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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Loboc Riverwatch earns 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


Seen: Direk Maryo J. De los Reyes, cast and crew are in Anda, Bohol. Direk Maryo has chosen Anda for his film entry Bamboo Flowers in the forthcoming “Sining Pambansa Film Festival, All-Masters Edition” this September 2013 and hopefully be part of the International Children’s Film Festival. The film will also feature Abatan River, Kawasan Falls of Balilihan, Catigbian’s adventure site, Corella and Loboc Tarsier’s Sanctuary, Chocolate Hills of Carmen, Alicia Bamboo Ensemble and Panglao Island.

Scene: From re-elected 3rd district Congressman Art Yap: Elections always bring out the best and worst in us. This year's elections was no exception. But in the end, no lies nor propaganda, no threat nor violence, no vice nor money can stand against the truth of the people's will. For one day in three years,  the people get to judge their public officials. The people have spoken. Let us honor the people by graciously accepting their choices. Congratulations to all the winning candidates, thank you for all the courageous  and steadfast support to my campaign and my gratitude to the Lord Almighty. God bless our incoming term and God bless Bohol.

Scene: The mass resignation of the staff of the Tubigon Tourism Culture Arts and Heritage Office, organizer of Anyag sa Tubigon, Tanda Festival Street Dancing and Sambunot sa Awit when incumbent Mayor  William Jao lost to mayor-elect Marlon Amila. Some sectors call it sour-graping, however, according to VRS, the resignation was to give the new administration a free hand in choosing his staff who will run his programs for the town.

Seen:  Spotted in Bohol is erstwhile commissioner of the National Youth Commission Benjie Oliva. If you think Benjie is missing in action, he is busy traveling the country as personal assistant of Agriculture Sec. Proceso Alcala.

Scene: Thank you to all my family and friends for the overwhelming birthday wishes and cheer yesterday (May 25). I thank you many times over for all the birthday greetings! This very special message from a friend: The way of all peace is to scale the mountain of self. Loving others makes the climb down easier. We see all things darkly until love lights the lamp of the soul.
Loboc Riverwatch receives 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
Courtesy: Tripadvisor

Loboc Riverwatch has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

"The Loboc Riverwatch Floating Resto is honored to be recognized with TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence," said Tessie Labunog-Sumampong. "We strive to offer our customers a memorable dining experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor."

The Loboc Riverwatch, the Floating Resto to the Stars, is the only restaurant in Bohol which offers authentic Boholano cuisine.

"The Certificate of Excellence award provides top performing establishments around the world the recognition they deserve, based on feedback from those who matter most – their customers," said Christine Petersen, president of TripAdvisor for Business.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.

On the other hand,  Amorita Resort has earned yet another distinction as a winner of the TripAdvisor 2013 Traveler’s Choice Award, ranking eighth among the Top 25 Hotels in the Philippines.

GMA Kapuso gives away 2,000 school bags to Bohol
Education, a basic children’s right, comes with a challenge especially in the country’s most desolate areas. Fortunately, GMA Kapuso Foundation, the socio-civic arm of the GMA Network, is reaching out to far-flung communities to touch more Filipino lives.

Last week, I accompanied Amabelle Rusiana,  the regional coordinator of GMA Kapuso Foundation and the DepED people, for the distribution of GMA Kapuso Foundation's bags and school supplies under its project “Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan (First Step towards the Future)".

Some 2,000 children in Grade 1 levels in five district schools of Bohol (Baclayon, Albur, Loay, Lila and Dimiao) have recently received school supplies from GMA Kapuso Foundation.

The children received a package of school supplies packed in a knapsack that contains  five notebooks, two pencils, two pad papers, a sharpener, and a box of crayon.

Evident with the loud expressions of “Thank you” to GMA Kapuso, the children including their parents and the local school authorities were grateful for the initiative hoping that this will encourage the kids to value and pursue education, amidst poverty, to improve their lives.

The company and its foundation will continue to help ensure that many of the Philippines’ next generation achieve a bright future.

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Aris Aumentado: Will he or will he not?

