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Boracay Island, energizing tourism activities in the Philippines tourism industry, best model: Series 1 of 2

Boracay Island, energizing tourism activities in the Philippines tourism industry, best model: Series  1 of 2

Playing Aragorn Enoch Esplana in Boracay Island
My son Aragorn Enoch Esplana, playing in the fine white sand of Boracay Island along the Station 2 beach front

By Elmer R. Esplana, Economist Blogger

When it comes to the white fine sand beaches in the Philippines, there is no other beach that can beat the Boracay Island.   Boracay is a tropical paradise.  It is 4 kilometers long powder white beach and crystal clear turquoise water which has been voted as one of the best beaches in the world.

In Boracay, there are all kinds of activities which you can do such as: island hopping, snorkeling, cliff diving, scuba diving, kiteboarding, windsurfing, parasailing, helmet diving, jet skiing , rubber fly-fishing, banana boating and speed boat riding, feasting and eating delicious seafoods in many of the hotels, resorts, restaurants and other available local food service establishments within the island and in the nearby island in Malay, Aklan.   There are also base camp activities which you can do like visiting the Agnaga Falls, Ocean Kayaking, Cave Tours, River Tours, River Trekking, Motag Living Museum Tour, Wild River Tubing,  Nagata Waterfall Trekking, etc. Some other activities which could also be done including thrill-seeking adventures,  helicopter tours,  luxury sailing,  land tours, horseback riding,  pub crawling, Boracay submarine under the water sea viewing,  shooting range,  eco-tour,  mermaid lesson and many more other things.  For those who would like an ultimate spa indulgences, there are packages such as: King and Queen Package, Patassa Spa Package, Romantic Mandala Spa Journey Package,  Roseidon Couples Package, Tirta Spa Package, to name some.

If eating is your major hobby,  you can eat and taste from the different restaurants available in the island, or in the hotels and resorts about Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Indian, American, Chinese, European, Italian, Greek cuisines and many other kinds of international cuisines which are being served by each food service establishment that you can visit or you want to eat.

During the night, particular activities would include night pool swimming,  night pub activities,  fire and cultural shows,  and eating-all-you-can night feasting in some hotels/resorts serving along the beach front of the Boracay Island,  particularly in Station 2.   Station 2 in Boracay Island is considered as the Central Business Station of Boracay Island.   It is also considered as the most popular station in the island where the so called D*Mall island boutique shops and food service establishments of varied kinds, and D*Talipapa seafoods market could be found.    You can even buy your souvenirs at the D*Mall.    You can also buy fresh seafoods from lobsters, shrimps, crabs (sometimes, they are still alive), and many kinds of fresh catch mussels, oysters, sea clams,  other shell fishes and varieties of small and big fishes that are available in the D*Talipapa market.   There are also restaurants within the D*Talipapa where you can just bring the seafoods  that you bought, then,  you can let them cook for you, the type of cuisine you want for them at a reasonable prices.  You can even take-out the food and bring them along with you in the hotel or resort where you are booked.   Expenses of doing this in D*Talipapa is cheaper as compared when you are going to order them in the hotel or resort that you are staying.

Depending on your choice,  you can use different transportation facilities  available from resort to the airport and vice versa which include,  standard transfer,  first class transfer,  private taxi and helicopter transfer.  Currently, the popular available airline companies which are flying  to  Caticlan, Aklan Airport include: Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific Air while for Kalibo, Aklan include: Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Etihad Airways and Malaysian Airlines.  There is also a daily jet servicing airline from Manila to Caticlan and vice versa through the Skyjet Airlines.

So, next time you plan for a vacation,  I encourage you to include Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan, as one of your bucket list priorities. One particularly development in Caticlan Airport at the current day is that, they would like to make it an international airport, similar to Kalibo Airport.  Caticlan was originally a cargo airport which was only used for  transporting food and non-food products  for Boracay Island.   Current construction is on-going, although, Caticlan Airport is already used as airport for passengers and tourists who are flying from Manila, then, to have a land and sea transfer from Caticlan Airport to Boracay Island and to the different hotel and resort accommodation servicing establishments.

