The Chocolate Hills: A country’s wonder to explore

You may be thinking why I feature the Chocolate Hills. Well, even if this beautiful spot is far from Misamis Oriental, I cannot deny the fact we love this place. Some people may not have the chance to glimpse the stunning view of the Chocolate Hills and its geological formation in the Bohol province of the Philippines. As such, this feature article takes you to the Chocolate Hills and its historical narrative and geologic formation.

Well, the Chocolate Hills has been the celebrated tourist attraction of Bohol and in the Philippines. These hills are even highlighted in the regional flag and seal to signify the lavishness of natural attractions in the province. As the Philippine Tourism Authority submits a list of tourist destinations in the Philippines, it includes the Chocolate Hills because of its wonder. The Chocolate Hills as pointed out becomes the third National Geological Monument, and the country proposes for addition in the UNESCO World Heritage List. In other words, the Chocolate Hills become the third National Geological Monument by the National Committee on Geological Sciences on June 18, 1988, in respect of its unusual features, scientific significance, distinctiveness, and extraordinary picturesque value.

A Small Leaping Primate known as Tarsier Found in Bohol

Additionally, tourists may ask us how many hills in the place. Most likely, there have been at least 1,776 hills in the area in which tourists can enjoy hiking and walking. These hills that spread over an expanse of more than 50 square kilometers can be the best place to sightsee and witness the splendor of the venue. Well, we can see tarsier in Bohol. These tarsiers are from the family of Tarsiidae, any of six or more species of small leaping primates found only on various islands of Southeast Asia, including the Philippines. Tourists will discover and know that tarsiers are in-between in form between lemurs and monkeys. Surprisingly, these primates measure only about 9–16 centimeters or 3.5–6 inches long. Of course, we do not include the tails in the measurement of about twice that length. These hills called chocolate hills since they become chocolate-brown during the dry season. During the rainy season, green grass covers the hills.

Moreover, rumors of legends spread like wildfire. According to legends, the chocolate hills come into existence due to the two disagreeing titans who tossed boulders, rocks, and sand at each other. Legends continue that these hills become Chocolate Hills. When the fight between these two giants is over, the huge mess of hills becomes the Chocolate Hills.

Jagna Port in Bohol

Finally, if we are from Cagayan de Oro City, we just need to go to Cagayan de Oro Port. We then book a ticket for only ₱700.00 plus or minus and then take a ferry from Cagayan de Oro to Jagna Port. From Jagna, Bohol, we can go directly to Tubigon via Carmen City to the Chocolate Hills. Perhaps, we can take a bus to Carmen at the Tubigon bus terminal. As well, we can find the bus terminal 1 kilometer away from Tubigon Port. Additionally, the road takes 1-2 hours and costs ₱30 – 80 pesos.

C Resort: A seamless retreat to recapture

One of the most exciting adventures of a lifetime is to travel to places where we exactly know. These places may be close to home or within the vicinity of Misamis Oriental. Yes, we have known C Resort for a very long time, but we have never had ample time to set up our plans and take a few trips back and forth to the venue. Inasmuch as we have time, we go to the places near home. However, if we want to pay attention to the beauty of the environment and the adjacent place, we can go somewhere else. We can go to C Resort. Even if we knew the resort, we have never had an opportunity to take a respite and wind up just a little bit to reminisce good memories down to our memory lanes. We have missed that so far.

A Cerulean Blue Pool Water and Turquoise Beach Water at C Resort

Over the first few months of the global pandemic, the impact of the COVID-19 has struct us. It has caused us pain and struggles to stay at home. We have even become bored with something, and wathcing movies from Netflix and vlogging on YouTube will no longer break the monotony. Since we could not go far enough due to travel limits and restrictions, we have forced ourselves keeping our space so remote from the rest of our friends. However, with good permits, we can travel back and forth to places within Misamis Oriental.

