Corong Galeri Lokals
About the organization
Corong Galeri is a social enterprise in Coron Palawan founded by Al & Mae Linsangan that has various community-based operations. It includes a souvenir shop that sells Calamianes' traditional products, arts, and handicrafts made by local indigenous Filipino from nearby islands. It is also a space for the local Tagbanua tribes to expose their artwork and get people to discover their tribal music.
The organization is also known for operating Calamianes Expeditions & Ecotours, an ecotourism tour operator in Coron. The tour offers Daily Island Hopping Trips, Seat In Coach Tours, Customized Trips, Expedition Tours, and specialized tours/outfit programs such as Photography Tours, Cultural Immersion, Sportshooting, Underwater Macro Diving, Reef and Wreck Diving, Kayaking, Trekking.
Corong Galeri also owns an adventure products and equipment shop: Palawan Outdoors and offer photography services.
Tourism and hospitality
Ecotourism, Cultural tourism, Commercial Tourism
What makes it a social enterprise?
Calamianes Expeditions & Ecotours is based on the principle of Community-based tourism. Which means that a tour can involve up to 7 local families in different roles: ground handler, boat owner, boat captain, food preparer, tourguide, entrance fee recipients, etc.
For their marine operation, they have adopted a coastal village from Barangay Lajala. They helped convert a lot of boats formerly involved in illegal fishing into tourist boats. They are partnering with up to 168 families from Barangay Lajala for their operations, which includes group such as indigenous people and women.
They follow rules and environmental guidelines decided by the tagbanuas tribes to ensure a sustainable development of the tourism industry in the region and promote environmental awareness with their clients.
They help promote the local culture of indigenous people not only with their tour activities that feature the local culture but also through their souvenir shop that features local handicrafts and help local artists to feature their work.
What is its social cause?Culture, Environment, Employment development & skills training
Who does it impact?Rural Communities, Aboriginal / Indigenous groups
Resources to learn more about Corong Galeri Lokals
[Society for Sustainable Tourism & Development, Inc. (SSTDI)] The Coron Initiative, towards sustainable Coron and Calamianes islands
[Ramblings of a Global Citizen] Palawan: Pinoy Paradise!