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Monday, March 4, 2019

Bohol welcomes Ms Intercontinental 2018 Karen Gallman

After winning the Miss Intercontinental 2018 crown, Bohol native Karen Gallman is now back home, even for a short while.

A warm welcome greeted the beauty queen
upon her arrival at the Bohol-Panglao International
Airport on Monday, March 4, 2019. Photos by Leo Udtohan
A warm welcome greeted the beauty queen upon her arrival at the Bohol-Panglao International Airport at 3:55 p.m. on Monday.

A group of fans unfurled a tarpaulin, congratulating her for bringing honor to the province while waving flaglets of the Philippines as soon as she stepped out of the airport in Panglao town.

She was also welcomed by her relative, Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado of Bohol’s 2nd district.

Gallman made history when she became the first Filipino woman to win the Miss Intercontinental crown after 46 long years.

Her homecoming was sponsored by the municipal government of Ubay where she is from and former beauty queen Vanessa Aumentado.

According to Vanessa, Gallman would have a homecoming parade in Ubay on Tuesday afternoon.

Gallman was born at Barangay Fatima in Ubay to Gavin William Gallman, a retired Australian soldier, and Ubay native Editha Boyonas.

She spent her childhood at Barangay Bood before migrating to Australia at age 8.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Touching moments in Hong Kong and Macau

Scene: During the pre-pageant activities, two Boholana beauties have done well in the 2014 Mutya ng Pilipinas.  Candidate # 20 Candy Cumayas is Miss Fishers Mall, while candidate #2 Dorina Loseñada Doerr (half German half Filipina) is Miss Photogenic. The grand coronation night on August 8 will have the theme, “Mutya ng Pilipinas, Where Beauty Begins…” The top 3 most coveted titles are Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific, Mutya ng Pilipinas - Overseas Communities and Mutya ng Pilipinas-Tourism International. To vote for Candy and Dorina, visit

Mrs. Aumentado
Seen: Vanessa Cadorna-Aumentado, wife of Bohol 2nd district Rep. Erico Aristotle Aumentado, was wearing a black Filipiniana accentuated with white fern and gumamela flower (the provincial flower of Bohol) created by fashion icon EJ Relampagos during the President’s fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA). Someone requested a solo pic with Mrs. Aumentado who looked gorgeous on the red carpet.

Scene: The memorable church wedding of Abdul Wallace and Chandrina Elluiska Schreurs at St. Augustine Church in Panglao. “To our families of both sides thank you for knowing us deeply.. to our friends who came: thank you for witnessing and for sparing some time on our day..” said Chandrina.

Pardon my ignorance (blush, blush, blush!) but I didn’t know that Hong Kong was the shopping capital of world and Macau was world’s gambling capital until last week my cousin Eva Aquino-Idon with her daughter Shiela Mae, my nephew Jerwin Jala and I came here for a vacy on such a hot summer weekdays arranged by IJEA Travel and Tours (31-A Airport Road, fronting DILG, Tagbilaran City, Tel No:   038-412-3885/09182610130).

During the four-day tour, we explored and loved Hong Kong’s and Macau’s vibrant and cosmopolitan lifestyle, it’s cultural fusion and diversity, as evident in everything from its shopping, dining, arts, history, entertainment, nightlife, festivals and events. 

Your VRS at the St. Paul Ruins, arguably Macau’s most famous landmark.
We used our first day in Hong Kong as a walking day. We roamed around the city’s Central watching the dramatic skyline with 1,251 skyscrapers and high-rises, the most in the world.

“HK has amazing skyscrapers!” exclaimed Shiela Mae.

On the second day, we visited the Avenue of Stars (modelled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame which pays tribute to Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Chow Yun Fat, Maggie Cheung, John Woo, Wong Kar-wai and Hong Kong's rich cinematic tradition), Aberdeen Fishing Village, Mid-Level of Victoria Peak, Jewelry Shop and Chocolate Shop.