Well, some places begin opening their stores and establishments. As the economy dives down, business leaders and owners push their interests and talk to the Department of Trade and industry, as well as other agencies, to permit these business organizations to resume their services and transactions. Dear readers, C Resort will soon inform its customers and guests regarding the resumption of all activities. Soon, we can make memories in the resort as we choose to relax, recapture, and unwind. As guests and visitors, we just need to visit its Facebook Page from time to time.

Become Fascinated by the Enticing View of Blue Waters

By the way, C Resort is in Gimaylan, Libertad, Misamis Oriental. The exclusive and refined look plus its appealingly picture-perfect beach resort stands impressively on its spot with its spectacular natural splendor. As guests and visitors, we cannot refuse to take our trips and set up our plans so that the next morning we wake up we will be in a grandiose accommodation of C Resort.

A Time to Visit C Resort

Please do not forget this. Some of you may ask where it it. Well, C Resort is located at National Highway, Gimaylan, Libertad 9201, Misamis Oriental. the management has its mobile phone dial on 0977 819 2799.

An Update of Cottage and Room Pricing Rates

Blu Sands Beach Resort: A home to adore

Blu Sands Beach Resort is a place of adventure. Holidaymakers and local tourists alike offer some exciting activities and moments of relaxation as they want to unwind from stress. Blu Sands Beach Resort is located at Tubigon, Initao, 9016 Misamis Oriental. It is a place where tourists can enjoy doing pool activities and finding a new area to roam around. The place appears to be well suited for those who want to stay for days since it has a pleasant hotel.

Well, beachgoers and tourists alike can witness the beauty of the area. The management of Blu Sands Beach Resort introduces new and well-managed facilities. Its clean pool waters can attract much attention to the guests plus the marvelous adventures in the beach waters, too. Additionally, Blu Sands Beach Resort can be a new place for recreation and a short retreat. It invites tourists to come to the place and enjoy other conveniences and services. This newly opened resort captivates the hearts and minds of the guests and vacationers because it is new and relaxing.

Newly Built Cottages and Rooms at Blu Sands Beach Resort

Besides, vising Blu Sands Beach Resort is easy. For all first-timers who do not know Blu Sands Beach Resort, it is located right next to the recognized Midway Beach Resort. In other words, these two beaches compete with guests depending on the guests’ and vacationers’ decisions.

A Pleasant View of Blu Sands Beach Resort

Additionally, we can contact the management if we want to do it. For more inquiries, we call or send them a message at +639055453599 (Globe) or +639258987640 (Sun). Please check out the rates below:

Hardrock Lux Spring Resort: A place to love

Setting up our plans these days can be a wise decision to make. It is because we have so much time to do it. We are with our family this time due to the pandemic and the stay-at-home policy. Since we have nothing to do at the moment except doing some cooking, gardening, planting vegetables, and the like, we surely have much time planning for our next adventure.

Well, let us try Hardrock Lux Spring Resort. This resort is located at Dumarait, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental. From Cagayan de Oro, it only takes more than an hour to commute. We can surely spend our time with our family members and friends in the pool or even attend some activities in the place.

A Cool and Refreshing Pool Water at Hardrock Lux Spring Resort

Additionally, Hardrock Lux Spring Resort has everything to offer – the cool and refreshing swimming pool. This place can be a great venue for a wet picnic, a family get-together, and more. Various events like Ms. Bikini and other beauty pageants happen here and there. In other words, Hardrock Lux Spring Resort in Dumarait can be a party venue for all.

Beauty Contest at Hardrock Lux Spring Resort

Moreover, local tourists and party-goers alike know where it it. Hardcok Lux Spring Resort is at Dumarait, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental, Mindanao, Philippines. Oh, by the way, we need to know that the spring resort accepts some bookings and party arrangements with a minimum payment of ₱5,000.00 per family with an inclusive two cottages. We cannot wait for more? If we do have questions, we can call and contact the management of Hardrock Lux Spring Resort at its mobile phone dials 09177002697 or 09177182697. Well, we can also send a message on its Facebook Page.

