Ben and the family swam with these gigantic creatures for a week as part of the Sony Legacy Part 2 short film. Whale sharks or Butanding in the local dialect, are slow moving, filter-feeding sharks known for being the largest, non-mammalian vertebrate in the animal kingdom.
Kaleb, Mateo and Marvi swim with the sea turtles of Apo Island, one of the top diving spots in the world. The waves were gnarly that day but the Mateo, 6 and Kaleb, 5 were giddy chasing sea turtles (with life vests on that time).
By the end of the trip, Mateo and Kaleb were experts at underwater hand signals. In this frame, Mateo is indicating that he has a problem with his mask. No kids were harmed in the making of this film.
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"Did you take a photo of me?" she signaled without realizing there was a big one right under her.
The boys learned to live with the bare minimum. The didn't take any toys with them so when the heat was too unbearable to play outside, the gathered cardboard, sticks and recyclables and made their own toys. Apparently those are rocket blasters. Yeah, we know what you're thinking.
The boys took to farm life pretty quickly. A half hour after arrival at Marvi's family farm, the boys had already stripped their shirts, chased chickens and made friends with the neighbor's mutt, who they had the honor of naming, Sammy.
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Throughout our travels, we've come to understand that concept of risk is rather relative. We could not find any motorcycle helmets and these cute little mopeds were the easiest way to go around town. Families of 5-6 and even more could fit in these. Parents balanced newborn babies in one arm and a toddler standing in between the driver and the handlebars. It was a culture shock for Marvi who actually grew up riding on a bigger dirt bike as a BABY.