After the city tour, we went to Disneyland until fireworks displayed at 9 p.m. The smallest in the world, Disneyland Hong Kong has a legendary fairy tale kingdom which celebrates the spirit of fantasy and an amazing world of tomorrow with a forever-young sense of adventure.

Hong Kong offers travelers the opportunity to experience a vibrant living culture featuring a unique blend of East and West.
Shiela Mae and Jerwin did enjoy the seven theme parks (The Main Street of USA, Adventure land, Fantasy land, Tomorrow Land, Toy Story Land, Grizzly Gulch and the Mystic Point) in Disneyland. However, they confessed that they liked the It’s a Small World, a musical boat ride located in the Fantasyland which features over 300 brightly costumed audio-animatronic dolls in the style of children of the world, frolicking in a spirit of international unity, and singing the attraction's title song, which has a theme of global peace.

“Look, there’s a tarsier!” said Jerwin while we’re approaching Asia. The Philippines spot has two dolls wearing Filipiniana inside a bahay kubo, tarsier and chocolate hills.

Inside Venetian Hotel
People go shopping in Hong Kong, by day or night. They have many night markets (Mong Kok, Stanley and Temple Street) where you can bargain certain products at the lowest price. Your shopping in Hong Kong would not be complete if you would not try their street foods.

After visiting Temple Street, my VRS (noted for dishing out, ehem, hard to guess blind items) were sending some “goodies” straight from Bohol:

1) This “center of the class (COC)” likes to grab the responsibilities from his co-COC. Flashing a Garfield smile, this COC is close to the controversial head of all COC. This psychopant Garfield has been known for his character of humiliating their heavenly leader and creating faction within the community. “Careful, this Garfield is cunning,” warned VRS.

2) This businessman envisioned to earn millions outside the south pearl. He became successful only to find out his girlfriend spent all his cash and pawned his jewelries. “He is back in Bohol,” VRS said, “empty-handed. No money. No girlfriend.”

3) “Since you’re there in Hong Kong maybe you’ll bump into this son of a wealthy family who is doing a miracle while far away from home,” texted VRS. “Last month, he was spotted at Kow Loon in HK holding hands with a young gentleman while giggling and whispering sweet nothings into each other’s ears.” Confirmed!

I just smiled...

On the third day, we went to Macau, Asia’s Sin City. It is just an hour by ferry (TurboJet) from Hong Kong.

Tourism is a major industry in Macau. It is famous for the blend of Portuguese and Chinese cultures and its gambling industry and entertainment.  

Most come to Macau for the casinos, but it has a wealth of activity to offer for those who want to enjoy a non-gaming environment, such as a UNESCO world heritage site, museums, historic buildings and areas.

Macau is a small place just like Panglao Island but it has striking architecture and ambitious new developments.

The best part for visitors is that the city is compact, making the best of Macau simple to explore. We visited the Kuan Iam statue considered as one of Macau’s finest Buddhist temples, and the Ama Temple, a destination offering silence and spectacular views, has a classical Chinese architectural treasures.

We also visited the Macau Tower, a new tourist spot with cinema, cafes and restaurants, shopping mall, 360° Cafe, 180° Lounge, conference centre, theatre and exhibition hall and a local cake shop for some delicious treat found only in Macau.

Of course, we went to St. Paul Ruins (also known as Sam Ba Sing Tzik), the most famous sight in Macau. The front façade and the grand stone stairs are the only remains of the greatest church in Macau. It is said the original church was probably designed by an Italian Jesuit in the early 17th century. It reflects great Catholic history of this former Portuguese colony.

Our guide Ken laughed when I told him about lutong Macau in Philippines. "Lutong Macau" is coined from the way the Chinese (Macau) prepared their food in advance.  When Pinoy says "lutong Macau," it means that there is something wrong or unscrupulous with the transaction from the beginning. It also means the transaction was "fixed" already before it was started to give way to a "favored" party just like in beauty pageants or singing contests.

