January 12, 2021 - Dive Philippines Webinar Series B2B Sessions

B2B Webinar Session 1 featuring on Anilao
12th January 2021, Wednesday
1130 Hrs – Manila / Singapore

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B2B Webinar Session 2 featuring on Moalboal / Mactan
12th January 2021, Wednesday
1300 Hrs – Manila / Singapore

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B2B Webinar Session 3 featuring on Malapascua
12th January 2021, Wednesday
1430 Hrs – Manila / Singapore

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B2B Webinar Session 4 featuring on Dumaguete
12th January 2021, Wednesday
1600 Hrs – Manila / Singapore

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B2B Webinar Session 5 featuring on Bohol
12th January 2021, Wednesday
1630 Hrs – Manila / Singapore

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January 13, 2021 - Dive Philippines Webinar Series B2B Sessions

B2B Webinar Session 6 featuring on Palawan Coron
13th January 2021, Wednesday
1000 Hrs – Manila / Singapore

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B2B Webinar Session 7 featuring on Puerto Galera
13th January 2021, Wednesday
1130 Hrs – Manila / Singapore

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B2B Webinar Session 8 featuring on Southern Leyte
13th January 2021, Wednesday
1300 Hrs – Manila / Singapore

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B2B Webinar Session 4 featuring on Ticao
13th January 2021, Wednesday
1430 Hrs – Manila / Singapore

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B2B Webinar Session 10 featuring on Camiguin
13th January 2021, Wednesday
1600 Hrs – Manila / Singapore

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January 14, 2021 - Dive Philippines Webinar Series B2C Sessions

Dive Philippines Opening Ceremony
14th January 2021, Thursday
0830 Hrs – Manila / Singapore

Shark Conservation in the Philippines

Moderator:

Vanessa Vergara
Head of Reek Check Philippines, PR & Marketing Executive, Scuba Diving Instructor, Photographer & Ocean Advocate

Panellists:

DR AA Yaptinchay
Director at Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines

Ariana Agustines
Project Leader, Whale Shark Research and Conservation Project and Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines

Steven Surina
Owner and Founder, Shark Education

Shark Conservation in the Philippines
14th January 2021, Thursday
1000 Hrs to 1130 Hrs (1.5 Hours)

Synopsis:

At an estimated figure of 63 million and as many as 273 million sharks are killed in the world’s commercial fisheries annually at a global level. These marine vertebrates are mainly sought for their fins which are used in shark fin soup. About 30 per cent of the shark species are threatened with extinction as assessed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the list includes many of the species present in the Philippines.

The Philippines has long been recognized as the world’s center of marine biodiversity with a shark diversity that spans a great number of species inhabiting the Philippine waters. Unfortunately, due to overfishing, habitat degradation and limited data collection on these vulnerable species make the conservation works challenging in protecting them.

This panel will investigate and explore the natural behaviour, the protection policies available and the educational programmes curated for both divers and public on these elusive and misunderstood marine mammals. The panel will also discuss the effects the global pandemic has on the current conservation works, challenges the “new normal” has brought forth and the hopes and expectations moving forward.

Speakers:

Steven Surina
Founder, Shark Education

Dr. AA Yaptinchay
Director at Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines and Fellow at Convention on Migratory Species

Arina Agustines
Project Leader, Whale Shark Research and Conservation Project and Large Marine Vertebrates Research Institute Philippines

Liveaboard Diving in the Philippines
14th January 2021, Thursday
1200 Hrs to 1330 Hrs (1.5 Hours) – Manila / Singapore

Synopsis:

With over 7,107 islands to explore, 1,200 species of marine life which collectively made up of the estranged and wonderful macro species and the endearingly “most-wanted-to-chance-into” pelagic species, the Philippines is one of the homes for underwater explorers seeking to celebrate the astounding beauty that nature could bestow.

Experiencing the best of diving in the Philippines, it distinctly calls for a ‘savoire-faire’ with a liveaboard. The convenience of getting to the islands and the accessible opportunities to chance into some thresher sharks in Malapascua Island, a plethora of shark and dolphin species in Tubbataha Reef or be mesmerized by whale sharks at Donsol instantaneously makes liveaboard the preferred mode of choice.

