Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mini-Christmas Village attracts visitors

Mini-Christmas Village attracts visitors
Conie’s promise of change in Clarin
Scene: Thousands of people from many parts of the country filled the SRP during the Thanksgiving Mass for San Pedro Calungsod last Friday, Nov.30. “Politics and showbiz personalities in attendance to the National Thanksgiving Mass for San Pedro Calungsod,” reported Elvie Bongosia of PIA-Bohol on her Facebook.
Kapuso Foundation beneficiaries -LPU
Scene: The 95 participants in the Timex 226 Bohol Triathlon 2012 which will end today, Dec. 2, in Anda town. Organized by Bike King, the event is sponsored by 3rd district Rep. Art Yap, Timex and Anda municipal government.
Scene: GMA Kapuso Foundation has touched the lives of children in Bohol thru the Give-A-Gift: Alay Sa Batang Pinoy, which gives early Christmas gift packages to 209 special kids of Tagbilaran City Central Elementary School Special Education (SPED) Center and 887 kids of Clarin Central Elem. School.  The bag contains biscuits, canned goods, noodles, deflated balls, powdered juice and hygiene kits.
Seen: Spotted in Bohol last week was ABS-CBN’s primetime princess Kim Chiu who was the special guest of a resort’s Christmas event.  Also  spotted (again) in Bohol was wellness guru  Cory Quirino who attended the grand opening of a resort in Panglao.
Conie Geonzon wants a change in Clarin
Away from the business world, Consuelo “Conie” Geonzon thinks about initiating change.
Consuelo “Conie” Geonzon LPU
But what could a businesswoman like her possibly do? A lot. Conie took the step in promoting Bohol through her Aproniana, a souvenir shop located in Taguihon, Baclayon. Aproniana, known as Bohol’s ultimate souvenir destination, sells Bohol to the world with almost anything you want so you can remember the memories you’ve spent in Bohol.
Conie is running for councilor in her hometown Clarin under the team Uswag Clarin.
“We will establish a new generation of politicians. We need a new direction – and that requires a new set of leaders,” Conie replied when asked why.
Those running under the Uswag Clarin are mostly neophytes.
“We are neophytes in politics but our group is composed of CPA, businessmen, police officer, doctor, nurse and a teacher.” She also finds the tourism in Clarin should be improved.
 “Our group Uswag Clarin made a sacred covenant to make a transparent government. We don't make promises we can't keep.”
But will Conie turn her back on business if and when she becomes councilor?
“No. I will remain helping the tourism industry of Bohol and at the same time helping my hometown.”
..with her Uswag Clarin teammates - LPU
Conie , together with Engr. Eugine Ibarra (who’s running for Mayor), Jojo Carcallas (who’s running for Vice Mayor), (councilors to-be) Dr. Rick Amarille, Norie Maglajos, Engr. Nerio Bitol, Prony Dagat, SPO2 Miguel Montuya, Abby Juanich and Gerwel Bautista, plan to improve Clarin.
Miniature Christmas Village attracts visitors
The home of Mrs. Mila Lim has been attracting visitors this Yule time because of its decorations and miniature Christmas village, a modern marvel of our times.
Envisioned as a village symbolizing the joyous blessings and atmosphere of the Christmas Season, Mrs. Lim finished decorating her Christmas Village, the only in Bohol, last October.
Mrs. Mila Lim
Mrs. Lim started her Christmas Village in 2008 for the pleasure of her own family and has since increased her collection of miniature Christmas houses and objects. Her creation was so highly appreciated by her family and friends who would come to enjoy the wonderful displays during Christmas time.
Her eye-catching Christmas Village continues to grow and glow as she adds new features of miniature houses and other attractions from her travels here and abroad (Israel, Australia, Hongkong and China).
This year, Mrs. Lim has made many renovations in the displays, but their emphasis on family tradition and holiday celebration remains unchanged.

 The miniature Christmas Village of Mrs. Mila Lim attracts visitors who want to experience the Christmas Season. -LPU
“It takes a lot of work to continue the Christmas Village," says Mrs. Lim “But it gives me satisfaction because the essence of Christmas is the joy it brings to people," she adds.
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