An Exciting Venue for Family Get-Together and Party

So, what are we waiting for? We set our plans now, prepare all necessary fun and exciting activities, and take some moments to enjoy at Hardrock Lux Spring Resort. Our friends are planning, too. How about you? 

Del Carmen Beach: A utopia to reminisce

What’s your best way to enjoy your weekend? Well, after the COVID-19 pandemic, some people think of hiking and walking down the cliffy and hilly mountains; whereas, others think of diving into the poor or playing something in the beach waters. If you think of this, consider Del Carmen Beach and Swimming Pool located at Barangay Kauswagan, Lagonglong, Misamis Oriental.

Well, hiking is fun. However, going to Del Carmen Beach and Swimming Pool gives us an exciting destination to relax and to remove the stress. Because of this COVID-19 pandemic, Del Carmen Beach and Swimming Pool gives us an exciting moment to unwind. The laughter of those children who splash their feet in the cool and refreshing pool waters allows us to reminisce those missed meaningful moments due to the pandemic.  

Holidaymakers at Del Carmen Beach and Swimming Pool

Moreover, I don’t want you to stay any longer by reading this article. Kindly contact the management of Del Carmen Beach and Swimming Pool when it will open. Before anything else, please check the following details:

GENERAL ENTRANCE FEE: P75 per person

    • Child 3-feet tall and below is FREE
    • (Inclusion: Use of Swimming Pool)

COTTAGES

    • Beach Front: P500, P700 & P900
    • Pool Side: P400, P500 & P900

WATER ACTIVITIES

    • Aqua Park: P150/Hr./Pax
    • Banana Boat: P800/Trip (5 Pax)
    • Twin Banana Boat: P1300/Trip (10Pax)
    • Bandwagon: P800/Trip
    • Tremor: P800/Trip
    • Flyer: P800/Trip
    • Kayak: P300/Hr
    • Stand-up Paddle: P200/Hr
    • Aqua Bike: P500/30 Mins.
Cottages near the Swimming Pool at Del Carmen Beach

Note: Please avoid wearing clothes with buttons, zipper, and other sharp objects.

ACCOMMODATIONS: All rooms are air-conditioned.

ANNEX ROOMS

    • Good for 4 Pax – P2, 000 (w/o TV)
    • Good for 4 Pax – P2, 500 (with TV)
    • Good for 8 Pax – P3, 500 (w/o TV)

BARKADAHAN ROOMS

    • (Inclusions: TV, Ref and Free Cottage)
    • Good for 6 Pax – P5, 000
    • Good for 8 Pax – P6, 000
Exciting Activities in the Pool Near Air-conditioned Dorms

DORMITORY ROOMS 1 (w/o TV)

    • Good for 10 Pax – P3, 500
    • Good for 12 Pax – P4, 500
    • Good for 20 Pax – P7, 000

DORMITORY ROOMS 2

    • (Inclusions: TV, Ref & Free Cottage)
    • Good for 6 Pax – P5, 000
    • Good for 12 Pax – P7, 000
    • Breakfast: P125/Meal
Poolside at Del Carmen Beach and Swimming Pool

Finally, guests need to know that prices may change without prior notice.

Understand How People Abuse their Powers

Filipino people should learn their lessons about their past. They should learn now to express their humanity to find hope and peace in these times of crises and worries. They should be considerate towards people. As well, they should uphold moral integrity and respect to other people. They should show some concerns about other people in the country with compassion, love, and mercy. However, all these attitudes and characters are lost. The Filipino people do not represent the standards of moral codes and values. They do not appreciate others and fail to think the best in people. All these things happen due to the abuse of power and the lost morals and values of the Filipino people.

For example, a group of administration lawmakers now pushed further reviews and House of Representative investigations against the ABS-CBN network. After the plans to shut down the TV network over the issue of not airing political campaigns and of promoting Antonio Trillanes’ political propaganda, the ABS-CBN network faced extinction. The rejection of the franchise renewal served as a form of revenge despite the reasons for violations.

