Archive | August, 2010

Enchanted Kingdom Celebrates Beatles 50th Anniversary with The BloomFields

Catch The Bloomfields all weekends of August as Enchanted Kingdom pays tribute to the iconic ‘60s rock band, the Beatles.


The Bloomfields

Reminisce the phenomenal British band’s hits as The Bloomfields play their rendition of Beatles classics like “Hey Jude,” “Twist & Shout,” “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” “Blackbird,” “My Sharona” and a lot more.

The Beatles, cited as one of the most influential rock artists of the flower power era, had an immense popularity which has spanned worldwide. Their unforgettable chart-topping music has been immortalized through the years. They have influenced pop culture in an unimaginable magnitude which can still be felt today, as evidenced by the emergence of rock bands covering their timeless songs. Continue Reading

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1st Siargao Island Surfing Festival

A grand surfing festival, dubbed as 1st Siargao Island Surfing Festival, will be held in one setting for local, national and international from September 21 to October 1.


Siargao Island Surfing Festival

Surigao del Norte Governor Sol Matugas said that among the surfing sporting event that will be held at the annual festival are the National Surfing Competitions and 16th International Surfing Cup and other foreign surfing competitions held at the country’s surfing capital, Cloud 9 in General Luna, Siargao Island.

Series of activities are lined-up for the two-week yearly festival like various sports events, cultural and talent shows and tourism/trade fairs, Surigao del Norte provincial tourism officer Ivonnie Dumadag said.

Among the special guests who signified their intention to attend the first surfing festival were Vice President Jejomar Binay, Department of Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim, and Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, Dumadag said.

Dumadag said the festival will have a grand launch tomorrow (August 5) at Paseo Cabuntog, General Luna town, Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.

“At the grand launching, we will explain to media and invited guests why the festival was conceptualized and what are other activities at the festival to attract local and foreign tourists as we expect this year’s surfing festival will be big bang to our local tourism industry”, Dumadag said.

Governor Matugas, for her part, said re-invigorating Surigao del Norte tourism industry is one of the priority development agenda of her administration.

“We have huge potentials in tourism and we already created an international niche in the industry as we aimed more because we have not fully showcased the best of the best in Surigao tourism,” the governor said.

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Cebu was ranked third best island in Asia recently by New York based travel magazine Travel + Leisure

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia has welcomed the report that central Philippine island province of Cebu was ranked third best island in Asia recently by New York based travel magazine Travel + Leisure.


Cebu Island

It followed Bali, which ranked first, and Maldives, second.  Cebu got a rating of 87.5 points, eight points up from last year’s 79.68 point.

Garcia said this could not have come at a better time, given the celebration of the Province’s 441st founding anniversary on August 6. Continue Reading

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Malay local council to regulate tour-guiding operations in Boracay

The Malay Aklan local council is geared into regulating the tour guide operations in this resort island.  Councilor Jupiter Gallenero, a former broadcaster of Bombo Radio, said that several freelance tour guides in this resort island have been deceiving both foreign and local tourists, giving this resort island a negative impression.


Boracay Island

“Fake tour guides are asking for down payment for their probable clients but upon payment many of them fail to show up during the scheduled service,” said Gallenero.

Part of the regulations is to identify who among the tour guides in Boracay are legitimate and who are not. Existence of the fake tour guides have been a perennial problem by many stakeholders here.

Gallenero said that he want the local government unit to provide accreditation cards to the legitimate tour guides.

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