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NOVEMBER 2019

BESIARGAO

THE SIARGAO LIFESTYLE AND COMMUNITY MAGAZINE FREE COPY

surf / community / environment / tourism

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# Editorial

THE STORY BEHIND THE COVER Photographer: Matt Power

BE THE CHANGE There is an essential part of the so called “vibe” or “energy” of Siargao, which consists of more than just the world class waves and incredible nature. In the last few years, hundreds of people have settled down for good on these beautiful sandy shores. Each person has a different reason for it, but there is a common ground linking many of them as most have gone on to become entrepreneurs - owners of their own time and bosses of their own decisions. Isn’t that inspiring? Moving away from an urban lifestyle where chaos and stress are a daily occurrence - to moving to an island to chase one’s dream and pursuing a simpler life. A place where you can find a balance between work and actually living, which is ultimately what we are here for. We always tend to come up with excuses that stop us from achieving our goals, but those excuses only sound

plausible to the person who’s making them up. Indeed, dreaming without a goal is simply just that... dreaming. Siargao is full of dreamers who have ignored social rules and have made their wishes come true. Recently, four entrepreneurs came up with the idea to fight plastic pollution by opening three refill shops in General Luna. The cost of their products wins over the cost of single-use sachets, so not only have they turned their dreams into reality, but they are also revolutionising how we will purchase our daily products for years to come. Cheers to everyone who is fighting for a change, and in so doing, becoming the best versions of themselves. Imi Garcia

November’s cover is a tribute to all the surfers who competed in the national and international competitions, giving to the crowd a crazy show to watch with their aerials and tubes. In the picture, Noah Beschen from Hawaii during the Final of the International Cup where he performed a massive straight air slob grab and landed perfectly. Instagram: @mattpowerphoto

SPECIAL THANKS Thanks to everyone who help in making this issue a reality: Main Contributor Imi Garcia Graphic Designer Ŏlavenn Editorial Assistant Cybille Gayle Albano Iona Therese Mendoza

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# Be salty

Written by: Imi Garcia

ENGLISH

TIME TO SHINE: SEA GAMES 2019 The 30th edition of the Southeast Asian Games will be hosted in the Philippines later this year - between November 30th until December 11th, which will be the fourth time that the Philippines has hosted the Games - having last hosted them in 2005. Surfer Daisy Valdez

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HISTORY, OUR SURFERS WILL COMPETE AT THE SEA GAMES This edition is most notable for the inclusion of new sports such as surfing, skateboarding, e-sports, beach handball, duathlon, wakeboarding and many others. A total of 56 sports will be showcased during the two week event. The SEA Games are celebrated every two years and they are often described as the South East Asian Olympics. All members of the Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) will join the event: Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor and Malaysia.

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Surfer Jay-r Esquivel

Surfer Ikit Agudo

For the first time in history, our surfers will compete at the SEA Games. The United Philippine Surfing Association (UPSA) have given their full support towards this event, as have the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), which has given approximately PHP160,000 to each surfer for equipment. “It is an honor for the Philippines and UPSA to pioneer the first-ever inclusion of surfing in the Southeast Asian Games. This is a huge milestone for surfing in Asia and shows the Filipinos’ dedication to develop the sport and provide career

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Surfer Piso Alcala

“I am very excited and honored to be working with Team Philippines. They are a talented group of young surfers that have the ability, commitment and positive fun attitude to win and achieve their highest goals” affirms Dufner. “My dream is to get that medal. I will train and work hard to get there.”, expressed John Mark Tokong, the recent champion of the 25th International Siargao Surfing Cup.” “I am very excited to represent the Philippines especially in the Longboard division and competing in my hometown” added Jay-r Esquivel, 2018 national Longboard champion.“ opportunities for talented surf athletes”, explains Kat Bolina, Surfing Competition Manager for the SEA Games. Only six of the countries participating will join the surfing contests: Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. The surf competition will be held at Monalisa Point, La Union, from 2nd-8th December.

The Philippine Surfing Team has been training since the beginning of the year with Coach Adam Dufner from the Hurley High Performance Center Australia. Dufner explains his plans to us: “The training will be a continuation of the training we did for the ISA World Surfing Games. The teams’ focus areas are: building a strong supportive team

There will be four categories: The Men’s and Women’s Open Shortboard Division and the Men’s and Women’s Longboard Division. The competition will follow the same criteria and regulations as used at the recent ISA World Surfing Games in Japan. The Philippine surfers who will have the honor to represent our country will be: John Mark Tokong (Siargao) and Edito Jr “Piso” Alcala (Siargao) for the Men’s Shortboard Open; Daisy Valdez (La Union) and Nilbie Blancada (Siargao) for the Women’s Shortboard Open Division; Daisy Valdez (La Union) and Ikit Agudo (Siargao) for the Women’s Longboard Open; and finally, Roger Casugay (La Union) and Jay-r Esquivel (La Union) for the Men’s Longboard Division. The judges of the event will be from different parts of the world such as Australia and Portugal, while the scoring system will be the same as the one which will be used during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Moreover, everything will be supervised by ISA to ensure international standards are upheld. 6#

Such an event will certainly take Philippine surfing to the next level. “This will also introduce the Philippines as a prime surfing destination in Asia, resulting in increased tourism and rural economic development.”, concluded the Surf Competition Manager, Kat Bolina. Let’s bring home the gold! Surfer Daisy Valdez

Surfer Nilbie Blancada

Surfer Roger Cagusay


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Surfer Roger Cagusay

PANAHON PARA MOSIKAT: SEA GAMES 2019 An ika 30 na edisyon nan Southeast Asian Games paghimoon sa Pilipinas sa tapos nan ini na tuig - dapit sa Nobyembre 30 hangtod Disyembre 11, na amo na ika upat na higayon na an Pilipinas an mohikay sa Duwa - an kataposan adton 2005. Surfer Ikit Agudo

Surfer Piso Alcala

Ini na edisyon linahi gajod tungod sa pag-apil nan iban na mga bag-o na sports sama sa surfing, skateboarding, e-sports, beach handball, duathlon, wakeboarding sanan iban pa. Total 56 ka mga sports an ipahigayon sa duha ka semana na kalihokan. An SEA Games iselebrar kada duha ka tuig sanan gihulagway ini na South East Asian Olympics. Tanan miyembro sa Southeast Asian Games Federation (SEAGF) mosalmot sa kalihokan: Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Indonesia, East Timor sanan Malaysia.

Sa una na higayon sa kasayayan, an ato mga surfers mosalmot sa SEA Games. An The United Philippine Surfing Association (UPSA) taghatagan nan tibuok suporta para sa ini na kalihokan, sama isab sa Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), na nihatag nan mokabat PHP160,000 sa matag surfer para sa mga ekipamento. “Dungog para sa Pilipinas sanan UPSA na mosugod nan pinaka una na pagapil sa surfing sa Southeast Asian Games. Dako ini na kalamposan sa surfing sa Asya sanan nagpakita sa dedikasyon nan Pilipino para maugmad an sport

Surfer Daisy Valdez


Be salty # sanan maghatag nan oportunidad sa karera para mga talentado na mga atleta sa surf”, pasabot ni Kat Bolina, Surfing Competition Manager para sa SEA Games. Unom laman ka mga nasod an mosalmot sa sangka sa surfing: Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore sanan Pilipinas. An kompetisyon nan surf pagahimoon sa Monalisa Point, La Union, gikan sa ika 2 hangtod ika 8 sa Disyembre.

Surfer Daisy Valdez

taposan, Roger Casugay (La Union) sanan Jay-r Esquivel (La Union) para sa Men’s Longboard Division. An hukom nan kalihokan gikan sa lainlain na bahin nan kalibotan sama sa Australia sanan Portugal, samtang an scoring system pareho sa gigamit atol sa Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Labaw pa, tanan bantajan na ISA para masiguro na masunod an internasyonal na mga sukdanan.

Surfer Jay-r Esquivel

“Naghinam-hinam kami sanan dungog sa amo na makatrabaho an Team Philippines. Talentado sila na grupo nan batan-on na mga surfers na may abilidad, pasalig sanan positibo na malingaw na batasan para modaog sanan makuha an ila pinaka taas na tumong” laong ni Dufner. “An ako damgo an makuha iton medalya. Nagtrain ako sanan nagtrabaho nan malisod para maabot didto.”, litok ni John Mark Tokong, an pinaka bag-o na kampeyon sa ika 25 na International Siargao Surfing Cup. “Naghinam-hinam ako na morepresentar sa Pilipinas labi na sa Longboard division sanan mosangka sa ako lungsod na natawhan” puno ni Jay-r Esquivel, an 2018 na national Longboard champion. Iton na kalihokan sigurado na magdaya sa surfing sa Pilipinas sa sunod na lebel. “Mopakilaya isab ini sa Pilipinas isip panguna na destinasyon sa surfing sa Asya, na moresulta sa dugang turismo sanan paglambo na ekonomiya na rural.”, patapos sa Surf Competition Manager, Kat Bolina. Dayhon ta pauli an buyawan!

