Inaladelan Island, Palawan

Dear Pong Pagong,

I had so much fun swimming after you that you took me far away from my boat. I was so exhausted going back because I didn’t realize the distance I swam, with NO flippers to boot. I was so enamored chasing after you, jelly fish and plankton stings be damned! Now my legs are full of whips, lashes and battle scars that it will take months and several gluta IV shots to remove the marks.

Will I do it again? A definite YES as I rarely catch a glimpse of you. May the ocean be good to you, may humans take better care of you.

So long, Pong Pagong! We shall see each other soon. [photos courtesy of @nomadic_mike ]

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Pawikan sighting: one of the giant turtles we spotted during our trip to Inaladelan Island in Palawan, Philippines

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Pawikan lounging underwater in Inaladelan Island

 

SpongeBob: Stay away from Coron, Palawan!

[photo courtesy of PalawanIsland.org

In a surprising news yesterday, Nickelodeon announced that it will build an underwater resort theme park in Coron, Palawan.

Aside from the political goings-on in my country today, it is very rare that I get pissed off with news that I read. What else is new, right?

But this. This is a low blow.

Palawan is one of the last ecological frontiers in the Philippines. It is a marine sanctuary. It is one of the few pristine beaches that you can confidently swim in where the waters are crystal clear and you do not fear of chemical contamination.

Who in the world thought of this? Worse, who in his right mind approved it?

Nickelodeon has the gall to say that development will “advocate ocean protection.”

Ocean protection my ass.

This will ruin Coron.

I have very fond memories of Palawan and I choose to come back to it regularly because the beaches are clean and fresh.

I love Coron as it is.

To my fellow environmental advocates, to those who love Coron, Nickelodeon has no business to be in Palawan!

Please be part of the petition and sign up.coron-is-not-bikini-bottom

[Image courtesy of Save Philippine Seas]