Nature’s Classroom – Danjugan Island, Negros Occidental

Danjugan Island, located at the Southwestern part of Negros Occidental, Philippines, is a marine and bird sanctuary. It was saved by PRRCFI (Philippine Reef and Rainforest Conservation Foundation Incorporated) from over fishers.

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Danjugan, I sea you! (hehe)


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No drowning in thoughts

Getting to the island is not that easy. You have to spend 4 hours on land travel from Bacolod City to Barangay Bulata, Cauayan then a 15-25 minute boat ride to reach Danjugan. Nevertheless, it will always be worth it.

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The sun’s up, so is my spirit!


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My 5 star accommodation


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So happy! Ain’t it obvious?

I spent 5 days in the island together with some volunteers and campers. It was my first time to travel in the Visayas Region alone but I never felt like I was. We often talked about environmental issues and how our little acts make a huge impact. One phrase that will forever mark my mind is “nature doesn’t need people, people need nature.”

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Rare table corals that are often destroyed by dynamite fishing

We spent most of our time in the ocean, and I didn’t mind the fact that there is no stable electricity, indoor plumbing, or wifi in the island. It’s not everyday you get to wake up with a “tuko” (gecko) staring right at your face, casually bump into a python, or see an eagle randomly fly by; if you’re lucky (I wasn’t), you may even spot some black-tip sharks and sea turtles. It makes me feel ecstatic knowing that our Earth has a chance.

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I found Nemo in Danjugan!


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Best sunset at Tabon Beach


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One of our camp activities involved making this starfish out of terracotta.


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Not your usual classroom set up

Danjugan aims to spread awareness in the youth that’s why they came up with DEEP or Danjugan Island Environmental Educational Program.

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With the DEEP scholars of Barangay Bulata


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Symbolic release of our pledges to Mother Earth on cute little boats made of bamboo


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P.S. IT WAS ALSO MY FIRST TIME TO SEE A SHOOTING STAR!!! #NoLightPollution

Being on the island really challenged me to break up with my comfort zone. My 5 days without aircon and pink comforters (oops) was worth it, since I spent it with people who share the same perspective in making a difference.

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Visit http://www.danjuganisland.ph to learn more about its initiatives.

 

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