We hope the construction of Caticlan Airport which is soon to be an international airport could be completed as within this year or next year.   Mabuhay to all Tourism Industry stakeholders in Boracay Island!  “Mabuhay ang bawat isang Filipino that we can travel to Boracay Island, as part of our tourism industry’s  champion tourist destination in promoting the beautiful island Philippines.”  Go for Vision 2050 Philippines!  Go Boracay!  It is really true that there are “More fun in the Philippines.”

Aragorn Enoch Snorkeling in Boracay Island
Aragorn Enoch Snorkeling in Boracay Island
My son Elrond Abram snorkeling in Boracay Island
My son Elrond Abram snorkeling in Boracay Island
Lobsters in Boracay D' Talipapa
Lobsters in Boracay D’ Talipapa
Walking along the fine while beach in Boracay Island
Walking along the fine while beach in Boracay Island

Reference: MyBoracayGuide.com Promotional Brochure

From Karosa to wheelers

From Karosa to wheelers

by Carl Ulysses Aguillon/DA-PRDP/RPCO-12

Two-hectare farmland used by Cesar Suoberon
Two-hectare rice field farmland used by farmer Cesar Suoberon in Barangay Poblacion, Norala, South Cotabato

KORONADAL CITY – For so long, farmers in a community in Barangay Poblacion, Norala, South Cotabato delivered their sacks of rice into the market through their karosa.

Karosa is a local term of a farm cart used by Filipino farmers, usually pulled by a carabao, in transporting rice produce and other commodities from their farms.

“It was our only mean in bringing our produce from this area up to the pick-up point,” Cesar Suoberon, tilling a 2-hectare rice field in the area for more than 30 years, explained.

“Only our carabao and the Karosa can pass the area because of the road’s ugly condition.”

Suoberon added that haulers would tend to backtrack from picking their produce in the area because the road was almost impassable, muddy and even always denied them of fresh products reaching the heart of Norala.

“But now, we are happy that come our harvest time, we will no longer use Karosa, instead, truckers will directly come to our areas and pick our produce because of this road project,” the exultant farmer stated.

Suoberon confirmed that multiple-wheeled vehicles are now freely passing their production areas.

“Big trucks are now always bypassing this road making it easier for us to deliver our produce,” he added.

The Department of Agriculture’s Philippine Rural Development Project (DA-PRDP) in partnership with the Local Government Unit of Norala just recently completed the 1.7-kilometer road concreting project in Barangay Poblacion named Rehabilitation of Purok Taurus-Central Balabago Farm-to-Market Road (FMR).

The P18.9-M worth of infra project, which benefits 500 farmers including Mr. Suoberon, covers a service area of 900 hectares.

This project is under the infrastructure development component of DA-PRDP which aims to build strategic network of rural logistics infrastructure within priority value chains in targeted program areas.

Last year, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol praised the project for its culture of no corruption.

“With PRDP’s culture of no corruption, we are contributing to changing the culture of the Philippine political leaders,” the agri chief said.

The PRDP is a six-year program implemented by the DA with the World Bank for the creation of an inclusive, value-oriented and climate-resilient agriculture and fisheries sector.

No hauling fee

Aside from the aforesaid benefits, Mr. Alex Parreño of Barangay Poblacion noted that the road project will now ensure them of free hauling fee since truckers will certainly penetrate their area because of better road condition.

He stated that rice truckers before often complained of the murky way that sometimes led the farmers’ transported products to tumble and these haulers would chose to just wait in a designated pick-up point rather than going straight to the area.

This subsequently steered for Mr. Parreño and his fellow farmers to pay additional hauling fee.

“We paid the hauling for fifteen pesos per sack before, but now it will be different because we will surely pay nothing,” the 67-year old farmer said.

Easy access to social services

Both Parreño and Suoberon are agreeable that with the advent of a concrete road, constituents in the area are now reaping wider array of benefits.

“We are now less worried of medical emergencies,” Suoberon said.

The farmer further noted that the DA-PRDP road project enabled them to bring speedily their ill family members to the hospital or clinic.

Parreño also added that authorities could now easily respond to untoward incidents in their area.

