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We went to Cebu a few weeks ago to attend the wedding of our long time friends and we wanted to squeeze a day trip to Oslob to watch the “Butandings” or whale sharks. We drove over 100 kilometers stopping at Carcar to buy their famous roasted pig or lechon at the wet market and buy puso which is rice cooked in these small woven baskets made from coconut leaves.
Fridge Magnet Souvenir
We were so excited to see them but before you could go out to sea in these small boats, you had to go and sit through a short briefing on what are the dos and don’ts of whale shark watching.
Do not touch the butandings
Stay at least 3 meters away from the head and 5 meters from the tail.
Do not swim near their mouths.
No flash photography
Do not use sun block since some of the chemical components may be harmful to the butandings
The viewing is set for 30 minutes
The following are included in the PHP 500 or about SGD $15 package:
Boat ride (non-motorized)
Life jacket rental
Apparently these whale sharks have started appearing in the area in the 80’s. Fishermen would feed them and no one really thought that there was something special about these gentle giants. Then a diver came along and he was so awestruck when he swam with these whale sharks and then news started to spread about them.
small wooden boats used to ferry tourists to the viewing area
We rode on a small non-motorized banka or wooden boat that was good for 8 people. The two fishermen who were with us had to paddle us to the viewing site. Despite all the care that the fishermen are putting in, some whale sharks get wounded when they bump into boats with their fins and tails.
When I first saw a whale shark swim past me I forgot to breathe for while. There were a few of them swimming around that afternoon. I saw one the size of a bus swim a few feet below me.
Butandings or Whale sharks
One fisherman would feed the whale sharks with these small shrimp and the paddle near the boats where the tourists were so they could see them. We were asked not to swim away from the boats and hold on to these bamboo outriggers for our own safety since there was a current in the area.
The fishermen have grown to love these buntandings and they even have names for them. The one that we saw often was called Kulas.
Coming from a third world country, I understand the fishermen who have capitalized on this and made it a tourist attraction. Our seas are not as bountiful as they were before and fishermen are having a hard time making a living. You could hear how grateful and affectionate the fishermen are as they talk about butandings as their friends and saviors. Me, I’m just grateful I had a chance to swim with them just this once.
I found this great documentary by Blue Sphere Media which perfectly captures the sentiment of the local fishermen towards these gentle giants.
We created this custom invitation for our friends, Kim and Alfon. Kim showed me this picture from a library book of a paper cut invitation that she liked and I based the feel of their invitation from that inspiration. The bride wanted an invitation based on her favorite color which is green and she liked the style of the illustration I made for another save the date.
Glassine Envelope with a Silver LT Wax Seal
The seal was made using silver wax beads and a 2 letter seal which is available from our store. The main invitation and insert is printed on linen textured paper. The small reception card is the size of a business card which indicates the venue address and printed at the back of the card is the contact information of the couple as well as their sisters who are in charge of the RSVP. Having the small card handy will be convenient for guest who will be travelling to the mountain side reception venue from the city.
We came across old negatives of the photo shoot we did at the downtown area of Cebu City a few years ago. We went to the Sto. Niño Church and Magellan’s cross, which is just a few meters from the church. We got the negatives scanned to a CD from the local photo shop.
The Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño is one of the oldest churches in the country. Most people come here to pray and pledge. The original structure rarely holds mass since it’s too small to accommodate all the church goers. An outdoor structure was built adjacent to the church where mas is now held.
Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño
The Sto. Niño Church is one of those solemn places where you can see parishioners praying fervently. Most folks who come here are devotees to the Sto. Niño and this place is packed every Sunday and on the feast day of the Sto. Niño which is every second Sunday of January. The Sinulog Festival is a huge celebration where there is a grand parade, a lot of church related activities and family gatherings.
Praying to the Saints
There's is usually a child selling candles
You can get your photo taken and claim it from the photographer a few days later
Toys for the well behaved kids after mass
The Magellan’s cross is housed in a chapel next to the Sto. Niño. The original cross is enclosed within another cross to protect it from people trying to chip off a piece to get a souvenir.
I’ve had a request a few weeks back for the map we used for our wedding. We’ve uploaded a map that from Sacred Heart to Marco Polo at our flickr account. You should be able to access it after the jump. I have to look for a link for a file sharing site when I’m not so swamped anymore. I’m planning to do a series of maps or illustration of Cebu churches when my schedule clears.
Please link back or comment below if you used the file. Thanks!
Here’s a map for those getting married at Sacred Heart Parish and celebrating their reception at Chateau de Busay. If you want to use the graphics just message or email me and I can send you a high resolution file.