Danjugan Series 2 (Danjugan Island Marine Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately-owned island under barangay Bulata in Cauayan Negros Occidental. It is open to those who pass the application process to experience conservation work for species and habitats.) “DANJUGAN is not a resort. It … Continue reading Incidental Marine Life Lessons
Danjugan Series 1 (Danjugan Island Marine Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary is a privately-owned island under barangay Bulata in Cauayan Negros Occidental. It is open to those who pass the application process to experience conservation work for species and habitats. While it has board and lodging … Continue reading Meeting the Tabon bird
THERE’S a big advantage when you happen to be the only diver who is a journalist in Davao City. You get invited to an all-expenses paid unlimited dive break in Sarangani Province for their Dive Safari over the long Labor Day weekend. That was how … Continue reading Dive Sarangani!
Seeing Coron again after more than a decade and this time, having the chance to dive two wrecks, I couldn’t help but wonder… how did the place look like during World War II?
It must have been barely touched. There must have been very few people. That first Coron trip at the turn of the century was far different from the Coron I saw last week. Thus, it must have been even more pristine in the 1940s.
Now imagine how it was with a World War raging on and Japanese battleships anchored on your shores. It must have been eerie. More eerie than how the wrecks look like now.
My dive buddy James said he hesitates to enter a wreck because he can imagine invisible beings grabbing him. I can imagine how he feels, but that isn’t how I feel. Mine’s more of an excitement and a lot of questions.
Like, who were the last ones who manned these ships? How did they feel as the bombs came dropping? How many died? Were their bodies ever found?
Coron has 11 shipwrecks that now serve as a major come-on to divers. These are the Sangat Sub Chaser, the Olympia Maru, the Morazan, the Kogyo Maru, the Lusong Gun Boat, the Irako Maru, the Akitsushima, the Okikawa Maru, the Kyokuzan Maru, and the Nanshin Maru. With our limited time to dive (just one afternoon), our dive master Nicole decided that we will check out the most shallow of the 11: Sangat Sub Chaser, and the Lusong Gun Boat.
The low visibility and dark silhouettes of the wrecks can make one’s imagination run wild. Mine was just spinning out questions upon questions, all unanswered, with just my breathing breaking the eerie quiet as I looked around and inside the wrecks that have been there since 1945…
Now I know.
Diving a wreck.
As divers know, there is a different thrill upon seeing the bow of a ship that has long been down there, underwater, and this was the thrill I felt upon seeing the bow of the Sangat Sub Chaser just off Sangat Island in Coron.
I leave you with this image while I bask in the afterglow.
It was our first morning in Liloan, Cebu. I haven’t quite shed off the weariness of regular work, and so was not willing to wake up by sunrise to greet the morning hello, despite the encouragement of the caretaker outside our room the day before. … Continue reading A good morning
We’re still underwater, from my collection of years ago.
Since we’ve already tackled “connections”, here are some of those photos I most treasure because of the subjects’ seeming willingness to have their portraits taken.
It’s a joy to establish such connection with creatures in the wild.
Indeed, to establish connection with nature is a joy to behold and these are but a few of the joy the underwater world has shared. How much longer will they be down there to showcase a world so different from ours? For as long as we keep our oceans clean… At the rate we are dumping wastes and silt into it, however, this beauty may no longer be there for the next generation to behold.
I’m not into the occult nor into elementals. I cringe at those who dress up like gypsies and dance under the full moon. I just instinctively know that we, humans, are just sharing this world with everyone else and all it needs is for someone … Continue reading Conversation series: Curious cowfish
Underwater critters make the best camouflage, and had it not for that strange feeling that something was watching you, this cuttlefish of Kaputian Beach in the Island Garden City of Samal would have gone unnoticed. It’s one of those times when you stop and stare, … Continue reading Conversation series: Cuttlefish plays seaweed
It was one of those dives that teach you to be mindful of everything around you even if you’re supposed to be doing something else… like deflating your BCD to descend to the oceanfloor. My buddy Peewee was already down there and videoing something, which … Continue reading Flying gurnard it’s called, awesome I call it