“Before, police personnel were sometimes hesitant to respond… the road condition prevented them to instantly report to the crime scene,” he said. (PR No. 1, January 16, 2017)

Before and After the DA-PRDP Road Project in Koronadal City
Before and After the DA-PRDP 1.7 kilometers Road Concreting Project in Barangay Poblacion , Norala, South Cotabato, SOCCKSSARGEN Region, Mindanao

My love for you and my God

My love for you and my God

Dinner treat for the recognition of my son Aragorn Enoch at Robinsons Place Manila with my wife Arlene, eldest son Elrond and Princess.

Dinner treat for the recognition of my son Aragorn Enoch at Robinsons Place Manila with my wife Arlene, eldest son Elrond and Princess.

Travel in Singapore with the family in 2011 with my wife Arlene, Elrond and Enoch. at the Universal Studio.
Travel in Singapore with the family in 2011 with my wife Arlene, Elrond and Enoch. at the Universal Studio.
Travel in Macau, People's Republic of China with my wife Arlene.
One of our family vacations with my wife Arlene.

By Elmer R. Esplana

April 2, 2017

(This poem was inspirationally written to share my love and deep affection for my beloved wife Arlene, and my God, my Saviours and our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Author of our life forever. It was a revised version from my original poetry composition way back May 21, 2013. The poem was written in English with Tagalog translation -those texts in the parenthesis.)

 

Smile my queen,
God loves us always,
He comforts us,
Whatever is our burden in our heart,
He will unburden us with His prayer.

(Ngumite ka aking reyna,

Mahal tayo lagi ng Dios,

Pinagagaan nya ang ating puso,

Ano man ang kabigatan ng ating puso,

Ito ay kanyang pagagaanin ng kanyang mga panalangin)

Smile my queen,
God loves us always,
He heals us,
Whatever sickness we have,
And burden that we are experiencing today,

(Ngumite ka aking reyna,

Mahal tayo lagi ng Dios,

Pagagalingin nya tayo,

Anumang karamdaman mayroon tayo,

At mga kabigatan nararanasan ngayon)

Smile my queen,
God loves us always,
He teaches us to pray
So we can lay down to Him
Our concerns today.

(Ngumite ka aking reyna,

Mahal tayo lagi ng Dios,

Tinuturuan nya tayong manalangin,

Upang ibigay at ilapit sa Kanya,

Ang ating mga pangangailangan)

Smile my queen,
Cleanse our heart with his blood,
He forgives us in our sins and trespasses,
So we can have a personal relationship to him,
And continually receive the power of His salvation.

(Nyumite ka aking reyna,

Linisin natin ang ating puso ng kanyang dugo,

Pinatatawad nya tayo sa ating mga kasalanan at pagkukulang,

Upang tayong magkaroon ng person na relasyon sa kanya,

At tanggapin ang walang hanggang kapangyarihan ng Kanyang kaligtasan)

My love in you renew my mind,
Let me hug you with my hands,
And anoint you with the oil of His healing love,
I am bless to see once again,
And the awesomeness of God’s presence and spirit everyday,

(Ang aking pag-ibig sa iyo nagsasariwa ng aking isip,

Hayaan mo akong yakapin kita,

At pagalingin ka ng langis ng kanyang pag-ibig na may pagpapagaling,

Ako ay pinagpala na makita kang muli,

At napakaganda ng presensya ng Dios at ng kanyang espirito sa araw-araw)

I love you and miss you always,
Will always be your best friend,
And husband forever faithful to you,
Who will make you happy with my love,

And great affection and love everyday.

(Mahal kita at lagi kita hinahanap palagi,

Lagi ako ang iyong matalik na kaibigan,

At asawa na tapat sa habang buhay,

Na magpapasaya sa iyo dahil sa aking pag-ibig,

At dakilang pagkalinga at pag-ibig sa araw-araw)

I offer you my care my queen,
To make you feel my heatbeat everyday,
And hug and kiss you always,
And comforts you my eros love with God’s love,
And his amazing grace to both of us and our family everyday.

(Aking inaalay sa iyo ang aking pagmamahal aking reyna,

Para maramdaman mo ng tibok ng aking puso sa araw-araw,

At yakapin at halikan palagi,

At pagaanin ang iyong puso ng aking pagmamahal at pagmamahal ng Dios,

At ang kamangha-mangha niyang biyaya sa ating dalawa at pamilya sa araw-araw)

I love you my queen and my bestfriend forever;
You are my inspiration and my desire to be with always,
To care and to love you forever,
And be one with your dream and goals for the family,

To both delight in God’s words and promises everyday.

