Meet Mario and his merry crew. 

 

Mario Victoria is typical of many Filipinos with mixed blood. Raised and educated in Germany he returned to the Philippines two years ago for a short visit and has never left. 

I first met Mario and his volunteer group online though a volunteering website. I was immediately taken with his enthusiasm which you cannot help noticing, even in his description of their project. It’s the one thing that shines through. 

They are based in Legazpi on the coast of Bicol in Luzon. The backpackers they are setting up will serve as their base of operations, housing volunteers and people actively involved in the project. Set close to the ocean it looks out over a dormant volcano in the distance. 

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