This panel will deep dive and spotlight into some of the famous and Philippines’ secret dive spots made accessible with a liveaboard experience, the must-know insights and the insider’s tip on making the best of the experience. The panel will also discuss on the effects the global pandemic have on dive tourism, especially on the liveaboard sector, its challenges in the “new normal” and the hopes and expectations moving forward for 2021.

Speakers:

Roni Ben Aharon
Sales, Europe and Asia

Bo Mancao
UW Photographer/ Cinematographer

Yvette Lee
PCSSD commissioner and Director for marketing & Media Affairs / Discovery Fleet

Dive Training / Education in the Philippines
14th January 2021, Thursday
1400 Hrs to 1530 Hrs (1.5 Hours) – Manila / Singapore

Synopsis:

The Philippines is one of the most popular diving locations in the world and is home to some of the best scuba diving spots on the planet. With over 7,000 islands, including wrecks and caves to explore, diving in the Philippines means divers have exponential opportunities no matter how experienced you are as a diver – the Philippines suits all levels and abilities!

Having the beauty of the underwater world at your doorstep, not being able to dive would just be a lost opportunity. Getting that dive education and the necessary certification in the Philippines is a breeze as there are a vast majority of accredited dive centres and resorts offering recreational diving courses all the way to specialised technically challenging courses.

This panel will delve into the various dive agencies, dive courses available to fit all levels and dive disciplines to enable any aspiring or experienced divers for their dive in the Philippines. The panel will also discuss the effects the global pandemic have on the diving industry, its challenges in the “new normal” and the hopes and expectations moving forward for 2021.

Speakers:

Andy Auer
PADI Regional Manager to the Philippines

Gordos Gojunco
SSI Instructor Trainer
SSI Philipppines Support Manager
Scuba Academy Manila , Managing Partner

Dr Michael Macrohon
NAUI Course Director

Sustainable Tourism in the Philippines
14th January 2021, Thursday
1600 Hrs to 1730 Hrs (1.5 Hours) – Manila / Singapore

Synopsis:

The year 2020 not only put the physical world on a pause, but it has also disrupted the global tourism industry exponentially. Nonetheless, the global outbreak of coronavirus disease has impacted the physical world which had lead to the slowdown of economic activities but has impacted a positive effect on the environment in general.

Much has been discussed on the importance of sustainable tourism and its significance to a destination’s travel, tourism and hospitality sector and how it could support to a greater contribution towards the blue economy as the demand by intrepid and eco-conscious travellers are on the rise.

The Philippines with its diverse and green destinations that are eco-friendly for vacationers seeking to integrate and create a sustainable impact on the planet, the destinations and local communities, and on themselves. As the Philippine tourism is undergoing a paradigm shift towards sustainability on an unprecedented scale, beginning with Boracay and extending to more destinations like Luzon and Mindanao, the country aims to lead in sustainable tourism in Asia and to flourish in the age of the “new normal”.

This panel looks deep into the Philippine’s goals in sustainable tourism and the choice of travel to benefit the blue economy and marine tourism. The upcoming trends of sustainable travels, such as ‘microcation’, ‘carbon offsetting’, ‘green hotels’, ‘phasing single-used plastic’, and a holiday that ‘gives back’, the responsibilities and guidelines that eco-travellers and the participating sectors within the sustainable tourism industry should focus on, especially during the ‘restart and reset’ phase, as the country is lifting its travel restrictions. This panel will also touch on the current challenges, hopes and expectations towards 2021.

Speakers:

Adam Broadbent
Co Founder & CEO, ZuBlu

Robert Suntay
Marine biologist, conservation photographer and filmmaker

Gregg Yan
Founder & Director, Best Alternatives

January 15, 2021 - Dive Philippines Webinar Series B2C Sessions

Blackwater Photography in the Philippines
15th January 2021, Friday
1200 Hrs to 1330 Hrs (1.5 Hours) – Manila / Singapore

Synopsis:

Blackwater photography is an underwater photography discipline involving the experience of drifting in the dark, open ocean at night. A completely different experience than any other dive an underwater photographer would experience which will require one to be equipped with advanced diving and photography skills. Hence, why the attraction to this challenging and technical aspect of underwater photography, and diving too? Simply, it falls on the subject – the elusive, weird critters! A chanced adventure to see and photograph critters or larval and pelagic species, that one has not heard or seen, triggers curiousity and “off the charts” satisfaction albeit the required photography skills and the challenges in the dive itself.

