Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Welcome to Modala Beach Resort in Panglao, Bohol

The September 18 soft opening of Modala Beach Resort in Doljo, Panglao gave Bohol’s tourism industry something to cheer and smile about. The opening of its doors to locals augurs well for a brighter and sunny year-ender in the midst of the uncertain times brought about by the COVID 19 pandemic.

Resort GM Rommel Gonzales welcomed everyone to the activity and introduced the department heads who were responsible for the smooth day- to- day operations of the latest tourism jewel in Panglao.    

TOURISM JEWEL Modala Beach Resort is a posh architectural wonder that boasts of the longest stretch of white sand shoreline in Panglao island.

The modern luxury resort has 126 stylish beach rooms each with a private balcony that overlooks the ocean. Gently swaying palm trees give the resort its tropical vibe.  

SAFETY PROTOCCOLS Mandatory temperature- taking, use of disinfectants & hand sanitizers and social distancing measures are strictly implemented. QR-code enabled scanning ensures quicker check in and also used for contact tracing. Safety kits that include isopropyl alcohol, sanitary spray & mask envelopes are part of the rooms’ essential items.

THINGS TO DO Lounge or take a dip in the infinity pool while enjoying a cocktail or two from the bar. Rejuvenate and recharge at Hayahay Spa and savour the goodness of international and Asian cuisines at Mangaon Ta Restaurant & Bar. The resort has numerous activities to enjoy – take a dip and discover the beauty and wonder of the sea, kayak your way around the waters, try the paddle board, play Frisbee or beach volleyball with your family and friends or just soak in the sun. 

Alongside Modala is Moadto Strip Mall, the first-ever beachfront shopping, retail and dining attraction in Bohol where guests can access a variety of activities that they may take pleasure in during their stay. 

Choose from a variety of F & B establishments such as The Buzz and Imperial Garden Restaurant and try their different cuisines, stroll or shop for souvenirs. 

Congratulations Modala Beach Resort on your soft opening! Cheers!



Monday, September 14, 2020

A Boholana Author’s Inspiring Memoir

Boholana beauty & brains Yonie Bermoy Malig-on, Hawaii- based civic leader, beauty queen, career woman, dance enthusiast and community outreach volunteer can now add book author to her list of accomplishments.

“Leading the Way, a Memoir” published by AuthorHouse, the world’s largest self-publisher that provides premier book publishing & marketing services to authors, chronicles the Boholana’s humble beginnings, her experiences as a battered partner and later her challenges as a caregiver to her terminally ill husband while also battling cancer.

Very timely and relevant especially in today’s world that has been threatened by a pandemic, the book is a breath of fresh air.

Readers will surely emphatize with the author as she bares her heart and soul with surprising candor & humility in a riveting tale where one will laugh with her, cry with her and finally smile with her in an inspiring book that celebrates the triumph of the human spirit and teaches a lesson on how to rise above difficult situations. 

The book also includes tips on mentorship, fundraising for worthy causes and the benefits of advocating for one’s community.

Yonie, who was born and raised in Mansasa, Tagbilaran City has been based in Hawaii, USA since 1987. She finds fulfillment in her professional work as Payroll Coordinator for Nordic PCL Construction, Inc. Hawaii District, a Canadian based company, which is one of the largest general contractors in the United States and North America.

Ms. Malig-on is a prominent member of the Filipino community in Hawaii and currently the Chief Operating Officer of FAMES Hawaii, a civic organization that offers business mentorship to young entrepreneurs. She is also the Vice-President of the Filipino Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii as well as active membership & leadership roles in other civic organizations.

Here’s the link for your book orders:

Leading the Way by Yonie Malig-on

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Rediscover Bohol

As quarantine restrictions ease up, movements in and around Bohol have gone back to normal including the gradual return of tourism activities. At a time when travel outside Bohol is still restricted, locals and expats alike have begun to go around and explore Bohol particularly its countryside.  As one of Southeast Asia’s most scenic tourist attractions, Bohol has a lot to offer aside from its irresistible stretches of powdery- white sandy beaches in Panglao and in Anda.  

