US travel ban in Bohol won’t hurt its tourism

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol – The travel ban issued by the United States government against the Philippines is not anticipated to make a dent in Bohol’s tourism industry.


“We don’t have much American tourists here in Bohol so the travel ban somehow does not affect us,” said Tootsie Escobia, provincial information officer.

He said most of the tourists coming to Bohol are local people and Asians.

The United States Embassy in Manila on Saturday cautioned Americans in the Philippines to be cautious in traveling to Central Visayas, referring to “unsubstantiated yet credible information” that terrorist groups may attempt to conduct kidnappings in the region, especially in Cebu and Bohol areas.

In Panglao, hotels and resorts were completely reserved through the Holy Week, with reservations done as early as last January.

“There are no cancellations so far as of today, the guests are enjoying [their stay] here,” said Anthony Ceniza, supervisor of Dumaluan Beach Resort II in Barangay Bolod, Panglao town.

He said that amid the Holy Week, their visitors are included 80 percent Europeans and 20 percent local people.

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He said a large portion of their visitors were from Russia, Germany and France.

The Alona Tropical Shoreline Resort in Barangay Tawala was also fully-booked.

According its operation manager, Rico Guigue, 60 percent of their visitors were Filipinos while the rest were foreigners who made advance booking in February.

“It’s business as usual,” said Guigue.

Tour activities and bookings have remained unaffected in the midst of the travel warning.

“There were no tour packages canceled by our guests. It is business as usual here,” said Lande Lawangon, a tour operator.

Bohol is one of the provincial hosts of the economic affairs meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean). More than 200 representatives will be in the province on April 18-22 for the various gatherings.



State of Calamity in Surigao

SAN FRANCISCO, Surigao del Norte – This town has been put under a state of calamity because of damage sustained by several infrastructures when a 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit the region and Surigao City last Friday (February 10, 2017).

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In an interview, Vice Mayor Val Pinat told that the municipal council affirmed the resolution a declaring a state of calamity on Monday afternoon.

Engr. Melchor C. Añasco, municipal engineer and office designate of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said they initially pegged the damage at 106 million pesos.

Among the destroyed infrastructure is the P75-million Anao-aon Bridge which connected Surigao City to San Francisco and Malimono towns.

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The quake also damaged the San Nicolas High School which is run by the Surigao Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church.

An initial report from the town’s Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office said 134 houses were partially damaged and 13 others were totally damaged.

Last Saturday, Surigao City, where eight individuals died and 203 others endured wounds, declared a state of calamity.

An initial report from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office placed the damage brought by the quake to infrastructures all over the province at 673 million pesos.


Miss Universe beauties in Baguio City

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines – The reigning Ms. Universe title holder Pia Wurtzbach and the rest of the 29 candidates were given a grand paraded in the “summer capital.”

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“I’ve never seen such a wonder like this,” said Miss Canada, amazed by Panagbenga’s street dances and flower float parade from Upper Session Road to the posh Baguio Country Club (BCC).

Panagbenga is the Baguio Flower Festival, Philippine’s own version of the Rose Float Festival in Pasadena, California. Panagbenga was recently chosen as an international festival, as indicated by the tourism department, is maybe the most crowd-drawing festival the country, attracting hundreds of thousands to the city each February.

Atop on flower decorated floats the Miss Universe bets had a chance to see Baguio and the Cordilleras, even in just a day.

“It is an honor that international beauties come in the city,” said mayor Mauricio Domogan, adding, “it was just unfortunate that the usual Panagbenga parade route was shortened because of the time limitations,” he explained.

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Still, as early as six o’clock, residents line up along the streets to have a chance to peek at the international beauties. “It is worth the wait,” a beauty contest fanatic said.

Miss Universe candidates tasted Baguio City’s warm welcome the country’s “vacation capital”, peeking into the unique culture of the highlands.

The international beauties also tasted Baguio at its best, like the famous strawberry picking adventure at BCC’s own strawberry fields at its 2012-born “green zone”. “We grow our own herbs,” beamed BCC general manager Anthony de Leon.

De Leon is the president of the organizing association – Hotels and Restaurants Association of Baguio (HRAB), the private organization that shelled out P31 million for hosting the event.

