Dive Society Malapascua: The Staff

“Dive Philippines, one of the world’s best diving destinations”

The Dive Society, Malapascua, Cebu, Philippines is one of the best and most knowledgeable ways to visit the various and wonderful diving sites of Malapascua. The dive center is just a few steps away from Kokay’s Maldito Dive Resort around the beautiful Malapascua beach.

Malapascua Island – one of the few places in the whole world to see everyday the wonderful and rare Thresher sharks. Dive Society – Malapascua is an SSI Diamond Dive Center. They offer all courses from beginners to instructors .

Meet the staff of the dive center for the year 2014 :

Dive Society Malapascua's Base Leader, professional scuba diver since 2010, expert in EFR and Peak Performance Bouyancy.

Name Onjay Micua
Nickname Onjay
POSITION Base Leader / Instructor
Started working with Dive Society March 2013
Started Scuba Diving 1999
Started as a Professional Diver 2010
Onjay is from the northern part of the Philippines in a province called Cavite but has been living and working in Malapascua Island as a scuba diving instructor since June 2011. She’s a graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Tourism. Onjay started diving in 1999 and became a diving professional in 2010. She has dived outside the Philippines in Thailand, Indonesia, and Maldives, and in the Philippine’s best dive destinations such as Anilao, El Nido, Coron, and Panglao Island.

Onjay’s expertise are Peak Performance Buoyancy and Emergency First Aid Instructor. Has been part of Project AWARE, a coral reef conservation project in Malapascua.

  • SSI Open Water Scuba Instructor since 2014
  • PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor since 2011
  • NRC Nitrox Instructor since 2013
  • EFR Instructor since 2011

 

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Our dive center Secretary, a dive master's wife. Jollibee will assist you with your dive inquiries and schedules.

Name Jollibee Tuico
Nickname Jollibee
POSITION Secretary
Started working with Dive Society June 2013
Started Scuba Diving N/A
Started as a Professional Diver N/A
Jollibee is originally from Cebu City but she grew up and lived both in the city and in Malapascua Island. She has been with Dive Society Malapascua since June 2013. Though Jollibee’s name is similar to a famous fast-food chain in Philippines, her name is in fact a combination of the first names of her father and mother, Julito and Bebbie. Jollibee has an Associate Degree in Office Information System. Her husband is a dive master in the island and they have a son. Jollibee’s father is a carver of wood souvenir thresher sharks sold to tourists that comes to Malapascua Island. Jollibee, with her calm and friendly demeanor, will be there in the dive center to answer inquiries and assist guests.

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Started as a speedboat captain and a compressor man, now a Dive Master. Jera enjoy's watching the tiny underwater creatures of Malapascua.

Name Jera Bauno
Nickname Jera
POSITION Dive Master
Started working with Dive Society 2011
Started Scuba Diving 2011
Started as a Professional Diver 2011
Born in the nearby island of Carnaza to a fisherman family. Jera, as a kid would join his father to go fishing on their small boat. He moved to Malapascua in 2010, then in 2011 Jera learned how to scuba dive. Jera is a pioneer of Dive Society Malapascua starting as a speedboat captain and a compressor man. Now Jera is of one of two dive masters in his family, his older brother being a dive master working also in Malapascua Island. Jera’s very fond of watching very small underwater creatures like squat lobsters, crinoid shrimps, spider crabs, urchin shrimps, whip coral shrimps, crinoid and coral crabs, and pygmy seahorse.

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A pioneer of Dive Society, Jose learned scuba diving in early 2009. Ask Jose what you want to see in your diving and he will take you there. He knows the island like the back of his palm. He is not only good in diving but also in taking care of his family.

Name Jose Rosales
Nickname Dodo
POSITION Dive Master
Started working with Dive Society 2011
Started Scuba Diving 2009
Started as a Professional Diver 2009
Jose learned to scuba dive in 2009.  A pioneer of Dive Society Malapascua, Dodo, as we call him in the dive center, is one of two original dive masters of Dive Society Malapascua.  He will be happy to show you his favorite underwater creatures like nudibranch, frogfish, harlequin shrimps, ornate ghost pipefish, pygmy seahorse and many more.  Dodo has a wife and together they have a son.  Another baby for Dodo and his wife is on the way this month of July. When Dodo is not at work, he enjoys fishing with his brothers.