Jaoy upat ka mga kategoriya: An Men’s and Women’s Open Shortboard Division sanan Men’s and Women’s Longboard Division. An kompetisyon mosunod sa sama na kriterya sanan regulasyon na gigamit sa ISA World Surfing Games sa Japan. An surfers sa Pilipinas na madungganon na morepresentar sa ato nasod sila: John Mark Tokong (Siargao) sanan Edito Jr “Piso” Alcala (Siargao) para sa Men’s Shortboard Open; Daisy Valdez (La Union) sanan Nilbie Blancada (Siargao) para sa Women’s Shortboard Open Division; Daisy Valdez (La Union) sanan Ikit Agudo (Siargao) para sa Women’s Longboard Open; sanan ka-

An Philippine Surfing Tea nagtraining na sukad sa sugod nan tuig iban ni Coach Adam Dufner gikan sa Hurley High Performance Center Australia. Si Dufner nipasabot sa ija plano sa ato: “An training pagpadajon sa training na tagbuhat namo sa ISA World Surfing Games. An tutok nan mga teams amo an: paghimo nan lig-on na masuportahon na palibot sa team, paghibayo sa ato kakusog sanan pagtutok sa mga butang na kinahanglan madajawon, pagbuhat ilayom sa kabug-at sanan paghimo nan heat and drills scenarios.”, pasabot nan coach.

Surfer John Mark Tokong

Surfer Nilbie Blancada

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Written by: Christophe Bariou

ENGLISH

ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS A MORE SUSTAINABLE SIARGAO Good news for the environment of Siargao. In the past month of October, we have seen the opening of three new refilling and package-free shops in General Luna, paving the way for not only a greener, but also a cheaper way to buy and consume critical goods, for both local residents and visitors. The single-use plastic ban in General Luna, inspired by the one in the municipality of Pilar, has officially been implemented since the 1st January 2019. This was the first decisive step towards the limitation of the consumption of unnecessary waste. Nonetheless, we are still far from winning the battle against the trash, which is piling up beneath our eyes. Sadly, most of the plastic and wrappers that end up littering Earth’s nature are mass produced by global companies such as Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Mondelez, P&G, Unilever or Colgate-Palmolive, as reported by Greenpeace.

BUYING IN BULK IS CHEAPER In the Philippines, there is a deeply rooted habit regarding daily consumption of single-use products, which can be explained by the financial situation of many families around the country, but also by the lack of alternatives. The average Filipino is statistically likely to use on average 591 sachets, 174 shopping bags, and 163 plastic labo bags every year, according to a study by the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) from this year. It should be our main priority to break the habit of buying everyday singleuse sachets. At the moment it is quite common to use one sachet for the soap, one for the shampoo, one for the shaving cream and one for the 3 in 1 coffee plus countless others, which quickly adds up.

THE SOLUTION? Returning to the old ways and shopping how our grandparents used to shop… in bulk. We talked to four entrepreneurs who have recently opened the first ever refilling shops in Siargao. “Social media is full of environmental awareness, but not many people are actually doing something about it, so I decided to make a change. I wanted to help the locals and the environment, hence “Reefeel” was born”, explains Jonathan “Joe” Belagot, owner of the new “Reefeel” station in Purok 5 in front of Salty Nomads Hostel. With his products, Joe targets mainly sari-sari stores and would like them all to become refilling stations by using his cleaning and personal care products as a cheaper alternative for locals. Tala Tuparan and Marnelli Rubinos, the eco-warrior women behind ‘Paraiso Siargao’, the new shop located next to Buddha Resort, share the same vision as Joe. These two entrepreneurs are now selling plant-based and plastic-free products by refill - from cleaning and hygiene products to a variety of personal care products such as sunscreen. Their aim is to make it as easy as possible for businesses to switch to a more sustainable way of consuming. “We are really trying to address the barriers that hinder people from going green. The first barrier is affordability, accessibility is the second and habit the third” expresses Tala. Just as Joe has, Paraiso Siargao have set incredibly affordable prices with every 10ml costing as little as 3-6 pesos. “More than just a business, Paraiso is an advocacy.”, concludes the owner. Last but not least, the “Eco-Libri Market, Siargao Zero Waste” shop, situated in Kalipay Resort, is also offering the same value eco-friendly cleaning and perso-

nal care product refills, but this shop differentiates itself by offering a wide variety of dried foods in bulk such as nuts, pasta and herbs. Moreover, the owner showed us several eco-friendly alternatives to everyday polluting products that they offer such as the menstrual cup, to use instead of tampons, or the raw Alum Stone (called Tawas in the Philippines), a package-free natural deodorant. It is not a myth that buying in bulk or by weight, with your own container, and joining the refilling lifestyle is not only more sustainable but also smarter, as it is a cheaper way to consume. We commend these three shops for setting an example for our community and the country to follow, while working together to make a greener Siargao. We wish that Siargaonon and visitors alike will fully support these game-changing initiatives.

Shampoo 10ml •S  ari-sari stores and TAG: 6 pesos • Refilling stations: 3 / 4 pesos Conditioner 10ml •S  ari-sari stores and TAG: 4 pesos • Refilling stations: 4 pesos Liquid Body Soap 10ml •S  ari-sari stores and TAG: 6 Pesos • Refilling stations: 4 pesos Liquid Hand Soap: •S  ari-sari stores and TAG: 7.5 pesos • Refilling stations: 3.5 pesos If you go to TAG Grocery and buy these products you will spend a total of 23.5 pesos. If you go to these refilling stations and buy these products you will spend a total of 15.5 pesos, which gives an average saving by refilling of 34.04%.


# Be eco

Reduce

What you do need

Refuse

What you do not need

Recycle

What you cannot refuse, reduce or reuse

Reuse

What you consume

Rot

Compost the rest

Repair

What you can

WHAT YOU WILL FIND IN

REEFEEL STATION

PARAISO SIARGAO

ECO-LIBRI MARKET

•C  leaning products: Dishwashing Liquid, Detergent Liquid, Fabric Softener and Conditioner, Glass Cleaner, Toilet Bowl and Tile Cleaner, All-Purpose Cleaner, Air Freshener, Zonrox, Detergent Powder, Industrial Powder, All-Purpose Cleaning Powder.

•P  ersonal care: Sunblock, Hair and Body Bee Wash, Hair Conditioner, Hair Shampoo, Body Wash, Shower Gel, Soya Milk Scrub, Gold Body Scrub, Soap Bars, Body Lotions, Spa Massage Oils, Coconut Oil, Mineral Oil, Personal Hygiene Products, Face Mask and Hand Soap.

•R  aw food: Dried Fruits, Nuts, Seeds, Herbs and Spices, Condiments, Baking Supplies, Coffee, Plant-Based Drinks, Powders, Jams and Honey.

•P  ersonal care: Shampoo, Body Wash, Conditioner and Hand Wash. • Other: Dog shampoo

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•C  leaning Products: Dishwashing Liquid, Powder Detergent and Fabric Conditioner

• L  iquid Refillery: Liquid Shampoo and Conditioner, Body Wash, Body Lotion, Body Scrub, Sunblock, Dishwashing Liquid, Fabric Conditioner, Hand Wash, Alcohol 70% and All-Purpose Cleaner. •P  ersonal Care: Deodorant, Menstrual Cup, Menstrual Pads, Reusable Razor, Reusable Makeup Remover, Reusable Cup, Bamboo Straw, Unpaper Towels and Upcycled items.


