Palawan's Lakes Are Crystal Clear During the Pandemic
Palawan has been the go-to travel destination of many travelers around the world.
The island is known not only for its pristine beaches, but also for its picturesque lakes surrounded by limestone rock formations.
Lucky for Japhet Daco, he was witness to two of Palawan's famous lakes in their purest—and most Instagrammable—state during quarantine.
Japhet, or "Japs" to his friends, is a tour guide based in Busuanga, Palawan.
He had been touring travelers around Palawan for six years until the COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on the local tourism industry.
With much time on his hands, the 33-year-old wanderer decided to revisit the famous attractions of his hometown as Palawan eased to modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
His first stop? The Kayangan Lake in Coron.
Japs recounted his adventure in a chat with PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) on August 18, 2020, via Facebook Messenger.
He started, "Coron Island was already open for locals since June 1, but you have to comply and follow all the restrictions and rules implemented by the local government.
"My friends and I planned to visit Kayangan Lake last July 13, but unfortunately, I wasn't able to come because I fell sick that day.
"And then I saw their pictures and videos on Facebook and sobrang nainggit ako. Hehehe.
"So with my fellow tour guide na si Mark, pumunta kami sa Kayangan on July 28."
Kayangan Lake is believed to be the cleanest lake in the Philippines.
Japs' visit to the place showed him the reason why. "Outside Kayangan Lake pa lang, I took a lot of pictures and videos.
Below are just some of the photos Japs uploaded.
This story originally appeared on Pep.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.