During the lockdown, Boholanos have rediscovered the beauty & allure of their province. One couldn’t help but fall in love all over again with its rustic charm and idyll and take pride in its rich & diverse culture and traditions as reflected in its songs and dances, charming historical relics and ancestral houses.

From its centuries- old churches to its delectable & mouth- watering delicacies and fresh bounty straight from the seas and the farm and into your table, Bohol is one of the best choices for a safe, secure and stress- free leisure trip. 

Make sure to follow all mandatory safety protocols including the use of face masks & hand sanitizers and observing social distancing.

 Here are some of the amazing scenes and sites that we captured through our cameras. 

Photo Credits:
Ghen Lumayag- Tabat
Martin Kalli

Sunday, August 16, 2020

Remembering Ma. Teresita Veloso Abueva : Miss Bohol 1953

 It cannot be. It was with disbelief that I reacted to news that Miss Bohol 1953 Ma. Teresita Veloso- Abueva of Duero who was fondly called “Ching” by family & friends had passed away last August 13 in Manila. She was 86.

Ching Abueva in her Miss Bohol 1953 portrait

You see, I had somehow become attached to her ever since she responded to our invitation for all Miss Bohol titleholders to grace the 2015 edition of the province’s most prestigious beauty competition.

Ching who reigned as Miss Bohol during the innocent and more carefree 50’s decade was a retired teacher and had a Masters in Education degree. She exchanged lifetime vows with Martiniano Floro Jr. at the Lourdes Church in Quezon City, 1955. One of the principal sponsors in her society wedding was then Vice President Carlos P. Garcia who eventually became Philippine President in 1957.

The family migrated to Australia in 1971 and stayed abroad for almost 40 years before flying back home. She opted for the quiet and peaceful  Handurawan in her hometown Duero during her retirement.

She whiled away her time doing the things that she loved the most like painting, baking & cake decorating and of course, flying regularly to Australia to visit her three children and grandchildren.

The author and Sir Craig Cespon in two Tita Ching sightings in Tagbilaran City

She is the fifth child of Hon. Teodoro L. Abueva, a Boholano congressman and Purificacion (Nena) Gonzales Veloso, president of the Women’s Auxiliary Service.

Her father, a friend and contemporary of former Philippine President Manuel Roxas and Ambassador Narciso Ramos was a member of the Provincial Board, and later became the Provincial Governor of Bohol. He ended his career as a Congressman in 1934. Both of Abueva’s parents died serving their country.

She has six other brothers & sisters: the distinguished Dr. Jose “Pepe” V. Abueva, former President of the University of the Philippines, Filipino educator, author, professor and civil servant and National Artist in Sculpture Napoleon “Billy” V. Abueva (deceased), Teodoro “Teddy”Jr., now bas:ed in New York, USA; Purificacion “Neny” -deceased), married to Atty. Ramon Binamira (deceased.) of Tagbilaran City; Amelia Martinez “Inday” now living in Chicago;  and Antonio “Tony”.

Tita Ching is joined Miss Bohol titleholders Idy Cagas 2012,Farah Faye Mian 2011,

Queenie Fllante 2014, Mellanie Wallace 2000,Celevel Ranoco Butler 1992 & Beth Anana 1988


Photo Credits: Gerald James Cabal

She was always the princess in a brood of Abueva siblings being the youngest girl. During the reunion of former Miss Bohol titleholders during the 2015 Miss Bohol Pageant, Tita Ching was one of the most applauded queens.

Miss Bohol titleholders' reunion video

She is survived by her three chlldren and grandchildren in Australia who because of the COVID 19 pandemic were unable to travel to Manila in her final days.  

Tita Ching would always be remembered not only for her grace and elegance but also for belonging to the illustrious Abueva clan of Duero, Bohol.

Sleep tight Tita Ching!

