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This breakwater is located on a small cove in an island in El Nido. This utopian place in Palawan got its name from the spanish Nido, meaning 'nest', from the swiftlets (Collacalia fuciphaga, locally called Balinsasayaw) that make their nests with their saliva in the caves on the limestone islands around the bay. These nests are indeed delicacies, known as Nido Soup in chinese restaurants. The nest of these birds could fetch as much as P120,000 (USD 2,400) per kilogram, due to the danger in collecting the nests from high up in the caves. At the time when we where there, we were told that a local man was recently hospitalized when he fell down, breaking his collar bone. Lucky he is alive. The trade is now being regulated and it is illegal to collect nests without obtaining a license.

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