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Shampoo 10ml •S  ari-sari stores sanan TAG: 6 php • Refilling stations: 3 / 4 php Conditioner 10ml •S  ari-sari stores sanan TAG: 4 php • Refilling stations: 4 php

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Liquid Body Soap 10ml

LAIN NA TIKANG PASINGOD SA MAS MAPADAJONON NA SIARGAO Marajaw na balita para sa kalikopan nan Siargao. Sa niagi na buyan nan Oktobre, nakakita kita nan pag-abre nan tuyo ka bag-o na refilling (pagpuno pagbalik) sanan package-free (wayay putos) na mga tindahan sa General Luna, na magdaya kanato dili laman sa mas lunhaw, kondili sa mas barato na paagi sa pagpalit sanan pagkonsumo nan kritikal na panginahanglan, para sa mga lokal na residente sanan mga bisita. An pagbawal nan plastik na ka isa gamiton sa General Luna, dinasig adton sa lungsod nan Pilar, opisyal na tagpatuman sukad Enero 1, 2019. Ini na una na importante na lakang pasingod sa limitasyon sa pagkonsumo nan waya gikinahanglan na basura. Bisan pa man, lajo pa kita para modaog sa away batok sa basura, na nagkatipok ilayom sa ato mga mata. Makabiro, kasagaran sa plastik sanan putos na magkanat-kanat sa kinaijahan nan Kalibotan tagbuhat na hinamok sa global na mga kompanya sama sa Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Mondelez, P&G, Unilever o Colgate-Palmolive, sumaya sa taho nan Greenpeace.

MAS BARATO AN PAGPALIT NAN HINAMOK Sa Pilipinas, jaoy nakaugat na naandan mahitungod sa adlaw-adlaw na pagkonsumo nan produkto na ka isa gamiton, na mapasabot sa sitwasyon pinansiyal sa hamok sa mga pamilya sa nasod, pero apil isab an kakuyang nan alternatibo. An kasagaran na Pilipino sa estatistika lagmit mogamit nan sagad 591 ka mga sachets, 174 ka putos pan-shopping, sanan 163 na plastik na labo bags kada tuig, sumaya sa pagtuon nan Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) gikan sa ini na tuig. Ato tana una na prayoridad na utdon an naandan na pagpalit adlawadlaw nan sachet na ka isa gamiton. Sa pagkakuman, 14# sagad ra gajod na mogamit

nan isa ka sachet para sa sabon, isa para sa shampoo, isa para sa shaving cream sanan isa para sa 3 in 1 coffee sanan iban pa na dili maihap, na paspas mopuno. AN SOLUSYON? Pagbalik sa kinaraan an paagi sanan mangompra gamit an taggamit nan ato mga kaapohan sa pagpangompra… hinamok. Nakig-istorya kami sa upat ka mga negosyante na bag-o nag-abre nan pinaka una na tindahan na refilling sa Siargao. “An social media puno na pagkahibayo sa kinaijahan, pero dili hamok an tinuod na may tagbuhat mahitungod nan iton, ugsa nakahukom ako na mohimo nan kausaban. Gusto ako motabang sa mga lokal sanan sa kalikopan, amo na natawo an “Reefeel”, pasabot ni Jonathan “Joe” Belagot, tag-ija sa bag-o na “Reefeel” station sa Purok 5 atubangan sa Salty Nomads Hostel. Iban nan ini na produkto, si Joe nagtumong sa mga sari-sari stores sanan gusto na sila tanan mahimo refilling stations pinaagi sa paggamit sa ija panlimpyo sanan personal na produkto sa pag-amping isip mas barato na alternatibo para sa mga lokal. Sila Tala Tuparan sanan Marnelli Rubinos, an mga babaje eco-warrior sa lujo nan ‘Paraiso Siargao’, an bag-o na tindahan nahimutang tapad sa Buddha Resort, may sama na panlantaw sama ni Joe. Ini na duha ka mga negosyante kuman nagbaligja nan produkto na base sa tanom sanan wayay plastik na refill - gikan sa panhinlo sanan produkto sa panlimpyo sa lawas adto sa lain-lain na produkto sa personal na pag-amping sama sa sunscreen. An ila tujo an himoon pinaka sajon para sa mga negosyo na mobalhin

•S  ari-sari stores sanan TAG: 6 php • Refilling stations: 4 php Liquid Hand Soap: •S  ari-sari stores sanan TAG: 7.5 php • Refilling stations: 3.5 php Kon mokadto kaw sa TAG Grocery sanan mopalit nan ini na mga produkto mogasto kaw nan total na 23.5 pesos. Kon mokadto kaw sa mga refilling stations sanan mopalit nan ini na mga produkto mogasto kaw nan total na 15.5 pesos, na nakahatag nan sagad na matigom nan 34.04%

sa mas mapadajonon na pamaagi nan pagkonsumo. “Tagsuwayan gajod namo na masulbad an mga nagbabag para sa mga tawo na magpakalunhaw. An una na babag amo an kamahal, an makab-ot an ika duha sanan batasan an ika tuyo” hisgot ni Tala. Sama ni Joe, an Paraiso Siargao nagbutang nan barato karajaw na mga presyo an kada 10ml nagbalor laman nan 3-6 pesos. “Labaw pa sa negosyo, an Paraiso isa ka adbokasiya.”, pagtapos nan tag-ija. Kataposan pero dili kon pinaka gamay, an tindahan na “Eco-Libri Market, Siargao Zero Waste” nahimutang sa Kalipay Resort, naghatag sab nan sama na balor na eco-friendly na panhinlo sanan personal na produkto sa pag-amping na mga refills, pero an ini na tindahan lahi kay may klase-klase na pinauga na pagkaon na mapalit sa hinamok sama sa mga bunga, pasta, sanan mga herbs. Labaw pa, an tag-ija nagpakita nan lain-lain na eco-friendly na alternatibo sa adlaw-adlaw na mga produkto na makalipa sama sa menstrual cup, imbis tampons, o lab-as na Tawas, isa ka wayay putos na natural an deodorant. Dili kon bakak na an pagpalit nan hinamok o nan gibug-aton, gamit an imo lun-anan, sanan pag-apil sa refilling na panginabuhi dili laman kon mas mapadajonon kondili mas marajaw isab, kay mas barato ini na pamagi sa pagkonsumo. Nagrekomendar kami nan ini na tuyo na mga tindahan na nagpakita nan pananglitan para sa ato komunidad sanan nasod na sundon, samtang iban kita nagtrabaho na maghimo nan mas lunhaw na Siargao. Nangandoy kami na an mga Siargaonon sanan mga bisita mosuporta nan taman sa ini na mga makabag-o na inisyatiba.


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Photographer: Tim Hain / World Surf League

# Be salty

Written by: Imi Garcia

ENGLISH

LAST MAN STANDING The 25th International Siargao Surfing Cup, a World Surf League Qualifying Series worth 1500 points this year, was a blast. The “Filipino superstar John Mark Tokong” as described in a WSL report, brought home the victory in a tremendous Final against Hawaiian Noah Beschen.

forced him to launch into a huge railgrab straight air. Beschen landed the air smoothly to earn 8.60 points, which saw him take the lead, and with so little time left, it looked as though he had snatched the victory away from the local hero, whilst also being set to claim his first QS victory. At that moment, the shocked crowd, in despair, thought that it was all over for their favourite… but all was not lost yet as the unbelievable happened… with only 15 seconds to go a set came out of nowhere and Tokong took off into a deep tube, came flying out, as he so often does, and then bashed the lip. «In the end, I almost gave up because there was no time left and then when that wave came I knew exactly what I had to do,» Tokong continued. As the finalists paddled back to the tower, the crowd held its breath as they anxiously waited for the final wave score of Tokong to drop. A minute later, the scores came through and Marama had done exactly what he needed to do as he posted a 7.80 to claim the victory by just 0.05 of a point and be crowned the 25th champion of the International Siargao Surfing Cup. As the score quickly filtered through the crowd the tower began to shake as the local crowd burst in rapturous applause for our champion.