The effort of the House of Representatives to investigate the so-called condonation of loans from the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) to the Lopez company and owner of ABS-CBN could be one form of abuse. The action of the House of Representatives materialized was based on House Resolution No. 1040. This resolution was filed on July 9 by Deputy Speaker and Davao Rep. Paolo Duterte, Deputy Speaker and Sagip Rep. Rodante Marcoleta, ACT-CIS Rep. Eric Yap, Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla, Anakalusugan Rep. Michael Defensor, Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr., and Dumper PTDA Rep. Claudine Diana Bautista. These lawmakers were busy finding the loopholes for ABS-CBN to face more charges. This abuse of authority of some lawmakers became the face and the fight of the lawmakers in the Philippines.

The following actions of these lawmakers to escalate the situations and breakdown of ABS-CBN appeared to be an aggressive abuse of power.

    • Firstly, Sagip Rep. Rodante Marcoleta sought to look into the authenticity of the title of a 4.4-hectare property on Mother Ignacia Street in Quezon City where ABS-CBN’s head office and most of its broadcast facilities.
    • Secondly, Cavite Rep. Jesus Crispin Remulla would search for the alleged violations on the franchise of Amcara Broadcasting Network Inc., an ABS-CBN subsidiary company. He would also question the “block-time arrangement” between AMCARA and ABS-CBN that permitted its television broadcasts beyond the termination of its permit.
    • Thirdly and lastly, the National Telecommunications Commission made a second blow to shut the broadcast down. The lawmakers, who supported the network’s franchise renewal, objected to these sustained inquiries.

Apparently, these lawmakers have had ample time to make plausible actions to help the government ease the current situations. They can, also, expedite other actions to help the Filipino citizens and the business organizations recover from their losses. If these lawmakers think about these issues, they can provide actions and strategies to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, things happen differently and the constant fights between the red and the yellow banners produced horrors in these challenging times.

Well, what do we expect? This is who we are. There are crabs in all of us – the crab mentality. That is the truth that we cannot escape. We need to re-think the next time we brag about our accomplishments and our Filipino nationality and pride. We need to re-consider how we fight one another for power and revenge. We have nothing to blow our horns. If we fail to stop, we, in the end, can see ourselves fighting towards our destruction and ruins. 

References

Gascon, M. (30 July 2020). Administration lawmakers push more probes of ABS-CBN. Retrieved July 31, 2020, from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1314217/administration-lawmakers-push-more-probes-of-abs-cbn

Know Why Telcos Have Had Poor Services

Telecommunication companies, such as Globe and Smart, could hardly secure local permits to build their infrastructure to augment their communication and connection services. This circumstance happened because local officials and regulators made it hard for them to obtain permits.

Senator Grace Poe urged these Telecommunication companies to mention names to those local officials and regulators so that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte would deal with them. In other words, these telecommunication companies could simply provide their clients and consumers viable services by building more cell sites and towers if these culprits, such as the local officials and regulators, did not push their financial agenda.

In the joint assembly of Congress on Monday, President Duterte reprimanded Globe and Smart Telecoms for their pitiable services. He even threatened these two telecommunication companies with government expropriation if Globe and Smart performance services continued to deliver poorly. As well, he mentioned that this sanction would materialize if these telecommunications would remain the same by December.

Senator Grace Poe hoped that any whistleblowers should appear to expose this issue and expect that somebody would explain to Mr. Duterte that more than a few local officials and regulators failed to deliver their jobs due to their corrupt intentions.

Indeed, Senator Grace Poe added that President Duterte could call the attention of these regulators like the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and local officials to accelerate their replies to the needs of the people. Hence, she said that the government should enforce the red tape law.

