"She is so lost in her sadness that she has no idea how visible it is. I think I understand her—for a moment, I presume to understand her—but then, from within this sadness, she surprises me with with a brief flash of determination. Bravery, even."
One of the 45 islands of the town of El Nido in Palawan, Pinagbuyutan is also one of the most famous. Our tour guide said it was the shoot location for programs such as Survivor Israel andthe Amazing Race.
What is most interesting about it is that it is home to the balinsasayaw or the edible-nest swiftlet (Aerodramus fuciphagus). This bird lives in dark caves and creates its nest out of its own solidified saliva. Native bushadors make a living out of climbing the caves and gathering the nests, which are sold as the main ingredients in bird’s nest soup. We were told that this is a Chinese delicacy that is usually very expensive. It has to be, considering how dangerous it is for the bushadors to acquire the nests. Not only are the cave edges steep, they are pointy and ragged.
Years ago, there was a documentary aired by I-Witness on the sentries of the balinsasayaw.