We started 2019 in a good way.
My friends from Litterless PH and Orca Freedivers Philippines organized an Ocean Clean Up in Malaspascua Island, Cebu. It was a great way to start the new year and definitely a good way to make a small (or maybe big) impact to our environment.
It is a cause that we all support and we believe in.
Everyone was so hyped to participate in this Ocean Cleap Up!
We teamed up with the government officials in Malapascua who were very supportive and they provided us a boat for transport and a place to spend the night.
We started our day early. Meet up place was in IT Park at 4am, then we started our journey to Daanbantayan in Maya Port where we hopped on a boat going to Malapascua Island.
Malapascua Island, is one of the most amazing island in the Philippines. Aside from awesome corals and underwater landscapes, diving with Thresher Sharks is one of the most awesome things to do in the island.
We brought our hammocks, tents and sleeping bags, and we just scattered and found our own spot in Daño beach resort grounds the moment we arrived. Some cooked for our lunch and others were chilling and relaxing before we did our main activity.
Because we arrived after lunch, we started our clean up late in the afternoon.
We all had our mesh bags provided by our main sponsor Jillien from Litterless PH, who gave a good percentage of their sales last year to fund the clean up, and a lot of people donated for this cause as well.
I’ve got to say, that picking up garbage underwater is much scarier that on land. Why? Because you wouldn’t know what kind of sea creatures are living or sticking on to some old plastic bags. I promise you this, not all underwater creatures are pretty! Hahaha. My boyfriend and I were a bit terrified when we saw a worm-like-insect sticking on the old sack we took! It was funny and scary at the same time.
Anyway, I could say that we all got a good amount of garbage all together, which is totally great!
A gentle reminder for everyone.
As a freediver or a diver… or an ocean lover…. or even as a human being (you know what I mean), we can always pick up trash anywhere if we want to. NOT just when we are doing clean up activities. Let’s make that a habit. Comprendes?
I have to mention this because I had a bad diving experience one time when I saw divers who were not minding the trash floating in front of them (and by the way, they were touching the turtles, which we don’t need to talk about right now because I might get mad……..okay, since I mentioned that…. I’m mad again.).
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JUST A FAVOR . Through freediving, I learned to love the ocean more deeply. I learned to do new things to make a better impact around me. I’m trying my best to be aware of the do’s and don’ts while enjoying the ocean, and I think, ALL WE NEED IS TO TRY. . I’m a bit sad that not all have the same compassion. Not all, even those who claim they love the ocean. . To my fellow ocean lovers, can we just do one thing? . Can we make it a habit during every dive to pick up trashes floating in the ocean? We can do it even if it is NOT a clean up whatsoever event. . Are you not bothered to see those trashes while taking your photos? I think it will be a win-win situation. No trashes = nice photos . And please! There’s a thing called GOOGLE where you can search everything about marine conservation etiquette. That’s very important! . Let’s educate ourselves better!! . I always say this “Knowledge can lead to better actions.” . ????
Why I didn’t say anything to them when that happened?
It is because…
1.) I don’t want to be rude, I was merely tagging along for that specific freediving trip.
2.) Obviously, some of them are not my friends. They might not need my honesty.
3.) It was my first time seeing them not doing anything about it so I gave them the benefit of the doubt.
To be honest, I was used to my close freediving friends who always get trashes in every dive we make.
But if that situation will happen again with the same people I was with in that diving trip, I would surely call their attention nicely and letting them know what I think and asking them politely what they think would be a better action we should all do.
I’m not perfect, and I am not expecting them to be perfect as well. I just simply hope that it would be nice to educate one another, and practice good habits together towards something meaningful that can create better environment for the all things we love.
As I always say “Knowledge can lead to better actions.”
Okay, back to my story….
What a crazy night!
It was not my first time in Malapascua Island, in fact I visited it when we had a 4-day Island hopping trip around Cebu, Leyte and Biliran almost 5 years ago, but it was surely my first time to stay there overnight, which was totally fun.
Almost everyone got drunk! Let me rephrase that, EVERYONE WAS F*CKED UP! (except me and maybe two other people…I guess)
I think it was because of our Coach who poured too much drink in one shot. I’m pretty sure that everyone thinks that it was definitely because of that.
Me on the other hand, was like a mother of a hyperactive two-year old boy. I was a mother who was just looking out and making sure that her son will be okay or even survive the night with a complete set of teeth. You know what I’m saying?
Okay, I can’t share more details here about what my friends did because I am a good friend. I’ll just end it with a very common phase we say when we do a lot of stupid things in a place “What happens in Malapascua, stays in Malapascua.”
One last thing….
All in all, we had a great weekend, even though we woke up like a zombies the next day.
I’m hoping to do more of this, this 2019. May we do more of the things we are passionate about this year!
So, in behalf of our Malaspascua Island Ocean Clean up Team, I would like to thank Litterless PH and Orca Freedivers Philippines for organizing this event, and for all the generous people who donated and supported this Ocean Clean Up.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
We may save our ocean, one dive at a time!
P.S. Thank you friends for the photos. 🙂