Saturday, July 11, 2020

1st for the 1st: Dr. Armi Judy Apalisok Piollo Marks 1ST Anniversary

Dr. Armi Judy Apalisok Piollo, Bohol’s first cosmetic surgeon to train in Seoul, South Korea, has every reason to be smiling nowadays. Her clinic, Dr. Piollo Aesthetic, Cosmetic & Wellness Center just marked its 1st anniversary. 

Located at the Tagbilaran Community Hospital, the beauty and wellness haven has been one of her dream projects ever since she trained at the Korean College of Cosmetic Surgery (KCCS)

Fractional CO2 for skin resurfacing & large pore minimizing and NDYAG Laser for tattoo & birthmark removal are two of the most requested services. Her clinic also offers Korean Body Glow, Chin Implant &Noselift, among others.
Fractional CO2 Laser

During our chitchat, the amiable doctor shared a very interesting insight in aesthetic and cosmetic surgery. “With societal pressure and with social media’s incessant pursuit for physical perfection and coupled with advances in plastic surgery & procedures that are readily available, people are now flocking to wellness centers here in Bohol” 

“Aesthetic & cosmetic procedures are not for everyone. Doctors have been trained to determine whether a procedure is needed or not.

Is it to improve one’s state of mind & to boost one’s self- esteem? Is it from pressure to look perfect and to fit in? Is it to snag a lifetime partner?

More importantly, will such surgical intervention be the solution for increased self- esteem?” and if the patient believes that it’s a make or break when it comes to cosmetic surgery, then go for it”

Dr. Piollo reiterated that with more competent Boholano doctors in aesthetic and cosmetic surgery, and specialists in beauty & wellness, better and improved services are now within reach to the Bohol community.

She stressed that while functional & purposive cosmetic procedures have proven to be helpful for deformities through genetics or from accidents, they should never be the shortcut to validate one’s worth.

As a parting shot, she gently reminds that the key is to improve one’s state of mind. To be more accepting of one’s flaws & imperfections. It may be a cliché but it really is true that true beauty comes from within.

Visit Dr. Piollo at Tagbilaran Community Hospital Monday- Saturday, 9 am- 6 pm

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Highly Recommended Places to Celebrate Valentine's Day in Bohol

We sigh, we swoon, we laugh and we cry as we throw all caution to the wind and fall in love. Just like any rollercoaster ride, it’s full of twists and turns, highs and lows, ups and downs. But hey, that’s the paradox of what loving is all about. We take risks as we circumnavigate the mysteries of that most challenging of all emotions; love. So go out and celebrate the gift of love for without love, there wouldn’t be life.

And s promised last week, we will give you some of the best ideas to spend Valentine’s Day. Boholanos love to celebrate and mark the most romantic day of the year. Are you going to celebrate with the usual flowers and chocolates? Are you in for a delectable treat with your special someone or do you want to drown your sorrows with your pals? At any rate, here are some suggested things to do this Valentine’s Day;


Check out Umaya’s Japanese Restaurant at Lite Port Center. Enjoy your Valentines evening with your family, your friends or with your special someone, as the place is going to be designed for a cozy Valentine date! We can only accommodate 40 at a time so book your date time with us. Group of 5? Bring 1 free of charge! Children below 13 gets 50% discount, children 3 years old below, free of charge! 

For only Php599.00, you'll enjoy a smorgasbord of Nihon shoku! Eat all you can. Call or message us at these numbers: 500 9157, 09199083362. 

