Planning to Retire Soon!

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

Friday, July 5, 2013

The Dolphin Island of Marinduque

Do you know there is a Dolphin Island in Marinduque? No,there is no Dolphin Island in Marinduque. The correct name is Maniwaya but the shaped of the island ( see photo) made me feel calling it Dolphin Island. There are several articles in the web about Maniwaya Island.. Here's some excerpts from the latest articles in the Web of this beautiful tourist spot in my second home-Marinduque Island.

“The Boracay looked alike beach closest to Manila”: The place seems enchanting and inviting the first time one step on Maniwaya Island shore. It has white sand beaches, pristine clear blue water and magnificent natural views. It looks like a virgin and unpolluted island never been discovered by many travelers, so the place is not crowded but one has the feeling like in a paradise undiscovered island".

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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