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Diwa the Dugong

Words and Illustrations by Rachel L. Shaw
Filipino translation by Reynante V. Ramilo and C3 Philippines

“What is Diwa to do with no seagrass to chew?”
Diwa is a dugong. She lives in the shallow seas of the Philippine islands, feasting on seagrass: the only food that dugongs eat. When trees are felled on a nearby hillside, soil washes into the sea and kills the seagrass. Diwa must swim away from the place she knows and find somewhere new to live.


On her journey she encounters many perils but also receives help from strangers who tell of a place with bountiful seagrass.
This heart-warming story about not giving up hope also raises awareness of endearing but endangered dugongs. Royalties from the sale of this book will support the work of C3 saving dugongs in Busuanga.

“Paano na si Diwa kung wala na ang baryaw na makakain?”


Si Diwa ay isang Dugong na nakatira sa karagatan ng Pilipinas at kumakain lamang ng baryaw. Kapag ang mga puno ay pinutol at gumuho ang lupa, pumupunta ang tining sa dagat at namamatay ang mga baryaw. Kakailanganin ni Diwa na lumangoy palayo sa kinagisnan niya at humanap ng bagong tirahan. Sa kanyang paglalakbay ay maraming pagsubok ang kanyang naranasan. Ngunit may mga tumulong para muling makita niya ang bagong tahanan na may marami pang baryaw.

Rachel L. Shaw


Cares passionately about wildlife and the environment. She lives in the U.K. and works for a wildlife charity. Rachel has a strong connection with the Philippines after taking part in an exchange visit organized by Rotary Clubs and is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of West Bay, Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines. Rachel hopes that stories of the endemic and endangered animals of the Philippines will help spark a lifelong interest in them and their conservation.

Reynante V. Ramilo


Works as Programme Coordinator of C3 Philippines, Inc. in Busuanga, Palawan. For the past years he has contributed his expertise in the fields of community development and environmental protection and conservation particularly on forest and coastal and marine environment. At present, he is mainly involved on coastal and marine ecosystem conservation and habitat protection in Busuanga, Palawan. He hopes that this book will help increase awareness on dugong conservation, not only in Palawan but throughout the Philippines.

Community Centred Conservation (C3) - Philippines


C3 Philippines, Inc. is a small non-profit organization based in Busuanga, Palawan. C3 believes in the advantage of the local-level, community-based approach to removing barriers to sustainable development. C3 has worked in many countries and has gained significant professional experience in environmental conservation and intervention, particularly in the areas of endangered species, conservation action, capacity building, socioeconomic studies, and biodiversity mapping. Palawan presents a unique opportunity for the organization to deploy its full spectrum of expertise to help conserve Busuanga Municipality’s coastal and marine environment, and its related natural resources.