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  • Wader Watch 2016

    Join new and old bird lovers in a count for "wader" birds on Saturday, November 5, in one of Manila Bay's last remaining mangrove habitats. The data will also be sent to a world count of wader birds!

    A "wader" is a bird with legs and/or a beak adapted to wading in the water for food, like little fish and crustaceans. And the world needs your help in counting waders visiting the Philippines!

    Over half a million migratory birds including 64 globally-threatened species are now traveling through the Philippines via the East Asian Australasian Flyway (EAAF), one of only 9 flyways in the world ...

  • Save The Giant Golden Crowned Flying Fox Acerodon Julbatus

    The giant golden-crowned flying fox (Acerodon jubatus) is a bat species in the Philippines currently facing extinction. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) considers the species in their IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as "Endangered." Because it is a forest obligate species, the A. jubatus cannot survive if the forest is also in poor condition, and it has been known that the number of forests in the Philippines is decreasing each year due to deforestation.

    This endangered bat species is considered as a rare megabat and is one of the largest bats in the world. ...

  • Giant Clams In Puerto Galera Bay

    I've always felt the Giant Clams site, is a must see dive, when visiting Puerto Galera. Some clams are more than a meter long, and they are really proliferating in this amazing place.

  • Peace Loving And Proud To Be Mangyan

    For hundreds of years they lived unnoticed and unknown, eight Mangyan tribes in the mountains of Mindoro. They harvested rice, corn, bananas and wild yam, and bathed in rivers and streams. They enjoyed the wisdom of innocence and the courage of strong men. And while their customs differed, they lived in gentle harmony and never had tribal wars.

    Their existence was first documented by a Spanish historian in 1571. Originally the only inhabitants of Mindoro, they believed in animism and good spirits, revered shamans and healers, and used esoteric herbal cures. As civilization closed in on them ...

  • The Amazing Amesiella Species

    One of the most amazing orchid genera, to be found in the Philippines, is the genus Amesiella. The reason for this is the size of the flowers, in relation to the size of the plant, which is most remarkable. The plant of an Amesiella species, and there are three species to be found in the mountains of Luzon and on the island of Mindoro, at the most would be about 10 centimeters across the leaves. When these plants are well grown they can produce several inflorescences, which have 2 to 4 blooms about 5 to 6 centimeters across the petals or sepals. The leaves are very stiff and leathery, and quit ...

  • How To Be Your Dive Guides Best Buddy Here’s What Five Green Fins Dive Guides From The Philippines Have To Say

    If you want to have a good dive, become your dive guide's best buddy. Whether it's your first time at the site or you've dived it 20 times before, it's a guarantee that your local dive guide still knows it better. An experienced dive guide knows where the most obscure stonefish like to hang out. Guides know how the reef changes depending on light, depth and current. And they know where they're going to take you before you even gear up.

    In a recent interview with five Filipino dive guides, we found out that when planning a dive route, some of the most important considerations are their guest ...