“IN THE END, I ALMOST GAVE UP BECAUSE THERE WAS NO TIME LEFT AND THEN WHEN THAT WAVE CAME I KNEW EXACTLY WHAT I HAD TO DO” All Filipino participants were eliminated in the first two rounds, except John Mark “Marama” Tokong, who remained the only Filipino standing in the competition. The finals day was an unbelievable one with a pumping Cloud 9 offering solid 4-to-6 foot waves. John Mark ‘Marama’ Tokong was on fire and he put on a show that was more than worthy of a champion. During the quarterfinals he racked up a hugely impressive 18.75 points out of a possible 20, but in the semifinals he performed even better with two waves in the excellent 16# range once again to accu-

Congratulations, legend!

mulate an unbeatable 19.05 points. Noah Beschen, from Oahu, Hawaii encountered Marama in the final - during which the wind began to turn slightly onshore and as a result both surfers looked to go to the air to lock in a big score as the iconic Cloud 9 barrels become harder-and-hard to find. Marama led the heat by almost nothing for the majority of the 40-minute battle, leaving the crowd to hold their breath for the whole time. But with a little more than a minute left, Beschen took off on a set and lined up for a tube that never materialised, which


Be salty # SURIGAONON

AN KATAPOSAN NAGTINDOG An ika 25 na International Siargao Surfing Cup, isa ka World Surf League Qualifying Series nagbalor 1500 ka puntos ini na tuig, magana gajod. An “Filipino superstar na si John Mark Tokong” na gihulagway sa isa ka report sa WSL, nagdaya nan kadaogan sa madako na Final kontra sa taga Hawaii na si Noah Beschen. An tanan Pilipino na sumasalmot natangtang sa unang duha ka mga ronda, gawas ni John Mark “Marama” Tokong, an nagpabilin na Pilipino na nagtindog sa kompetisyon. An adlaw sa finals dili kon katuohan iban sa nagbomba na Cloud 9 na naghatag nan gahi na 4 hangtod 6 ka siki na mga bayud. Si John Mark ‘Marama’ Tokong nagbaga sanan nagpakita sija nan ija kagana na labaw pa para mahimo na kampeyon. Atol sa quarterfinals nakakuha sija nan arang ka dako na 18.75 na puntos gikan sa posible na 20, pero sa semifinals mas marajaw pa an ija tagbuhat iban sa duha ka mga bayud na ekselente sanan nakakuha nan dili malupig na 19.05 na puntos. Si Noah Beschen, gikan Oahu, Hawaii nagkaabot ni Marama sa kataposan kon diin an hangin nosugod pasingod palupa sanan an resulta an duha ka mga surfers nitan-aw palupad para makapuntos nan dako samtang an sikat na mga barrels nan Clou 9 mas nagkalisod mabagtan. Si Marama an nanguyo sa heat sa halos waya ra sa kinatibuk-an sa 40 minutos na sangka, na nakapahunong

sa ginhawa sa mga manan-away. Pero may menos laman sa minuto na nabilin, si Beschen nosakay sa set sanan nilinya sa tube na waya madajon, na nakapugos nija na mobuhat nan madako na rail-grab pasingod sa hangin. Si Beschen notugpa nan mahutok na nakahatag kanija nan 8.60 ka puntos, na amoy nakahatag nija nan panguyo, sanan sa kagamay nan oras na nabilin, amo ra nan nakuha na gajod nija an kadaogan gikan sa lokal na bayani, samtang maghatag isab adto nan ija una na kadaogan sa QS. Adto na higayon, nakugang an mga tawo, sa ka-

“SA KATAPOSAN, HAPIT AKO NOUNDANG KAY WAYA NAY ORAS SANAN PAG-ABOT NAN ADTO NA BAYUD NAHIBAYO AKO SA ANGAY NAKO BUHATON”

biro, nagtuo sila na kataposan na jadto para sa ila paborito… pero waya pa mahuman an tanan kay nahitabo an dili kon katuohan… iban sa 15 segundos na laman na nabilin may set na nilugwa sanan si Tokong nisakay sa layom na tube, nolupad isab pagawas, na amoy permi nija buhaton, sanan hampak an nguso nan bayud. “Sa kataposan, hapit ako noundang kay waya nay oras sanan pag-abot nan adto na bayud nahibayo ako sa angay nako buhaton,” padajon ni Tokong. Sa pagbalik na sa mga pinalista pasingod sa tower, an mga tawo nagpugong sa ila ginhawa samtang magkulbaon na naghuyat sa kataposan na puntos sa bayud ni Tokong. Human an isa ka minuto, nolugwa an puntos sanan nabuhat gajod ni Marama an kinahanglan nija buhaton kay nakapuntos sija nan 7.80 para maangkon an kadaogan na may 0.05 laman na labaw sanan makoronahan na ika 25 na kampeyon sa International Siargao Surfing Cup. Sa pagkanat sa puntos sa katawhan nisugod sab pag-ujog an tower sa arang na pagpakpak sa lokal na katawhan para sa ato kampeyon. Pahalipay kanimo, bantogan!

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Photographer: PSCT

Be a champion #

Written by: Imi Garcia

ENGLISH

PSCT: LIFE ON TOUR The Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT) is the premier professional surfing competition where top surfers from all over the Philippines compete in multiple locations around the country, vying for a spot on the National Surfing Team.

Another highlight of the competition was Kent Brian Solloso, who advanced into the quarterfinals and proved to be a worthy competitor and a future threat to other veterans. As usual, the top seeds of the Men’s Open Division provided the action everyone was looking for with the one and only John Mark ‘Marama’ Tokong performing an incredible superman trick during the quarter and semifinals, which propelled him into the final. During the semifinals, the unstoppable ‘Piso’ Alcala performed an air reverse on the most critical part of the wave, before backing it up with multiple well-timed turns. This proved to be the most critical manoeuvre of the entire competition and deservedly earned him a place in the final.

Last September the PSCT landed in Siargao for the first leg of the 2019 Tour, which saw a total of 112 surfers join the competition from all over the country. During the five-day event we witnessed the Philippines finest surfers battling it out for the prestigious title, and with the world class break of Cloud 9 providing constant 3-foot waves for the entire competition - including a few barrels on Finals Day - there was plenty of spectacular action. This year’s competition was dedicated to the godfather of Philippines Surfing, Honorable Mayor Jaime Plaza Rusillon, who sadly passed away on the 20th of April earlier this year. Mayor Rusillon supported the surf industry since the mid-’90s, paving the way for both national and international surfing competitions to become a reality in Cloud 9. During this year’s edition, we saw the groms ripping and they used their local knowledge of Cloud 9 to full effect as they progressed through the opening round by defeating their opponents from other provinces. It was refreshing and exciting to witness the high quality surfing that the next generation of surfers of the Philippines are already showing.

WITH SURFING NOW BEING AN OFFICIAL OLYMPIC SPORT, THE PSCT PROVIDES THE PERFECT PLATFORM TO NOURISH THE TALENT OF UP AND COMING SURFERS

Just as we’ve witnessed many times in the past, the final saw the two Siargaonon favourites ‘Marama’ and ‘Piso’ line up for another man-on-man duel, but this time around it was ‘Piso’ who brought home the victory to be crowned the champion of the 21st National Siargao Surfing Cup. In the Junior’s Division, Marbin Delamide became the Champion after winning a tight final against John Carlos Noguera, Jomarie Ebueza and Gabriel Lerog. Delamide has competed in previous legs of the PSCT, but this is the first time that he had qualified and won a final. Congratulations to Piso Alcala and Marbin Delamide, Champions of the 21st National Surfing Cup. In October, the PSCT landed for the first time ever in Eastern Samar, known as the Visayas Surfing Capital. The competition was held in Calicoan Island at ABCD Point. This left-handed wave is a goofy footers paradise, so while it provided a new test for the regular footers, it also provided some much needed balance to the previously only right-handed PSCT, which resulted in some changes to the usual rankings. A total of 160 surfers joined the competition in Samar. During the whole contest, the conditions were great offering 2 foot clean waves, with onshore winds for brief spells of the contest.

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# Be a champion SURIGAONON that he could win this leg of the PSCT and his predictions came to fruition in Samar. The Women’s Shortboard was won by Jolina Longos, who claimed her first win on the PSCT. The wahine from the town of Pacifico in Siargao scored 9.60 points - leaving Ana Mae Alipayo to settle for second place this time around.

In contrast to Siargao, the Samar leg had five categories: Men’s and Women’s Shortboard, Men’s and Women’s Longboard and Junior’s Division. Siargaonon surfers conquered the Shortboard Divisions, while La Union surfers ruled the Longboard Divisions. Roger Cagusay and Daisy Valdez, were crowned the champions of the Longboard Divisions. For the first time since September 2018, Editor Jr “Piso” Alcala was defeated in a semifinal by Jay-r Esquivel, who would go on to face John Mark “Marama” Tokong in the final. The La Union boy took the lead after linking together a solid 7 point wave, leaving ‘Marama’ behind, but with time still on the clock the Siargaonon surfer tried mix things up by catching some right-handed waves, but that plan didn’t pay off, which left ‘Marama’ needing an 8.66 at the halfway stage. The goofy footer, Jay-r Esquivel, mastered the wave and deservedly earned the title with a total heat score of 15.50 points. In an interview immediately after the Siargao contest, Jay-r Esquivel felt convinced

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The Juniors Final was one full of changes with two Siargaonon’s battling it out - Gabriel Lerog, last year’s PSCT champion versus Benjomar Canon, who won the Siargao leg of the tour in 2018. The reigning champion Lerog - proved too strong as he claimed victory by 1.15 points and as he paddled back to the beach his friends lifted him into the air to celebrate. With surfing now being an official Olympic Sport, the PSCT provides the perfect platform to nourish the talent of up and coming surfers, while allowing them to grow and fight for a spot on the National Surfing Team. Stay tuned as this November the PSCT will travel to La Union from the 15th to the 21st for the third leg of the 2019 Championship Tour.

