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Update from Magic Resorts in the Philippines

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As you may already have seen, on December 16, the Philippines was hit by a super typhoon category 5 with wind speeds up to 280km/h – 175miles/hour. The centre of the typhoon went over Cebu and Bohol and caused massive havoc and many casualties. Following on from two already difficult years due to the Covid pandemic, the typhoon damage has been devastating to local communities.

We contacted our friends at Magic Resorts (Magic Island Dive Resort in Moalboal, Cebu and Magic Oceans Dive Resort in Anda, Bohol) for an update:

“It’s 3 weeks since the typhoon hit and a lot has been done already (especially road clearing) but unfortunately the whole of Bohol is still without electricity and also more than half of Cebu is without electricity (incl. Moalboal). Telecommunications are still barely available, so it’s hard to communicate with the rest of the world. Expectations are that we will have electricity again in February. For Bohol there is a chance it could take longer.

Everybody is working hard and we see some positive developments, but the damage is severe and it will take a long before things are up and running again cross the area.

Nevertheless, the resorts and the staff are luckily OK, but most of the staff lost (part of) their homes. After 2 years struggling with COVID, they dont have any money to rebuild, so we decided to help them with crowdfunding.

We are so happy and grateful that we have already received so much love and financial support from everyone all over the world so that we are able to help our staff and their families get through these devastating times. Any help is much appreciated!”

Magic Resorts has 80 Filipino employees and all funds raised will go directly to them to help rebuild and repair their homes, their lives and their country.

Thank you for your help. You can donate here: https://gofund.me/50b9bd13

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Scubaverse UWP Winners Gallery: Sofia Tenggrono

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Each month we give the winner of the Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition the opportunity to show off a little more of their work in a gallery. The September winner was Sofia Tenggrono.


What equipment do you use?

I work with Olympus TG-6 camera, Nauticam CMC-1, 2 Inon S-2000, minigear snoot dive torch

Where can our readers see more of your work?

https://www.instagram.com/s.tenggrono/


To enter the latest Scubaverse Underwater Photography competition, with a chance to win some great prizes as well as have your own gallery published, head over to the competition page and upload up to 3 images.

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The BiG Scuba Podcast… with Samantha Falcucci

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Gemma and Ian chat to Samantha Falcucci. Samantha is a technology professional in New York City, STEM mentor, and ocean and space exploration advocate. After studying Information Systems & Marketing at the University of Texas at Austin, she launched into a business-technology career and has worked at Microsoft for six years guiding enterprise customers through their unique digital transformations. She has fostered a passion for science all her life and is dedicated to hands-on scientific research and communication in both space and ocean related fields.

Samantha earned her Advanced Scuba certification at 17 and is passionate about diving and marine science. She is a citizen scientist volunteer recording microplastics presence at the Jersey Shore for the Plastic Wave Project and is a member of the NYC Sea Gypsies scuba club. In August 2021 she became a trained analog astronaut and helped lead a Mars simulation in the Mojave Desert with an international crew.

She dedicates her passion for science to her late grandfather who was an entomologist and loved launching model rockets together. She strives to set an example as a citizen-scientist while advocating for diverse backgrounds needed in exploration. Her advice to aspiring conservationists is to find unconventional ways to study and care for the ocean regardless of your age or if it is directly related to your job and studies. She looks forward to sharing all of her upcoming space and ocean related experiences on her Instagram blog.

Have a listen here: 

Find out more here:

https://www.instagram.com/seaspacesam/

https://sfalcucci.medium.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/sfalcucci/

https://www.instagram.com/nycseagypsies/

Find more podcast episodes and information at the new www.thebigscuba.com  website and on most social platforms @thebigscuba 

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