Atty. Edgar “Edgy” Morante
Siargao, Surigao del Norte
Siargao Island continues to be a top premier destination worldwide because of its famous surfing waves and its beautiful wonders of nature—a dream getaway for tourists like Atty. Edgar “Edgy” Morante.
Edgy frequents the island, which he describes as a tonic for his physical and mental well-being. Diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes in 2007, Edgy said the hot weather and heavy pollution in the city where he worked only worsened his condition.
When many Filipinos shifted to "work from home" amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Edgy decided to temporarily move to Siargao--and his blood sugar levels started to normalize. "Nature has healed me," he said.
Initially, he had only planned on staying for a month but when he was able to settle in, it was already harder to leave. “I couldn’t leave Siargao. I figured, why would I go back to Manila when I can stay here longer?” said Edgy.
“With Smart’s fast and reliable connectivity, it was possible for me to do teleconsultations with my doctor, while working in one of the world’s best island-destinations. I was able to recuperate and at the same time, fulfill everyone’s dream,” shared Edgy.
To meet the increasing data needs of subscribers like Edgy, Smart has increased its total base stations nationwide to 76,600 as of end-March 2022, supporting its 3G, 4G/LTE and 5G customers from Batanes to Tawi-Tawi. The presence of Smart’s reliable signal on the island greatly benefited the locals, especially when Super Typhoon Odette hit before end of 2021.
At the time, Edgy joined the fundraising activities of his friends for the benefit of the local victims. “We were thankful that Smart’s signal was restored quickly on the island after Odette. We were able to transact seamlessly with the donors and leaders who wanted to help. We stayed afloat because we were able to communicate our needs and more help came to Siargao,” shared Edgy.
On Christmas day post-Odette, Edgy and his friends started a clothing donation drive to beat the blues despite the situation. A lot of children lined up and thought the clothes were free Christmas gifts. “One little girl caught my attention. She got this white dress and held it against her chest. She spun and twirled around happily while telling her mom how beautiful the dress was,” recalled Edgy. For him, it was a reminder to still celebrate life despite its many challenges.