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  • Back In Pamilacan With The Dolphins

    I joined my co-teacher Jom and some of our students on a Conservation Biology class fieldtrip (I was part of the team teaching it - in charge of the genetics part!) to Bohol.

    I had been to Pamilacan Island twice before. The islanders were traditionally whale hunters, hunting whales, whale sharks, dolphins and manta rays via harpoon ("pilak"). When their main source of income was banned in favor of protecting these marine animals, they were offered dolphin watching as an alternative livelihood.

    To make a long story short, it has been a rough road for conservationists and the islanders, a ...

  • Cruisin Onboard The Bandong

    Bohol never fails to amaze me. With local government units that continue to entice buildup of public interest in ecological tourism, the empowerment of community tour guides and community theatres called “cultural collectives” are the recent developments in line with community-based sustainable tourism envisioned to be the economic driver in the municipalities of Cortes, Maribojoc, Antequera, Balilihan and Catigbian.

    These component LGUs grouped themselves in order to sustainably manage the abundance of Abatan River (term stands for “converging/meeting place”; stress on second sylla ...

  • The Eskaya Tribe

    The Eskaya, less commonly known as the Visayan-Eskaya, is the collective name for the members of a cultural minority found in Bohol, Philippines. The Eskaya community is distinguished by its cultural heritage, particularly its literature and language, although many of its earlier traditional practices are no longer strictly observed. Reports indicate that Eskaya linguistic and cultural education has been in steady decline since the mid-1980s.

    Most members of the Eskaya community inhabit a mountainous area that intersects the municipalities of Duero, Guindulman, Pilar and Sierra Bullones in ...