Tuesday, October 27, 2009

(Wonderful Philippines Series # 2) The Great Whale Sharks of Donsol, Philippines- The Gentle Giants

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Welcome to the island paradise of Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines where you can marvel and interact with the gentle giants of the seaworld- the great whaleshark or as the natives call them- Butanding. They abound in the sea of the tropical island of Donsol where you can rent a boat and diving gears to see this marvel of the great sea as they frolic and have fun in the sunny and balmy sea of Donsol. My friend- Rose Cottrill was born and raised in this tropical island paradise and have seen this marvelous beauty of the seven seas in her entire life in Sorsogon before migrating to the US.

Come to the tropical islands of the Philippines where hospitality is a trait of all Filipinos and where warm smiles are everywhere and where you can see the tarsier, the butanding or whaleshark and countless sights and sounds at very affordable prices. Philippines - Pearl of the Orient Seas, Tropical Paradise of the Pacific.
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Tags: Whaleshark, Butanding, Donsol, Sorsogon, Philippines, Pearl of The Orient, Tropical Paradise of The Pacific, Warm Smiles, Tarsier, Warm Welcome, Very Affordable Prices, Hospitality, Warm and Balmy Sea

Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla
Great Tourist Destination/Great Vacation


dhemz said...

oh my..breathtaking naman tong whale nato....manang rose is from sorsogon...I remember her post dati kasi...

kuyaMel, sowe po late na akong nakadalaw dito....busy with skul..kakauwi ko lang...we left early kasi may emergency yung prof namin....

about pala sa pumpkin guts...dati I baked them...pero ngayon ala akong time so tinapon nalang ni hubby...oo madami magagawa sa pumpkin....may mintamis din..pero kadalasn ginagwng pumpkin pie..never had one kasi I don't like squash.....d din kasi mahilig si hubby....

salamat po sa dalaw at comment...si misis mo pala andito sa states?

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Dhemz,
Hindi pa ako nakakatikim ng pumpkin pie. Masarap siguro ano? Squash ay isa sa paborito kong gulay lalo na pag may gata. Napaka exciting talagang panuorin ang mga butanding. Mismong sa bayan ni Rose sa Donsol naglalagi ang mga butanding. Napakamahal pala nang karne ng butanding 1,500 pesos per kilo at trip ng mga Chinese. Pero bawal na bawal ang pagkatay sa kanila. Kawawa naman sila kung kakatayin lamang. I hope someday makita ko rin sila sa Donsol. Gusto ko ring matikman yung laing at Bicol express ni Rose. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

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Rose Belle said...

Hi Mel:
That is really an interesting sea creature! Is it a whale of some sorts? It's such a mellow and human friendly animal. I've never heard of this paradise before. Glad you shared it.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Jason,
Thanks for the compliments but as always, TO GOD BE THE GLORY. I already included in the blogrolls of my 3 blogs. Thanks and God bless.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Rose Belle,
There are actually many inexpensive tourist sites in the Philippines that are relatively unknown because of lack of write ups and advertising. I just featured this island in the Philippines where one can hire a pumpboat and diving gears to see these wonderful and gentle giant creatures of the sea. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Dorothy said...

Mother nature and Gods creatures are always amazing. I love to see other peoples ideas of their beauty.

Dorothy from grammology

chubskulit said...

I remember when the locals used to kill butandings Kuya. That's when no one was giving an attention to it. But when the law was created, the locals started to appreciate it and take care of the lovely butandings!

Thank you po for featuring my hometown here, I am so happy to see this post!

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Dorothy,
Nothing beats the thrill of interacting with these giant gentle creatures. They are so gentle that they allow people to swim alongside them. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Rose,
Yes, these gentle giant creatures are creating tourism opportunities for the Philippines. Even if the going price for whaleshark meat is 1,500 pesos per kilo among the Chinese market, our fishermen must respect these creatures. It's a good thing our government banned the killing of these sea creatures. They together with the lovable tarsiers have put the Philippines in tourists map. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.

Bambie dear ★ said...

bakit kaya mga chinese kinakain kahit ano, mostly exotic. Parang I heard before na kumakain din sila ng utak ng monkey =( yaycks...

Sana mas alagaan ng gobyerno natin ang mga natural resources natin, lalo na yung mga animals na sa pinas lang makikita. Parang dinocument na dito sa Japan ang butanding pero di iba lang yung name..

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Bambie,
Hindi lang Chinese kung hindi Japanese man. Ang biggest market nang whale's meat eh Japan. Tutuo yun, exotic food ang brains ng monkey sa mga intsik. Pati nga yung bear's paws ay kinakain nila. Dapat ipreserve natin ang mga butanding dahil national treasure natin sila kasama ng mga tarsiers. Thanks for your visit and comments. God bless you always.


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