Sunday, October 7, 2012

Danjugan Island Marine & Wildlife Sanctuary





Your trip to Punta Bulata Resort wouldn't be complete if you would not visit Danjugan Island Marine Sanctuary.  It's 3 kms West from the resort and  about 20-min boat ride.






We circled around the North Lagoon then proceeded to the Typhoon Beach Camp.



Lots of pet bottles had been washed into the lagoon.  The labels say it originated from China, Sabah and West Malaysia. They must have been thrown overboard from ships.


a mud house made from natural materials such as rice  husks, lime among others.  
I know it's environment friendly.  No cement, no steel.


 Oh!  That's where we swam to reach Turtle Beach.  We came from the other side of the island.


Turtle Beach.  To get here from the Typhoon Beach Camp, we swam and waded into the waters since it was high tide.  and it was just  fun and marvelous!


 the end of our walk was when we reached the Learning Center, just after the 3rd Lagoon.

wow!  can I try any of these??

wowwowee!  I made it!

Punta Bulata White Beach & Resort

Much has been said about Punta Bulata Resort.  It's nestled 154 kms south of Bacolod near the border of the town of Cauayan and Sipalay City.  Roughly 3 1/2 to 4 hours drive.  It's a long drive and caters to high end guests.  But I gotta see it for myself so I finally took the invitation of COO Thomas Zayco to visit and experience Punta Bulata.  Since it's a long drive, there were at least 3 pitstops for some drinks and restrooms.  And the sceneries along the highway are really amazing!  the sugarcane plantations, the rice fields, the mountain slopes and the calm waters along the coasts.  The main roads are all paved.  The last 30 min of the travel  is when you encounter rough road when you  take the interior barangay road.  But it's not that bad, at least not on a 4 x 4 vehicle.

Welcome to Punta Bulata Resort!!!


At the reception, Jemila welcomes you with cold towels to freshen you after that long trip from Bacolod.


and a glass of iced lemon grass tea


Wow!  This view awaits you!!!


Would you want to stay and sleep  in one of these cabanas? 
 I did!  and I really loved it!


look at the big bed


spacious bathroom with outdoor rain shower


reasonably priced menu


What I had for lunch??
Chicken in Honey Lemon sauce with Chinese rice


I enjoyed the walks along the pink shoreline.  Pieces of shells abound but I did not dare touch them.


the restaurant by night



To the left of the coast, is the Turtle group of Islands. 
 From an angle approaching the resort from the West, these islands resemble a turtle.


This is Turtle Island when viewed coming from  Danjugan Island.

This is the view from the right side of the resort.  
From left is the Danjugan Marine Sanctuary Island and at right is the Agutaya Island.

for more details,  visit http://www.puntabulata.com/

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ramon Hofilena House

The Hofilena Ancestral House is the first house that was opened to the public as a museum in 1962.




Built in 1934, it houses the collection of the art paintings of Ramon Hofilena, the Lord of the House, by Juan Luna, Fernando Amorsolo and Jose Rizal.


Your tour of Silay City would not be complete if you will not visit this house.  Ramon Hofilena receives guests by appointment only.  He guides to guests to his house from the collection of religious icons, books and to his art collection at the second floor.

                                         



The dining table is all set up for Christmas.



Ramon Hofilena's four-poster bed.  If you are lucky enough, he will show you his nude sketch done when he was a model.  


    A rare chance for Ramon Hofilena to pose for a photo.  
But was able to convince him to pose with me. 
 taken  5 de Nov 2011


On May 3, 2012, the Silay City Government will honor Ramon Hofilena, now 78, the Father of Heritage Conservation in Silay City, and to celebrate the presence of a house that has been part of Silay City's historical, cultural and artistic landscape.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Balay ni Tana Dicang


Most of the  Lizares from Talisay descend from Efigenio Lizares and Enrica Alunan.  They had 17 children, 4 died when they were young. This house was built in 1883 and is known as 'Balay Dako' meaning 'Big House'.



Today, it serves as a museum showcasing the life of Enrica Alunan Lizares, an haciendera and a businesswoman, who raised her 13 children.




The view of the main living room.

This is called a 'orimon'.  Tana Dicang sits here and is carried by 4 men when she goes to her hacienda.

Tana Dicang had a peeping hole on the floor for her to be able to see how her workers are doing.

PANAAD 2012 Schedule of Events

April 9                   Monday,               Day 1

6:00 a.m.               Hataw sa Panaad w/ Ching’s Group (Panaad Football Field)
                                Mambukal Team Relay
8:00 a.m.               Panaad Thanksgiving Mass (2F Panaad Stadium)
9:00 a.m.               Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies for:                
Panaad Tourism & Trade Fair (Negros’ Best Products Display) @ LGU Pavilions*
                                Organic na Negros Agri-Fest (GF Panaad Stadium, North Wing)*
Livestock & Dairy Products Fair (GF Panaad Stadium North Wing Grounds)*
                                Panaad Festivals Photo Exhibit (GF Panaad Stadium, Center)*
                                Eco-Garden & Wellness Show (South area across Candoni Booth)*
                                Environmental Information Advocacy (PEMO Area)*
                                SK Federation Solid Waste Management Campaign*

                                *Daily Activities

2:00 p.m.               Motorcade & LGU Floats Competition (Provincial Capitol to Panaad Park)

4:00 p.m.               Opening Ceremony & Festival Dance Competition (Panaad Stadium)
                                Fireworks Display
8:00 p.m.               GMA “Kapuso” Show (Stadium)

 

 

