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Photo of the Day: Hide and Seek, Butanding

Remember your childhood, playing all sorts of crazy games? If you recall traditional games or “parlor games” like patintero, you’re most likely a child of the 80s and below. If your recollection of crazy games involves an electronic gadget, from cellphones and tablets and PS4, you’re probably a millenial, also known as a hi-tech couch potato. In any case, we’d like to believe that anyone with a fun childhood knows hide and seek. It’s really easy — everybody hides, one unlucky soul seeks everyone (or mom hides the cookies, you go figure out where it’s stashed). And in the game of hide and seek, there’s always one kid who’s too “healthy” for his own good, who’d stick out no matter how he tries to squeeze himself in some corner or behind the curtain. It’s an easy find, really; easier to hide a huge cargo truck from the traffic enforcers. Continue reading Photo of the Day: Hide and Seek, Butanding

Photo of the Day: Merging the Butanding Sea and Oslob Sky

The chase for the butanding, whether in the traditional Donsol or in Oslob, has one central character — the butanding or whale shark. Regardless of the camera used, whether underwater or above the water, and no matter what the pose of the traveler, it’s almost always about that spotted gentle giant. It’s rare that we see, while in the process of waiting for the butanding, something else to take center stage — the skyline; a merging of the sky and the sea. “My type of skyline,” said the lovely Myx Ignacio when she posted her awesome photo (click photo to enlarge). We can’t help but agree with her. Look at the photo: Continue reading Photo of the Day: Merging the Butanding Sea and Oslob Sky

Photo of the Day: Butanding in Oslob, Cebu

Here’s an amazing underwater photo of a Philippine traveler — with a giant whale shark, huge mouth wide open, swimming in his direction. Instagram user Selmar Maribojo III (k2ytravelust) visited the butanding in Oslob (Cebu) and came back with this cool photo (click the photo to enlarge). Continue reading Photo of the Day: Butanding in Oslob, Cebu

Wildlife Encounter: What NOT to Do when Interacting with Whale Sharks

We’ve swam with whale sharks, locally known as butanding, in Donsol, Sorsogon. We were required to undergo a few minutes of film showing on the dos and don’ts when interacting with the butanding. a Butanding Interaction Officer (BIO), whose duty is to remind guests of the guidelines and to ensure everyone is safety (that goes for sharks and humans), is assigned to each group. We were told to stay a few meters away from the butanding, do not block its path, and DO NOT touch them. Imagine our shock when we saw someone STANDING ON a butanding allegedly in Oslob, Cebu. Continue reading Wildlife Encounter: What NOT to Do when Interacting with Whale Sharks

Swimming with the Butanding (Whale Shark) in Donsol, Sorsogon

Bungee jumping, no matter how scary it looks, is controlled excitement because we have control over the equipment. Same with the roller coaster and other major rides in theme parks. An interaction with whale sharks, on the other hand, is done in the whale sharks’ natural environment — the deep blue sea. The experience involves a huge shark that could grow to lengths of 18 meters and weigh 40 tons. We certainly can’t control it. Continue reading Swimming with the Butanding (Whale Shark) in Donsol, Sorsogon

Directions from Manila to Donsol: Your Suggestions

There’s a plane from Manila to Legaspi City, the jump-off to Donsol (Sorsogon), world-famous for its whale sharks or butanding. We plan to take a road trip adventure in May if time and health permits. We’ve checked directions and pit stops in the approximately 550+ kilometer-trip, 10-12 hours travel time. This is the plan — and you’re requested to suggest better routes or must-see highlights along the way. Traffic and choke points? Hazards? Delicacy to taste? Revisions will be made from time to time. Continue reading Directions from Manila to Donsol: Your Suggestions