Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Halamanan Residences: The Perfect Getaway

Halamanan Residences in Tawala, Panglao fulfils your dream of privacy and exclusivity in one of seven private garden villas.  Each villa offers a fully equipped kitchen, indoor dining area,   your own al fresco dining area set in a private garden and your choice of a private or semi- private pool.  Perfect for honeymooners! 

Villa rental rate includes taxes, electricity & water fees, fast internet connection, linen, towels and cleaning service.  

Guests undergo mandatory safety protocols before check- in. 

For bookings and inquiries, here's the link: Halamanan Residences

Monday, October 12, 2020

Malinawon Resort in Panglao, Bohol

Malinawon Resort located in Danao, Panglao is named after a Bisaya word that literally means peaceful, serene and quiet. And true enough, if you’re the type who goes for solitude and serenity, this is the perfect place to be.  

The newly- reopened resort has 24 elegant resort suite rooms equipped with modern furnishings and fitted with cable TV, WIFI access and flat screen TVs. Each of the rooms has a scenic balcony that leads directly to the pool fringed with tall, gently swaying coconut palm trees.

Indeed, Malinawon Resort is a practical home away from home with the most basic amenities for a comfortable and worry- free break.

Mandatory safety protocols are in place and the resort has a No Mask No Entry policy in place.


For bookings & inquiries, here’s the link: Malinawon

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Bonding & Biking in Breathtaking Bohol

With lockdown restrictions already easing up, Bohol residents have started looking for fun & leisurely activities to indulge in. Whether an entirely new hobby or picking up where they left off, residents have started going out in droves after staying indoor for almost five months.

With Bohol under Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) non- contact sports & fun activities such as swimming, biking, tennis and scuba diving are allowed already.

 Mandatory safety protocols are observed to allow for an exhilarating yet safe activity. 

Cong. Aris Aumentado with wife Vanessa & son Lawrence
Let’s start first with biking, one of Bohol’s most popular leisure activities because of the island’s paved smooth roads. It allows for a healthy cardiovascular workout, bond with family and friends and enjoy the scenic postcard- pretty Bohol landscape.  Even before the COVID 19 pandemic, biking has already been attracting hordes of biking enthusiasts and biking groups have even been formed to regulate and monitor their activities.

Ms. Vanessa Aumentado, wife of Cong. Aris Aumentado, shares some practical tips to fully enjoy the activity.

WHAT TO WEAR Helmet, gloves, bright- coloured cycling jersey & shorts with padding, comfortable rubber shoes and shades.    

BEST TIME FOR ACTIVITY Early in the morning between 5 am and 7 am or late in the afternoon 4 pm to 7 pm. 

MOST POPULAR ROUTES From the capital city of Tagbilaran to Panglao (20 kilometer distance) , Tagbilaran City to Corella and Sikatuna (10 kms. & 17 kms from the city, respectively)  Panglao to the interior towns of Loboc, Bilar & Carmen (20 km, 40 km & 60 km, respectively or Panglao to Jagna (66 km) in eastern Bohol. 

Vanessa advises beginners and first- time visitors to take it easy with an hour- long ride that would take you to the countryside and get glimpses not only of breathtaking natural wonders but also of the island’s daily life.

Iconic Panglao Watchtower
FAB FOUR. Judith, Vanessa, Lirio & Evelyn

For those who traverse from Panglao, bikers may choose to go to eastern coastal Bohol or tour the interior part. It’s both a lesson in history and a pleasant travel experience as you pass by towns with their age- old stone churches, busy markets and modern town halls. In between, there are unobstructed views of the coast that overlooks the Mindanao Sea. You may do quick stop overs for refreshments, some chitchat and selfies at IG- worthy sites.   

Quick stop to enjoy the scenery at eastern Bohol 

Want a feel of Bohol’s interior towns? Then proceed to Loboc (20 km distance) via Corella (home of the Tarsier Sanctuary) and Sikatuna. From Loboc where you get glimpses of its famed floating restaurants, you may proceed to Bilar where you pass through the enchanting Bilar Man- Made Forest and see the iconic Chocolate Hills in Carmen (60 kms) 

At the peak of Mt. Banat-i, Tagbilaran City's highest peak

So how about you guys? Are you ready for the ride of your life?

A pose at the impressive facade of Moadto Strip Mall, Panglao 

Photo credits: Ms. Vanessa Aumentado

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!

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