April 10                 Tuesday,              Day 2


6:00 a.m.               Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
7:30 a.m.               Athletics (Panaad Field)
                                The Great Titan Lifesaving Sports Festival: Drowning Prevention & Water Safety
                                Campaign (Panaad Swimming Complex)
                                Chess (Stadium VIP Room)
10:00 a.m.             Daily Tourism, Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
1:00 p.m.               Drum & Bugle Competition, Secondary Level (Panaad Football Field)
2:00 p.m.               Boxing (2nd Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium; Weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)

6:00 p.m.               Negros Pop Music Festival - Composo/Pop Song Writing Competition (Panaad Stadium)

9:00 p.m.               Sangguniang Kabataan Federation Variety Show (Panaad Stadium)


April 11                 Wednesday,           Day 3

6:00 a.m.               Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
7:30 a.m.               Athletics (Panaad Field)
8:00 a.m.               The Great Titan Lifesaving Sports Festival: Pool Events (Panaad Swimming Complex)
                                TESDA Livelihood Skills Olympics (Panaad Covered Court)              
                                Chess (Panaad Stadium VIP Room)
UPLBAA Annual Panaad Seminar
10:00 a.m.             Daily Tourism, Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
1:00 p.m.               Taekwondo (2nd Level North Wing, Panaad Stadium, weigh in @ 9-11am)
2:00 p.m.               Boxing (2nd Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium; Weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
3:00 p.m.               Latin Dance Sport – Adult, Senior & Juvenile Categories (NOMPAC Gym)
7:00 p.m.               RMN Panaad Hip Hop Challenge (Panaad Park Stage)
8:00 p.m.               UNILEVER “Pop Fiesta” (Panaad Stadium)



April 12                 Thursday,            Day 4


6:00 a.m.               Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
                                3K & 5K Road Race (Panaad Stadium)
7:30 a.m.               Athletics (Panaad Field)
8:00 a.m.               The Great Titan Lifesaving Sports Festival: Water Safety for Recreation &
                                Tourism (Panaad Swimming Complex)
                                Chess (Panaad Stadium VIP Room)
                                Taekwondo (2nd Level North Wing, Panaad Stadium)
9:00 a.m.               ABS-CBN’s  Halad sa Kapamilya (Panaad Covered Court)
10:00 a.m.             Daily Tourism, Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
2:00 p.m.               Boxing (2nd Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium; Weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
3:00 p.m.               Environmental Activity - PEMO (Panaad Park Stage)
5:00 p.m.          Visayan Folk Dances Competition (Panaad Stadium)
8:00 p.m.               M.O.R. Local Stock - Ilonggo Music Fest (Panaad Park Stage)
9:00 p.m.               Technical Rehearsal, Lin-ay sang Negros Pageant (Panaad Stadium)

April 13                 Friday,                                  Day 5


6:00 a.m.               Hataw  sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
7:00 a.m.               Governor’s Cup Panaad National Golf Tournament, VMLP-Negros Occ. Chapter (NOGCC )
9:00 a.m.               The Great Titan Lifesaving Sports Festival: Beach Event & Great Titan 2012 (Sipalay City)
10:00 a.m.             Daily Tourism, Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
1:00 p.m.               Provincial Capitol Employees Day (Panaad Park Stage)
2:00 p.m.               Boxing (2nd Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium; Weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
7:00 p.m.               Lin-ay sang Negros Grand Coronation Night (Panaad Stadium)     

 

April 14                 Saturday,               Day 6


6:00 a.m.               Hataw sa Panaad w/ Panaad Hot Bodies (Panaad Football Field)
Murcia – Panaad Run
7:00 a.m.               Governor’s Cup Panaad National Golf Tournament, VMLP-Negros Occ. Chapter (NOGCC )
9:00 a.m.               The Great Titan Lifesaving Sports Festival: Beach Event & Great Titan 2012 (Sipalay City)

                                Farmers Day Celebration & Farmers Forum (Bacolod Pavillon)

10:00 a.m.             Daily Tourism, Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
2:00 p.m.               Opening of Panaad Bulang/Derby (Panaad Covered Court)               
                                Boxing (2nd Level South Wing, Panaad Stadium – weigh-in @ 7:30-10am)
6:00 p.m.               Outstanding Farmers, Fisherfolk & Livestock Raisers Awards– OPA/PVO w/ ABS-CBN (Panaad Stadium)  
7:00 p.m.               2GO Travel Night (Panaad Park Stage)
8:00 p.m.               NPC-KBP Media Night (Panaad Swimming Complex)
9:00 p.m.               ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Fiesta Caravan (Panaad Stadium)

April 15                 Sunday,                  Day 7


6:00 a.m.               Hataw sa Panaad w/ Ching’s Group (Panaad Football Field)
10:00 a.m.             Daily Tourism, Trade Fair & Exhibits @ various venues (refer to Day 1)
                                The Great Titan Lifesaving Sports Festival: Lifesaving & Water Safety Projects (Sipalay City)
2:00 p.m.               2nd Day of Panaad Bulang/Derby (Panaad Covered Court)  
3:00 p.m.               Closing Ceremony w/ Awarding & Presentation of Winners (Panaad Stadium)
7:00 p.m.               Panaad Drumbeating Showcase/Fireworks Display (Panaad Stadium)
                                Silka Sponsored Show (Panaad Park Stage)
8:00 p.m.               GPRS Corporate Show/Concert (Panaad Stadium)

Post-Panaad Activity:

April 16, Monday  
2:00 p.m.               Championship of Panaad Bulang/Derby (Panaad Covered Court)
6:30 p.m.               The Great Titan Lifesaving Sports Festival: Closing & Awarding Rites (Bacolod Pavillon)                                                                                                                                        
As of 3.25.2012

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Kali Kalihan Festival in Don Salvador Benedicto




 The Mayor welcoming us tour guides and bloggers













Guests of Board Member Nehemias de la Cruz, Tourism Comm Chair, with guests