A video of a young boy from Cebu went the rounds on social media after showing off his skills in playing the ukelele, performing covers of hit songs “Despacito” by Luis Fonsi and “Buwan” by Juan Karlos Labajo.
The boy, now identified as Jonlie “Tongli” Cabradilla, 11, plays his ukelele to customers outside a restaurant near the Mactan Cebu International Airport in Lapu-Lapu City.
Netizens were charmed and their hearts were stung when they learned that Cabradilla serenades the public in order to obtain money to go to school and help provide for his family.
He lives in Barangay Lawaaan 2, Talisay City but journeys to Lapu-Lapu City on Mactan Island every weekend with his mother and father to busk for money.
Cabradilla is the second of six siblings and has told Cebu Daily News Digital that his parents have no permanent jobs which led him to find other avenues where he could help them out.
After learning that he could earn money by busking in populated areas on Mactan Island, Jonlie’s family decided to make it a weekend activity.
Jonlie learned to play the ukelele at the age of four when his father introduced the instrument to him. He would sometimes busk together with his cousins and are usually found outside a mall in Lapu-Lapu City in the morning of Saturdays and Sundays, but one fateful encounter with TJ Clemente gave the young musician the spotlight online due to his viral Facebook post.
It was there that Clemente recounted how he met the boy when they were on their way to a restaurant near Mactan Airport. Jonlie approached them as soon as they stepped-out of the taxi and started playing out of the blue.
“Saludo ako sa’yo! Sana one day ma-discover siya para makapag aral siya at para mas makapag provide sa family niya,” wrote Clemente.
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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