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This blog is an amateur photographer's attempt to show how beautiful the world really is. He is drawn to the colors of nature like a moth to a candle light. What are showcased here are nature's grand display of colors at sunrise and sunset, beautiful beaches and off-the-beaten track locations in his beloved Philippines, waterfalls and some of nature's great sculptures, architectural gems, and other views from around SE Asia that he was fortunate to see at one point.

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April 25, 2014

mauban | cagbalete island: a slice of daily life at sabang


Cagbalete Island | Sabang

Clear turquoise waters and amazingly fine white sand - some of us simply can't get over Cagbalete's beauty. But for some of the folks there, its just another day in paradise. You can take the "paradise" bit in a literal sense.

Related post: Revisiting Cagbalete Island


Cagbalete Island | Sabang

The small island lacks most of the modern necessities [note that "necessities" is always a relative word] and everything has to be brought there by boat from Mauban.

Cagbalete Island | Sabang

Though the island is largely privately owned, a small fishing community called "Sabang" [the word can be loosely translated to "port"] has flourished on western side near the southern tip of the island. Folks I have asked can't ascertain when the community was established, but whats amazing about this community is that most of the older folks here speak "Bisaya", and we are in an old Tagalog province. Turned out the early settlers came from the Visayas region, particularly Bohol, by way of outrigger boats while looking for rich fishing grounds.

There are a couple of beach resorts in the island, but ironically I think its Sabang that has best beach front [although a bit of clean up is needed] . One of the locals mentioned they may be asked to move soon, presumably to make way for another resort.

Cagbalete Island | Sabang

Transportation of to and from the island is via two commuter ferries - large outrigger boats that can accommodate a hundred or so passengers, as well as other stuff from the main land. The arrival of the boats always causes a flurry of activities in Sabang. There is no real port and the water is shallow so the ferries stay at a distance from the shore. Everything and everyone has to be brought to the shore using dinghies or "flat boats".

Cagbalete Island | Sabang

"lost boys (and girls)"

On weekends or during school breaks, the kids there seems to have the lion's share of the activities at Sabang. They man the flat boats and serve as "porters".  I think its actually more play than work for them. Peter Pan's Lost Boys came to mind as I watch them work play frolic.

Cagbalete Island | Sabang

Cagbalete Island | Sabang

Cagbalete Island | Sabang

diving for coins

After a while, it became apparent why these kids flock to the boats: to dive for coins. They prod and beg people on the boats to throw spare change into water.

Cagbalete Island | Sabang

Cagbalete Island | Sabang

While some may argue that the kids are enjoying themselves, its a practice I don't agree with and personally think its demeaning. 

Cagbalete Island | Sabang

Cagbalete Island | Sabang

Cagbalete Island | Sabang
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Mavis said...

OMG the waters!!!

Lantaw said...

My reaction as well the first time I went to the island :)

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