Diving in the Philippines, boasting over 7,000 islands with rich marine biodiversity, is an opportunity a recreational or professional underwater photographer will not give amiss. With the upcoming trend of underwater photographers towards blackwater diving and photography have brought many to explore and witness subjects like the paper nautilus, blanket octopus, pelagic seahorse’s, larval jack’s, jellyfish, 10-foot salp chains, jellyfish, moon jellies, flying fish, and a whole lot more. But, what are the technical photography challenges presented at hand to capture these magical, yet bizarre creatures? Would just a 60mm macro lens attached to the camera of choice, two or more strobes with single focus light and a handheld torch be sufficed? Would luck play a paramount picture in getting the “perfect shot”, or the good old “practice” card is best served at bay?

This panel will dive deep and explore on the challenges of blackwater diving and the photography techniques and tips on gears/equipments in making an award-winning shot and the importance of having an informed local knowledge and experience (divemaster or the usage of bathymetric maps) in locating some of the best places to conduct the dives and the best times to dive them. The talk on the “subject – critters” that one can find in the Philippines, and more. The panel will also discuss on the effects the global pandemic has on underwater photographers and businesses during this period, the new challenges the “new normal” have brought forth to the game and the hopes and expectations moving forward for this discipline.

Speakers:

William Tan (Moderator)
Professional Underwater Photographer

Wowie Cai Songda
Professional Underwater Photographer

Mike Bartick
Professional Underwater Photographer

Suzan Meldonian
Professional Underwater Photographer

Tek / Cave / Wreck Diving in the Philippines
15th January 2021, Friday
1400 Hrs to 1530 Hrs (1.5 Hours) – Manila / Singapore

Synopsis:

Going beyond recreational is where technical diving lies. Not just based on the “popular belief” of going deeper or exploring the unknown or least explored, technical diving empower the diver with risk management, mitigation and safety knowledge and the experience of diving with using different breathing gases at different depths to lower the risks associated with their dive in terms of narcosis, oxygen toxicity, decompression sickness and more. As technically challenging it may sound, the technical knowledge gained to enable a diver to stay longer, dive deeper, explore the other disciplines of diving, i.e. wreck diving, cave diving and diving in challenging environmental areas that one has seen and been before.

From the epic underwater cave, karstic landscapes to exploring legendary wreck ships in the Philippines, the knowledge of technical diving skills enables the diver to explore “must-go” dive spots such as the majestic Paglugaban Underwater Cave System at El Nido, the IRAKO wreck at Coron Island or to spend quality dive time in enriching marine biodiversity such as the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park, Puerto Galera, just to name a few.

This panel will dive deep and explore the various recommended dive locations befitting to the various diving disciplines that will hook every technical and cave divers to want to explore! The necessary dive education required for such a dive and tips by practising technical divers to aspiring technical divers in managing such challenging dives. The panel will also discuss the effects the global pandemic have on the challenges the “new normal” has brought forth to the game and the hopes and expectations moving forward for this discipline.

Speakers:

Alex Santos

Bruce Konefe
Professional Cave Exploration Diver

Underwater Photography in the Philippines Panel Discussion
15th January 2021, Friday
1600 Hrs to 1730 Hrs (1.5 Hours) – Manila / Singapore

Synopsis:

Covering a major portion of the Coral Triangle, an archipelago of over 7,000 islands and boasting with world-class marine biodiversity enriched with marine pelagic mammals, fascinating critters, breathtaking beauty of 16800 sq km reef-forming corals that one could ever explore calls for the prompt need to document and conserve for the future to experience and see.

The Philippines hit the spot with the underwater photographers for delivering diverse dive experiences, technical challenges and subject opportunities to experience and work on the shots. If you are a recreational underwater photographer or a professional, a special predilection to day and night diving, a discerning diver could have any – depending on the day’s mood or the camera equipment at bay.

This panel will investigate and explore the Philippines best gems and the offering it could present to any underwater photographer. It will also discuss on the best etiquette that an underwater photographer should practise conserving the underwater beauty of the Philippines from a bleak future for the future generation to experience and tips by the professionals in attempting award-winning shots. The panel will also discuss the effects the global pandemic has on the world’s centre marine biodiversity and the challenges that the “new normal” has brought forth and the hopes and expectations moving forward.

Speakers:

Bo Mancao (Moderator)
UW Photographer/ Cinematographer

Lynn Funkhouser

Scott Gutsy Tuason

Jerome Kim