I began falling in love with mangroves when I visited the mangrove forests being protected in Culion, Palawan. It was holy week and we were at the end of the Good Friday procession which ended at the Jesuit Retreat House. I could see the patch of green trees below the place where we had the prayer at the end of the Via Crucis. Since then, I started to research on mangroves.
A study on the Mesoamerican reef, for example, showed that there are as many as 25 times more fish of some species on reefs close to mangrove areas than in areas where mangroves have been cut down. This makes mangrove fo ...
Blissfully situated in the Calamian Group of Islands in Palawan, Philippines, the municipality of Culion is an erstwhile leper colony during the American colonial period. It was picked as a colony because of its sheer isolation, and its topography offers great opportunities to leprosy-inflicted patients to engage in agricultural activities.
Culion was once the largest leper colony in the world.
In 1906, the first group of patients from Cebu arrived in Culion aboard two coastguard cutters. Leprosy was perceived as infectious and incurable disease back in the days. By 1907, the Leprosy Seg ...
The boatman signals me to snorkel further to see the extensive growth of corals, which he says look like a human brain. According to him, sightings of the Black Tip Sharks, Napoleon Wrasses, Eagle Rays and Bumpheads have been reported in the area so I maintain a sharp lookout for them as I swim across the profusion of healthy Cabbage Corals and Elephant Ear sponges.
Large coral tables, densely surrounded by soft and branching corals, serve as playground to a school of butterfly fish, whose flat disk-shaped bodies glisten with hues of yellow and red. Startled by my presence, a group of speck ...
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Somewhere in Palawan, just a few hours away from Coron, is an island that has been cut off from the rest of the Philippines for more than a hundred years. Welcome to Culion, Palawan, often called "the land of no return" because of its unique history.
In the past, people established leper colonies because of the belief that isolating patients with leprosy is one of ...
We went snorkeling late this afternoon at Crowning Glory Reef in Culion, Palawan, Philippines. Fantastic corals! Thank you Kawil Tours for taking us there!
Culion Island nearby Crowning Glory Reef In is a video Part 2 when snorkeling iPhone5 When taken with waterproof case of 680 yen .