Young bathers … As in the past, this portion of the beach just a stone’s throw away from the town hall of Jose Panganiban continues to draw local bathers and swimmers. One morning a few days ago, a group of young fun seekers (pictured) took the plunge and made do with what the bay could offer in the absence of an easily accessible place such as the local beach.
The usual spoilers … However, the children’s fun would be short-lived, as a group of small-scale gold miners invades the water with their mining paraphernalia (pictured). Very soon, the bay water would turn murky and brownish until it becomes unsuitable for dipping and swimming. MWBuzz believes that any effort to put Mambulao in the tourism map should begin right on where tourists would like to be – on the beach and in the water. If the kids were turned off by these gold miners’ mindless act of polluting the bay, which forced them out of the dirty water, how much more with real tourists? On a given day, at least 30 miners work in concert to retrieve the gold and that’s more than enough to make the water hostile to our young bathers. When the JP-LGU launched a program to promote Mambulao as a tourism destination with the slogan It’s more fun in Mambulao, it appeared that the gold miners were not on its radar. They will surely spoil the fun in Mambulao and this is bad news. – MWBuzzpics and text by ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