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Sumilon Island, Bluewater Resort’s success story

Sumilon Island is a 24-hectare (59-acre) coral island located at the southeastern tip of Cebu. It is the first marine protected area in the Philippines, created as a marine sanctuary in 1974 under the guidance of the Silliman University Marine Reserve of Dumaguete City in the nearby province of Negros Oriental.

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The island is famous throughout the country and internationally for the exceptional beauty of its four dive sites: Garden Eel Plaza, Nikki’s Wall, Coral Landscape and Julie’s Rock. A shifting white sandbar on the western docking area of the island is very popular with the locals.

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Sumilon Island takes its name as a safe harbor for fishermen during strong typhoons – sumilong. It belongs to the Municipality of Oslob, Cebu with whom the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort, a triple-A resort owned by Filipinos, entered into a long term lease agreement to develop the island into an eco-friendly haven.

Stories were told that the original Japanese investors who first developed cottages on the island were actually treasure hunters who abandoned the project, presumably as soon as they were able to retrieve something valuable from their excavations on the island.

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DAY USE

A foreshore lease agreement prevents squatters from living on the beach, and for environmental protection in compliance with the DENR since the area surrounding the island is a marine reserve.

Because all shorelines belong to the government, day use of the island is allowed but limited to the white sandbar area and the dive sites for day tour guests who rent their own boats. Guests with children who are expecting to enjoy the white sandbar may be in for a disappointment if their visit falls on the time of day when it is high tide. During high tide, the sandbar is underwater and there is no dry beach to picnic on.

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It normally costs Php 1,500 to rent a boat for the day to bring you to Sumilon Island and then back again to mainland Cebu. Each trip takes approximately 15 minutes.

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For Php 1,500 nett per person on weekdays and Php 2,000 nett per person on weekends and holidays, Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort provides you with the following:

  • Roundtrip boat transfers from Bancogon (Oslob) to Sumilon Island
  • Buffet lunch per person at the lagoon area
  • Island activities (snorkeling, paddle boating, kayaking) and use of picnic tables in the lagoon area
  • Use of the swimming pool. A new pool and restaurant is currently being constructed, also in the lagoon area, to service day tours with a target launch on July of 2017

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Buffet lunch is an appetizing array that includes a soup of the day, vegetable salads and hor d’ oeuvres as appetizers, red meat, white meat, seafood and a choice of white steamed rice or fried rice in several variations (garlic rice, adobo rice) as the main course, Italian pasta or Chinese noodles, fresh fruits and pastries for desert. Drinks are included.

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F & B Manager Ms. Desiry Olicia was quick to point out that the demand for day tours starting summer of 2016 was quite high they had to schedule two shifts for the buffet lunch, a 12:00-1:00 PM and a 1:00-2:00 PM shift, to accommodate group tours which sometimes reached as many as 250 pax a day. These are mostly Chinese tourists booked by travel agents. The once forlorn lagoon area is now a bustling center of activity not only on the weekends but even during weekdays.

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OVERNIGHT STAY

The most recent additions to the accommodations are a Family Villa with a private dipping pool which can accommodate a family of six, and two Honeymoon Villas also with their own private dipping pool and a cliffside view of the lagoon and ocean.

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Ten Premiere Deluxe and fourteen Deluxe Rooms are still in high demand with their well-appointed amenities, now sporting newly landscaped lawns and a private veranda installed with a swing set.

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Glamorous camping (glamping) in tents have currently been set aside pending the completion of the new restaurant and pool in the lagoon area. Glamping will be relocated towards the end part of the lagoon where a sandy cove may be reached by a 10-minute hike on the beach for privacy.

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The resort’s Pavilion is the main dining facility where succulent seafood and gourmet food may be ordered a la carte for breakfast, lunch, dinner and for in-between fixers.

ISLAND ACTIVITIES

Aside from the shifting white sandbar, the infinity pool and the three jacuzzi pools which are favorite hang-outs of guests, other places of interest on the island include the natural lagoon with high mangroves for kayaking and fishing, and the newly installed bamboo raft where one can snorkel around or paddle to using the fiber-glass bottomed kayaks.

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You may hike around the island for an hour or two. You start off your hike by passing through an organic garden containing herbs grown in neat rows, and a chicken coop housing a dozen or more native poultry.

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According to the Resident Manager Mr. EJ Barretto who has been living on the premises these past three years, the chef peruses the herbs and native poultry for the resort’s menu.

