Stories from the Sea (no.1|2021)

RONELO. Soldiering through uncertainty.  “As any father would, I would do whatever it takes to feed my family – from electrical maintenance, some carpentry, and fishing. I think I have done a lot of side jobs on Malapascua island to get by. But just about when you think that you got everything under control, came […]

Surviving the COVID-19 Pandemic

Another amazing Malapascua sunset, taken from the volunteer expedition site

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] It has been one year since the Philippines had the first case of the COVID-19. It has been a year of missed haircuts, isolation, anxiety on job security, and general stupor. This event could somehow be one of the worse times of the century. The novel coronavirus has given rise to a global pandemic […]

Community empowerment for positive change

[:en]People and the Sea teaming up with the local communnitites of Daanbantayan Island[:]

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Community Engagement in the Philippines: Building a culture of sustainability

Local Fisherman sorting their mornings catch from the water off Malapascua

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PepSea Interview – Project Manager

Presenting information to different stakeholder groups can prove challenging at times

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text] Aleja Genisan – PepSea Project Manager A graduate of the Univeristy of the Philippines, where she studied Biology, Aleja joined the People and the Sea team in 2018 as Project Manager. She brought with her plenty of experince of working within the field of marine resource management having previously been employed with the […]

First days on Malapascua

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”8213″ img_size=”full” style=”vc_box_shadow”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In Malapascua, days start early, so much things to do, you cannot waste your time ! The last few days I took part to different activities… I joined the boat expedition with a part of the diving team which was looking for new survey sites in a protected area. Some local fishermen […]

My Pepsea Intro…

Heading across to Malapascua on a local bangka to start the marine conservation expedition.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”8163″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] I am in Malapascua as an intern for People and the Sea (also known as PepSea). PepSea is an NGO promoting marine conservation on the island while developing community-based programs. Their main objective is to reduce the negative impacts that consumption habits may have on the marine natural resources. In […]

Hello Philippines!

street scene in Cebu city

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”8149″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]After a long trip Lyon – Paris – Dubai – Cebu, I finally arrived in Philippines ! Cebu is the second biggest city of the country after Manila, lots of travelers choose this destination to join the touristic islands. My first impression was « Wouah ! This is Philippines ! », it reminded […]

Mangrove Malarkey

Commnuity mobilisation for coastal protection

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”6903″ img_size=”full”][vc_column_text]Before I headed out to Malapascua, I went on an Everglades tour with two of my friends. I’m a Floridian but have never spent any time in the Everglades so it was a fun adventure for me, and extra nice because I didn’t have far to go to get to the Everglades. Other […]

Let the Diving Begin!

While bio-sphysical surveys of the marine habitatas of the philippnies are serious stuff, there is still time for some fun on the dives.

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I got my open water certification this summer in Cabo Verde (Africa) and due to timing and a few other restrictions (cash-ola!), I was only able to complete 5 dives, of which 4 were solely for training purposes. So imagine my excitement when I realized I would be able to earn my Advanced Open Water […]

Malapascua for the Time Being

The local boats in the Philippines are called bangkas. We use one to conduct the marine habitat surveys

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]My name is Vicki, and I’ve recently joined the People and the Sea team in Malapascua.  For the time being, I’ll be blogging my perspectives as a newby to both the island and the team.  As I recently read, “A time being is someone who lives in time, and that means you, and me, and […]

Reflections on a good day…

Waste management is a key ocean conservation issue for the future

[vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] So, I don’t have an amazing picture and I don’t have an impacting headlines for social medias to get my message viral. But I felt like sharing my day, as I wonder sometimes how I managed to go all this way. It’s a slow day – no diving. But it’s Mohamed’s last day, and […]