Harbor in Hong Kong
The remaining hours in Macau were spent at the Venetian Hotel to experience a lavish full-service haven featuring sophisticated accommodations and numerous dining establishments and entertainment facilities.  The Venetian Macau has fake perfect skies.

Eva and Shiela Mae insisted that we should have an authentic gondola ride down the canals of the Shoppes at the Venetian.

Our gondolier was a Filipino who is working in Macau for four years. He was singing Italian opera melodies during our ride. He engaged us in a breezy, free-wheeling and delightful conversation, calling us by names and making us feel we’re in the Philippines.

“You will love my next song,” he said.

Surprisingly, he was singing “Usahay” ala Luciano Pavarotti. Before he was able to finish the song, people were clapping and saying bravo! He captured the attention and affection of the tourists with his heart-rending rendition of the Visayan love song.

We took home a souvenir photograph to remember our wonderful experience.

How can you not love Hong Kong and Macau? I asked my co-turistas.

“What a beautiful experience!” gushed Eva.

Night market in Hong Kong
Said Shiela Mae: “I want to come back!”

Jerwin commented, “I love Disneyland!”

It’s only a quick three hour flight away to see you again Hong Kong and Macau!

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Delicious Recipes from the Congressional Wives

Scene: Runway Icons, a modeling agency owned and managed by eventologist Mizken Tirol Andan, MBA, Ph.D., is looking for 25 artista aspirants for the Teen Idol 2014. Exposure shows and workshops will be held this summer.  Currently, Runway Icons is merging with Viva Entertainment Inc.  and ABS-CBN.  For inquiries, text or call 09199132119.

Piolo Pascual
Scene: The (re)launching of the Sandugo Toastmasters Club was held yesterday, March, 8 sponsored by Toastmasters International (TI), in partnership with the Sinulog Toastmasters Club and the Queen City Toastmasters Club.

Seen: Spotted in Bohol last week was Kapamilya actor Piolo Pascual.  Now on its 4th super mega blockbuster week,  Starting Over Again, starring Piolo Pascual and Toni Gonzaga, grosses P375 million.

Scene: News about a lawmaker filed a bill today seeking to declare Piolo Pascual as the Philippines’ “National Ultimate Heartthrob” is a hoax.  There is no Bohol Seventh District Rep. Wally Magwa Mabuti.  The satirical news appeared on Twitter and Facebook after Bohol 1st district Rep. Rene Relampagos filed a bill to declare abodo as national food.

Scene: At least 30 journalists from Cebu, Bohol and Tacloban attended the Peer Trauma Seminar conducted by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP). The Bohol journos who attended the seminar were Edward Guyano, Angeline Valencia, Leo Udtohan, Aida Tangal, Jun Gutierrez, Roger Balamad, Felix Cempron, Ric Obedencio, Mike Ligalig and Rey Anthony Chiu.

Contrary to popular belief, the wives of our Bohol congressmen love to cook!

Last week, Imee Adiong-Relampagos, wife of 1st district Rep. Rene Relampagos; Vanessa Cadorna-Aumentado, wife of 2nd district Rep. Aris Aumentado; and Carol Gow-Yap, wife of 3rd district Rep. Art Yap, shared their favorite recipes on the forthcoming cookbook of the Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. (CSFI).

The spouses of the Bohol congressional representatives (l-r) Imee Adiong-Relampagos, Carol Gow-Yap and Vanessa Cadorna-Aumentado share some of their favorite recipes for the Congressional Club Cook Book which will be released in August.  Courtesy: CSFI
The CSFI is an organization composed of the spouses of lawmakers. They conduct outreach programs and other socio-civic projects, Evangeline Pastor, officer in charge of the CSFI said.

The Congressional Club Cook Book (available in August 2014) will have a new and unique collection of recipes to represent the diverse ethnic backgrounds, regional customs, and family traditions of the members and their spouses. The cookbook will be a symbol of a collection of friendships that the members cherish.

Publishing the Congressional Club Cook Book has been one of the CSFI’s most important projects. It supports the variety of activities that the CSFI has offered over the years. Each year, revenue generated from cookbook sales also helps support monetary contributions made by the CSFI to a variety of local charities.