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On the south portion of the island, a lighthouse rests on a protected tree park, and beside it is a “baluarte”, a historical watchtower built as part of a warning system to thwart slavers and marauders in the 19th century. There are also a couple of small shallow caves named after the infamous World War II Imperial Japanese Army General Tomoyuki Yamashita.

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Indulge in any of the resort’s Amuma Spa signature massages at any one of the native huts (payag payag) near the pool area or in the comfort of your room. Filipino traditional “hilot” is on the spa menu, as well as the best in Asian and Western massages therapies. In photo is the Hot Stone Massage.

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Whale shark (butanding) watching has become a popular tourist attraction in Oslob only within the last decade. Local fishermen feed the whale sharks by hand which tourists find entertaining. A whale shark tour, usually early morning between 6:00-9:00 AM, may be arranged at the resort’s front office.

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What would otherwise be trivial for a resort located on the mainland takes on gargantuan scope. For an island resort 15 minutes away by boat from the mainland, 24 hour electricity, water and food supply, sanitation, as well as the safety and security of its guests become a major concern. Thanks to the able leadership of its resident manager, with the support of management and in cooperation with the local government of Oslob, Cebu, Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort is able to live up to its name – that of a triple-A resort showcasing the best of the Philippines.

Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort

Address: Sumilon Island, Bancogon, Oslob, Cebu, Philippines 6025

Phone: 032-318-3129 / 318-9098

Mobile: 0917-631-7512 / 0999-885-8337

Email: sumilon@bluewater.com.ph

Website: www.bluewater.com.ph

Sincere gratitude to Bluewater Resorts’ VP of Sales & Marketing Ms. Margie Munsayac, Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort Resident Manager Mr. EJ Barretto, F & B Manager Ms. Desiry Olicia, Mr. Ethan Bernales of Marketing Communications Dept., and Mr. Bryyan Keym Cardeno for taking time out from such busy schedules. Cheers to the success of Bluewater Resorts Group!

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The allure of Alona Beach

It was originally called Tawala Seaside because it was located in Barangay Tawala. Then in the early 1980’s a Filipino actress named Alona Allegre, the younger sister of actor Philip Salvador, shot a movie on the beach in which she starred as a mermaid who falls in love with a mortal. During the filming, local guys would flock to the beach to ogle the scantily-clad beauty.

“Let’s go and see Alona!” was the cry around Tawala, and the name stuck.

Alona Beach is a beautiful 1.5 kilometer stretch of white sand bordered on both ends by limestone rock walls. A leisurely 20-30 minute walk from end to end will bring you across several resorts, dining establishments, souvenir shops and hawkers offering henna tattoos and massages on the beach. When the sun sets, some of these establishments offer acoustic music from local bands, and fire dancing on special occasions.

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Back in the 80s, a prominent landmark on Alona Beach’s north-eastern end was the thatched nipa roof of Alona Tropical Beach Resort’s Baybayon Restaurant. Tourists would hang out here for a sampling of Bohol cuisine and Filipino food.

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Established in 1988 by Mr. & Mrs. Montero, the thatched roof and native cottages have been given a facelift. Native inspired accommodations in a tropical setting, plus a free form swimming pool and a two-storey unit which serves as a showcase for some of Bohol’s antique collectibles give a bit of island history. Mrs. Leonila Montero is the incumbent Mayor of Panglao.

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Alona Beach belongs to one of two municipalities that share the island of Panglao in Bohol.

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Panglao was known to traders from China and other Asian countries even way before the Spaniards set foot on its shores. Archaeological sites have yielded Tang, Sung and Ming dynasty porcelain and trade ware. It is recorded in the history of the island that the Spaniards came to Panglao in search of fresh water in the year 1803. The Spaniards showed signs of friendship so they were welcomed by the natives. Few natives making their fishing device called “panggaw” were at the shore. A Spaniard pointing down asked what the name of the place was. The natives, who believed that the visitor was asking what they were making, answered “Panggaw.” Through the years, the name evolved from “panggaw” to Panglaw and finally to Panglao.

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For a bit of Bohol’s history and a taste of the finest white sand in the area, book at Alona Tropical Beach Resort. You just might get the chance to personally meet the town’s mayor for a guided tour of the beloved estate she calls home.

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For more information, please check out

http://www.alonatropicalbeachresort.com

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LIVING IN A GLASS HOUSE

It’s hard to miss Ocean Suites Bohol Boutique Hotel as it is the only accommodation that is adjacent to one of Bohol’s most famous landmarks, the Blood Compact Shrine.

