Friday, May 09, 2008

The Look of Looc I

Looc, Tablas Island, Romblon

I just spent a week in Looc,Tablas looking at the possibility of doing a shell resources survey here and writing a shell catalogue. I was a guest of Mr Aggie Ngo, a prominent businessman here who owns Gieshelles Resort. Mr Ngo's hospitality is something else! We went to the community organized Looc Fish Sanctuary. There are lots of fish and the occassional shark. The shark tale spooked a few tourists. I had to tell people that this means that the fish community has really recovered.

Romblon is not known as a shell collectors paradise but it really is. The province's relative isolation (flight frequencies are low, a boat ride from Batangas takes 9 hours) makes it off the beaten track. The beaten track ends in overhyped Boracay,which is only 1.5 hours away by regularly scheduled pumpboat ferry. But even then Boracay tourists rarely find themselves in Looc. The few who do make it here (after getting stressed by Boracay crowds) attest that they would rather stay here than stay there.

Next post I'll upload shell pics.

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