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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 – I had learned about the destination through research. The few articles I found had described how this municipality found a sustainable way to empower its locals by becoming stewards of Aloguinsan’s nature while earning a  living. Those articles piqued my interest and off I went to spend Christimas there.

I got the opportunity to stay at the family rest house of the municipality’s mayor. Speaking with the locals and the mayor on how successfully they were able to help the city generate income for the town’s revenues, Aloguinsan is a model town in the Philippines. The locals have been educated to look after nature because in their own words, “Kapag inalagaan mo ang kalikasan, aalagaan ka din nya.” (If you take care of nature, it will in turn 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. Back then the mayor mentioned that they were training locals for a new tourist activity, dolphin watching.

Photos of my travel hopefully will entice you to support destinations like Aloguinsan, Cebu that promote responsible tourism. When you arrive there, don’t  be deceived to think that it is just one sleepy town as time seems to slow down there.

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