(Mahal kita aking reyna at matalik na kaibigan habang buhay,

Ikaw ang aking inspirasyon at ang naisin lagi kung makasama,

Para alagaan at mahalin ka habang buhay,

At maging isa sa iyong mga pangarap at layunin para sa pamilya,

At pareho tayong maging masaya sa salita ng Dios at kanyang mga pangako sa araw-araw)

Travel in Macau, People's Republic of China with my wife Arlene.
Travel in Macau, People’s Republic of China with my wife Arlene.

 

One Million Challenge of “I Love Success Book”

Cover of the book I love success
Front cover of the book “I love success, Milestone of Leaders” by Dr. Bert L. Olivar


"I love my country" words from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
“I love my country” words from President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (back cover of the book)

One Million Challenge of “I Love Success Book”

 

By Elmer Rioflorido Esplana, Economist Blogger

 

There is an ongoing one million challenge for the book entitled “I Love Success, Milestone of Leaders. A journey of an ordinary QC Government Employee doing extraordinary works to help and inspire others to success.” The book was authored by Dr. Bert L. Olivar. Dr. Olivar graduated his Doctor of Veterinary Science and Medicine from the Central Luzon State University. He is currently working as Veterinarian at the Quezon City Veterinary Services Department.

In an interview, Dr. Olivar said that his book “I Love Success” is an inspirational book published by the Central Books Supply Inc. located at 927 Phoenix Bldg., Quezon Avenue, Quezon City. The book has 182 pages and it is soft bound.  It was registered with the National Library.  The book is currently being circulated in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao through the six book retail outlets of Central Books Supply Inc.

According to Dr. Olivar, the vision of the book is “to believe, trust and serve God” by promoting and distributing his book. He said, “I am not selling book, I am selling hope for the future.”

His mission for his book is “for it to become an instrument in changing the world into a beautiful, peaceful, and prosperous New World.”  Although, being a Filipino,  the Philippines is one of his main focus which he believed that by sharing his book, “it will make the Philippines great!”

He said that my advocacy in my life is “Love of God, Love of Family and Love of People.”

As part of promoting the positive values of love for the country, he also included in the back page of the book the words of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte which says “I Love My Country!”

According to Dr. Olivar the “I Love Success” book has four components namely: first, Great Power = Man + Great Minds; second, Great Spirit = A Fertile Mind + God’s Word;  third, Great Leader = Man + Value, Character, Principle; fourth and lastly, Great Wealth = Man + Tithing.

Great power from the words of Rudolph W. Guilliani said that each one had to surround himself/herself with great people. He further said that “have beliefs and communicate them.”  See things for yourself.  Set an example. Stand up for bullies. Deal with first things first.  Loyalty is a vital virtue.  Prepare relentlessly.  Under promise and over deliver. Don’t assume a damn thing.

Great spirit from Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Great leader is service.  By giving great services to others, life becomes more meaningful.

Great wealth is tithing. By giving what is due to God, the more we are given. There is a spiritual law that the more we give, the more we receive.

In terms of the importance of his book, first, Dr. Olivar stressed that his book is a year-round guide for everyone to build mental reserves to be used during trial times. Second, his book provides his readers with anchor in stormy life.  Third, his book makes people resilient in time of failures. Lastly, his book is like a software that makes our mind strong when faces with difficulties along the roads of life.

Dr. Olivar’s “One Million Challenge” for his book “I Love Success, Milestone of Leaders” is based on his dream and desire to generate funds, so he can support helping students who are not able to go to school, to be able to study and have a tool to achieve success in life.

The favorite words of Dr. Bert L. Olivar which he usually say “I said Yes to Success.”

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President Duterte’s punch for the Lahing Kayumanggi with Dr. Bert Olivar, as a symbol of “One Million Challenge” for the “I Love Success” book
Duterte Punch
Duterte punch for One Million Challenge of I Love Success Book by Elmer Esplana (economist blogger), Dr. Bert Oliver and Kevin Ray Domingo (systems developer)