Heal the World, Save the Earth

          “Did you ever start to notice?” OR

            “Did you ever not notice?”

            It saddens me how an innocent river quietly flowing along the mountainside “acquired” an unwanted waste as such.

            What is happening to the world? What is happening to the stewards of the Earth?

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This is the saddest reality ever. If we can’t maintain cleanliness in small bodies of water, how much more in big bodies such as the one in K of C?

            Are we that numb or insensitive to the ravages of the Earth? Or are we totally blinded with all the luxuries of life that we tend to ditch one of God’s greatest gifts to us — the nature?

            Mother Earth is waiting for its children to CALL FOR ACTION. As caretakers of God’s creation, we do not have the right to destroy the environment. We should treasure and preserve it at all costs. After all, it is our present and future.

            So if we truly want to live a splendor and glorious life, then we must strive for a better world, for a better environment. (J. Anne Cruz)

 

PANGLAO: A Harmony of Sun, Sea and Sand

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Panglao is eco-friendly, man living in harmony with nature.

Take a tour around Panglao and you will see lush vegetation, wide-open spaces, and unspoiled beaches.

You will see an island criss-crossed by clean roads and surrounded by bountiful waters feeming with aquatic flora and fauna.

What you will not see are factories spewing dirty smoke into the air and dumping dangerous chemicals into the sea.

I ask you now to take a deep breath this very moment.

This is Panglao — clean, fresh, and healthy.

(J. Anne Cruz)

BOHOL: A Perfect Getaway

I have a dream.

And in my dream, Bohol is the Tourism Capital of the Philippines,

host to a community of world-class resorts and hotels,

and is populated by warm, friendly, and hospitable people.

The groundwork has already been laid,

no less than by God Himself,

when He blessed this island with pristine waters,

beautiful beaches, and lush and verdant scenery.

My dream will be realized

when we, Boholanos, make a collective effort

to promote this little bit of paradise

and share it with the rest of the world.

(J. Anne Cruz)

HIMONTAGON HILLS

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Are you searching for a very scenic place?

Himontagon Hills is the best place for you. Himontagon Hills also known as Morning Hills are a group of hills in Loay, Bohol Philippines. It is about 20 kilometers from the Tagbilaran City.

The Hill is a very scenic place overlooking the Bohol Sea. This is the ideal spot for hikers and nature photographers. Due to its scenic surrounding little by little Himontagon or Morning Hills is gaining attention to some Boholanos and tourists.

So come and visit Himontagon Hills! (Bethyl Faith Alo)

CAN-UMANTAD FALLS

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Are you looking for a site that is suitable for picnics and other fun activities like river trekking and swimming with your loved ones this coming summer?

Try to visit Can-Umantad Falls and you will surely enjoy this beautiful falls in Bohol. A 30 minute travel from the Poblacion of Candijay and you’re going to see this amazing and stunning water fall. You will be in awe in Mother Nature’s Beauty.

It is a 60 feet high and is said to be the tallest waterfall in Bohol. It’s clean, clear and cold water will surely entice you to enjoy swimming. And you can have a free back massage with the splash of heavy flowing water.

So friends, what are you waiting for come and visit CAN-UMANTAD FALLS! (Bethyl Faith Alo)

 

INTERNATIONAL FUSION NIGHTS 2016

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The most remarkable bit about this Sandugo festival is that its history was characterized by the cutting of the leaders’ arms and drinking the blood thereof in a covenant type of agreement. The festival is held to honor the life of a local and revered Filipino leader, Datu Sikatuna. In the tradition then, it was believed, that it was a way of formalizing relationships and friendships.

Yet, today’s Bohol Sandugo 2016 evolves as the usual festival turn into a more specific bearing the theme “Celebration of Cultural Identity and Creative Genius”.

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One of the most awaited activities among Boholanos and visitors this month is something that not only leaves a lasting impression on every visitor’s heart but more importantly their palate. International Fusion Nights 2016 has been a successful event over the 2 past years and now giving us more of what we expected.

This is an opportunity to bring in an added attraction to the month- long festivities, presenting a cultural parade and exchange of the flavor, beauty and color brought about by diversity, amity and connectivity. From July 20-27, an eight night food bazaar with almost 20 food stall booths from our local hotels, resorts and restaurants to satisfy our palate. Delicacies, dishes and specialties are made available at lower prices than usual offerings in restaurants.  Also, it includes a variety of nightly entertainment, to keep the event fun and more attractive for diners and walk-in buyers.

Line up for this year’s Fusion Night 2016 are the following: Alta Bohol Garden Resort and Convention Center, Astoria Bohol Resort, Be Grand Resort, Bluewater Panglao Resort, Bohol Shores Resort, Cake Garden, Cuisina ni Tisay, Egay’s Farm Restaurant, Gavroche French Bakery, Linaw Restaurant, Ocean Suites Boutique Hotel, Reyna’s the Haven and Gardens, T2 Bar Café and Restaurant, Tarsier Botanika, & The Bellevue Resort. Sponsors for this event are: Coca-cola, PLDT, SMART, Globe, CHAP, Bluewater Panglao Resort, Save ‘n Earn, San Miguel Brewery, Henann Resort, and Bohol Quality Mall. (JS Salaysay)

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Photo courtesy: Robert Justy Alfarero

Your not-so-typical girl named Ashley

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I met this girl named Mariane Ashley Uy during my IT days and yes I admit, I was astonished by her achievements in life at the very young age.