PSCT: LIFE ON TOUR An Philippine Surfing Championship Tour (PSCT) amo an panguna na propesyonal na kompetisyon nan surfing diin an pinaka marajaw na mga surfers gikan tibuok Pilipinas magsangka sa hamok na mga lugar sa nasod, nagtumong sila na makakuha nan pwesto sa National Surfing Team. Sa nolabay na Septembre an PSCT noabot sa Siargao para sa una na bahin nan 2019 na Tour, diin may total 112 ka mga surfers an niapil sa kompetisyon gikan sa tibuok nasod. Atol sa lima ka adlaw na kalihokan nasaksihan nato an pinaka marajaw na surfers nan Pilipinas na nagsangka para sa prestihiyoso na titulo, sanan iban sa sikat sa kalibotan na break nan Cloud 9 na naghatag nan padajon na tag 3 ka siki na mga bayud sa tibuok kompetisyon - apil an pipila ka mga barrels sa Finals Day - jaoy hamok na talan-awon na mga aksyon. An kompetisyon nan ini na tuig tagdedikar sa ninong nan Surfing sa Pilipinas, an Madungganon na Mayor Jaime Plaza Rusillon, sin-o nitaliwan adton ika 20 nan Abril sa sajo ini na tuig. Si Mayor Rusillon nisuportar sa industirya nan surf gikan pa sa tunga-tunga na mga 90, nag-andam sa agianan para sa nasyonal sanan internasyonal na kompetisyon nan surfing na mahimo na kamatuoran sa Cloud 9. Atol sa edisyon nan ini na tuig, nakakita kita na mga groms na nipaksit sanan taggamit nila an ila lokal na kahibayo sa Cloud 9 nan hingpit samtang nagabante sila ronda na sugod pinaagi sa pagpildi sa ila mga kontra sa lain probinsya. Presko sanan mahinam-hinam saksihon an taas na kalidad nan surfing na tagpakita sa sunod na henerasyon nan surfers sa Pilipinas.


Be a champion # ronahan na kampeyon sa Longboard Divisions. Sa una na higayon sukad Septembre 2018, si Editor Jr “Piso” Alcala napildi sa semifinal ni Jay-r Esquivel, sin-o makaatubang ni John Mark “Marama” Tokong sa final. An taga La Union nakakuha sa unahan human makasumpot nan bagtik na 7 puntos na bayud, na nakapabija kan ‘Marama’, pero may panahon pa sa orasan an Siargaonon na surfer nisuway pagsagol-sagol pinaagi sa pagkuha nan patuo na mga bayud, pero an plano waya nilampos, nabijaan si ‘Marama’ na nagkinahanglan nan 8.66 sa halfway stage. Lain na importante sa kompetisyon amo si Kent Brian Solloso, sin-o niabante sa quarterfinals sanan nagpamatuod na marajaw sija na kakompetensya sanan umaabot na kontra sa iban na mga beterano. Sama sa naandan, an mga ibabaw sa Men’s Open Division an nihatag sa aksyon taghanap sa tanan sa nag-inusara laman na si John Mark ‘Marama’ Tokong na naghimo nan dili katuohan na superman trick atol sa quarter sanan semifinals, na amoy nakapadaya kanija sa final.

AN KOMPETISYON NAN INI NA TUIG TAGDEDIKAR SA NINONG NAN SURFING SA PILIPINAS, AN MADUNGGANON NA MAYOR JAIME PLAZA RUSILLON

Atol sa semifinals, an dili maundang na si ‘Piso’ Alcala naghimo nan air reverse sa pinaka kritikal na bahin sa bayud, sa waya pa nija tagdugangan nan hamok na timing na mga paliko-liko. Nagpamatuod ini na pinaka kritikal na maneuver sa tibuok kompetisyon sanan takos na naghatag nija nan pwesto sa final. Sa ato nakita na mahamok na sa noagi, an final tali sa duha ka Siargaonon na paborito sila ‘Marama’ sanan ‘Piso’ na nag-atubang sa man-on-man na due-

lo, pero kuman si ‘Piso’ an nidaya pauli sa kadaogan sanan tagkoronahan na kampeyon sa ika 21 na National Siargao Surfing Cup. Sa Junior’s Division, si Marbin Delamide nahimo Kampeyon human nakadaog sa hugot sa final kontra nila John Carlos Noguera, Jomarie Ebueza sanan Gabriel Lerog. Si Delamide nisangka na sa noagi na bahin nan PSCT, pero ini na una na higayon na nakasuyod sija sanan nidaog sa final. Pahalipay kan Piso Alcala sanan Marbin Delamide, an mga Kampeyon sa ika 21 na National Surfing Cup. Sa Oktubre, an PSCT naabot pinaka una na higayon sa Sidlakan na Samar, nakilayhan na Visayas Surfing Capital. An kompetisyon tagbuhat sa Calicoan Island sa ABCD point. An pawaya na bayud isa ka paraiso sa mga goofy footers, amo nga samtang naghatag ini na bag-o na pagsuway sa mga regular footers, naghatag isab ini tagkinahanglan na balanse sa daan na patuo laman na PSCT, na niresulta nan pagka utro sa sagad na rankings. Total nan 160 ka mga surfers an niapil sa kompetisyon sa Samar. Atol sa tibuok sangka, an kondisyon magana na naghatag nan tag 2 ka siki na hinlo na mga bayud, may pa baybay na hangin sa makadiyot atol sa sangka. Bali sa Siargao, an Samar na bahin may lima ka kategoriya: Men’s and Women’s Shortboard, Men’s and Women’s Longboard sanan Junior’s Division. An Siargaonon na mga surfers nakadaog sa Shortboard Divisions, samtang an La Union na surfers nakadaog sa Longboard Divisions. Sila Roger Cagusay sanan Daisy Valdez, an tagko-

An goofy footer na si Jay-r Esquivel, nahimo na amo sa mga bayud sanan takos na nakuha an titulo na may total na heat score na 15.50 ka puntos. sa interview human sa sangka sa Siargao, si Jay-r Esquivel nakumbinser na pwede nija madaog an ini na bahin nan PSCT sanan an ija prediksyon nahinajon sa Samar. An Women’s Shortboard tagdaog ni Joliana Longos, sin-o nakakuha sa ija una na kadaogan sa PSCT. An wahine gikan sa lungsod nan Pacifico sa Siargao nakakuha nan 9.60 ka puntos na nakabija kan Ana Mae Alipayo na magpabilin sa ika duha na pwesto sa ini na higayon. An Juniors Final puno sa pagka utro iban sa duha ka Siargaonon na nagsangka sila Gabriel Lerog, an kampeyon sa PSCT sa noagi an tuig kontra ni Benjomar Canon, sin-o nakadaog sa Siargao na bahin nan tour sa 2018. An kasamtangan na kampeyon - si Lerog nagpamatuod na arang ka kusgan kay nakuha nija an kadaogan pinaagi sa 1.15 ka puntos sanan sa ija pagbalik sa baybay an ija mga higala nialsa kanija sa hangin para magselebrar. Kuman na surfing opisyal na mga Olympic Sport, an PSCT naghatag nan perpekto na plataporma para maugmad an talento sa mga umaabot na surfers, samtang pasagdan sila na motubo sanan mosangka para sa pwesto sa National Surfing Team. Pagpabilin pa kamo kuman na Nobyembre kay an PSCT mobyahe sa La Union gikan sa ika 15 hangtod sa ika 21 para sa ika tuyo na bahin nan 2019 Championship Tour.

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Photographer: Gem Jurado

Be community #

Written by: Alden Viado and Imi Garcia

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A DONATION BOX THAT TURNED INTO A LIFE EXPERIENCE “When one door closes, another opens”, explains Alden from Project Juan. A bit by coincidence or maybe destiny, Project Juan landed in Anajawan island, part of General Luna municipality. Project Juan was born in February of this year with the aim to help different communities around the Philippines.

