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Making a Difference in the Philippines
While searching for our next destination, our requirements included sandy #beaches, #relaxation, and a way to experience the #culture while making a difference. Never did we expect the #Philippines to offer all of this and so much more.
As we flew through the clouds landing on one of the many Islands dotted about the Philippines I knew we had chosen the perfect destination for our holiday. This would be a trip to remember and I couldn’t wait to start exploring
Negros and Apo Island
We touched down in Negros and head straight over to Apo Island by 'bangka' (similar to a pump boat), an island engulfed in thick jungle circled by coral reefs. We stayed at the Apo Island Beach Resort which was a very quaint hotel surrounded by sandy beaches. One of the fascinating discoveries to be made on this Island is the turtle preservation efforts surrounding the small species living there, the turtles are very protected and exciting to watch and swim with. While staying on Apo Island we took a fun ‘Bunka’ boat trip around the Island visiting many sensational snorkel spots with colourful coral reefs and sea life to be explored. There is also the possibility to take a trek through the lush jungle and up to the old lighthouse located on the Island.
This would be a trip to remember and I couldn’t wait to start exploring
Our next destination was Siquijor Island where we stayed at the family run Buco Beach Resort. A small B&B style hotel consisting of 3 small cottages on the beach sat just a stone's throw away from the seaside. On our first night we were invited to dine on the beach, we enjoyed the traditional meals that were served as the palm trees swayed elegantly above us. The owner of the hotel invited us to join his family to celebrate his daughter's graduation where we felt very welcome indeed!
The owner of the hotel invited us to join his family to celebrate his daughter's graduation where we felt very welcome indeed!
Next stop Bohol Island where the famous Chocolate Hills are located. We stayed at Bohol Bee Farm a lovely hotel located on the sea side within the exotic jungle, with tide pool swimming areas, waterfront terrace with sunbeds next to the sea and a fantastic organic restaurant using only local produce and featuring a special fresh “Flower Salad” that was sumptuous. There was also a great little fair trade shop where you could find lovely handmade pieces to take home and all while supporting the locals on the Island.
Hotel Bohol Bee Fam Resort
Globe Drop Manila
Our next destination was one I was quite excited for as we would be participating in our first Globe Drop experience while in the Philippines. Some of these Visayan islands are surrounded by rice fields and still recovering from the typhoon 3 years ago that devastated the area and left many with nothing. The area focus’ on helping the children on the Island and the mothers who need work to help their children and on bringing doctors to the Island to help with local health and hygiene. This Globe Drop organisation we visited is called “Rise Above Foundation”, they help to provide education and improve the quality of life for those in need. They produce and sell “Recy” bags using local materials to make wallets, bags… While on Cebu Island we also rented a boat for the day where we found delightful areas for snorkelling and discovered tiny 10m2 sandy and untouched Islands.
While on Cebu Island we also rented a boat for the day where we found delightful areas for snorkelling and discovered tiny 10m2 sandy and untouched Islands
We felt motivated for our next Globe Drop activity travelling now to Manila, arriving at the 2nd organisation, this time a social program called “LP4Y Life Project Center Tondo”. Here we worked together to donate books, pens and toothbrushes to children whose mothers were busy sewing and selling their sewn goods and handmade cuddly toys to make a living.
we worked together to donate books, pens and toothbrushes to children whose mothers were busy sewing and selling their sewn goods and handmade cuddly toys to make a living
This was not only a relaxing and enjoyable holiday for my family and I, but a rewarding experience that showed us so much more of the Philippines than could have ever expected to discover during our 15 days away from home. We cannot expect our small efforts to change the world but together we can definitely make a difference.