References

Salaverria, L. B. ( 31 July 2020). Telcos urged to name officials delaying cell site permits. Retrieved July 31, 2020, from https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1314721/telcos-urged-to-name-officials-delaying-cell-site-permits

Sagpulon Falls: A hidden paradise to explore

One of the best alternatives to make in choosing the superlative tourist destination in the country is the area closer to home. Sagpulon Falls located at San Isidro, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental gives us a natural attraction in the hilly part of the town of Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. It upholds its soaring altitude of almost 150 feet high and its alluring beauty surely astounds us all. We are not comparing this to any other tourist destination; however, we cannot escape from describing the place and the region. As well, Sagpulon Falls beholds its calm and cool streams of water pouring and torrential from its walls.

Well, traveling to Sagpulon Falls seems to be a wise decision to relax. Local trekkers and community vacationers like us come and go to enjoy the cool pool waters and the falls. We cannot ignore the fact that we spend our effort and time finding the place for the first time; however, we manage to crisscross the seven-kilometer concrete road to the falls. We pass through the cliffy and hilly path with the irregular sharp bends and curvatures. When we get there, we begin to mention the things that we need to do. We just settle in for a few minutes and then take some adventure treks to the falls. For some of us, going to Sagpulon Falls is exciting as we seem to be on rock-strewn topography to cross the bamboo passage and go along the cemented road. However, if we just walk to observe the area and the falls, then we can finally see an adventure of a lifetime. This happens as we, finally, see the falls from above. We can see it just enough to confirm the bewildering magnificence of the falls.

Another venue for excitement and fun at Sagpulon Falls in Jasaan, Misamis Oriental

As well, local tourists and community dwellers call Sagpulon Falls a superb cascade of water from Mother Nature. They observe how magnificent this tourist attraction is. When the water goes downhill over an extended tapered shred, we will discover the foundations and substrata of Sagpulon Falls – the mountain and the falls. As we witness the gushing waters from the altitude of the falls, we can also see the haze from afar.

Moreover, local tourists can also choose to dive into the natural pool if they love it. Or, they can choose to plunge into the cerulean blue pool waters beside the natural pool. They can also take their moments to relax into the cottages and picnic spots in the area. Well, the management of Sagpulon Falls takes us to the next level as we cherry-pick the treetop hut if we want the overlooking view of the pool and falls. Moreover, the management of Sagpulon Falls works hard to develop the place to make it more attractive and stunning for holidaymakers and vacationers.

Breathtaking as it is, Sagpulon Falls invites us to take a plunge and dive into the cerulean blue pool waters

Helpful Guidelines

We better visit the falls during the summer to experience clearer and bluer waters. The summer is between March and May, so we can take some time off and stopover the area. Well, we have to bring our food supplies and other necessities since we cannot find stores selling some stuff nearby. We will also check from time to time if the place has electricity now since the area will close at 5 PM. We need to check this out since management rules change year after year. Then, you may rent a lifejacket for ₱20.

How to Get There

Public Vehicles

From Cagayan de Oro City, take a bus bound Jasaan. Or take a jeepney to Jasaan. Ask the driver to pull over and drop you off to Spring View Resort. The Spring View Resort is a landmark adjacent to the corner of the street going to the falls. From there, we can see a motorcycle terminal known as “habal-habal.” You take your rides to the falls. It would be wise to arrange the driver to pick you up at the exact time since no means of transportation comes and goes the area.  

Private Vehicles

Drive through the National Highway to Jasaan for about 31 kilometers. This is if we are from Cagayan De Oro. When we approach the Spring View Resort, we will turn right and then spend another 7 kilometers going to the Sagpulon Falls entrance.

Other Details:

    • Entrance Fee (Adult – ₱20 and Kids – ₱10)
    • Parking Fee (4 Wheels – ₱30; Motorcycles – ₱5)
    • Cottage Fee (– ₱150)

Finally, trekking to Sagpulon Falls can be a great experience after all. It seems to be the best time to unwind to eliminate the stress that we experience these days. We may be using a hyperbolic description to call it a superlative tourist destination in the country; however, we owe this to the places where we find comfort closer to home. Oh, by the way, please do not forget. Sagpulon Falls is located at San Isidro, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental. Please visit the place today.

P. S. You can also see Tupang Gala Website for photos and its adventures.