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If you are planning to retire in the Philippines soon, I suggest you visit several excellent websites on pro's and cons of retiring in the Philippines. However if you want to retire in the provinces, where life is simple, standard of living cheaper, less traffic congestion and pollution, availability of fresh seafood and vegetables compared to the big cities, my island province is the place for you! If this is your first time in my site, welcome. Please do not forget to read the latest national and international news in the right side bar of this blog. Some of the photos and videos on this site, I do not own. However, I have no intention on the infringement of your copyrights. The photo above is the front yard of Chateau Du Mer-Our Retirement Home in Boac, Marinduque, Philippines

Monday, October 15, 2012

Have You Heard of Maniwaya Island?



A couple of days ago, I was reading on the development of Balesin Island Club Resort by a US based conglomerate headquartered in Miami, Florida. After reading the article, Maniwaya Island comes to my mind. The scenic beauty of Maniwaya Island is comparable if not better than Balesin Island. Moreover, the proximity of Maniwaya to Manila is a big plus for Maniwaya's future development. Marinduque tourist officials would like to claim that Maniwaya Island is the next Boracay without the night clubs and big crowds. I have a feeling that big resort developers will be wishing they have a chance to develop the island into a luxurious resort, once they see the island in person. This will only happened if our local government officials gave their support.

The status of being another Boracay without the night clubs has already been claimed by the developers of the Balesin Island Club Resort. Balesin Island is a 500 hectare island south of the Pollilo Island of Quezon province. A private and exclusive resort has just recently opened. Completion of the resort complex is expected to be finished by the end of this year.

Below is a video of Maniwaya Island from YouTube that attracted my attention.

Here's some tidbits from an article published in the local paper on Maniwaya Islands.

Freddie Pelaez, former village chair of Maniwaya, said the island got its name from the Filipino word maniwala (believe). According to old-timers, a story went that a visitor with a speech disorder was asked by locals about his impression of the island, and he replied, “Maganda. Maniwaya kayo sa akin (It’s beautiful. Believe me).”

Maniwaya has a land area of 264 hectares and a population of 1,900 or 370 households. The residents’ major sources of livelihood are fishing and farming, Pelaez said.

Local blogger Eli Obligacion in his blog site Marinduque Rising said nights could be creepy on the island with the “strangest bird sounds you’ll ever hear. But when the moon is full and the water is still, you might experience some state of freedom and enlightenment.”

“Maniwaya is still untouched by commercial developers so the bigger number of visitors just come by to spend the whole day swimming and exploring the shore—and maybe taste the bibingka (rice cake) or agar-agar seaweed jelly that the local inhabitants make,” he wrote.

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