Dear John

“General Management
Monaco Suites de Boracay
Tulubhan, Manoc-Manoc, Boracay,
Malay, Aklan, Philippines
Date: 07 June 2013
Your reference:  Your letter and memorandum dated March 27, 2013
Our reference:  The features of a remarkable manner of conducting a personal behavior of Mr. Dion of Monaco Suites garden section

Subject: Cutting our balcony shade branches we attended to for six (6) years

Dear Management:
The owners and residents of Villa 11 unit 2 – the family Dr. Ing H. Nagel were again confronted with a sudden cutting away of our shade balcony tree branches we looked after for six (6) years, purposely cut away under the guidance of your senior garden employee Mr. Dion

We refer again to your letter of March 27, 2013 in which you refer to “Monaco Suites goes green….Saving the planet … Caring for our environment…. Go green……. etc etc…”

We did not request you to cut down any of our shade branches protecting our balcony that provides us with shade and coolness!

As we understand for six (6) years now and discussed this issue with your previous departed management team of  Monaco Suites de Boracay that your  senior garden employee Mr. Dion has the tendency to behave in a  unpredictable, changeable or erratic manner

Mr. Dion intellectual senses which are missing in this person means again that he is unable to recognize form, pattern, regularity, harmony and meaning, in particular his consciousness of wrongdoing and self-complacency
Mr. Dion is incapable of grasping and appreciating a given piece of work which means a lack of adequate matter in his mind, he is so weakly endowed that he cannot absorb it at all no matter how often and how attentively he has listened to it. – the result is a serious inadequate and impoverished view of reality!

We request to replace this Mr. Dion for a person who has true convictions! and able to render decent services!

We believe in respect transparency and clear communication as the ingredients for a successful organization!

We trust you will now attend to this serious matter without further delay

Yours faithfully,
Fam. Dr. Ing H. Nagel.
c.c. our national and international agents
c.c. info.monacosuites@gmail.com
c.c. National Ombudsman Manila
c.c. The Honorable Mayor – Municipality of Malay
c.c. The Honorable Barangay Captain Manoc-manoc, Boracay Island”

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“Dear Editor,
I have yet again enjoyed a lovely holiday on Boracay.  I always stay at the quieter end of White Beach, past Station 3 around Angol Point. Though it remains relatively peaceful on this stretch of beach, I am increasingly concerned about the proliferation of boats in the area.

My daily swim and snorkel is fraught with danger as bancas and sailing boats travel at speed only 30 to 40 metres from the beach. It is like swimming in a harbour! I have heard tourists refer to this as a ‘highway’ and many people fear swimming more than a few metres from the beach. One father I talked with said that he had to continually watch his children as he was afraid that they would be hit by a boat. He would not be returning to Boracay!  A serious accident, or death, is waiting to happen. I reported the matter to the Coast Guard but nothing has changed.

Another problem is the destruction of the marine environment by the boats that drop their anchors onto the coral reef. Only 120 metres out from Tree House and Red Pirate is a beautiful area of coral (including Brain, Fire, Staghorn and Fire Corals) which is regenerating. The reef is being destroyed on a daily basis by unthinking boat owners who indiscriminately drop their anchors onto these corals. This area should be made a restricted area and the boats moored further down the beach where there are few tourists.

I will be returning to Boracay again later this year and hope that these matters can be rectified.

Regards
Ben Stevodos
Melbourne”

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“Dear Boracay Sun / Dear John,
This photo was taken at the Catcilan Jetty Port at the 2Go & RORO terminal area while we were waiting to board the 2Go vessel. For no reason this horrible man just started hitting this golden retriever with the dog’s own leash. We were shocked to see that he’s wearing an ID and K9 Unit t-shirt. When we reprimanded him he started to get aggressive, so I just made sure I took a photo of him as there’s no point in arguing with an idiot. How could this ugly ignorant person be in charge of dogs?!? To the one in charge of the K9 UNit, you and this guy should be ashamed of yourselves! I wish all animal lovers can take turns in hitting you with a leash too! ”

Lei

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“This face says it all. This exploitation is sickening.”
Editor’s Note: Apparently, this cub, as well as a lion cub, are being put on display on Boracay. Please, please do not support the exploitation of this magnificent animals!”

Tania

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“i came from manila and decided to live and work in boracay to follow my dreams. yes ive been hired immediately and wow starting to live my dreams in the island, until last monday morning incident happened. Being robbed with unknown numbers of bad people ,inside my apartment while i was sleeping, is definitely not part of that dream. All my valuables were stolen as they break through my windows. these robbers were desperate as they work with the window’s grills and robbed my things up to single nail cutter. they left me with none. im just thankful that while i was sleeping they did not harm me, being raped and killed, the thought still hunts me i cant get a good night sleep since that robbery happened. Now, WHERE ARE THE AUTHORITIES??? TO SERVE and PROTECT they said. I went immediately to the police station,narrated what happened,they came to my apartment AND NONE!. Just like my neighbors, these Policemen just look around and done nothing. NO ACTIONS taken, they could investigate and get the footprints around my apartment-the robbers left plenty and muddy footprints.

How can i continue living and working here in boracay, with all the thousands of tourist every month and being acclaimed as the number one beach destination when safety is in question?”

Rina

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“we just wanted to know exactly sir if the moorings here in boracay particularly on station3 were individually owned by those bancas mostly those diveboats..?

Every time we took one of those, sooner or later a banca came and claiming they owned it..

