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2021 was a tough year for health issues, tourism, education, and jobs. Thank heavens we had no serious typhoon! In January 2022 the Omicron variant knocked us over but we're back on our feet. By mid February, any visitor from overseas with full vaccinations and a recent negative RT-PCR test will be exempt from quarantine upon arrival. That should help, and we're cautiously optimistic that travelers looking for uncrowded, natural settings will help Mirisbiris recover from the COVID downturn.
Last year, we added a gazebo and catwalk overlooking the ocean and Mayon Volcano. This year, we're working in the gardens and just added a small building, the Pili Hut, near the forest entrance, to serve as a gateway, store, birdwatching deck, and restroom for a new camping area. Starting February 1, 2022, we'll charge P50 (~USD 1) for entrance to the forest and beach.
COVID precautions forced our summer reading program to change to individual tutoring, typically 2-5 students at a time and a similar number of volunteers, rather than the previous 60/40. We still managed to 'graduate' 30 new readers in 2021. Schooling by modules rather than face-to-face is doubly difficult for those who can't read ! Our 25 college students are doing better, with online classes, and are progressing and graduating more or less on track, without the ceremonies, of course.
With renewed interest in gardening, we see quite a few "plantitas" and "plantitos." Gardens and forests are great for destressing. Music is also great for destressing, and a talented local, blind musician, Mr. Jun Balinquit is providing live keyboard and guitar music on most weekends.