Pawikan Conservation Center

Morong, Bataan

Pawikan Conservation Centre sits is home to the original nesting sites of the Olive Ridley turtle species.It is located about 4 hours away from Manila where the fishing village of Nagbalayong in the town of Morong on the Bataan Peninsula. Along a patch of sandy coastal road a tiny place fenced with aged bamboo and a driftwood sign with the name Pawikan Conservation Center written on it.

Pawikan Conservation Center News

  • Takipsilim, My Baby Pawikan

    Takipsilim, My Baby Pawikan

    It?s about dusk when we were asked to kneel and say a little wish to our baby pawikan before releasing them into the sea. I closed my eyes for a moment not knowing what wish I will say. I didn't want to say a self-serving wish because I believe the ritual that we were making has a power vital to each baby pawikan's lives. I closed my eyes anyway and decided to say a little prayer instead. I uttered the most practical prayer - that he survive this harsh world of ours and he may find his rightful place here on earth.

  • From Predators To Protectors Of Pawikan

    From Predators To Protectors Of Pawikan

    "Marine turtles are important. Why do we need them? Because they help maintain ecological balance. Do you know that marine turtles eat jellyfish? Without marine turtles, there will be plenty of jellyfish, and you cannot swim in the ocean because the jellyfish will get to you and sting you," a jolly Manolo Ibias told a group of young students on November 15.

    Ibias, more popularly known as Mang Manolo, is not a teacher. He is one of the Bantay Pawikan volunteers who run the Pawikan Conservation Center in Barangay Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan, while the students were from the Learning Links Ac ...

  • How Collaboration Of 40 Filipino Artists Gave Life To A Baby Pawikan

    How Collaboration Of 40 Filipino Artists Gave Life To A Baby Pawikan

    An animated video of a baby pawikan created in 42 different artistic styles earned the praise of various social media users.

    Several Filipino artists hailing from different advertising industries "most of them being freelancers" decided to collaborate and create a "passion project" in a span of six days.

    According to Niccolo Anacleto, a freelance motion graphic designer and artist, they were originally inspired by an animated video created by different artists in Moscow. A friend sent him the link from Instagram.

    The video showed a "maneki neko" or a Japanese fortune cat interpreted b ...

  • Pawikan Conservation Center Turtle Release Program

    Pawikan Conservation Center Turtle Release Program

    You guys, two weeks ago we helped release baby turtles! It was one of those surreal family moments when your thoughts pause and you realize how special and rare this moment really is. The waves move a little slower, the smiles last a little longer and you realize that you may never have this moment again, so soak it up. The Philippines has gifted us so many memories, I can never be grateful enough for her majesty.

  • Bataan Dec 2017

    Bataan, Philippines
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    -Pawikan Conservation Center
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  • An Act Of Faith Releasing Baby Turtles At Pawikan Conservation Center In Morong Bataan Plus Guide And Tips For Tourists

    An Act Of Faith Releasing Baby Turtles At Pawikan Conservation Center In Morong Bataan Plus Guide And Tips For Tourists

    Every morning or afternoon, around November to February on the shores of Nagbalayong, Morong, in Bataan, turtle hatchlings touch their flippers on the sand on earth for the first time, and begin the long crawl to their home, the sea. Locals, particularly Bantay Pawikans (Sea Turtle Patrol), release these baby turtles, each usually no bigger than a fist, with care and reverence. It is a moment of triumph, after they have looked after these turtles when they were still eggs for the past month or so. Occasionally, tourists like me would watch in awe, as the turtles crawl to meet the sea, and swim ...