Care for this world the Palawan way
Palawan is an archipelagic province located in the Philippines. There are places in this world where humans still keep a peaceful symbiotic relationship with nature. Palawan is a prime example of one such place. It is a place where Mother Earth is still in her pristine form and people still care for this world. An exclusive interview has revealed how these people have made it possible to keep their part of the world a Heaven teeming with life.
What is life there?
Mari Felices has grown up in Taytay, Palawan in the Philippines. Her childhood is filled with memories of her beautiful island home, those clear blue water and engaging in communal cleaning activities of the place. She has graduated from Palawan State University and earned her Bachelor of Entrepreneurship. Presently she is working in Hong Kong as a governess. Mari dreams of opening her travel company in Taytay, Palawan. Her hobbies include poetry, photography, and singing. Mari mainly expresses herself with words. She is one of those great human beings alive who shows what's important on this Earth right now.
what's special about taytay, palawan?
What is Palawan?
Palawan is happiness and peace. Palawan is an unmatched beauty. It is a place far away from overcrowding, pollution, and material dissatisfaction. People give back as much as they receive from Mother Earth. There are well preserved natural resources and ancient history. Every sight feels like a flawless painting. There is a perfect balance between sustainable development and exploitation, something we need to learn.
what connects you with Palawan?
Palawan is the best place to live in, why?
Because Taytay, Palawan is a paradise still unexplored. This is a place where you'll witness what is natural beauty. Everything you need to survive co-exists in this beautiful balance of topography. People here have passed on the importance of their place for generations. Words are not enough to describe the incessant breeze of satisfaction, ecstasy, and calmness lurking in this part of our world. There are communities failing to preserve their environment, leading to a destructive chain of events. Palawan can pose a fine example to such communities.
Poblacion, Taytay, Palawan : Mari's hometown.
What is life there?
What is there to do in Taytay?
Food is the best part of Palawan experience. There are delicious seafood, lobsters, crabs, shells, and fishes to die for. It is a haven for fresh and cheap seafood delight. Apart from food, there are activities that both thrilling and mesmerizing. Island-hopping, snorkeling, swimming in hidden lagoons, kayaking, Dolphin watching (in Malampaya) are some of the experiences you can have in this place. Then there are numerous waterfalls, caves, and beaches to visit and see the time fading in tardiness.
Underground Rivers of Puerto Princesa, Palawan is one of the 7 Wonders of Nature
What can Taytay teach this world?
How does Taytay care for the environment?
It's not that hard to care and love for our environment. It should start with the government officials. They run the country and they have the power to motivate their people towards anything, and here its conservation of nature. There are always few among the mass who act as a pest towards a positive ideology. Here in Taytay, this 'few' have engaged themselves in illegal logging and cutting, fishing by using dynamite, cyanide etc and other destructive methods. Thus in Palawan, there are sea patrols who look out for such crimes. The government takes strict care and initiatives to allow the people to realize their duties and responsibilities.
Attraction in Taytay: Fuerza de Santa Isabel (Taytay Fort)
Every house should be responsible for their own garbage disposal. How?
"Tapat Ko, Linis Ko" campaign by Philippines government to ensure clean and green environment.
What are the differences between Palawan and rest of the world?
It is the differences that actually unite us all. There are various rituals, beliefs, traditions and customs in every community. But they all should have the similar motive to ensures a safe, clean and happy life. In Palawan, people from the young age are made to know the value of environment, cleanliness and their beautiful homeland. Every country is beautiful in their own way. But Palawan is the most beautiful place on this Earth one can ever dream to visit and settle in.
How do you feel when you see Taytay and other parts of Palawan?
Describe Palawan to those who have never heard of the place
Taytay, Palawan is a very simple place. It is for people who want simple things to enjoy life with. There is everything here you need to find peace and have a satisfied and fulfilled life. Needs and desires of a man have very simple definitions out here. Nature has kept everything in sync. Here people are not hungry for power and money. Laws protect and restrict the consequence of human activity. There is greenery, ample food sources, clear blue water, magnificent landscape and seascape, and generous people that make this place complete in every way.
From the Author's note
Mari has witnessed nature is the purest form, something most of us only imagine. She has seen how simplicity has the power to maintain and sustain the very basic amenities required for survival. Her place Palawan is devoid of major pollution, crowd and devastation, all that has led to something very beautiful, called happiness. It is high time that we dig hard into protecting our nature and welcome anybody who can inspire. Mari has done the same to Global Culture Project and thus she can do the same to all.