Showing posts with label father's day. Show all posts
Showing posts with label father's day. Show all posts

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Awesome Father's Day moments


Scene: The oldest beauty pageant in Bohol has a new title, Miss Bohol 2014. Got what it takes to be the successors of Miss Bohol Sandugo 2005 Anna Maris Igpit (Bb. Pilipinas-World 2006), Miss Bohol 1998 Emma Mumar (who was a semi-finalist in the 1968 edition of Bb. Pilipinas) and Miss Bohol Sandugo 2003 Cherry Mae Bacaro (Bb. Pilipinas 2003 semi-finalist)? Deadline for Miss Bohol 2014 application is on June 20 at the Governor’s Mansion Tourism Office.

Scene:  The 262 kilometer-long human prayer chain mapping out the entire stretch of the province’s Circumferential Road last June 12.

Scene: From Fiel Angeli Araoarao-Gabin: June 12, 2014. Indeed, a milestone... The Provincial Government of Bohol, under the leadership of Gov. Edgardo M. Chatto and the City Government of Tagbilaran led by Mayor John Geesnell Baba Yap II jointly celebrated the 116th Philippine Independence Day anniversary, with Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Dinky Soliman as guest of honor.

Scene: Erstwhile Carmen Mayor Che Toribio-Delos Reyes at the Pagpupugay: A Tribute to 100 Years of Philippine Sports on June 12 at Resorts World. Her uncle, the Olympic hero Rep. Simeon Toribio, was one of the 19 heroes of Philippine sports who left their mark in the world stage for the past 100 years.
Scene: The 1, 690 grade 1 pupils in selected schools  of Buenavista and Inabanga  who received bags and school supplies from GMA Kapuso Foundation’s  Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan. The GMAKF team also visited the island barangays of Cuaming and Hambongan in Inabanga.

It's time for us to thank our father, daddy, itay, papa, popsy, tatay, papang, appa, ama, for everything that he does. Like Mother's Day, Father's Day was created to honor, acknowledge and appreciate the important role played by a father in raising the child and consequently building a stronger society.
Benjie Oliva and wife Atty. Joan

Last week, I was watching two great movies about fathers. Bao Shi Fu Zi, a 1983 movie tells about Bao who is honest and works hard so he can provide everything needed for his son to become successful.  In Sleepless in Seattle, Sam Baldwin loses his wife Maggie to cancer. He wants to start anew in Seattle with his son Jonah but continues to grieve. As much as Jonah misses his mother, he calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner. Hundreds of women write to Sam after hearing his moving story.

Inspired by these movies, I asked more than two dozen people in Bohol and worldwide this question: What awesome Father's Day moment will you always remember?

Pinay Vera (3rd from left) with dad, brother and Mom
More than half of those asked simply didn’t answer. Here are those who did:

Pinay Vera- My tatay wrote me notes or letters since I was a kid and placed these under my door. Even in college, he would send me letters. I remembered these letters were well-written and very expressive. He would write me when he was happy with me and my grades or achievement, behavior or what not, and he would write me when he was mad at me or disappointed. I guess I inherited my passion for writing from him!

Melchor “Meljun” Daniel Jr- The memory I had with my father that stands out was when he took me to the doctor for my circumcision. Although I knew that it was going to hurt, there was a reassuring comfort that everything would be alright simply because Papa was there with me. Now that I am a father, it's something that I was also able to do some two years ago when it was their time to be "inducted into manhood.'

Melchor Daniel Jr (extreme right) with family
Chandrina Elluiska Schreurs-Wallace-My dad is the first man that I loved and will forever love...when  I was little, the best moment with my dad was when he puts me at his shoulder or he carries me with his feet and walked to every part of the house... when I was a teenager, that special moment was when he cried at my debut and gave me the priceless gift that I could ever received, the contraction graph, this was done when my mom was still pregnant with me.

Chandrina with her father Wil and sister Bianca
Benjie Oliva- My father passed away when I was four years old. So, I have a few memories with him. But one thing I can recall was during his wake at the house of which I thought was my father's birthday party since most of our neighbors and relatives were present. I grew up with my mother and I’m very proud of her who stood as both mother and father for me and my elder brother even during the tough and challenging times of her life. And by October this year, when it will be my time to be a father of a baby girl, I will give and do everything as a good and loving father. Life is too short as they say so I will spend every minute of the day as a father to my future children all the way.

