Delfin is a guide in Sabang, Palawan’s mangrove paddle boat tour. He sings about the need to preserve these 30-meter mangrove trees that house most of Palawan’s rare species including snakes, birds and fingerlings.

“Huwag lang kayo magagalit, Maam, ha kung may ituturo ako.” he warns this ophidiophobic. He points to two snakes, a monitor lizard and some birds along the way. But my favorite, by far, are the trees and that, in this island, buildings become elfin creatures in their presence.


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