reef Club. Michi Roos is the founder and operations manager of this resort in the […]

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Apo Reef with Apo Reef Club, Mindoro, Philippines

15 – 22 March 2010 N12 39.856 E120 53.266 – Apo Reef Club N12 39.463 E120 25.137 – Apo Reef With the expedition team complete with our writer Alya Honasan, our first Philippine journey for this leg was to Apo Reef.  We spent a few days and nights on a quaint Philippine style liveaboard named […]

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Dry Lands and Effects of Climate Change in Mindoro, Philippines

18 March 2010 N12 50.447 E120 46.465 We spent a whirlwind day traveling Mindoro on rocky roads from Concepcion to Mamburao to Sablayan back to Concepcion. It was from an early tuna festival activity at 7 in the morning to visiting Sablayan villages affected by climate change. Mindoro is the seventh-largest island in the Philippines. It […]

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