More and more beach resorts in the Philippines are joining the container van-turned-accommodation bandwagon, and we're not complaining. One of the biggest advantages of using shipping containers is that they're eco-friendly. Melting down these 3,500-kilogram worth of steel is so expensive that most are just left behind in ports, aside from the fact that it takes thousands of kilowatts to do so. Repurposing not only turns these discarded materials into something new, but also minimizes the global production of cement—one of the biggest producers of carbon dioxide.
Aliya Surf Camp in Baler looked into this eco-friendly trend and, in March 2018, opened rows of rooms made of shipping containers at the back of the resort. Called the Cube, each can accommodate two people for P3,500 and has its own toilet and bath, a dining table, a living room with television, and a small kitchen. There's also a swimming pool reserved for Cube guests.
Aliya Surf Camp and Resort is at Buton Street, Sabang Beach, Baler, Aurora. For more information, visit Aliya's website.