17 October 2018

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Wikipedia says: “Great Santa Cruz Island is a small inhabited island in Zamboanga City in the southern region of the Philippines that is famous for its pink coralline sand.[2] The island, located 4 kilometres (2.49 mi) south of downtown at the Santa Cruz Bank in the Basilan Strait, boasts the only pink sand beach in the Philippines. The color of the sand comes from the pulverized red organ pipe coral from eons of surf erosion mixed with the white sand.[1]

“The island started to become popular since the 1970s and early 1980s when it was frequented by German, Japanese and Italian tourists. Recently, there’s an upsurge of tourists that has been recorded due to its rising popularity as one of a handful of Pink Sand Beaches in the World and is the only one in Asia. In 2017, it was recognized by National Geographic as one of the 21 Best Beaches in the World.”

In ecotourism, everyone wins! These kids are catching small fishes at the shoreline using mangrove worms. These small fishes  (Part 1) will be used as bait for their fathers (Part 2) to catch squids! Pictured below is Doc Anton Lim, with one of the Sta. Cruz Fishermen, Part 1!

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Never underestimate what a united bunch of “crazy” people can do with the right support and direction! The future looks so bright!

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Las Islas de Sta. Cruz maximum carrying capacity of 500 achieved today with a perfect mixture of local and domestic tourists. Domestic tourists from Cagayan de Oro, Davao, Cebu, Zamboanga Sibugay, Dipolog and Pagadian led the pact. So excited for the future of Zamboanga tourism!

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