El Nido, Palawan is one of the Philippines’ prime tourist destinations with its white sand beaches. It’s no wonder that foreigners from all over visit the island paradise.
One such recent visitor was supposedly Hollywood actress Cameron Diaz whose pictures went viral on social media.
In the photos, some Pinoys posed with a Caucasian female wearing a white sports bra top who bore a striking resemblance to the Charlie’s Angel star. Even local news sites soon picked up the story and published it on their pages, which got some people excited about the idea of an international star vacationing in the country.
On May 21, Happy Ongpauco Tiu said the tourist in the photo claimed to be Diaz when she was dining at her restaurant Backyard BBQ.
But was it really Cameron Diaz though? Many netizens reacted and stated it wasn’t her but a lookalike.
So apparently, Cameron Diaz wasn't really in El Nido but a random Caucasian lady who looked like her LOL
— Ram Lopez-Vito Bucoy (@Rambuc) May 26, 2019
Nyahahaha hindi pala si Cameron Diaz yung nasa El Nido.. Eto namang si ate white girl sinakyan ampotah. Hahahaha!!
— Jerald Napoles (@IamJNapoles) May 25, 2019
Cameron Diaz and Bradley Cooper in El Nido. Damn!
— Lawr’yeng (@Lawryeng) May 22, 2019
Cameron Diaz is in El Nido the same day as I am!! We’re breathing the same air!!!!
— Romar Miranda (@rightnowromar) May 21, 2019
It's just rumors. Cameron Diaz wasn't in El Nido. https://t.co/L4HYRdQzGD
— The Food by Cameron (@TheFoodByCam) May 23, 2019
Even celebs like Anne Curtis and Karen Davila weighed in and said it wasn’t the Hollywood star.
In another Instagram post on Saturday, Tiu corrected her earlier post from Tuesday where she shared photos of her restaurant’s staff with a woman who looked a lot like Diaz.
“I can’t believe our post last week about Cameron (??!!) eating at my restaurant went viral,” Tiu wrote on her caption. “She claimed that she’s the real ‘Cameron’ … others affirmed that it is really her and some said she’s fake and just a look-a-like. Whoever she may be, I’m just glad that she’s enjoying the Philippines and loving my BBQ.”
Those who met the woman remain insistent it was Cameron. But unless the star herself or known representative confirms or denies it, then the question of whether or not a Hollywood celebrity visited El Nido will remain unanswered.
Most of us look at Palawan as one of the cleanest places in the country. They advocate environmental care and preservation, which is why netizens were shocked about what one Facebook user has posted.
Filipino tourist Ianna Reyes posted videos and photographs of her visit to El Nido. Do not expect crystal-clear blue waters, but rather see a sea of garbage floating as captured in Reyes’s shots.
In a small lagoon, there is an overwhelming amount of trash floating in this part of a tourist attraction.
Although I enjoyed our tour today, I was disappointed with one part of the tour. This is Secret Lagoon. Please please please let us TAKE OUR TRASH(!!!) with us and throw it in the PROPER(!) garbage bins!!! If we want the future generations to see the beauty we are witnessing today, we should do our part to take care of it. 😩😩 Wag pasawaaaay please lang. #elnido #palawan
Video Courtesy of Ianna Reyes
The water is filled with floating plastic bottles and styrofoams.
Netizens, mostly El Nido locals, started questioning Reyes’s intentions regarding her post. Some have said that she did not do proper research as to to where the garbage came from and why she did not coordinate with the local government right away.
inedit mo pa yung post mo pero hindi mo inadmit na mali ka ng pininpoint na tao para iblame yung kalat sa secret lagoon! ni hindi mo nga inalam kung saan nanggaling yun or inalam kung ano ba yung mga labels nung mga plastic kung galing ba sa bansa natin o hindi eh basta ka na lang nagjustify na mga taga Elnido ang may sala at dahil jan congratulations dahil sayo baka isang araw ipasara na din yan just like boracay. MEMA POST LANG PARA KUNWARI ADVOCATE TSAKA SAYANG LIKES PERO KAPIRASONG BALAT NG KENDI SA KALSADA DI MAPULOT PULOT. kung concern ka sana inuna mong makipag coordinate sa local government tsaka sa mga environmental facilitators dun para maimbestigahan kung san nagmumula or sana lumulusot yung kalat kase imposibleng ginawang basurahan yun basta basta dahil sa dami ng turista araw araw dapat nakikita din yun nila kaso diba bigla lang sumulpot yung basura so it means may ibang dahilan kung bakit napadpad yun.
