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The Mess That Is Calaguas Island

Camarines Norte, Travel By May 2, 2012 Tags: , , , , , 49 Comments

My blog title may be misleading but two days ago, my Facebook news feed had some really interesting things going on. It started with a blog that appeared on Tramping Philippines:

Nasa Calaguas Parin Ba Ako? had a video of the Calaguas we knew and the Calaguas that the traveler and concerned citizen found on that Saturday night in the beach of Mahabang Buhangin (Long Beach).

The Calaguas is a group of islands in the Philippine province of Camarines Norte. It includes the islands of Tinaga, Guintinua and Maculabo and several other minor islands.

Most of the islands are under the administrative jurisdiction of Vinzons, Camarines Norte while the minor island of Maculabo is under the jurisdiction of the municipality of Paracale, Camarines Norte. The island of Tinaga where the famous long beach called Mahabang Buhangin is located is experiencing influx of tourists in the area despite the absence of accommodation. Campers and backpackers are coming and going daily to experience its powdery white sands. (Source: Wiki)

I have been to Calaguas myself and blogged about it here and here. I can understand the sentiment and know exactly what is going on. Unlike my friends, I opted not to say anything about the issue. Two days later though, I found myself being plagued by it because of the number of posts appearing on my Facebook feed. It turns out, except for concerned citizen on Tramping Philippines and the person who wrote on the Calaguas Island Facebook page, I knew all the people involved here. Now I think would be a good time to share what I know and what I think. I am sorry for all those who will be affected by this.


CNN’s ‘Eye On’ series Features The Philippines from April 30-May 6

Travel By April 30, 2012 Tags: , , No Comments

CNN’s “Eye On” is a series that takes the viewers to different countries around the world, highlighting influence and innovation. It showcases interesting places and intelligent people who have the potential to change our world.

PRESS RELEASE Reposted from


Highlights include:

‘Talk Asia’ interviews with President Benigno Aquino III,

Jaime Augusto and Fernando Zobel de Ayala

A week of live daily reports and features from across the Philippines

Extensive online coverage and iReport special

CNN’s ‘Eye On’ series is shining the international spotlight on the Philippines, with a special week of programming dedicated to the Southeast Asian country, airing to more than 280 million households around the world.

From April 30 to May 4 ‘Eye On The Philippines’ features live daily reports with Anna Coren from Manila, Batangas and Lake Taal and in-depth reportage from Kyung Lah, providing insight into the tropical country’s people, politics, business and culture. The special week of coverage culminates with a half-hour program featuring highlights from the week, airing May 4 to May 6.

‘Eye On The Philippines’ also includes extensive online coverage at In addition, CNN has launched a special iReport initiative calling on people to share their photos and videos highlighting the sights and sounds of the Philippines, with the best stories and videos featuring on CNN.

On-air coverage encompasses a wide range of special reports, including:

Talk Asia: President Benigno S. Aquino III – CNN correspondent Anna Coren sits down with the President at the Malacanang Palace for a rare and in-depth interview for CNN’s ‘Talk Asia’. The President discusses the opportunities and challenges currently facing the Philippines, as well as some of the experiences that have shaped him on a personal level.

Talk Asia: Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala – In this half hour interview, CNN correspondent Andrew Stevens talks with Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala and Fernando Zobel de Ayala, respectively the Chairman & CEO, and President of the Ayala Corporation, the country’s largest and oldest business conglomerate. The brothers discuss growing up in the illustrious Zobel de Ayala family which founded the business empire in the 19th century, their business philosophy, and what they have planned for the future.

Ballet Manila – Based on the belief that dance could change a child’s life, the first Philippine-based prima ballerina Lisa Macuja started funding lessons for poverty-stricken children in Manila. This summer, the first of her scholarship kids will dance in a prestigious international competition in Hong Kong, a fourteen year old girl whose parents are garbage scavengers.

Call Center Capital of the World – The Philippines has become a location of choice for business process outsourcing in the past decade due to its relatively low operational and labor costs. Combined with the young and vibrant workforce, the Philippines is becoming recognized as the so-called ‘Call Center Capital of the World’.

Anti-Piracy Training – A third of all the world’s seafarers are from the Philippines and since 2006, over 700 Filipino marine workers have been hijacked off the coast of Somalia. The Philippine Government is now making every seafarer undergo mandatory anti-piracy training before they go to sea.

Ending Child Labor – Dante Campilan is just 14, but he works seven hours a day, pulling weeds and tiling the soil barefoot. He is one of an estimated 2.4 million child workers in the Philippines. The Philippine government is trying to fight the problem, aiming to reduce the worst forms of child labor by 75 percent by 2015. ‘Eye On The Philippines’ reports on how those efforts are taking shape in one community which survives off the global sugar industry.

Poverty and Pag Pag – ‘Pagpag’ is a Filipino term for leftover food from fast food restaurants which is thrown away in garbage bins but then re-cooked, or sometimes eaten straight from the bins, by the urban poor. This compelling report investigates the situation in the Philippines and the extreme conditions in which these people are living.


Airtimes (all times are in HKT)


Daily Reports and Coverage

Mon April 30 to Fri May 4 at 0700 (live reports) on ‘World Report’

Mon April 30 to Fri May 4 at 2100 on ‘World Business Today’

‘Eye On The Philippines’ Special Half-Hour

Fri May 4 at 2300

Sat May 5 at 1800, 2330

Sun May 6 at 0830

Talk Asia: Jaime Augusto & Fernando Zobel de Ayala

Fri April 27 at 1730

Sat April 28 at 2000

Sun April 29 at 0630, 1330

Mon April 30 at 0830

Tue May 1 at 1530

Thu May 3 at 1230

Talk Asia: President Benigno S. Aquino III

Fri May 4 at 1730

Sat May 5 at 2000

Sun May 6 at 0630, 1330

Mon May 7 at 0830

Tue May 8 at 1530

Thu May 10 at 1230

* CNN International is a 24-hour news channel which reacts to live events and breaking news. Therefore, program schedules are subject to change at short notice.