In our first #OffTheGRID episode, we dive into the island paradise of Siargao, land of the endlessly-barreling Cloud 9 and home to a new breed of surfers from all over the globe who find it quite difficult to leave. Many of them have set up shop here, watching Siargao rapidly grow from a quiet surf town to a bustling tourist destination in just five short years. Its residents open up to us about its growing pains—impending dangers range from waste management to overcrowding—and how they’re fighting to keep their home as pleasant as when they first arrived.
#OffTheGRID is a new docu-series looking deeper into the issues behind our country's most popular destinations. Our host, Francisco Guerrero, sets the tone: “As travelers, we often talk about what we take home; we should also ask what we are leaving behind.”
Look out for the next episode on CNN Philippines.
Produced by Tripleshot Media Inc. & GRID Magazine.
Special thanks to Kermit Surf & Dive EcoCamp Siargao and Bayud Boutique Resort.
Big thanks to our friends Gianni Grifoni, Manuel Melindo, Gaps Sabuero, Niño Barbers, Pia Lopez, Marja Abad, and SEA Movement.