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Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies

Should you decide to see the Philippines in a slower pace and ride a ship, there’s a high probability that you’ll encounter a group of kids swimming beside the boat, as the ship is about to dock. Anyone not familiar with this sight will think that the kids are putting their lives at risk by swimming too close to the ship. Why are they doing it? Well, to find out, try throwing a coin towards their direction. Nope, they won’t catch it above water. They’ll let it hit the water and catch the coin as it gracefully falls towards the bottom of the sea. These children are descendants of the best natural freedivers there is. They are most uncomfortable living on land. A few of these sea gypsies, badjaos, were spotted in the Batangas port by cherrdon, a nature lover and a volunteer, an off-the-beaten path traveller. Here’s the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Batangas Sea Gypsies

Free Diving: More Fun in the Philippines

With its crystal clear waters and abundant sea life, the Philippines is a perfect spot for freedivers. People engage in freediving — swimming underwater without any breathing apparatus — as a recreation. Now, imagine staying underwater without any breathing device for around 5 minutes as a way of life? That’s the way of life of the Badjao. We know the Badjao as an ethnic Filipino community in southern Philippines who call the sea their home. Featured in this clip from the Human Planet documentary on Oceans (Sea Bed Hunting On One Breath – Human Planet: Oceans), is a Badjao (also Bajaw, spelled in the documentary as Bajau) underwater fish hunter doing what he does naturally: free diving at its best. Watch: Continue reading Free Diving: More Fun in the Philippines

Top 6 Favorite Fishes at The Reef (Oceanarium), Manila Ocean Park

The Manila Ocean Park, one of our favorite theme parks in the Philippines, is conveniently located in the heart of Manila City. The Manila Ocean Park is divided into different sections, one of which is the impressive Oceanarium, which in turn is subdivided into huge sections: Agos (Flow), Bahura (The Reef), Laot (Fishing Ground), Buhay na Karagatan (Living Ocean), Kalaliman (The Deep), Pagi (Sting Ray) and Pating (Shark). The only sane way to present the Manila Ocean Park is to take small bites, starting with The Reef. So, while you’re researching whether the plural of “fish” is indeed “fishes,” we’ll proceed to list down our 6 Favorite Fishes at Manila Ocean Park‘s The Reef.  Continue reading Top 6 Favorite Fishes at The Reef (Oceanarium), Manila Ocean Park