Clement (3rd from left) with his family
Clement Ingking- On the very hour of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that had left us devastated, our mother Erlinda suddenly passed away due to complications from a heart attack. We rushed to the hospital and opened the blanket of the hospital bed and saw our mom, lifeless. The unexpected death of our mom was very painful for us. The break in our parent-child bond reverberated for the rest of our lives especially that I am a Mama’s boy. I, my Papa and my younger brother considers everyday as memorable to cherish for we are slowly coping up and we are strengthening each other to fulfill the grief from the loss of our mom. It's not so common anymore to have a father who's really there, who is the provider for his family, whose predictability creates a sense of stability and security in his household. We are so thankful that we can depend on him.  A real father, responsible, trustworthy and a great role model. We've learned a lot of good things from watching him. We love you Papa Paul!
Mikey Gatal

Mikey Gatal- I will always consider my dad (Rogelio Torralba Gatal) as one of my heroes in life and you know why? He pushed me away out of Bohol in a nice way because he believes that I have the talent and especially the heart to succeed. True enough, I still help my family and do some charity works on the side. He will always be remembered as a very tough guy and friendly at the same time. I guess, I got it from dad, I miss him so much and he must be so proud of me right now.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Honor thy Father; and other tidbits

Our fathers are our heroes. Let’s start today’s Father’s Day with a little story:
A father retired after years of service and bought a brand-new car, his first ever, with the money he got from the insurance company.
One morning, he caught his little son scratching one side of the car. Furious, the father beat up both hands of the boy who ran inside the house in pain, crying.

When the father checked the damaged part, he turned pale with remorse. Scratched on it were these words: Happy Father’s Day, Dad I love you!

Touching, touching, isn’t it?

While we are at it, here are some quotes about fathers (dad, pa, daddy, pop, popsy, tatay, amang, ama, etc) or by fathers that are perfect for Father's Day:

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. ~ 17th century English proverb

Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad. ~ Unknown 

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. ~ Enid Bagnold

Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.~ Anonymous

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. ~ Johann Schiller

A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father." ~Gabriel García Márquez

Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee. ~ Margaret Courtney

To her the name of father was another name for love.~ Fanny Fern

How true Daddy's words were when he said: "All children must look after their own upbringing." Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.~ Anne Frank

A father is a banker provided by nature. ~ French Proverb

“Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),“that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.” Ephesians 6:2-3
Bells Ring Mr.King at 35th Gawad Urian 
The short film, Bells Ring Mr. King, directed by Ted Ramasola, was one of the nominees for best short film in the 35th Gawad Urian Awards organized by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP), an organization of respected film critics.
Bells Ring Mr. King tells the story of undocumented home-health caregiver working in the US who is suffering from an acute case of homesickness. It  was originally created as Bohol's sole entry to NCCA's flagship project Cinema Rehiyon (CR) 2011, a non-competition film festival that features films from the different regions of the Philippines.
The screenplay was from Lorely Trinidad and it was based on her theater performance. It was originally developed and performed for TeAdaWorks New Works Festival, Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica, in California U.S.A.

The actor, Mitzi Ibaya, who is also into theater and literature, translated some of the lines into the Visayan dialect for added authenticity. It was her first time to perform for film.

It was shot entirely in Bohol at Ramasola Studio. The film was just shot using a DSLR as shown in the behind the scenes video available in the internet. The set production was done in one day and the shooting was done for another one day.

Since its debut in Cinema Rehiyon, it was also featured during Arts Month in the province of Bohol and also shown during Women's Month.
“Bells Ring Mr. King is the second time Bohol was represented at Cinema Rehiyon.  The first time was when they included another Short I made entitled ALLAN, shown in CR 2010 at the CCP,” Ted told Bared on Facebook.  
At CR 2011 in Davao, one of the jurors for the Urian Awards watched it and told Ted to submit it as an entry for the Urian. “All along I thought it was being considered for last year's Urian and that it didn't make it,” said Ted.  
Ted left for the US last year.
“So imagine my surprise when I received a text message from the Philippines from the Urian yesterday informing me that my Film was a nominee for this year’s Best Short Film Category,” Ted shared.