6PM to 7PM, 7PM to 8PM, 8PM to 9PM


Astoria Bohol
Come and celebrate Valentine’s Day at Astoria Bohol on Feb 14, 6 pm with a P750 per head buffet with live acoustic band entertainment. Plus a romantic stroll for the lovebirds at the Astoria beachfront


There are two sides to a relationship. The sweet and cool. And there’s the hot and spicy. Navigate the best of Asia with a full course sweet or spicy Asian dinner buffet with a live acoustic band to bring out the romantic side of your significant other.  Only at Persona Mesa  

Wanna reach out to the stars to seal that perfect match made in heaven? Enjoy a quiet evening at Be Grand Resort’s Lune, Bohol’s newest roof deck tapas bar while stargazing and enjoying a sip of your fave wine and coolers  on Valentine’s Day

Sing your heartache and heartbreak away, dance your way to his and her heart, roses for the ladies and enjoy ice- cold beer with a five + one free promo this Valentine's Day at one of the city’s coolest bars, D Box right beside Kew Hotel.

 No registration fee. Just show up on Feb 14. First come, first served basis for the challengers


Be one of the first to check and hang out at the latest dining destination in Bohol. 

Get a bite of a truly international array of dishes and wash down with a wide variety of cocktails and beverages this Valentine’s Day while you experience a panoramic view of the sunset view and the cozy ambience of a new dining experience with a welcoming Filipino architectural design.

 Drop by at Cush Restaurant & Lounge, La Mar Serena Beach, San Isidro, Dauis

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones or with the gang with a hearty and sumptuous dinner, enjoy the perfect panoramic view of Tagbilaran Bay and get entertained with acoustic music.  All these and more at Lantaw Native Restaurant  

Saturday, January 25, 2020

5 for 5: Persona Mesa Celebrates Five Years with Five Southeast Asian Dishes

Five years after it tickled the palate of picky Boholano diners and touristsalike with its innovative take on modern Filipino & Asian cuisine, Persona Mesa has expanded its menu. 
Marjoe Yamada

Quietly and sans the fanfare, Persona Mesa, the upscale restaurant that reigns supreme along J. A. Clarin St. this city launched its Southeast Asian cuisine with signature dishes from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Southeast Asian cuisine is famous around the world. Its mélange of delectable dishes is synonymous with intoxicating aroma, fiery spices and the soothing flavors of its cuisine. 

To capture the authentic flavors, taste and texture of these dishes, Marjoe Yamada, the stylish & sassy lady behind the upscale resto went on a month- long series of culinary classes. The gastronomic adventure that took her to exotic locales and the back streets of Bali, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand & Vietnam was an enriching experience that had her cradling an armful of completion certificates from the culinary classes she attended.

Here are the first five signature dishes that you MUST check out at Persona Mesa; 
Nasi Goreng

NASI GORENG Indonesia’s delectable rice dish with chicken, prawns & shredded omelet is the ultimate for spicy food lovers 
Pad Thai

PAD THAI, Thailand’s signature stir fried rice noodles with eggs, bean sprouts & tofu in a sauce of tamarind, fish, dried shrimp, red chili pepper, a pinch of sugar, a hint of crushed peanuts and a dash of lemon. Indeed, a delicate balance of sweet, salty, sour & spicy dish. 

PHO, Vietnam’s popular noodle soup is served in restos around the world. It consists of the perfect noodles, tender slices of beef, crunchy and spicy garnishes and broth for one hot sweaty heavenly treat. The key is in the broth that consists of simmered beef bones, onions, ginger & fish sauce. Mixed together, it’s perfection. 
Curry Laksa

From Malaysia, we have CURRY LAKSA, a slightly creamy noodle dish that is a cacophony of flavors is infused with coconut milk, the spiciness of chili and the fragrance of spices. 
Pork Binagoongan

And from the Philippines, we have PORK BINAGOONGAN, a best- selling dish in Persona Mesa, it is pork belly sautéed in shrimp paste. Scrumptious delight when served with eggplant and steaming hot fried rice.

After all these years, Marjoe Yamada has single- handedly stirred all the ingredients that made Trip Advisor consistenly rate Persona Mesa as one of Bohol’s best restaurants. Of course, with the backing of her Head Cook Aljon Solijon and her dependable & well- trained service crew. 
Head Cook Aljon Solijon

So what are you waiting for? Persona Mesa is open daily except Tuesdays, 11 am- 2 pm and 5.30 pm- 10 pm

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