Long-distance ocean paddling is unheard of in the Philippines, ironic for a country where bodies of water should serve more like highways than dividers. Atlas recently caught up with the Philippine Outrigger Canoe Club who just finished a 227-kilometer expedition around Cebu. We discuss the freedom of navigation, what it took to unify paddlers from triathletes to 16-year olds, finding common ground, and (all together now) paddling forward.
While an experienced mountaineer, the sea was a foreign frontier to Nini Andrada Sacro, known as Nanay to a whole community of mountaineers. The weekend was supposed to be a casual scuba diving session with friends. Instead, it became her life's turning point. Two months later, Nini would experience another turning point, an unforeseen crisis that would take her family to deeper waters.
On March 16, 2020, the Governor of Bohol placed the entire island province in community quarantine even without confirmed COVID-19 cases in the province. For outdoor adventurers Rey Donaire, Bradley Ross Rayner, and Jammy Ungab, this could have been akin to a prison sentence. Instead, they used the lockdown to map out old, unpeopled forest and river trails that had not had human contact for years.
The 1% is then given back to research grants and accredited environmental organizations for their conservation causes. So, whether you’re an individual or a corporation, this no-frills approach to regeneration is so doable, there’s no excuse not to do it. Everyone has a 1%.
The lucky few are those who live in the virgin habitats they are trying to protect, purposely enclosing their passion and profession in a life-long search for the biodiversity that lured them in childhood. Almost none would think of it immediately as a profession.
It’s only of late (call it a supply-demand fit) that these tried-and-true artforms have taken on a new mission: to preserve and promote what were ordinarily commonplace decades ago. Mountains without highways. Virgin beaches without commercial shacks. Bioluminescence on clear water. Dragonflies on lichen-laden trees. Wild hawks flying up on an unpolluted sky.