The Baguio solar painting artist Jordan Mang-osan and Baguio-bred national artist and international award-winning filmmmaker Kidlat Tahimik prepared an arts and cultural exhibit at the BCC’s Cordilera Convention Hall showing the Cordillera spirit and culture to the beauty candidates, capping it with a formal gala dinner Wednesday night.

Our hosting, director Venus Tan of the Department of Tourism said, “showcase(s) Baguio City for excellence in travel and tourism.”


Mariel Rodriguez gives birth to a baby girl

MANILA, Philippines – Robin Padilla’s wife Mariel Rodriguez gave birth to their first child.


Robin announced on his Instagram account that his wife gave birth to their daughter named Maria Isabella on Nov. 14, at 7:56 a.m. (American time).

According to him, his wife was in labor for 21 hours and had a normal delivery with their daughter who came out weighing 7.3 pounds and 20 inches long.

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Robin was not able to join his wife in the US in time for her maternity because he was not granted a visa. This was due to the conditional pardon granted to him by former President Fidel V. Ramos in 1998 after being in imprison for three years for the possession of illegal firearms.

In spite of this, Robin is very thankful for everyone who supported his wife.

“Ako’y nagpupugay at naglulumuhod sa lahat ng mga Pilipino sa buong mundo na nagdasal at nagsalmo para maging maayos ang kabanata na ito sa buhay ni @marieltpadilla at ni Maria Isabella de Padilla,” the actor added.

Mariel suffered two miscarriages last year before successfully conceiving a child.


Fun Activity for Parent and Toddler

There are many simple toddler activities on the net for you to imitate to make your young playing and learning at home. These fun activities are easy to do at home and your toddlers benefit from engaging in exploratory and educational activity.


Fun activity that parents and young children can easily do together like hand painting. In this activity you can preserve your child’s hand print which makes a great keepsake. Use washable finger paint or tempera paints for hand painting.

Paint is an art material that is easily adaptable to a wide variety of young children. Toddlers love to be busy which mean they also love being creative and messy. Let them explore their abilities with the use of these paints which will help them boost their self-esteem but always offer them assistance when necessary.

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What is the difference of tempera paints to finger paints? Tempera paints has more multi-use purposes than finger paint. Tempera paints have several varieties you can choose from such as powdered tempera paint, liquid tempera paint and etc. while finger paints works as basic starter for young children to encourage early childhood development. This kind of paint teaches children self-expression and repetitive hand movements that help them develop muscle control.

Children will enjoy using either kind of paints, so it’s up to you what best paint would be best to use for the art activity you have planned. There are many paints available on the market nowadays but be sure to use the non-toxic one. And if you are skeptical to use any brands on the market you can always make your own tempera paint in this way you will know what the ingredients are being used.

Party with Rinox Food Ventures

The two most important parts of a kid’s birthday party are what the guests will eat and how to entertain them. Party treats at a kid’s birthday party should be fun, simple, and in tune with the party theme. Ask your child what party theme he likes from the options you prepared to invest your time and money.


Some easy-to-follow guidelines when thinking about party food:

  1. Make the food presentation fun. Serve the food in a colorful dish, on a decorated tablecloth to make it extra-special for your kid and their guests.
  2. Give a variety of foods. Serve popcorn, chips, and hotdogs for nibbling while waiting for the main course.
  3. Snack on finger foods. Serving finger foods won’t require plates. The less complicated the party dish the less cleaning up after everyone goes home.
  4. Avoid food allergy accidents. Know your guests dietary restrictions before planning your party menu.

Plan an activity to entertain a group of small children at a party, old-fashioned party game like pin the tail on the donkey and musical chairs are exciting games for young kids. You may base games or activities according to your party’s theme. If you’re having a sports theme party have kids shoot hoops at a basketball or do circus tricks at a circus party.

Having a party theme in mind makes a party planning easy. With a specific birthday party theme idea you can plan food, activities, and decorations that match the party theme. You can add more fun to your theme party by hiring a food cart rental service.

With plenty of food cart circling around it’s hard to choose that will give us the best satisfaction that we want. We always consider the affordability and the food that they serve. Well worry no more because Rinox Food Ventures is here, your affordable party food carts for your party needs.

They offer a variety of delicious food that is freshly prepared. They will customize their carts according to your party’s theme. And if you order two or more food carts they will give discounts. So why not get all your carts at Rinox Food Cart Rental Services.