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Snobbery is an unlikely character of a traveler. But sometimes I cannot help but label islands either too touristy or superficial and tend to avoid traveling to these places I—who prided herself a traveler—reduced to tourist consumption.

It did not help that Malapascua has an exotic-sounding name—so foreign in a region of the Bisdaks. It took me awhile to have the will to dispel the snobbery away.

An island like Malapascua taught me that I should question the trappings of tourism and mundanity found in brochures.

Traveling, if one is patient, can teach us the inherent ways of an island. So I went to Malapascua and arrived in Logon.

But there are still places that I prefer not to visit. Like the butandings in Oslob—a town that I prefer to pass by, a town that I keep on snubbing unless it changes the way it treats those gentle giants.  

Call it snobbery. I call it living—living the cause I believed in.

I wrote an essay on Malapascua months ago for Manila Bulletin.  You can read it here:  Searching for the Wreckage at Malapascua  

Not really snobbish,

Jona

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About Jona Branzuela Bering

When I'm not traveling, I teach, garden, write, read, and become a slave of two cats. For collaboration, projects, and other inquiries, email me at backpackingwithbook@gmail.com

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  1. I think snobbery in well-deserved by some places in Cebu. However, I’m glad you gave Malapascua a chance. I’ve a feeling that if one looks beyond its touristy front, there still exists that innocent, authentic element.

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