Perry Jane Samaritan - "I like Duterte because he’s fighting drugs"
In Coron, we were very welcomed by Perry Jane at the apartments she manages and she gave us good tips on what to do in our time there.
1. What is your name, where do you come from and what do you do for living?
My name is Perry Jane and I work as a receptionist at Haisa apartments where I’ve been working for the last two years. I come from Mindanao in the Northern part of the Philippines. I love my job because I meet a lot of interesting people so it seems like I’m always studying. My boss has another business in Laguna where I used to work and that’s where I met my husband who’s originally from Corón. When my boss opened his business here, he sent my husband here and hired me to manage this one.
2. What advice would you give to someone like us that just arrived here?
First thing you should do when you get here is not to take advise from only one person, like me! For example, I will advise you to do this tour or that tour but maybe it’s because I endorse these tours. Ask around town, to different people what you should do. Only one opinion doesn’t count.
3. What would you say is your favourite food?
Seafood. Especially crab and shrimp. You can find really good ones in Kawayanan Grill restaurant but the best food is cooked by my husband. He’s great in the kitchen, unlike me, I’m very lazy. He likes to cook exotic food.
4. What's your favourite place here?
My favourite place is, of course, my hometown. I can’t wait until my baby girl, who's only 4 years old, grows up so I can take her there.
But I also like it here in Coron, I like it here because it’s very simple, life is not complicated or crowded. Like for example where my husband comes from, not too far from here, they live in very basic homes, still cook with firewood, it’s really a very simple life. In the beginning it was quite challenging but now I have adjusted and I love it! Also, it’s much safer than in other places, like Manila. Here you don’t really feel the drug issue but I have my sisters in Manila so that worries me a lot.
I’m sure you heard about the drug issues and that’s why I like the president of today. I like Duterte because he’s fighting drugs, which are a huge problem here. And drugs are the root for all the crimes and violence in the Philippines. Drugs and poverty but at least he’s fighting one of the biggest problems. I’m just concerned about my baby.
Anyway, if I had to say, my favourite place in Coron is Banana Island and Malcapuya, for sure.
5. What would be the perfect Sunday afternoon plan?
The perfect plan is to get away, to refresh after a stressful week with my family. Quality time with them is the best plan, the three of us just eating away in a restaurant. I just want to see my baby happy.
6. What makes you happy?
Family, work. If you love your work, everything else follows. My guests always make me happy. When I see a happy face on them, it always makes me happy.
7. How has tourism affected your city?
It has affect a lot actually, like for example with the entrance fees in the islands. It’s not necessary to make it that expensive. It’s a natural place; you shouldn’t have to pay so much to go there. The same happens with the hot springs, it’s too expensive for us Coronians. It’s even more upsetting because you’re paying for the entrance fee but sometimes there’s garbage on the beach. If we’re paying because of the “maintenance”, then you shouldn’t see that. Fees should just be lower. Because there are so many tourists, all of them paying these fees so we should see improvements.
8. What would you like to ask our next host?
Do you feel there’s a lot of crime in your hometown?
Tips & Recommendations
Go diving in the shipwrecks, it's a lifetime experience!
Swim in the lagoons of Coron and experience the big water temperature changes. They have a mix of fresh and salt water and depending where you are in the lagoon the water temperature can vary from 25 to 40 ºC
Go up mount Tapyas just in time for sunset. It's around 700 steps up but the view is worth it
Go for amazing Italian pizza in Altrove if you're craving Western food. It's famous both in El Nido and in Coron but because there are not as many tourists in Coron, the line is much smaller