Aside from charcoal, firewood is also grown and harvested on Guimaras island.
Two weeks ago I received a new book about coastal trees and plants, written by a friend who is one of the foremost mangrove and beach plant experts in the country. In her book, and quite by coincidence, she mentioned the exact tree that is grown in Guimaras for this purpose. Firewood from this tree is valued because it burns even when wet. The locals call the tree sibukao (Caesalpinia Sappan.) Now you know. Enjoy.
(Pixel-peepers: I used to take 90% of my photographs with a single 28mm prime lens. I acquired a 50mm lens recently and have learned to see my world with it too. It's sharper and allows me to stand further from my subject, which is just great for today's postcard of men loading firewood on a boat.)
But wait, there's more...
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