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Help Malapascua After Typhoon Yolanda

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I am Onjay Micua. Originally from Southern Luzon of Philippines, I am a scuba diving instructor living and working in Malapascua Island since June 2011. Malapascua Island as it is commonly called by tourists, locally called Logon, approximately 7 km northeast off the northern most tip of Cebu, belongs to the municipality of Daan Bantayan, province of Cebu. It’s only about 2.5 kilometers (1.6 mi) long and 1 kilometer (0.2 mi) at its widest. Before there was tourism in Malapascua Island, the local people earn their living by fishing. Starting in the 90s when international and local divers started coming to Malapascua people from neighboring islands of Cebu, Leyte, Samar, and Masbate had transplanted themselves for work in the tourism that had started. With white-sand beaches and coconut trees all over the island, Malapascua had become known for world-class diving, the thresher sharks in Monad Shoal being the main attraction. Even more recently, not being just a diving destination, Malapascua has been attracting adventure tourists who just would like to get off the beaten path and spend their holidays in a laid-back tropical paradise.

In November 8, 2013, Typhoon Yolanda hit our island. And this is why I’ve created this page. The room that I’ve been living has concrete walls and metal roof. During Typhoon Yolanda, the wind had opened my door, took my ceiling down, blew my roof away. But most local people here in Malapascua Island, including my 7 staff from the dive center, lost, not just their roofs, but their whole house. The wind had knocked down concrete walls, leveled down wooden houses, leaving family’s belongings scattered and buried under pieces of wood, tin roof, grass roof, mixed with sand and wet with rain. I am very fortunate to have a room provided by my work that I could move to right after the typhoon but this is not the case for most of us here in Malapascua. This is my way of helping the local people to get through this uncertain time when life and work has not resumed yet to normal.

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