Responsible tourism: Aloguinsan, Cebu
Good morning, I’d like to share another destination in the Philippines that is less touristy and promotes responsible tourism. Aloguinsan, in the western part of Cebu, has been recognized internationally for its sustainable tourism practices.
I spent Christmas 2015 in Aloguinsan after coming across some interesting articles about it online (such as these ones: “Have you been to Aloguinsan?” and “5 must-visit spots in Aloguinsan“). What piqued my interest was the responsible tourism aspect of the place ie its local government has empowered its locals by training them to become stewards of Aloguinsan’s nature while earning a living. So off I went with my mom and brother to stay almost a week there.
We stayed at the family rest house of the municipality mayor. I had the chance to learn more about the place after speaking with the locals and the mayor. “Kapag inalagaan mo ang kalikasan, aalagaan ka din nya.” (If you take care of nature, it will in return take care of you.”).
Aloguinsan continues to reinvent itself and look for ways to generate revenues and tourism jobs. Among the tourist activities and spots are the Bojo river cruise, Hermit’s Cove and Hidden Beach. By now, the locals must be offering a new tourism activity – dolphin watching.
Photos of my travel hopefully will entice you to support destinations like Aloguinsan, Cebu that promote responsible tourism.