May has barely started and its been quite whirlwind already! We started the month with a bang not because it was LABOR-acay --the annoying trip people make to Boracay for Labor Weekend. But because we deployed the rehabilitation for Coral Genesis.
Coral Genesis was a project initiated by Hubby where with the power of the sun, corals are "planted" in artificial reefs and tickled by electricity to grow better and faster. What is amazing about this project is that it is a faith, private and public partnership -- a cooperation between the church that initially funded the project, by the private organization of JCI where the technology came from and public by the people of Sto. Domingo where the coral rosary has been deployed. Our first efforts were destroyed by the strong currents of Typhoon Yolanda and Glenda. Which is why we have decided to rebuild in a more secure location where there is already a wonderful thriving coral reef-- Ally's wall. I am attaching below a news clip by the local television channel regarding the project. Tune in to minute 20:55. Below, just in case you dont want to scroll through the video I'm attaching some photos too.
Right after that we decided to go on another beach adventure with the squad which lead us to Atulayan Island off the coast of Camarines Sur Province. It was a beautiful white sand island with nice snorkeling sights off shore however our reception by the local officials was not that nice. So if you were to visit the place be careful they will try to extort money from you the way they tried with us. Our boat passed through a fish sanctuary which was not clearly marked and they wanted to fine our captain Php2,500 from a first offense. When we did not want to, and explained that the sanctuary was not properly marked they called in the Coast Guard who tried to pressure us even more. Luckily a member of the group works for the government and was able to settle the argument. So if you do want to visit get a boat from Nato Port (which is expensive) or if you will rent your own boat make sure your boatman doesnt cross through the partially submerged flaglets that designate the sanctuary's limits.
Here are photos of the island -- despite the awful welcome we were determined to have fun.Photo credit to my friend Marlon.
Yesterday was ELECTION DAY. It is the first time I get to vote here in the province and is also the election where up until I entered the precinct I didnt know whose name I'd shade as president. Alas, my candidate did not win. But the real action is in the VP race where Leni Robredo the under-dog has steadily gained ground over the dictator's son-- Bong Bong Marcos. I hope this will become a true victory for the widow who has sacrificed a quiet family life for one in the limelight.
The next few weekends of the month for me will be as hectic and as jam-packed with travels. Can't wait!! In the meantime I want to greet all the mommas/single fathers out there a belated HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! You are the driving force of every single human being. Your constant love, support and care is what gets us through the toughest situations in our lives and what makes us people we are. We love you.
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