SSS: Its Gender and Social Context Dimensions

(Summer, Sun & Sand)

I confess, the article’s title has nothing to do with the content. It is written as such if only to conform to the editorial board’s instruction to stick to my topic on gender related legal issues. Begging my editor’s indulgence, (should this see the light of day in print) – this week no hard facts, no hard figures nor legal issues – we are going to my top ten favorite beaches in the Philippines. Hop on!
Camiguin – The island-province of Camiguin is a pear-shaped volcanic island in the northern tip of Mindanao. Camiguin is home to seven volcanoes, including the still-active Mount Hibok-Hibok. Camiguin is one of my favorite islands. Beach wise, the sand bar can only offer so much but with seven volcanoes, hot springs, falls and sunken cementeries – you would not miss the beach at all.

Boracay – Boracay Island, Philippines Known far and wide as an island paradise, Boracay has charmed vacationers with its powder white sand, crystal blue waters and purposely laid-back pace. Party beach and summer is not just complete without Boracay.

Palawan -must have liked the Palawan so much that as a fetus, I decided to pop out two months ahead of schedule in Palawan instead of waiting for scheduled birth date. Why wait and why be born in Manila, we were in paradise so might a well.

Island City Garden of Samal – More popularly known as where Margie Moran’s Pearl Farm is. The island garden city of samal has a lot to offer. There a variety of resorts to choose from and the waters are calm and very kid friendly.

Pagudpud – People tend to describe it as the Boracay of the North, which to us is very misleading. After all, Pagudpud has a lot more to offer besides the beaches. Plus the fact that, by describing itself as such, it makes rooms for comparison vis a vis something that it cannot compete against. Pagudpud can never compare to the powdery white sands of Bora but it has a charm or should a say major attitude all it’s own.

Puerto Galera – It used to be one of the quickest island get a way off Manila (it still is). Puerto memories are filled with friends and island hopping and most of all island hopping.

Malapascua Is. in Cebu – Malapascua Island is a small island in the northern tip of Cebu. It’s especially famous for its white sand beaches and unique dive spots, including the almost certain possibility to see the tresher shark. On this page I’ll try to show Malapascua from the tourist’s point of view and on the second page some other aspect of life on Malapascua which probably resembles with more islands in The Philippines.
Pamilacan Is./Panglao Bohol – Panglao Island is the more popular destination in Bohol. It is just a few minutes off Tagbilaran Airport. My preferred beach town/island however is it the lesser known Pamilacan Island. . Its name is derived from the word pilak, which is a large hooked implement made and used by the islanders to capture manta rays, whale sharks and bryde’s whale.

Apo Island – Some 72 hectares of volcanic rock situated in the Mindanao Sea, Apo Island has a marine sanctuary that was started in 1985 by Siliman University. Experienced dive masters can take you to magical trips in the underwater world of Apo.

Hundred Islands = Did you know that the Hundred Islands National Park is composed of 123 islands and islets? Why is it on my list? With my father’s prodding I just jumped off the rock and trusted the clear waters of Quezon Island – then I became part of the water, gliding, floating – that summer I learned how to fly or swim rather.

In the end, it is not the beach nor the sand that truly matters. You can travel with the whole family or decide to pack your bags, drive alone or simply be. It can be an outing with friends, a walk alone by the beach or perhaps one poignant sun set with the one you love. The options are aplenty, point is summer is here – the heat is on – it face it, love it.