Ponson Island

Pilar, Cebu

Ponson Island is an island located in the province of Cebu, located east of Cebu Island and west of Leyte Island. Pilar, Cebu is the island's sole municipality.

It is one of the four Camotes Islands along with Pacijan Island, Poro Island, and Tulang Island. There is no telephone line in this island and electricity is available only from 11:00 A.M. until 5:00 A.M.

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times known as the "Lost Horizon of the south", within recent years Camotes has seen increased visitors and tourism and a growing expatriate community.  Wiki

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  • Trip to Mactang Historical Beach Poro Camotes Island Cebu Philippines

    Trip to Mactang Historical Beach Poro Camotes Island Cebu Philippines

    I went with my neighbors on a 4-day vacation at Mactang, Esperanza, Poro, Cebu to attend the local festival of the sitio's patron saint, St. Vincent Ferrer on April 23. Mactang is where my neighbors hailed from and I'm curious of how the place looks like so I went with them like on an immersion trip.

    I didn't go that far (i.e. I wasn't able to travel much) because of my limited cash but I was able to swim the nearest beach, which is nice. I'm not a fan of coastal areas as those places tend to be plain in geography and I have a thing for mountains with their panoramic views but one could nev ...

  • Of nature stars and fireflies Camotes interlude

    Of nature stars and fireflies Camotes interlude

    There was an urgency in the mother's invitation that won over her daughter's reluctance for a twilight dip. The streak of pastel above the skyline faded into the balmy landscape below, cordoned by a stellar canopy. The silhouettes waded into the artificial blue that stretched into the endless dark.

    I was at the opposite corner of the pool, counting flying objects in silence, the way a child counts sheep at bedtime. Amused.

    I remembered the childish wish of an elderly balikbayan from California on the bus ride earlier. At 66, Jimmy still longed to see fireflies. I wanted to tell him that ...

  • Camotes Islands

    Camotes Islands

    Being an archipelago, the Philippines boast a great many islands where nature is still at full bloom, and where there are many fascinating sights left to be explored. Of these, the Camotes Islands are among som of the more interesting ones, with many features to leave the visitor in amazement. Once known as the "Lost Horizon of the South," the Camotes has seen increased visitors and tourism especially over the past years, with a growing expatriate community.

    As for the origin of the name, when the Spanish first arrived they asked the locals what was the name of the island and the locals tho ...

  • The Pilar Municipal Marine Park

    The Pilar Municipal Marine Park

    In 2009 the Pilar Marine Park in the Municipality of Pilar was awarded the prestigious "Most outstanding Marine Protected Area of the Philippines" prize by the MPA Support Network (MSN) and its partners for being the most effectively managed marine protected area which applied to the awards.

    The Pilar Municipal Marine Park (PMMP), located in the Camotes Sea, consists of a 30 hectares sanctuary which benefits from complete protection and a 149 hectares reserve where less invasive methods such as gleaning, hook and line and spear fishing are still allowed but any net fishing is not.

    May Yb ...

  • Philippines Marine Protected Areas Win Environmental Awards

    Philippines Marine Protected Areas Win Environmental Awards

    Two Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) whose establishment and enforcement are supported by DAI and its local partners captured top honors as the most outstanding MPAs in the Philippines at the 2009 "Para el Mar" awards event, held June 28-30 at the Conference of Coastal Municipalities in Cebu City.

    The 179-hectare Pilar Municipal Marine Park in Pilar town, located in the Camotes group of islands in Cebu, won first place from a group of 12 finalists, which were in turn selected from a list of 70 nominees. Second place was awarded to the Tambunan MPA of Tabina Municipality, Zamboanga del Sur. Bot ...

  • Finding Solace in Camotes

    Finding Solace in Camotes

    There is a constant discovering of one's sense of self to traveling. When I was invited to join a Camotes sojourn, I accepted it mainly to be free of all impediments and of all inconveniences. It is sometimes rejuvenating to get rid of others - far from noisy vendors, jeepneys competing for passengers, strikes, rush-hour traffic, and people who find home along Colon Street. In the island, which is known as "The Lost Horizon in the South", the abundance of natural beauty was company enough for me.

    Camotes, about three-hour northeast of Cebu, is worth the visit and the memory. It is a more re ...