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From a family of boat captains, Tata has quite an experience with boats. He knows the island very well and is sure to take you to your destination safely and ride happily back to your suite. He's unforgettable experience was with super typhoon Yolanda last November 2013 that destroyed most of the island.

Name Rudolfo Yangan
Nickname Tata
POSITION Boat Captain
Started working with Dive Society October 2013
Started Scuba Diving N/A
Started as a Professional Diver N/A
Rudolfo or Tata as we call him is from the province of Leyte. He already has 9 years of experience as a boat captain when he started working with Dive Society Malapascua in October 2013. Being a boat captain runs in their family. Tata has two brothers, who are also boat captains for other dive centers here in Malapascua. When the super typhoon Yolanda hit in Malapascua Island in November 2013, Tata was manning Makoto assisted by his boat crew Jayky and Moloy. Makoto was one of the very few lucky pump boats that survived the super typhoon with only a little damage. Tata has a wife and they have two daughters.

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Jayky is your compressor man and will assist you in your dives in Malapascua.  A persistent diver he is and now working his way to be your Dive Master. He loves Chocolate Island because of it's rare and wonderful underwater species.

Name Jayky Magdadaro
Nickname Jayky
POSITION Speedboat Captain, Boat Crew, Compressor Man
Started working with Dive Society December 2012
Started Scuba Diving December 2012
Started as a Professional Diver Currently training to be a Dive Master
Jayky was born in the northern part of Malapascua Island in a village called Bool. Their family’s main livelihood is fishing. He started working in Dive Society Malapascua in December 2012. Soon after working with Dive Society he learned to scuba dive. He is now working his way to be one of the center’s dive masters. Chocolate Island has become Jayky’s favorite dive spot for the frogfish, harlequin shrimps, and flamboyant cuttlefish he gets to see in the island. Jayky has a wife and they have two daughters. When not at work Jayky does carpentry and masonry work at home or plays basketball.

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Moloy is one of Makoto's boat crew. An expert swimmer and soon to try scuba diving with Dive Society. He will help you out with your diving equipment preparation onboard and  as you go out of the water.

Name Marlito Rosales
Nickname Moloy
POSITION Boat Crew, Compressor Man
Started working with Dive Society 2011
Started Scuba Diving N/A
Started as a Professional Diver N/A
A local of Malapascua, born in a village in called Tawigan. Marlito is from a family of fishermen. Moloy, as we call him here in the dive center, is a pioneer of Dive Society Malapascua. He learned to swim at age 10 and is very comfortable to swim on big waves but Moloy still has to try scuba diving. Moloy has a wife and they have 3 daughters and a son. Moloy will be there to assist you on our boat Makoto as you get ready for your dives and when you come out of the water to get back on the boat.
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An aspiring scuba diver, Dotche is the youngest in the team and it is his dream to become a Dive Master. Recently, he is training to realize that dream. Monal Shoal is Dotche favorite dive spot. A great spot for observing the amazing thresher sharks in Malapascua.

Name Dotche Orriesga
Nickname Dotche
POSITION Boat Crew, Compressor Man
Started working with Dive Society September 2013
Started Scuba Diving September 2013
Started as a Professional Diver Currently training to be a Dive Master
Dotche, the youngest staff in the dive center, started working with Dive Society Malapascua in September 2013. He was born in a village called Langub on the northern part of Malapascua Island. At age 8, Dotche learned how to swim. He learned scuba diving in 2013. Dotche, like our other boat crew Jayky, is also on his way to become a dive master. Asked what is his favorite dive site, Dotche says that Monad Shoal is his favorite dive site for the amazing pelagic thresher sharks. When not at work, Dotche can be seen riding around Malapascua Island on his motorbike.

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