The mothers at the Atmosphere Soup Kitchen showing off their Piggy Bank

On a recent visit to the Atmosphere Soup Kitchen (ASK) with resort guests Emma and Lexie from California, we once again had the opportunity to admire the ingenuity of the people living around the dump site in Candau-ay. The Atmosphere Soup Kitchen is a part of our Gives Forward program. It opened in June 2011 and we feed 85 kids five days a week. Why? The main objective is to keep these kids going to school. They live in an impoverished area near the Dumaguete dump site where kids would otherwise spend their time looking for things to sell on …

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The greatest reward - blog from a PADI Course Director

When our next PADI IDC begins in September, not only the candidates have to come prepared. As a Course Director, Gabrielle knows about all the hard work behind those two fun but tough weeks… Let’s hear what she has to say. This is my first time to write a blog… Not being the social networking person, when asked to write one I had to ask what a blog was… so here’s hoping I have it right! Most of the time when you see a blog about a PADI Instructor Development Course it is usually from the candidates’ perspective, but I …

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Victoria AFTER dry dock

When we – the Atmosphere management with me, Adam, as the new dive center manager – sent our beautiful dive vessel Victoria to her yearly dry dock, we decided on some drastic changes… If you have been to the Philippines, then you will no doubt have encountered their traditional style of boat – the banka. This might conjure up images of wealth and prosperity but in this case, it is more about simplicity and ergonomics. A banka has a single hull supported by outriggers on either side which are usually made of bamboo but sometimes solid wood depending on which …

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Matt and Rae hard at work, tasting the new wines...

We have been very proud of our French boutique wine cellar for four years now at Atmosphere Resorts, but we have finally decided to go international. Rae tells you all about the exceptionally tough selection process… France is known for its fantastic vineyards and production of good quality wines. For the last four years, our wine list at Atmosphere has been an exclusive mix of some of these great wines, receiving many compliments and lots of positive feedback. However, with a clientele that is forever diversifying and the changing current trends in popularly sought after wines, we decided it was …

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