Anajawan is located about an hour away by bangka and is neighboured by the islands of Mam-on and La Januza. They are all part of General Luna Municipality, but their isolation directly affects the quality of life its inhabitants’ experience. “In Anajawan, our hearts were captivated. We felt the needs of the island and saw how the quality of life could be improved there. Anajawan is possibly the poorest coastal island town of Siargao - with a community of approximately 500 people, there is no mains electricity, so power is provided by generators, which then has to be shared between the 120 households including the school, church, medical centre and municipal building”, explains Alden. There is only one elementary school that caters for children up to the age of 12 - after that, they have to travel to La Januza Island to attend high school, which is 10-15 minutes away by pump boat. As with many of the isolated islands in the Philippines, they rely on fishing for their livelihood, while medical facilities are almost non-existent.

The three Filipino founders and close friends, Alden Viado, Jonas and Jeremiah Guevara, are all based in Melbourne, Australia where they grew up and now work. Aside from their fulltime jobs they wanted to reach out and help those in need in their home country. “We do all we can out of our own time and money for the ‘Juan’ goal – which is to “give back”, explains Alden Viado. In June 2019, they planned a trip to the Philippines to visit other NGO’s to learn about their advocacies. They visited Coffee for Peace in Davao to learn about their Peace and Reconciliation efforts in the region, joined a beach clean-up with the Sun Crew in Pacifico, helped feed Margaret’s Saturday Bible School for kids in Laguna and learned about the Education Assistance Program run by Day by Day Ministries in Laguna. They travelled to Siargao Island where they also brought a box full of donations (toys, clothes, books…) with them to help an orphanage, but upon arri-

ving, they found out that the orphanage had been shut down. With the desire to share this box with a community in need, they contacted the LGU Social Worker, Dave Park for help, who directed them to Anajawan Island.

OUR AIM IS TO SHARE THEIR STORIES TO THE WIDER COMMUNITY OF THE PHILIPPINES, AUSTRALIA AND AROUND THE WORLD 23#


# Be community “We handed the donation box we brought to the children and adults, and while the kids were playing, we talked to Mr. Rosevelt Lim, the Barangay Captain of Anajawan. He explained to us the situation of the island. The number one priority for them is medical assistance. Without their own pump boat for emergencies, combined with limited communication to the mainland, transporting sick or injured people has become a difficult task. Access to basic medication for general symptoms such as colds, coughs, headaches, general soreness or injuries is something they also long for.” The experience left Project Juan members with the will to come back and make a difference to Anajawan’s community. Last September, Alden returned to Anajawan along with the General Luna MSWD team led by Dave Park, Wandering Minds Films, Al Fresco Studios, Nature Kids of Siargao and a group of volunteers to film a short documentary to capture life in Anajawan. “From interviewing the fishermen, teachers, school children, the Barangay Captain and elders of the island, we captured how these people live their lives, their struggles and their dreams and desires for the island. Our aim is to share their stories to the wider community of the Philippines, Australia and around the world, to be a vessel in helping Anajawan.” “We were welcomed with open arms by the people, accepted and treated as one of them. As I reflect upon my two recent trips to Anajawan, I came as a person wanting to help, but instead, I became a part of the community. They sowed in me love, acceptance and gratitude and in return, I want to help them rise and have a better quality of life, have the same benefits people on the mainland receive, but most importantly, help these kids reach their dreams.” concludes Alden.

THE CREW REFLECT ON THE EXPERIENCES OF THAT DAY Nature Kids of Siargao: “As the delegate for Nature Kids, I listened to how Alden talked about how Project Juan can help them (Anajawan) and I was totally amazed at how lucky the future will be for the Anajawan residents. Project Juan is such a great blessing for Anajawan and it could really change the life of the Anajawan people.” – Airah Gwen (Nature Kids Siargao employee). MSWD General Luna: “I was able to gain a clearer understanding of the various concerns present in the community of Barangay Anajawan. I gained not only experience and learnings but another set of family and friends through Project Juan”. – Dave Park (Social Worker MWSD General Luna). Wandering Minds Films: “It was an awesome experience, we haven’t done anything like this before, it was an honour to be a part of this project” – Waks Alcaraz (Director Wandering Minds Films). Volunteer: “Enroute to Anajawan Island with Project Juan, I knew I was about to make a difference. The thing that stirred me the most with this kind of opportunity was the warmth I felt each time I got to bond with the children, I could share my blessings with them. Extending a helping hand to the less fortunate ones and realizing that somehow, in my own simple ways, I could bring hope and happiness. It was a very inspiring and heart-warming feeling indeed!” - Jai Goc-Ong (volunteer).

CONTACTS  mail: E project_juan@zoho.com  acebook & Instagram: F @Project Juan Phone numbers: +63 (0) 995 778 9145 (Philippines) +61 (0) 437 596 597 (Australia)

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GoFundMe: GoFundMe.com/project_juan

PROJECT JUAN HAS COMMITTED THE FOLLOWING TO ANAJAWAN • D  onation boxes, which will be delivered every 3 months (toys, clothes, books & medical supplies). These donations are carefully distributed by GL MSWD to ensure that everyone in the Anajawan community is benefited. “We’re not here to create an expectancy to receive, but a reason for them to strive for a better quality of life.” • M  edical, education and livelihood programs in 2020 and 2021. • Collaborations and programs with government sectors and NGO’s. If you wish to help and contribute in our efforts in helping Anajawan either through donating clothing, toys, medical supplies, educational supplies, monetary donations or wanting to volunteer in some way, shape or form, please send us a message through one of our platforms.


Be community # SURIGAONON

ISA KA KAHON NAN DONASYON NA NAHIMO KASINATIAN SA KINABUHI “Kon mosira an isa ka pwertahan, may lain na moabre”, pasabot ni Alden sa Project Juan. Naatol lang gamay o basin kapalaran, an Project Juan naabot sa Anajawan island, bahin sa lungsod nan General Luna. An Project Juan nahimo Pebrero nan ini na tuig na may tujo na makatabang sa lain-lain na mga komunidad sa Pilipinas.

An tuyo ka mga Pilipino na nagtukod sanan mga higala sila Alden Viado, Jonas sanan Jeremiah Guevara, tanan nakabase sa Melbourne, Australia diin sila nodako sanan kuman nagtrabaho. Gawas sa ila full-time na trabaho gusto sila mokab-ot sanan motabang sa mga nanginahanglan sa ila nasod na natawhan. “Tagbuhat namo tanan pwede namo mahimo gikan sa amo kaugalingon panahon sanan kwarta para sa ‘Juan’ ka tumong - an “paghatag balik”, pasabot ni Alden Viado. Sa Hunyo 2019, nagplano sila nan byahe sa Pilipinas para bisitahon an iban NGO para makat-on sa ila mga adbokasiya. Nibisita sila sa Coffee for Peace sa Davao para makat-on sa ila pagkugi sa Kalinaw sanan Pakighiuli sa rehiyon, niapil nan paghinlo nan baybajon iban an Sun Crew sa Pacifico, nitabang pagpakaon sa Margaret’s Saturday Bible School para sa mga bata sa Laguna sanan nakat-on nan Education Assistance Program na pinadayagan nan Day by Day Ministries sa Laguna. Nibyahe sila sa Isla nan Siargao diin nagdaya sila nan kahon na puno nan donasyon (mga duwaan, baro, libro…) iban kanila para makatabang sa isa ka orphanage, pero sa pag-abot nila, nahibay-an nila na tagsirado na an orphanage. Iban sa kagusto na makahatag sa kahon sa komunidad na nanginahanglan, tagtawag nila an LGU Social Worker na si Dave Park para magpatabang, sin-o nagtudlo kanila sa Anajawan Island. An Anajawan nahimutang isa ka oras sa bangka sanan atbang nan mga isla nan Mam-on sanan La Januza. Sila tanan parte nan Lungsod nan General Luna, pero an ila kalajo direkta na nakaapektar sa kalidad nan kinabuhi na masinati nan mga naghuya.

