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Andi Eigenmann to tourists planning Siargao trips: ‘Respect the locals’

/ 11:59 AM July 01, 2020
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Andi Eigenmann with Siargao locals. Image: Instagram/@andieigengirl

Actress Andi Eigenmann appreciates how Siargao locals have made her and her family feel welcome, and in turn, she hopes that others who want to visit or live in the island would respect the paradise and its residents.

Eigenmann stressed why tourists should take care of Siargao via Instagram last Monday, June 29. The actress resides on the island with her boyfriend, professional surfer Philmar Alipayo who is a native of Siargao, and her two daughters Ellie and Lilo.

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“Everyone knows that my love for the island would not have been the same if not for the locals who have shared their home to me and Ellie, and have shown us both so much love, care and respect,” Eigenmann noted.

The actress said she has been “eager to learn to speak their dialect, eat their delicious food and live like the [nature-loving] islander that I am” because of the locals, who she now proudly considers as her friends and family.

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As a surfing enthusiast, Eigenmann credited her surf instructors for being the first to make her realize “how lovely the people of Siargao are.”

“They don’t only make me feel safe in the water, but were the ones that have opened my eyes to the beauty of the island [as] well,” she added.

Eigenmann of course did not forget to acknowledge Alipayo, who she described as “the kindest, most caring person I know,” as to why she loves the island.

“He didn’t have a lot the time we met, but he gave me and shared with me everything of him,” the actress said of Alipayo. “That to me, is priceless. [I] know that I wouldn’t have the life I have now if not for all of them.”

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Thank you @marjaabadgirl and @katarinarodri for your wonderful words.😂 Now I am inspired to write my own! Everyone knows that my love for the island would not have been the same if not for the locals who have shared their home to me and Ellie, and have shown us both so much love, care and respect. I have been eager to learn to speak their dialect, eat their delicious food and live like the nature loving islander that I am because of the respect I have I have for them and the island. As a tourist, and a surfing enthusiast (lol) it was the surf instructors (now proudly, my friends and kumpares and komares and my besh’s!) that first made it known to me how lovely the people of Siargao are. They don’t only make me feel safe in the water, but were the ones that have opened my eyes to the beauty of the island well. They made me realise how living simply can do so much to make a person truly happy. These people, to me, are family. All thanks to my mahal @chepoxz, most especially. Who is the kindest most caring person I know. He didn’t have a lot the time we met, but he gave me and shared with me everything of him. That to me, is priceless. i know that I wouldn’t have the life I have now if not for all of them. So I only hope that all of those who pay a visit, or who have chosen to move to the island just like I did, would also be mindful of not only taking care of their beloved paradise but also show constant kindness and respect to them as well. #RESPECTTHELOCALS

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Eigenmann got inspired to profess her love for Siargao after her friends, including beauty queen Katarina Rodriguez, recounted their stories on social media.

Rodriguez and Eigenmann both credited their friend Marja (@marjaabadgirl) for motivating them to share their stories.

Like Eigenmann, Rodriguez expressed how much she respects the locals in Siargao, especially her instructors in surfing.

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Taking a page from @marjaabadgirl and wanted to express how much respect I have for the locals here in Siargao, especially the surf instructors. If it weren’t for my instructors, Kuya Rico, Marlon, Errol, @allanderecho @ikit_agudo @party_sleep and other FRIENDS of Niño & mine who always guide me in the water – I wouldn’t know the happiness I know while surfing. 🏄🏻‍♀️💙 I strive to attain the values they have in life: patience, passion, humility, kindness, purity and this list goes on. They share their home to so many people from all over the world, like myself. They’ve welcomed me and others with open arms and selflessly teach us their ways in the water and in living. #RESPECTTHELOCALS whether you’re visiting or living here bc this is their home and this island will always belong to THEM. And to the locals of Siargao and to my surf instructors, salamat karajaw for sharing your island home with me. 🤍🌴🙏🏼🌺🌊 Shot by (my fav Siargaonan photographer) @choyakzchoy ❤️

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“I strive to attain the values they have in life: patience, passion, humility, kindness, purity and this list goes on,” she said. “They share their home to so many people from all over the world, like myself.”

“#RESPECTTHELOCALS whether you’re visiting or living here,” Rodriguez added. “[Because] this is their home and this island will always belong to THEM.”

Siargao is known as the surfing capital of the Philippines. It is located in Mindanao and is one of the provinces of Surigao del Norte. JB

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