Call to Adventure: People of Paradise – Ep.5

(singing) (drums beat) – The people on the boat, the crew plus the guests, it's a community for five days.

There are meals to be taken together.

We take showers together.

We sleep on one floor.

Even them, they feel likethey are part of Tao family, for five days.

And I think that's whatalso makes them happier, in the end.

It wasn't just a tourthat they've paid for because they've went to this exotic place.

No it's comradery.

They experience a lot.

– We don't build anoverdeveloped, build big cottages that offer this creature comforts that you have from back home, but we build and design hutsthat connect the traveler directly to that natural environment.

So you are sleeping inan open-sided bamboo hut.

It's just a simple curtain, no walls.

You can basically fall tosleep with the ocean breeze and the sound of the waves.

It's a unique experience for the guests.

(ocean breeze) After sunset and night fallen, everybody is enjoyingthe dinner on the beach.

Then if you walk a littlebit away from the camp, down by the seashore, look up.

There's a sky full of stars.

(gentle calming music) Where you shower is exactly how they shower and bathe in the islands, which is directly at the water source.

A menu full of fresh foodthat is actually harvested so you can really see the from the farm to the plate.

(tropical music) (cheering) (boaters applause) From nose to tail, from the fisherman to beinggrilled just on the beach, just the freshest fish.

We'll talk about it and hear about it, but it's rare that you geta whole full five day menu of that kind of incredibly, high-quality ingredients.

You're just eating thelandscape as you're going along.

(uplifting music) – It's the basicness of how we do things, that I think contributes tothis life-changing comments that we are getting.

Who would have eventhought that now-a-days, we survive without television? We survive without microwave.

And when they go home, they're like, why do I even have this? – This is the raw experiencethat everyone is looking for.

Unmediated.

Unplanned.

Not fake but for anyone to experience, but it's just the raw culture.

(gentle flute music) What we offer, the island way, where we sleep, what we eat, what we do, in our daily lives, this is what the travelers are wanting.

We invite you to see andexperience our community.

We invite you to taste our food.

We invite you to really takepart of what this culture is, the islander culture.

(guitar strumming) (boaters singing) ♪ 'Cause I want more ♪ ♪ everyone knows ♪ ♪ hey, fade away ♪ ♪ my girl, it's only you and me ♪ ♪ everything I know ♪ ♪ everywhere I go ♪ ♪ where life's I go ♪ – [Man] Hey join us here! Hey, what that guy? (boaters singing fades) (exotic music) – We're in the middle ofthe ancient rice terraces.

This is called the Pandey, the rice paddies, here.

This is where I grew up.

The village below the mountain is where I spend my childhood.

(exotic music) After 10 years of creating and developing this project in the islands, I think we've made our mistakes and we've created a way onhow we deal with tourism.

This is what we're bringing up north, in a much more sustainable way.

We want to do it here, with a different community, a different culture, but sticking to the core idea of Tao.

It's for the people.

It's the local culture.

It's whatever is here, whatever available materials or knowledge, that's what we use.

(cymbals clanking) (native music) We decided to come and doa trekking project here where we invite travelersto explore the cultures of the mountain people.

They have their rituals.

They have their own food.

By inviting travelers to come up here, it's also a way of making the locals aware that their culture is kinda special and it's worth conserving.

(exotic music) What is Tao Philippines? It's to experience the real Philippines.

It's to experience theculture of Filipinos, and to experience the people.

The name Tao is about people, I suppose that's the experience of people and the culture of the Philippine.

I'm envisioning Tao 10 years from now to be an example of how to run tourism in a much sustainable way.

It's used for conservation.

It's used for education.

It's used for pride of your culture.

– [Children] Hello.

(uplifting music).

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