They brought their ingredients and cooked their own recipes. They even shared their kitchen tips-cooking secrets to the media who covered the pictorial and cooking session.

Here are the yummiest recipes from the wives of our Bohol Congressmen for you to try out.

From Mrs. Relampagos’ takla special to Mrs. Aumentado’s hinalang na manok and to Mrs. Yap’s radish salad....why not give these recipes a whirl in your own kitchen?

Bon appetit…

Bohol’s Tuba-marinated Takla Delight!
Imee Relampagos

The snapping shrimp, locally known as takla, has the world's record as the loudest animal in the world. It produces 4000dB sound level when it snaps its powerful pincher that produces a bubble hot enough to stun its prey.

In Calape, and other parts of Bohol, takla makes a good delicacy. Just like shrimps they also have good meat even better due to its fat content.

1 cup tuba
½ kilo takla (shrimp)
1 pc. onion
1 tbsp. garlic
1 tbsp. ginger
¼ cup butter

Marinate the takla in tuba for 15 minutes. Set aside. In a separate pan, sauté garlic, onion, and ginger in butter. When the garlic turns golden brown, add the marinated takla. The dish is ready to serve when the takla turns from blackish to red.

Hinalang na Bisayang Manok
Vanessa Aumentado

A Bohol specialty is the hinalang na manok. Hinalang means “pinaanghang” or “made hot or spicy.” The chicken is cooked in onion, ginger, peppercorn, chilli and coconut milk.

Courtesy: Panlasang Pinoy
1 whole native chicken, cut into serving pieces
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium size ginger, sliced
1/2 tsp peppercorn
3 red hot chilis (labuyo)
2 cans coconut milk
1/2 cup water
salt to taste (optional)
1 bundle lemongrass (tanglad)

Place native chicken and lemongrass in a saucepan, add water, and bring to a boil. Add the cup coconut milk and combine all ingredients. Put chopped onion, ginger, pepper and  garlic. Boil the native chicken for about 30-60 minutes or until done it depends on how old your native chicken. Add salt to taste and red hot chili then simmer for 5 minutes. Serve hot with lots of rice.

Radish Salad
Carol Yap

Courtesy: Food Network
4 cups radishes, washed and sliced
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion
1 cup diced fresh tomato
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1 small clove garlic, minced
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Fresh chopped parsley for garnish

Directions: Combine sliced radishes, onion, and tomato. Whisk together the salt, garlic, pepper, basil or mint, lemon juice, and vegetable oil. Toss with salad then garnish with parsley.

Oscars 2014: Stars’ best quotes
Undoubtedly, the people who took home the Oscars on March 2 had an incredible night. Ellen DeGeneres was the most fun Oscar host we’ve seen a long time. It was an amazing evening between the pizza, the selfie and the subtle digs.

12 Years a Slave won the best picture. Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) won best actress.

Matthew McConaughey, who won best actor for the movie Dallas Buyers Club, was one of the few stars to thank God in Oscar acceptance speech.

"First off, I want to thank God, because that's who I look up to. He's graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand. He has shown me that it's a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates."

Lupita Nyong’o, who won best supporting actress for 12 Years a Slave gave an absolutely stirring acceptance of her first Oscar: “No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.”

The toughest Oscar race this year was for best actor. Right until the awards began the race was almost certainly down to Chiwetel Ejiofor for 12 Years a Slave and Matthew McConaughey for Dallas Buyers Club. McConaughey was the eventual winner. Leonardo DiCaprio didn’t win (possibly any time soon).  Leo, cool guys don’t win Oscars!

By the way, Hollywood journos reported that Ellen used Samsang Galaxy (sponsor of the Oscars) for the “selfie of the year” which broke Twitter, but she was seen using Iphone at the backstage. The pizza’s partner was Coca-Cola and the Oscar’s sponsor was Pepsi. Come on!

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