El Galleon and Asia Divers were out there again this week. This time we were in Baco where we had 320 families turn up.
With the money we raised for Mohawkvember and a few other donations from some generous friends of Asia Divers we managed to get an array of food items to be handed out. The organization was fantastic with the staff at El Galleon working hard to bag the food for each family and the organizers in Baco making sure that no one was left out.
Without these dedicated people none of this would be possible. They are the ones that make your donations count. We thank everyone for all of their support.
We at El Galleon and Asia Divers have always supported charities of one kind or another. Rhuby our manager of El Galleon has traditionally donated a month’s salary to kids or for disaster relief each year for the past few years. Last Saturday Rhuby, Kjell and Allan put together enough of their money to provide 200 food bags for two hundred Mangyan families from Naujan in Barangay Aringan. During the last typhoon these people and hundreds of others were displaced after a hug wave of mud and water swept through their valley killing many and making homeless hundreds of others. Unable to find support and relief from government agencies, these people were left abandoned, helpless and hungry. You can only understand the magnitude of this devastation by going and standing in the middle of this valley. The drive towards this valley is obstructed by downed power lines, mud washed roads, homes with mud half way up there broken walls, coconut trees up-routed like weeds, trees that are over a hundred years old up-routed and washed a hundred or more meters from where it stood for so long.
We are calling out to anyone who can help to please send us a pledge or cash as we intend to go back to Baco another area close by hit hard by the last typhoon that went through the Philippines. There are over four hundred Mangyan families homeless and in need of help. Allan has pledged again enough money for a hundred families; through the great efforts of the instructors and friends during the November “Movember” drive there is enough money for another hundred families. We are looking at making this donation next week, Friday the 22nd of January.
Many thanks to all those who donated and the El Galleon staff, Jamie from Asia Divers and Lina for helping us during the Naujan distribution. And a very special thanks to Lina Soderstrom again who coordinated the purchasing and packing of all these bags. And also a very special thanks to Mangyan teacher Sonya for her amazing job of coordinating and distributing the food bags and supplies on the day to all the two hundred families. We met every family and personally handed over each bag! Please contact admin@asiadivers if you would like to help.
The Puerto Galera Hash Club is always something fun and interesting to do on a Saturday afternoon. It gives the boys a chance to show off their frocks sometimes!
You’re invited to a Halloween Scare, come and join us if you dare. It’s our way of saying thanks to all of our friends without pulling pranks. Don’t be lame, don’t be naughty, creep, float or crawl to our costume party! There will face painting, costume prizes and witch’s brew, now all we need is you! The undertaking will occur Saturday, October 31st at The Point bar. Rooms are still available. Contact us at email@example.com
Markku is contemplating the next few minutes of his life as the “stairway to Hell” has been prepared for him.
Art Kotula and Markku Tapani Saari climbed the “Stairway to Hell” and got their victory t-shirts.
Fun times in and out of the water with Kjell, Pete, Troy, Alli, Markku & Eva. Here giving a big Congratultions to Nick Carpenter for getting his Rescue cert and to Chigusa Shimada for getting her Advanced and Nitrox certifications. Well done!
Allan has been busy going around Australia visiting many dive shops and also fitting in time to see some old friends like Eric Masters.
Tommy has been on tour around Eastern Philippines and visiting some Dive Shops/Centre’s that don’t often get visited by suppliers. Here is Tommy and Vladimir Elazegui from Scuba de Oro in Cagayan de Oro, Northern Mindanao.
It’s not too often we get a request to have a wedding at the resort, but it sure is nice when it does happen. Congratulations to Alan William Sneddon and Rhona Tullett who tied the knot under a canopy on our dive platform. They celebrated afterwards watching the sun go down with Kirsteen McInnes Tullet and Caitlin Irene Tullett and us of course.
Antoine is very excited about the gift from Allan that he was given for his long term service with El Galleon, a brand new Honda CBR 150 cc! Next time you’re here ask him to take you for a ride!
It’s been a busy time here and we’ve been lucky to have the help of some very good friends, dive guides, and excellent bar mates; Smartie, Simon, John O and Ian.