Barely Alive

A poem by Hans Kristofer Luke Mariano “Do you know how many times you have killed me? Do you know how many times you’ve slit my throat yet I still kept on saying all of my unacknowledged feelings inside me even if each word means I’d be inflicted with great excruciating pain? Do you know…

Philippines’ Top Exported Live Aquatic Animals in 2017

Charybdis feriata (Crucifix Crab) [1] Especially important in markets in East Asia, where it commands substantially higher premium prices being sold for USD 8.00 to USD 15.00 per kilogram. Occurs at depths from 30 to 60 m. It is distributed in subtropical and tropical climates. It is also usually found in shallow sandy or rocky…

Mountain Province

Sagada is a town within the Mountain Province of the Philippines which is rich in indigenous culture.  The municipality is also known for its natural wonders such as waterfalls, pine forests, rice terraces, lake, and caves. (Photo c/o Leonard Guerrero) With more than 60 caves in Sagada, the Sumaguing Cave has the biggest chamber and…

The Exportation Trade of Shark Fins in the Philippines

Sharks belong to the class of cartilaginous fishes called the Chondrichthyes in which other animals includes like Stingrays, Batoids, Chimaeras, and Sawfishes. Chondrichthyans has various socio-economic purposes and distinctively, these fishes provide meat and shark fins for human consumption [1]. A common delicacy using shark fins is the shark fin soup that became an important Chinese…

Zambales

Magalawa Island at Palauig, Zambales, Philippines. Magalawa is a 56-hectare isolated island on the west coast of Luzon that is best known for its white fine sand and its pristine sandbar. Magalawa Island   Magalawa Island Magalawa Island