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Diving for dollars (or pesos)
Young boys along the wharf greet the ferry as it waits to embark. They’re hoping for coins to be tossed from about 20 meters up from passengers, and enough people do it to make it worthwhile for the kids.
It’s remarkable how they are able to recover the coins before they float downward to be lost forever. A couple of them even climbed up to the top of the ferry and dove the 25 meters with a flip for the equivalent of 25 US cents (10 pesos) or less.
The first time I saw this activity was in Mexico when I was just a kid myself. It struck me then and I’m reminded now how poor young children must work to support themselves and their families.
Spearfishing for a living
While I cavort in my underwater revels, this guy spends his life eking out a living by fishing in the waters around Camiguin. These guys can be out before dawn casting nets or spend days rowing and angling in the hot sun or perhaps spend evenings lighting lamps to draw insects that will in turn draw fish.
You've got to respect how hard these guys work for so little in return. It's humbling and a good reminder of how lucky we travelers are to play where others find hard work.Related to:
The festival celebrates the harvest of this small, delicious, yellow fruit which tastes like a cross between a lychee and a lemon, and grows in bunches along the foothills of Mt. Hibok-hibok. You'll enjoy the street dances, colorful costumes, and the specialty food unique to Camiguin. The Lanzones Festival is celebrated at the third week of October.Related to:
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