Malapascua was turned upside down, as the current President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal Arroya. visited during two hectic days in February. She stayed at Exotic Resort, and while the staff there knew she might be coming, they didn’t receive final confirmation until the day before. Once the announcement was made frantic efforts went into the preparation, the beach was absolutely combed for garbage by kids from the school. The poor staff at Exotic cleaned for twenty four hours straight! (Honestly it never seemed dirty to begin with, but I suppose if you look hard enough you can always find something to clean.)
Once on Malapascua, Arroya went diving at Monad Shoal in the early morning. One boat held her and the dive staff, while another one was reserved for security. The other dive operators delayed their morning trips to Monad that morning. Surrounded by diving bodyguards, the president apparently had a wicked dive! Sharks were present throughout, and a good time was had. As the president left in the afternoon the staff at Exotic breathed a sigh of relief and had a well deserved rest.
All pictures (c) Exotic, used with kind permission.