AN AMO TUJO AN MAPAAMBIT AN ILA ISTORYA SA MAS LAPAD NA KOMUNIDAD SA PILIPINAS, AUSTRALIA SANAN TIBUOK KALIBOTAN

“Sa Anajawan, tagdakop an amo kasingkasing. Napamati namo an panginahanglan nan isla sanan nakita namo unohon pagpadajaw sa kalidad nan kinabuhi didto. An Anajawan posible na amo an pinakapobre na barangay na isla sa Siargao - may komunidad na 500 ka mga tawo, wayay kuryente, ugsa naggamit sila nan mga generators, na kinahanglan dajon ipaambit sa 120 ka pamilya apil na an eskwelahan, simbahan, tambayanan sanan munisipyo”, pasabot ni Alden. Jaoy isa lamang ka eskwelahan nan elementarya na nagdawat nan mga bata hangtod sa edad na 12 - human nan jaon, kinahanglan sila mobyahe sa Isla

nan La Januza para motungha nan high school, na 10-15 ka minutos an gilaj-on sa pump boat. Sama sa hamok na mga lajo na mga isla sa Pilipinas, nagsalig sila sa panagat isip panginabuhi, samtang an medikal na pasilidad waya gajod. “Taghatag namo an kahon nan donasyon na amo tagdaya sa mga bata sanan mga tiguyang, samtang nagduwa an mga bata, nakig-istorya kami ni Mr. Rosevelt Lim, an Barangay Cpatain sa Anajawan. Tagpasabot nija sa amo an sitwasyon sa isla. An numero uno nga prayoridad nila an tabang medikal. Wayay ila kaugalingon pump boat para sa mga emergencies, iban pa sa limitado na komunikasyon sa mainland, an pagbyahe nan masakiton o samaran na tawo nahimo nan malisod na trabaho. An makakuha nan sagad na tambay para sa mga tagpamati sama sa hilanat, ubo, labad sa uyo, sakit sa lawas sanan mga samad-samad amo isab an ila tagpangandoy. An kasinatian nagpabilin nan kagusto sa mga miyembro nan Project Juan na mobalik sanan maghimo nan kalahian sa komunidad nan Anajawan. Sa nolabay na Septembre, si Alden nobalik sa Anajawan iban sa General Luna MSWD team pinanguyohan ni Dave Park, Wandering Minds Films, Al Fresco Studios, Nature Kids of Siargao sanan isa ka grupo nan boluntaryo para magbidyo nan mubo na dokumentaryo sa kinabuhi sa Anajawan. “Gikan sa pag-interview sa mga mananagat, magtutudlo, estudyante, Barangay Captain sanan mga tiguyang sa isla, amo nakuha kon tag-uno nila paghuya an ila kinabuhi, ila kalisod sanan ila mga damgo sanan pangandoy sa isla. An amo tujo an mapaambit an ila istorya sa mas lapad na komunidad sa Pilipinas, Australia sanan tibuok kalibotan, mahimo na sakajan sa pagtabang sa Anajawan.” “Tag-abi-abi kami na abre sa mga tawo, tagdawat sanan tagtrato na isa kanila. Sa ako paghunahuna sa duha ka byahe sa Anajawan, nikadto ako isip tawo na gusto motabang, pero ako hinuon an nahimo kabahin sa komunidad. Nagtanom sila sa ako nan gugma, pagdawat sanan pagpasalamat sanan sa pag-uli, gusto ko makatabang mosaka sanan may mas marajaw na kalidad nan kinabuhi, jaoy sama na benepisyo na madawat sa mga taga mainland, pero pinakaimportante, matabangan an mga bata na maabot na ila mga damgo.” 25# Gihuman ni Alden.


Dagmukan ~ Wave Breaks ~ Old Siargaonon word specific to General Luna referring to the different spots in the island where waves break. Dagmukan Site is the entirety of those spots which makes Siargao Island what it is today. Live, Ride, Music ~ the simplest of mantra that locals have always imbibed and would like to share to everyone who comes to the island.

DAGMUKAN IS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING: FATLIPS SURFSHOP / LANGYAW SOUVENIR SHOP / DAYO SOUVENIR SHOP / MALAYAH SOUVENIR SHOP / JACKINGHORSE / SIARGAO SURF ACADEMY / BAM & PAT SOUVENIR SHOP / MAMON / LA SANTA


Be community # NAGPANALAMIN AN GRUPO SA KASINATIAN NAN ADTO NA ADLAW Nature Kids of Siargao: “Isip tumatambong sa Nature Kids, namati ako tag-uno ni Alden pag-istorya sa kon unohon pagtabang sa Project Juan kanila (Anajawan) sanan natingaya ako uno ka swerte an kaugmaon para sa mga residente nan Anajawan. An Project Juan isa gajod ka dako na bendisyon sa Anajawan sanan makautro gajod ini sa kinabuhi nan mga taga Anajawan.” - Airah Gwen (empleyado nan Nature Kids Siargao). MSWD General Luna: “Nakakuha ako nan mas klaro na pagsabot sa lain-lain na mga problema na jaon sa komunidad sa Barangay Anajawan. Dili laman kasinatian sanan pagtuon an ako nakuha kondili isa ka pamilyahan sanan mga higala pinaagi sa Project Juan.” - Dave Park (Social Worker MWSD General Luna). Wandering Minds Films: “Magana adto na kasinatian, waya pa kami makahimo nan sama ini sa una, kadungganan namo makaapil sa ini na proyekto” - Waks Alcaraz (Direktor Wandering Minds Films). Boluntaryo: “Pasingod sa Isla nan Anajawan iban sa Project Juan, nahibayo ako na makabuhat ako nan kalahian. An butang na nakapaaghat nako sa ini na oportunidad amo an kapaso na ako mabati kada mag-iban ako mga kabataan, maambit ko sa ila an ako mga bendisyon. Magkab-ot nan alima sa mga nanginahanglan sanan makasabot na sa ako simple na pamaagi, makadaya nan paglaom sanan kalipay. Makadasig sanan marajaw gajod na pagbati adto sa kasingkasing!” - Jai Goc-Ong (boluntaryo)

AN PROJECT JUAN NIPASALIG NAN MOSUNOD SA ANAJAWAN • M  ga kahon nan donasyon, ihatod kada 3 ka buyan (mga duwaan, baro, libro & medisina). Tanan ini na mga donasyon iapod-apod na maampingon sa GL MSWD para masiguro na tanan sa komunidad sa Anajawan makadawat. “Waya kita diri para maghimo nan pagdahom na makadawat sila, kondili para maghatag nan rason para maningkamot sila na maparajaw na kalidad nan ila kinabuhi.” • M  ga programa na medikal, edukasyonal sanan panginabuhi sa 2020 sanan 2021. • K  olaborasyon sanan mga programa iban an mga sektor gobyerno sanan mga NGO. Kon gusto kaw motabang sanan moabag sa amo mga pagkugi na makatabang sa Anajawan pinaagi sa pagdonar nan mga baro, duwaan, kasangkapan medikal, edukasyonal, kwarta na donasyon o gusto moboluntaryo sa lain-lain na paagi, o porma, palihog pagpadaya nan mensahe pinaagi sa amo mga platforms.


Photographer: Matias Olivieri

# Be conscious

Written by: Gale Alcantar

ENGLISH

WE SEAGREGATE Last September, an alliance took place between Barangay Catangnan and the Siargao Environmental Awareness (S.E.A) Movement. During the mid-day heat in Catangnan Dance Hall, the President of S.E.A. Movement, Marja Abad, and Jolan Saavedra, Barangay Councilor and S.E.A Movement Vice-President, signed an agreement. It marked the official turnover of S.E.A.M’s three Material Recovery Facility Collection Points, or as they call it, “We SEAgregate Drop-Off Points” to the barangay. During the project launch, an information, education and communication (IEC) campaign was held. The project aims to educate and encourage households to segregate at source: separating waste by type as it is produced within homes.

Thanks to the success of the recent “Community Week” that Be Siargao Magazine and Havaianas Philippines hosted together, they have been able to donate a further PHP20,000 to Barangay Catangnan to build another Drop-Off Point, which will be located at the Elementary School in Catangnan.

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With the purchase of SEAM tumblers, SEA Movement was able to use the profits raised to fund the project for a total of PHP60,000. The facilities will be located in three locations in Catangnan and SEA Movement will make house-to-house visits presenting IECs campaigns, whilst also taking surveys, while the barangay and the respective parties (Envinorcare and General Luna’s new Residual Containment Area) will collect the waste and maintain the We SEAgregate Drop-Off Points. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) states that Siargao produces 65,523kg of solid waste each day. Unfortunately, the waste is still likely to end up in landfills, even though the trash could be repurposed or recycled for another use through segregation. The objective is to reduce waste in landfills. By segregating, locals are following the law that is set by the Ecological Solid Waste Management Republic Act or R.A 9003. Segregation improves collection efficiency, material recovery for recycling and avoids the wrong disposal of hazardous materials. Above all, it is more ecologically friendly whereby environmental pollution is significantly reduced. With Brgy. Catangnan’s initiative and others, the hope is that segregation practices will ripple through Siargao. Ms Abad adds ‘‘We’re not used to it (segregation). It’s the same with our dependency on plastic. The more time we put into sorting our trash, the more our awareness about the waste problem increases.”. SEA Movement will support initiatives through their We SEAgregate guideline; A resource material containing project costs, IEC content and We SEAgregate model specification etc. Within less than a month of its launch, the project has seen immense support including a featured ‘We SEAgregate Talk’ during Globe Telecom’s event and other organisations have pledged to donate funds towards more We SEAgregate facilities.