Mooring block discription; round on side and flat at top with metal eye for rope..with force and bad attitude, Its unpleasant..we visit your wonderfull island every year and my boss spend a lot of peso for his leisure W/c good for d business here..we came all d way frm subic sir, we have a yacht still anchored here.

We really glad to be here, but the manner of some of those claiming the said matter was uncomfortable..

Pls find ways to make all visiting yacht owner feel like a family here.”

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Dear Mayor John Yap,
In the last issue of Boracay Sun did we direct some questions to you and to the out-going Governor.
The new head of MARINA – an agency under DOTC – Administrator Dr. Maximo Mejia Jr., has now addressed our concerns, and in a letter dated June 20 2013 concluded, very clearly indeed, that no LGU are given the mandate to implement MARINA rules – only The Coast Guard are given the power to do so.

An investigation towards the LGU is initiated by MARINA now.

So pls instruct all your different agencies to STOP with their illegal activities. And pls refund the P 11,000 which were illegally collected from me as a fine. Thank you very much indeed for your kind understanding and cooperation.
MABUHAY!

CHRIS BECH – C.E.O

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“A weight used to drop a fishing lure. This was taken yesterday, 5 June 2013, at the Camia II Wreck dive site, this one is on the deck of the boat at around 22m depth, many other weights were around the site, these can also be found around most of the deeper dive sites. Proof again of the illegal fishing taking place, when the fish are gone so will most of the divers.

The illegal fishing needs to be stopped.

The stone is wrapped with a piece of coconut leaf. A hook and lure put through the leaf and lowered to the sea bed. A tug on the line releases the hook and it is jigged to the surface trying to attract a large fish.”

Michael

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“There has to be something that can be done about Guillys bar playing their music this loud !!! It is so loud it is thumping us out of the bed!!! I have called the police and no one seems to be able to do anything…..Guillys has no respect for anyone other than themselves !!! I have went down there to talk to them but the music is so loud they can not even hear what I am trying to ask them !!! OMG I have been nice to them and asked them nicely to please give me a break….they dont care about anything but their loud music. They have all of 10 people sitting there in the bar and the music is so loud no one can hear anything. Why is it that everyone else has to close up their establishment to keep the music inside but they are allowed to just blast their music into the whole beach with no regard for anyone ???”

Lynn

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“To: Boracay Sun
From: Kelley Wells
Hilltop Hotel and Resort
Boracay Island

PICK IT UP AND THROW IT AWAY!

As an American who plans to retire here, I wanted to express my opinion about trash and debris left in the water and on the beach.

I would first like to say that I think Boracay is a wonderful place.  The people are very friendly and the beach is magnificent.  Were that not the case, I would not be planning to retire here.

However, I believe that we have a serious problem with trash and debris both on the beach and in the ocean.  I know that people are aware of it and that efforts are being made to clean it up.  I know that there are people picking up trash in the evening.

But there still remains an unacceptable level of trash and debris.  Walking along the beach I have seen soda bottles and cans, cigarette cartons, plastic containers, food, etc.  This is also true of the ocean.  While swimming, I have seen all of  the above floating in the water.  When I express my concerns to some people, they are indifferent. After all, it will be removed eventually.  

But ‘eventually’ is not good enough.  The trash and debris should not be there in the first place.

People must realise that it is just not acceptable to leave trash on the beach. Even if it is picked up later that means that it’s still there until it is removed. The beach will be covered with it during the day.  Our guests will be swimming and walking in garbage.  

Foreigners might decide not to return because our natural beauty is so marred by it.  Frankly, other beaches are much cleaner.  Why should I come thousands of kilometers to visit Boracay if the beaches and ocean are littered with trash? Our attraction should not only be beautiful beaches, but beautiful, clean beaches!

So what should we do?

First, make it easy to throw trash away. Larger trash cans (not the tiny ones that are on the beach now) should be spaced about 100 meters apart all along the walkway.  They should be emptied daily. Right now, even if one wants to throw their trash away, they must walk a considerable distance and not be sure that they are going the right way.  Even if they find one, it is usually full because of its small size.  Personally, I am strongly motivated to throw my trash away.  But as of now it takes great determination to do it.  It is very tempting just to leave it.  If we had trash cans every 100 meters, everyone would know that there will be one coming up soon. They can carry it their litter just a little way and have the good feeling that they are doing their part to keep our wonderful beach clean.  

Second, raise people’s consciousness that their trash is to be picked up and not left for someone else to do it.  People should be fined when they do not pick up their trash.  However, most people will still be able to get away with leaving it. Enforcement will be necessarily limited.  But if we can instil in everyone that it is unacceptable to just walk away without picking up trash, the problem will begin to go away.  In the Boy Scouts they say that a campground should be left in better condition tha n when they found it.  This is even more true of our beach.  If we do not pick up our own mess (and that of others if necessary) we are not being responsible. We are polluting nature’s great beauty.  We will find that tourists will not return and will not recommend Boracay to others. 

In California, originally the attitude was just like Boracay’s–drop it and let someone else pick it up.  But this slowly changed.  The change did not come merely from the fear of being fined–although that was part of it. It changed because people realized that they would have personally polluted their majestic beach if they did not pick up there own trash  Eventually, the beaches in California became nearly spotless.  In fact, in California if one leaves trash without picking it up they often are given ‘dirty’ looks.  If that is not enough, someone may speak to them about it.

This is not a joke.  Boracay’s beaches are our responsibility.  Let’s make them the most beautiful and CLEAN beaches in the world.

Kelley

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