Scene: The funny video of internet sensation Mikey Bustos on Bohol is now available on youtube. The “Bohol and the All-knowing Tarsiers” traces the adventurous journey of Mikey Bustos and Frank McCormick as they find their way through Bohol. Find out why tarsiers are cute and very, very smart! Visit

Scene: It’s a good weather to match a long weekend. Pres. Benigno Aquino III has signed Proclamation No 455 declaring August 20, tomorrow, a regular holiday throughout the country. This is in observance of the Eid'l Fitr, when Muslims end their fast. The Eid'l Fitr holiday is immediately followed by Ninoy Aquino Day on Tuesday, August 21.
Scene: The 1st Underwater Pilgrimage at the Bien Unido Double Barrier Reef Marine Park is on Sept. 7-8, 2012, Bien Unido town. For inquiries, contact: Leony at +63915-322-9874 or CCEF Office at (032) 416-20040.  Explore the only underwater religious destination in Asia at the only double barrier reef in the Philippines.
He will, he will not. . . he will, he will not. . .
Latest reports indicated that Aris Aumentado, despite early denials, may opt to run for congressman or board member in 2013.
More than two weeks after The Bohol Chronicle headlined 2nd district Rep. Erico Aumentado to run for Bohol governor in May 2013 elections, his son Erico Aristotle, popularly known as Aris, is reported to run for congressman (?) or board member (?) in the second district and those who are surely voting for him are hoping and praying that he will – he should.
"He has been asking for a sign," Very Reliable Source (VRS) told Bared during a brief chat, "There is a high possibility that Cong. Aumentado will run for governor and his son Aris for congressman. And the people of second district welcome it."
This time around, just when Aris is inclined to say "yes" to run, Cong. Aumentado may not allow him to run. “There are many things to consider. It is not yet final,” added VRS.
Now Aris is having second thoughts, inclined not to run.
“Whatever is the outcome, this young Aumentado knows how to respects his father’s decision,” revealed VRS.
Aris is often seen these days meeting with local officials in the second district.
“But if you ask me, Aris should go ahead and run. The best "sign" he should consider is the approval of majority of the voters for his candidacy,” said VRS.
Tessie Labunog-Sumampong is still firm in her plan not to enter into politics.
“As of this moment, no to politics,” says Tessie.
Tessie and Libby Sumampong
Tessie thinks she is already helping enough or as much and that’s it. She has already been participating in public service through humanitarian organizations and promoting Bohol through her Loboc Riverwatch.
It was reported that Tessie’s hubby, Libby, is vying for a post or become the next vice mayor of Loboc.
Tessie revealed that there have been times when they would talk about politics but at the moment, Libby does not see any need for it.
“Libby may yet run for councilor of Loboc,” reveals Tessie.
My unsolicited advice to them?
Just after typing this column, I received a text message from socialite VRS informing me of the campaign material of Councilors Baba Yap and Kit Oppus now circulated on Facebook.
The campaign picture of BaKit’s Team Panaghiusa shows Baba and Kit with their (complete) 10 councilors (--to-be?): Joseph Bompat, Eliezer Borja, Jose Esteban Timoteo Butalid, Charles Cabalit, Bebiano Inting, Adam Relson Jala, Jeremias PabeAllan Real and Salome Vitorillo.
Those in the know indicated that Catigbian Mayor Bertsal Salinas may opt to run for congressman in the first district in 2013. Bared texted Bertsal for his comment, he answered: “Maybe…maybe not.”
Erstwhile Vice Mayor Toto Veloso also told Bared that his team GV Express, which stands for Good Vehicle/Good Vibes/Good Vision or DT for Dodong-Toto Doers for Tagbilaran, with lawyer Dodong Gonzaga as mayoralty bet, has to choose the 10 councilors from 16 probable candidates. However, Coun. Betty Torralba is with the team GV Express/DT. “We plan to release our strong line up next month,” informed Toto.
Meanwhile, VRS reported that Bag-ong Bol-anon is conducting nightly activities with Carmen Mayor Che Toribio- Delos Reyes as provincial chair.
Three generations making their way to see Lady Liberty
Miss Tagbilaran 1987 Fiel Angeli Araoarao-Gabin takes first bite of the Big Apple. And what a bite it was! Juicy!!!
“I’ll never forget my first time in New York,” Fiel told Bared. “After all the stops and starts, dreams do come true! For many years, my family’s ultimate dream was for me to join them in New York City, but fate took a different course. It came decades after the long wait. “
Fiel was in The Big Apple months ago to accompany her daughter Cielo who was qualified as Philippine team member and the only participant from Central Visayas to the 2012 International Regions Math League Competition held in Las Vegas last June.
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