"Sir, throw some coins, please!"
While some people find it amusing and entertaining, throwing coins into the sea for children to dive and catch encourages laziness and beggar-mentality. These kids are not to entertain but they are there to earn money. Mind you, they would reject if you throw 0.25 centavos. “Kulang pa sa pagod” (Not worth the effort), they reasons.
Tourism brings money; it has some bad effects as well.
A different type of Halloween
PG residents celebrate Halloween on 1 Nov. Instead of dressing up and going for some trick or treating, kids here and adults too go caroling and making a lot of noise with makeshift drums made of tin cans, rattles using bottles filled with seashells to go with their singing.
To show your appreciation, give them some coins. After all, they have sung for their supper!
Massage on the beach
I really do not know if this is a local custom or a tourist trap, but anyway... you can get a cheap and sometimes effective massage from locals on the many beaches around Puerto Galera.
They cost about $2-3...
Hard part is to stand your coconut smell afterwards...
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