“For me, the nomination is honor enough, even if doesn't win tonight it is enough that I know Bohol is represented and that it serve as inspiration to all aspiring film makers in the Province that they can pursue their own dreams,” he concluded.

Note: The 35h Gawad Urian was hosted by Venus Raj, Angel Aquino, Zoren Legaspi and Butch Francisco. Replays of the 35th Gawad Urian will be shown on Cinema One on June 17 at 4 p.m. and June 24 at 10 p.m.)

Adrenalin rush!
Extremely exciting, extremely enjoyable! Our media colleagues Rey Anthony Chiu, Edward Guyano, Rey Tutas, Jun Gutierrez, Willie Maestrado, Liza Macalandag, Ric Obedencio and yours truly—had experienced extreme activities at its best at Pandanon Island, Getafe and DATE PARK in Catigbian.
We were invited to cover the Bohol Wakefest 2012 at the Pandanon Island in Getafe, Bohol which started last Saturday until the 25th of June. It gives local and foreign tourists the opportunity to enjoy with one of the fastest growing sports in the world and in Asia–the wakeboarding.

Pandanon can be reached by a motorized pumpboat about 30-40 minutes from the town port.
But first, we have Getafe Councilor Tony Ouano to thank for facilitating our Pandanon tour. You see, the influx of local and foreign tourists has grown so huge when Pandanon Island, which is also known as the “little Boracay,” is a favorite summer destination.  
First in Bohol and in the Visayas, wakeboarding and wakeskating are extreme surface water sports. 
Wakeboarding, a water skiing-snow boarding-surfing-technique combination wherein one rides, not skis, but a single board with stationary, non-release bindings for each foot while standing sideways. It is now one of the world’s fastest-growing sports and a burgeoning lifestyle for some.
Wakeskating is an adaptation of wakeboarding that employs a similar design of board manufactured from wood or fiberglass. Unlike wakeboarding, the rider is not bound to the board in any way, which gives the sport its own unique challenges. Instead, the top surface of the board is covered with grip tape, or foam. 
Wakeboarder shall be charged P600 for half-day use of the facility and P900 for its whole day use. Discounted rates include: PhP 2000 (3 days); PhP 3500 (7 days); PhP 5000 (10 days).
With offering like these, Pandanon Island has to become Visayas’ sports central. 
Gov. Edgar Chatto, accompanied by wife Pureza and daughter Trisha, graced the event. 
After Pandanon Island, we decided to visit  Catigbian for the Green Recreational Eco-Adventure Tourism (GREAT) offered at the Dagook Adventure Tourism Excitement (DATE) created during the administration of Mayor Bert Salinas
The DATE PARK is presented as another wholesome family treat for parents to introduce their kids to nature conservation and environment protection concepts. 

Here, one can experience nature. The canopy walk which is the park’s first outdoor like experience. From the canopy walk, one follows a trail carefully carved out from an old trail which people used to access the roaring Dagook Falls some 20 meters below.  
If you are not afraid of heights, the monkey bridge is the most exciting part. And oh, yes, the bridge is suspended some 30 meters where the roaring Dagook falls hurl a gurgling mass of water into the gorges below.  And, boy –oh boy! What a great range of adrenalin-pumping activities it provides.
I did a brief stop in the middle of the shaking bridge to breathe in the fresh air and enjoy panoramic views on the walk.
Tours of the DATE PARK take approximately 45 minutes, are fully guided and are currently offered every hour on the hour. 
The huge billboard inside the clean and well-manicured DATE PARK Information Center says: “Manage your fear and try the canopy walk, trek and enjoy nature through the mountain trails, test your adrenalin and negotiate the monkey bridge and refresh yourself on air taking the mountain slide.” 
Whew!!! Tiresome but uplifting. One day was just not enough for us to experience non-stop excitement and non-stop enjoyment. Whether for its specialty extreme water sports and scenic sight-seeing tours, Bohol never ceases to amaze. Oh well, there’s always a next time! Soon!!!
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