In his latest Instagram post, the son of business magnate Fred Elizalde and prima ballerina Lisa Macuja showed some fierce love for the environment.
Manny Elizalde could have just posted some fun beach photos but instead he opened our eyes to what is really happening in Boracay.
“After a year of absence, I went for a swim here in Boracay to the ‘Brain Coral’; an old coral reef close to shore that my siblings and I have been visiting since before I knew how to swim properly. In healthier days, you could find fishes of all kinds, including a moray eel, and a lionfish. They’re gone now. Only a few fishes are still there.
In their place one can find cloudy waters and trash, such as what I’m holding above; I found this object lodged into the side of the brain coral, in such a way that it could only have been purposely placed there. From what we can gather, it is an illegal makeshift spear for spearfishing. I don’t know why it was put there, I only know that it’s only an example of what is happening all over the country, all over the world. It’s not just people littering here either, islands aren’t entirely separated, the trash we dump in Manila can make its way to Palawan, Panay, and even here.
We need to work to save and revive our environment, not just in individual islands, but in the entire country. We need to address the underlying problems that are causing this pollution and environmental destruction. Poverty, disenfranchisement, and everything that causes people to resort to dumping, dynamite fishing, and all the other destructive behaviors. Even if we don’t realize it, we rely on the ocean for life, from the water in our rain to the food we eat, if the ocean dies, we die with it. #saveouroceans
Sorry for the rant, thanks for making it this far, here’s a cute shark as reward #ocean #conservation #pollution#boracay” @manny_eliz said.
Thank you for being environmentally woke, Manny! #