My first impression that I gave before we became friends was “geek kaayo” and “mahadlok man sad ta niya kay suplada” but I guess I was wrong. Ashley is outgoing, friendly, and fun to be with. She is the type of person who wants to talk and talk and discuss random things. There was this fun side of Ashley that you’ll never imagine. You may see her serious but a big no no! (ha ha ha)

During her college days, she was an active student of Holy Name University and graduated Bachelor of Science in Information Technology last March 2014.

She started her career as a Web Developers’ Guild President. The knowledge that she got from tutorials and workshops became her stepping stone in her career. After that, she became as a freelancer designing jobs such as graphic design, branding, web design and illustration which helped her earn money.

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As time flies, she is now working in Cebu as a back-end and front-end developer of a large IT Company there. It’s also pretty common to see her at a local tech event. Either on the field as a participant or behind the registration counter as an organizer. She had the privilege to work with the best teams of Startup Weekend, Geeks On A Beach, Sym.ph also with TechTalks.ph and build great communities with engaging leaders and she is very passionate and always end up loving what she do.

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On the other hand, Ashley still manages her time blogging. She also earns money through blogging and social media as a service provider. But being busy with her work doesn’t mean she doesn’t have time for our mother earth. “Balancing my time in work and exploring things is quite hard. But I guess it depends on how I handle my time management.” she stated. She also support organizations such as Paglaum Bohol and Help Little Tarsi.

Paglaum Bohol is a group of concerned Boholano students from Ateneo de Manila University, University of the Philippines Dilliman and Cebu, Silliman University, Cebu Doctors University, Velez College working together to take action to provide aid and awareness about the earthquake in Bohol last Oct. 15, 2013. (Stephanie Salaysay)

 

AIDS candlelight memorial highlights awareness drive

A Candlelight memorial was held recently at the Rizal Park, Tagbilaran City with this year’s theme “Engage, Educate and Empower”.

The International AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) Candlelight Memorial is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness and honor those who died because of the epidemic.

The Department of Health (DOH) conducted HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) testing and counseling. HIV has become a chronic disease and millions of people are currently living with it. And this disease remains a formidable case. The activity emphasizes the need for people affected by HIV to work together in response to HIV.

HIV/AIDS prevention program is a regular program of the Red Cross particularly at the Red Cross Youth department. They have a program called HAPE-SAPE which means HIV AIDS Prevention Program and Substance Abused Prevention Program. And they are regularly conducting the HAPE-SAPE in every training of the Red Cross Youth.

The activity was attended by the employees of the Provincial Health Office. Gov. Edgar Chatto who was on official trip to Manila was represented by Isabelo ‘Tatay Billy’ Tongco.

Also gracing the event were Valentino Gamutin, city executive assistant representing Mayor John Geesnell ‘’Baba’’ Yap; George T. Lim, chairman, RCY Service; Dr. Reymoses Cabagnot, MD, Department of Health Head, Boel ESPINAS, RN, Nurse V National Aids and STI Prevention and Control Program and Leonita Relamida, HIV/STI coordinator, Population Commission Officer; Dr. Apollo John Bernaldez, City Health Officer; Emmanuel Pilayre, REA, CSR Fund Generation, Volunteers and Red Cross Youth Services, Jinky Allen Vale, CYC president and Christine Joy Bongcaras, RCY chairman HAPE-SAPE and the Red Cross staff.

Philippine Red Cross-Bohol Chapter Administrator Merlinda G. Batoy in her message said, ‘’We should not discriminate peoplenwho are affected by HIV and we also honored them though there are some people which they think that HIV victims are not good persons then we twisted their minds with the program with activity, with the testimonials of those affected over the screen so it enlightens the minds of the people that though there are people affected by this epidemic they should be also treated as a normal human person”.

As a person they have the right to be respected, not to be discriminated and they have the right to go on with their lives as a normal person, Batoy added.

They are organizing youth and schools even out of schools to participate in the Red Cross voluntarism program and they called it Red Cross Youth.

Batoy was also hoping that parents, teachers, elderly will guide their children to become part of the humanitarian organizations so that they might be trained, enhanced and they can harness their talents in the Red Cross Way. (Bethyl Faith Alo)

Dimiao launches “April Falls Day”

With the sudden boom of tourist attractions in the province, Dimiao launches “April Falls Day” with the help of Parish Youth Ministry (PYM- Dimiao) and San Nicholas de Tolentino. April Falls Day will be this coming 30th of April at Barangay Guingoyuran, Dimiao.

Themed with “Rediscover Nature’s Beauty at Twin Falls”, it is also their way in promoting the tourism industry of Dimiao and also their way of helping the community.

Proceeds will be given to the less fortunate kids for school materials this coming school year and also half of it will be used for trash cans and other cleaning materials where the falls’ located.

Dimiao Parish Priest, Fr. Joemari Polo already had successful activities like Operation Clean-up and Fun Run that surely helped the community to grow and also to become aware of our environment.

Ticket prices are Ᵽ150.00 inclusive of free ride from the town proper going to the falls and also they can enjoy listening to the music of Tagbilaran’s Tribal Band and Ᵽ 350.00 inclusive of free lunch and free ride. Departure time will be 9 a.m; return time will be 3 p.m, program will start at 10 a.m.

Travel time is 1 hour and 30 mins. Equivalent to 45 kms. from the capital city of the province and 9 kms. from  Poblacion, Dimiao.

The waterfalls is surrounded with big trees and lush vegetation giving the picturesque mountain scenery a cool and invigorating atmosphere.

Over 30 meter high, one can readily take a quenching bath in its crystal clear water without fear of being carried away from the current.

One of them has a pool that catches fresh cool water gushing on its sides. The largest cascade is 50 ft. high wide more or less.

Indeed, Dimiao is the town where music, beauty and glee is. (Stephanie Salaysay)