The Philippines – Malapascua

Malapascua, Philippines, January 2017

+ The place


+ My feelings and historical part

Malapascua is a very beautiful island. 3 hours drive from Cebu and a boat trip and you reach this beautiful little island of 2.5km (1,55mi) by 1km (0,62mi). This remains an island of divers where the number of diving clubs is important, as well as the hotels.
Out of diving, the occupations remain simple, like drinking a good rum in the evening or sipping a San Miguel facing the sea or a fresh squeezed fruit juice. Given the size of the island, you can go around and see the lighthouse or the most northerly beach Langob Beach Heaven, more hectic beach than the south.
Historical part
The name “Malapascua” is said to have been given to the island by the Spaniards whose ship was stranded on the island on Christmas Day, December 25, 1520, due to bad weather. Due to their misfortune of having to spend Christmas away from their comrades and their families, stuck in a desert island, the Spaniards would have called the island Mala Pascua, which literally means “Bad Easter”.
However, there are still discussions as to the origin of the name. “Mal” means “bad” in Cebuano, “pasco” means “christmas” in Cebuano and “pascua” means “spring” in Spanish. Despite everything, Spaniards and foreigners now refer to the island of Malapascua, while local residents insist that their island be called “Logon”.


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