Posted by Ed 9 mths ago 
Filipino Photographer Terence Ver Angsioco spends 66 days on Coron Island to meet the tribe who own an ocean.

‘We forgot the serving spoon.’

Wielding a machete isn’t the response I expect from Chef Hilven, but he’s a solutions kind of guy. To the crackled blare of Bob Marley’s Give Me Love, he aggressively starts hacking away at a tube of bamboo. Splinters slice into the sand like drunk arrows, but Hilven’s cavalier cool suggests this is how he always sources his cutlery.

He’s well aware that his heroism is being caught on camera, but I’m happy to film and swoon. My new bro makes something out of nothing daily. He cuts problems down to size. Finds wealth in weird places. Today’s win is the abandoned cove he’s brought us to – the set for our latest episode of Island Cooking.
The sand strip is guarded by sheer limestone cliffs that lean over us like policemen. Clutches of forest sprout from the rock, suspended in mid-air, peering with green jealousy at the ocean below. These open waters braid inlets through Coron Island’s cliffs, widening into lagoons inland – teal lakes considered sacred by the Tagbanua people. They’re also wrapped in tribal stories, and their exact locations are kept secret from outsiders. It’s a hell of a back yard for Hilven. 

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