His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, Sovereign Prince of the Principality of Monaco, visited the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park on 9-11 April 2016 upon the invitation of Ms. Patricia Zobel de Ayala, Honorary Consul of the Philippines to Monaco. Together with Prince Albert II was Mr. Robert Calcagno, CEO of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco, and his team.
It was a magical three days for park staff and rangers. The royal visitor was very simple and accommodating, showing sincere interest in the future of Tubbataha. Having travelled 11,000 kms. by land, sea and air to reach the park, HSH Prince Albert II and Mr. Calcagno vowed that it is their intention to contribute to the protection of the Park into the long-term. Discussions as to the concrete terms of involvement of Monaco in Tubbataha are underway.
The Tubbataha Protected Area Management Board is very grateful to Ms. Patricia Zobel de Ayala for inviting the Sovereign Prince of the Principality of Monaco to Tubbataha, thereby generating support for its conservation in Europe.
Photos courtesy of TMO, Tet Lara & Marissa Floreindo