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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

Jona Branzuela Bering is a writer and photographer from Cebu, Philippines. When she is not traveling, she gardens, teaches, and becomes the slave of two cats. She is scared out of her wits about traveling in Asia alone this coming July and August. Follow her travels on Instagram @travelingjona or on her blog Backpacking with a Book. Email: backpackingwithabook@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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