Cagbalete island shore little boy on the beach

TJE 35: A paradise in danger before popularity?

Cagbalete is an island off the coast of Mauban, Quezon, in the Pacific Ocean. I went there about two weeks after visiting Boracay. There was a stark contrast between the two islands: Boracay is commercialized, while Cagbalete is raw. However, they share a common problem (IMHO): both are currently in danger of human impact.

How can a remote island that is not yet commercialized be currently in danger of human impact? Well, Cagbalete is already inhabited. And it seems to be for a while. Thus, some parts of the island are polluted.ย ย  One friend dipped his hand in the water at the side facing Luzon (where the local settlements are concentrated). He regretted doing so because of the stench.

Pollution is a real problem in the Philippines and it is quite sad. ย More so, when a beautiful place is involved.

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