Toni, a pioneering Bantay Dagat in Negros Oriental, Philippines, has dedicated his life to ocean conservation, often opposing prevailing community norms. Witnessing the transformation of once thriving marine habitats into depleted waters, he became a staunch advocate for sustainable fishing and marine life protection. Despite facing resistance and hostility, Toni’s commitment only strengthened. He delved into educating himself and others about legal and ecological conservation measures, leading to more marine reserves. As a guardian of the sea, Toni not only set up the patrolling operation in his community, but actively engaged in undersea surveys, continually adapting his approaches to address the multifaceted challenges of changing ecosystems and societal norms.