Yellow boat sails in Zamboanga’s majestic pink Sta. Cruz Island PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 July 2014 11:32

3 yellow colored boats of the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation (YBHF) can now be seen sailing in the city’s tourism island destination – the majestic pink Sta. Cruz Island. Last Friday, July 11, YBHF sailed and turn-over 3 yellow colored boats to the island inhabitants, the Badjaos. The yellows boats will be used to ferry and tour the island’s tourists around the island aside from fishing and transportation purposes.

It was witnessed by Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Salazar , Carolina Clemente Leap and Alex Leap of BKP-California, Tzu Chi Foundation Zamboanga, Philippine Toy Library, Gawad Kalinga, DOT-9, Zamboanga City Tourism Office, the Philippine Navy, and Philippine Coast Guard personnel.

This is just the beginning of the dream come true of YBHF co-founder Dr. Anton Lim. He felt a spark of added hope or pag-asa for the island’s Badjaos when he visited the island 2 or 3 months ago. Dr. Lim saw the need for sturdy boats to improve the inhabitant’s lives when they go out for fishing, for transportation, and for tourism purpose.

Aside from being famous for its colored pink sand, Zamboanga City’s majestic Sta. Cruz Island has a little Badjao community living peacefully there for decades. Their source of income is basically fishing. The island also has a wide mangrove area at the back portion of the island inhabited with rich marine resources and visited by migratory birds.

For now, the Badjaos are selling souvenir items, live or cooked fishes, crabs, or squids to island hoppers or visitors for added income. Once the on-going constructions of the island’s tourism facilities are finished and assured security are in place, it will increase the influx of local and foreign tourists there.Live will be better for Sta. Cruz island.

Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

By: Dante Corteza

Last Updated on Monday, 04 August 2014 10:54