This is totally BS!!! From this post, a lot of negative filling up in elnido!!! How could a post like this destroyed the image of el nido which is the garbage is not even from.a local town nor palawan! It was drifted from.the other country china japan vietnam etc. Now this fcking post just ruined the livelihood and tourism in el nido… U showed a concerned but at the same time u ruined it!!! Thnks to u and ur concerned!!! I’m from.Palawan and been to el nido many times and explored the island many times and this is the first it happened, though it’s not 100% but most of palaweños strictly discipline about throwing their garbage!!! 😡😡😡
Next time.if u concerned about something like this, instead posting it to the social.media, how about u report it to the tourism in the area so they can give an immediate action!!! U just almost fcking ruin the live of people in el nido who depend in tourism!!!
In an interview with Radyo Bandera, municipal administrator Rene Jay Dela Calzada said that the Secret Lagoon is located at the outer portion of the island which means that the garbage from nearby provinces may have been carried away due to the bad weather.
“Alam natin na kapag may malakas na daloy ng hangin at waves, yung mga basura galing sa laot ay pumapasok sa public bay.”
The Netizen clarified her post and apologized, however she will not take down the post as the real message of her post is intended to teach proper waste disposal.
RE: WASHED-UP GARBAGE IN PALAWAN VIRAL POST
Many people have asked me to take down my post, more may have reported me for it but this one is different. This is from a LOCAL PALAWEÑA who got the point. I have taken a lot of flack from many locals in El Nido because of the false judgements that the post has brought (i.e., El Nidonians are not taking care of the place or the place needs to be rehabilitated like Boracay or El Nido is ruined now). Despite various attempts of editing the post to prove that this isn’t the case, the damage was already done so I am posting this to apologize for all the hate that is coming to you but I am not taking down the post with the hopes that all the hate towards you may cease and the real message of my post which is PROPER WASTE AND GARBAGE DISPOSAL be realized and spread all over the world. Yes, world because like the locals discovered through their investigation, these are washed-up garbage from other countries. This could also mean our own garbage could be in other countries’ shorelines! This is what I meant by we are all liable. I hope people from all over the world take notice because like what the Mayor said, “Everyone’s help is significant to win over this WORLDWIDE PROBLEM.”.
A recent news about President Rodrigo Duterte shutting down Boracay if the island’s environmental issues will not be addressed in six months has gotten the attention of tourists–local and foreigners alike–as well as the concerned departments and agencies.
The president announced that he has tasked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to lead the restoration of the said popular beach destination within his given timeline.
Now, if ever the DENR fails to comply with the president’s demand and if he indeed closes down Boracay, the government should start focusing on promoting other beach destinations in the country.
Here’s a list of Philippine islands that are worth visiting:
PAGUDPUD, ILOCOS NORTE
Unlike most beaches, the ones you will find in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte have not been touched or developed for tourism purposes. The beaches remain natural and the area is not overcrowded. Tourists can also have guided tours around the caves and rocks.
SAN JUAN, LA UNION
San Juan, La Union has been the go-to place for tourists who are after beaches that are perfect for surfing. There is a number of beaches and resorts around the area that offer surfing lessons and have the best food trip spots for tourists who like to hang out after spending time at the beach. It has become a favorite among travelers as the area is not overcrowded and there are a lot of activities that can be enjoyed there.
EL NIDO, PALAWAN
Dubbed as the “last frontier” of the Philippines, El Nido in Palawan has bagged various awards including the “World’s Best Island” awards voted by readers of the Travel + Leisure magazine last 2017. Aside from the powder-like sand and the crystal clear water, it’s the limestone formations, historical lagoons, caves and waterfalls that can be found in the island that leave tourists in awe.
MACTAN ISLAND, CEBU
Mactan Island in Cebu boasts pristine waters and white sand beaches. Considered as the diving mecca of the Philippines, the place offers diving activities and diving lessons, among other water activities, to tourists who wish to experience the fun in Mactan. Aside from the natural wonders, Mactan Island is also a home to a very rich history.
PANGLAO ISLAND, BOHOL
Home to the Alona Beach, the island is also known for being a perfect beach destination when it comes to diving activities. During the day, the shores are serene, but as the nighttime approaches, the nightlife buzz also comes, which most tourists love about the place.
WHITE BEACH, PUERTO GALERA
White Beach is one of the most popular beach destinations in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro. With its fine white sand (hence the name White Beach), its serene ambiance, the many water activities you can do, the hotels, restaurants and bars around, there’s no question as to why it’s one of the tourists’ top picks.
SAMAL ISLAND, DAVAO CITY
Located right at the middle of the Davao Gulf, the Samal Island holds a number of beautiful white sand beaches and marine wonders. The islands remain untouched, as well as the natural and wildlife attractions that can be found in the area.
The Philippines has thousands and thousands of islands and a lot of them are still unexplored up until this day.
The breathtaking beach destinations go beyond this list and the government should focus on maintaining these tourists spots as much as it focuses on promoting them.
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