WITH BRGY. CATANGNAN’S INITIATIVE AND OTHERS, THE HOPE IS THAT SEGREGATION PRACTICES WILL RIPPLE THROUGH SIARGAO As consumers, the simplest method to reduce your waste is to take up source reduction practices; Whether that be through up-cycling, avoiding single-use plastics and packaging or of course, segregating. Through this, products are kept in a closed loop within the consumer chain for longer before it reaches its ‘end of life’. Better yet, being mindful of our consumption helps avoid the ‘throwaway culture’.


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# Be community

Written by: Imi Garcia

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BE SIARGAO X HAVAIANAS COMMUNITY WEEK In an attempt to come up with something original, Be Siargao partnered up with Havaianas Philippines to bring the first ever “Community Week” to the island. In line with the ideals of Be Siargao: respect and empower the community of Siargao, we conducted a week of events with the aim to showcase another side of Siargao to tourists, locals, and other participants. The week started on a perfect sunny Saturday, well-spent at the Malijon Garden Cottages Market Day, which is a pop-up event, which takes place once a month and brings together artisans, local brands, and food lovers, with over 25 different stalls on offer. On Sunday 6th October, we organised a tour at the Bayatakan Farm in San Isidro. The tour is a farm to table experience where over 25 guests joined for free. The participants harvested their own food, cooked it in a traditional way and after their meal, they replanted the leftovers to complete the full cycle. All of the food prepared was vegan and sourced from the farm. The next day the team spent an afternoon with Jolan Saavedra, Barangay Catangnan Councilor, SEA Movement and a bunch of volunteers to conduct a beach clean up with kids from Catangnan. The cleanup started in Catangnan until Cloud 9 and back. That day, we collected around 10 sacks of garbage that was on the beach or the road. The kids were treated by Havaianas with a massive boodle fight prepared by Catangnan Fried Chicken, our local KFC! That same day, we held a Surf Photography Talk at Fat Lips Surf Shop. We invited Tim Hain, an experienced surf photographer who has worked for the WSL, Asian Surf Co and other surf companies around the world, and John Vincent Camingue, Bryan Waverider and Gaps Sabuero, three famous local photographers. They shared with us the risks and challenges of their profession, the accidents they have gone through, and what makes up a photo that is worthy of a cover on a magazine and much more.

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On Tuesday, some tourists had the opportunity to have a free surf lesson with the

legendary Carlito Nogalo and the Botiti Boys in Jacking Horse. In the afternoon, Greenhouse Cafe opened their doors to let us hold a Professional Surf Talk. Our guests explained to us what life is like while on tour as a professional surfer. Will Hayden Smith, WSL Australasia Manager, hosted the session and we were also graced by the Philippine Surfing Team: Ana Mae Alipayo, Piso Alcala, John Mark Tokong and Eduardo Alciso. The group talked about their experience at the recent ISA World Surfing Games in Japan, which took place between 7th-15th September. Last year’s International Cup Champion, Skip McCullough, explained his experience competing in Siargao and what his victory has contributed to his career. The Indonesian pro surfer, Oney Anwar was also invited to chat about the Indonesian surf culture and his experience on the island. It was indeed a beautiful and extraordinary evening filled with surf, laughs, and stoke. As the week came to an end, a dozen participants joined the Bathala Tour. It started with a coffee and breakfast at MA+D Siargao. The guests then travelled up north, stopping along the way to take pictures of Burgos’ & Pacifico’s beautiful scenery. At Lokal Siargao, they participated in a banig workshop, which is a traditional weaving in the Philippines. To cap a week that was filled with interesting ways to explore the island along with Havaianas Philippines, we held two parties: one at Zicatela, a new trendy “Mexican-feel” bar in General Luna and another one at Harana, the long time favourite Saturday night hang out. What a fun and delightful week it was. We would like to extend our most sincere gratitude to all guests, partners, participants, media and management team who jumped on board the “Be

Siargao Community Week” adventure and made it a success. All these activities were made possible thanks to the support of Havaianas Philippines, who’s focus for the island coincides with the Be Siargao Team spirit and commitment. Obrigado and Salamat Karajaw everyone!


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BE A VOLUNTEER Grom Nation: Empowering kids Help challenge social issues by sharing life skills and life knowledge to the youth of siargao. Contact: Instagram: @gromnationsiargao Nature Kids of Siargao: Wednesday: Spend an afternoon helping at the Recycling Studio, a place where trash is up-cycled into beautiful pillows and bean bags. From 3pm to 5pm, next to the Municipal Gym. hi@naturekidsofsiargao.com Instagram: @naturekidsofisargao Puppy Puddle Siargao: Be a long term volunteer! Are you staying for a month or longer? Puppy Puddle is looking for long term volunteers who han stay at their volunteer house in exchange of taking care of their rescued puppies. +63 (0) 927 8579 979 hello@puppypuddlesiargao.com Instagram: @puppypuddlesiargao SEA Movement: Environmental awaerness Saturday and Sunday: Join their Beach Clean-Up and have fun with the SEA patrol crew. Follow them on Instagram to find out the exact time and meeting point. +63 (0) 995 877 2389 seamovementph@gmail.com Instagram: @s.e.a.movement. Siargao Masaya: Access to Education Saturday: Go around the island with their mobile library and have a charming time story-reading to the kids. You can also donate to the organization or sponsor a child school year. Meet the crew at 8am at the market. +63 (0) 939 431 8886 Facebook: SiargaoMasaya The Sun Crew: Surf and sustanibility programs They clean the beach in Pacifico every saturday, followed by surf lessons with the local children. Meeting point: Wemar’s Surf Shop at 8am. +63 (0) 912 059 8781

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POST OFFICE

From Dapa to Surigao City • MV Yohan – 4:30am • Fortune Angel – 5:30am (Fast Ferry) • Fortune Angel – 11am (Fast Ferry) • MV Yohan - 11:30am • MV Siargao Princess - 12pm • LQP Express - 12pm • Evaristo and Sons – 1:30pm

Every municipality on the island has one.

From Surigao City to Dapa • Montenegro - 5am • Fortune Angle 1 - 5:30am • MV Yohan - 6am • MV Siargao Princess - 6:30am • MV Yohan - 10:30am • Montenegro - 11am • Fortune Angel 2 - 11:30am • Evaristo and Sons - 3am From Cebu to Surigao City • Medallion Transport - 8pm (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) • Cokaliong - 7pm (Everyday) From Surigao City to Cebu • Medallion Transport - 8pm (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday) • Cokaliong - 7pm (Everyday)

HOSPITAL •G  L Metropolitan Clinic, open 24/7, located in Purok 4: 0918 926 3112 • GL Island Doctors Clinic, Tourism Road, Purok 4: 0917 848 4357 • D  apa District Hospital: 0918 926 3112 • D  el Carmen District Hospital: 0946 469 7574 / 0920 447 8679 • Del Carmen Ambulance: 0912 074 6125 • P  ilar District Hospital: 0946 807 6640

PHARMACY •G  eneral Luna, Purok 1, 100 m away from the municipal hall • In Dapa, near the terminal • Del Carmen

Note: d  ue to weather conditions, national festivities and other events the time schedules may change.

EMERGENCY NUMBER • • • • • •

Police Chief Inspector 0998 967 4823 Municipal Police (GL) 0998 549 4147 Ambulance (GL) 0949 960 6643 Coast Guard 0917 821 4072 Fire Protection 0998 590 4303 Veterinary (GL) 0935 676 8655

ATM • BDO in GL, 50m from Palawan Shop • D  BP in GL, across the Roman Catholic Church • D  BP, PNB and East Bank in Dapa • DBP at Sayak Airport • Two ATM’s in Del Carmen

MONEY EXCHANGE VISA SERVICES Surigao City, (086) 310 0800 Open from Monday to Friday 8:30am to 18:30 pm

•A  t all Palawans Shop in the island: GL, Dapa, San Isidro and Del Carmen • At all Mulhier Shops in GL, Dapa and Del Carmen 35# • In GL, Ronaldo’s Restaurant


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