It’s over

It hasn’t really sunk in that this incredible experience is over. Sure, I will still get to read my students’ reflective field diaries and mock grant proposals, but no more living in a huge, raucous group of university students. On one hand, it’s nice to be back in Singapore, to have my little feathered friend […]

A Day of Birdwatching and Tree Planting

We were up really early yesterday at around 4am to go birdwatching at the Rajah Sikatuna Protected Landscape! Armed with our binoculars, we trekked through the dense vegetation and along the rather treacherous Oriole trail. It was difficult spotting birds when we had to keep our eyes peeled to the ground at the same time […]

A hello from Team Mabuti’s HNU students

Hi everyone! The two Holy Name University (HNU) students attached to Team Mabuti – Josef and Ivan – have the following to say of the course so far. “Team Mabuti is really mabuti. In our group, we did a lot of teamwork on all the activities that we did especially on the forest surveys. Even if […]

Fruitful day (:

On the way back to the hotel today, overheard on the bus. N: It was quite a fruitless day today huh… E: No, we had coconut. // So the day began with an insightful seminar by Mr Pat Dugan, the man behind the Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR) reforestation technique. His comments about sincerity and being […]


Had a lecture on ANR by Mr Pat Dugan today and learnt to press weeds at a site. Though the rain made us unable to do a forest transect, we enjoyed some fresh coconut juice too! Looking forward to the remaining days! – Group 2 (Burol) 🙂  

Thoughts on eco-tourism part 1

  Before we came to the Philippines, we have all heard many things about Bohol. The white sandy beaches, rich dense forests and warm friendly locals. This is almost the end of Day 4 and it has been this and so much more than we ever anticipated. We have all seen, experienced and learnt so […]


We visited the Tarsier Foundation today! Although it was raining heavily today, it did not dampen our spirits. We had the BEST EXPERIENCE talking to the Tarsier Man, Mr Carlito Pizarras, who shared insightful knowledge on tarsiers and the foundation with us. We were really inspired by his hospitality and his contribution to the conservation […]

Our Travelogue Is Up!

Hi, it’s Team Mabuti (aka Team 8) again! Today, we have compiled our experiences in a Google Maps Travelouge, with descriptions of the places we have been to for the past few days. At the moment, there are no pictures available for viewing, but we hope to get some up when our Internet connection is […]

Visiting Chocolate Hills and Earthquake Sites

Day 3 of our trip! We went to visit 4 old churches today. It was interesting to know that coral stones and egg whites were sturdy enough to build buildings with in the past, and that Bohol was once submerged underwater. However, it was heartbreaking to see the rubble and structural damage inflicted on the […]