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Created by National Artist for Sculpture Napoleon Abueva who hails from Bohol, the bronze sculpture depicts the first treaty of friendship between Spanish Captain Miguel Lopez de Legaspi and local chieftain Datu Sikatuna in 1565. As such, a steady stream of tourists drop by the shrine every day where enterprising locals entice them to buy handy souvenir items.

From the roadside, the view of the hotel is unremarkable.

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The moment you step inside however, you are mesmerized by the captivating view of the ocean, blue skies and a panoramic portion of Panglao Island on the horizon.

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Situated on a cliffside property, the architecture is strikingly modern. The ocean view is exploited with the use of floor to ceiling glass walls and sliding doors in all oceanside rooms. A split-level staircase connects all floors and makes for a dramatic backdrop for pictorials.

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An infinity pool at the main lounge and dining area is the focal point. Here, guests can take a dip or order food and refreshments, or entertain friends and visitors.

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In the evenings, the pool illuminates the area with its underwater lighting, taking on the blueness of ocean and skies.

A new, larger pool has been constructed one level down since my last visit in 2014.

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According to Ocean Suite’s Operations Manager Mark Tiago who recently assumed his post in January, the Ocean Café and Azure Restaurant, their main food & beverage services, are set to upgrade their menu in time to meet this summer’s deluge of tourist arrivals.

While a majority of their guests are foreigners, Ocean Suites has consistently been host to a number of guests from media and the local government in support of Bohol’s current thrust to promote eco-tourism.

Mark was quick to point out a mangrove area further downhill from Ocean Suites where the construction of an amphitheater could be seen progressing.

One of Mayor John Geesnell Yap’s priority projects for the City of Tagbilaran is the Bohol Friendship Park.

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According to Mark, the Blood Compact Shrine is going to be relocated downhill. Aside from the amphitheater, shops on stilts, a restaurant on a Spanish Galleon by the bay, as well as ample parking space are bound to rise adjacent to Ocean Suites in a couple more of years.

A sign of more good things to come.

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Ocean Suites Bohol Boutique Hotel

Blood Compact Shrine,

East Tagbilaran Road,

Brgy. Bool, Tagbilaran City

+63 38 4111031

+ 63 917 6547217

oceansuitesbohol@gmail.com

www.oceansuites.ph

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A glimpse of Bohol’s past at Alona Tropical Beach Resort

Alona Tropical Beach Resort, one of the pioneer resorts in the area, is located at the east end of Alona Beach, fronting the widest and most private portion of the beach. The native angled roof of the resort’s Baybayon beachfront bar and restaurant is a distinctive feature of Alona’s shoreline.

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The sizeable compound has a pool with an outdoor jacuzzi and several types of rooms spread throughout the spacious grounds landscaped with tropical foliage. Most rooms and cottages are designed to evoke a rustic feel, using woven kalakat walls and bamboo furniture, but there are also more modern rooms available.

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One of the couple who own the resort is the current mayor of Panglao, the Honorable Mrs. Leonila P. Montero. When not busy dispensing her duties and responsibilities as mayor of Panglao, she finds time to check on her resort facilities and to mingle with her guests. She has just recently added another attraction to Alona Tropical Beach Resort: the Antique House.

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Knowing her love for antiques, Bohol’s dealers would specifically seek her out to offer her pieces before making them available to other collectors.

106787 (1)8 (1)For a bit of Bohol’s history and a taste of the finest white sand in the area, book at Alona Tropical Beach Resort. You just might get the chance to personally meet the town’s mayor for a guided tour of the beloved estate she calls home.

For more information, please check out

http://www.alonatropicalbeachresort.com

5 (1)Heartfelt thanks to the Hon. Mayor Leonila P. Montero, her husband and her able team headed by Operations Manager Mr. Roldan B. Cuevas

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Front Office & Marketing Promotions Manager Mr. Deo Guden, and Resort Special Concerns Manager Mr. Rico Guigue for hosting our overnight food and accommodations during the Men of Poi (fire dancers) location shoot at Alona Beach.

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Dumaguete’s premiere events venue

When I was a child in the 80′s, there was only one venue in the city that discriminating hosts would dare choose for exclusivity and excellent catering services. Sta. Monica Beach Resort had already distinguished itself as the go-to place for garden weddings, debut parties, birthdays and corporate affairs.

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Set apart from the other establishments in the city with its own private corner of the Dumaguete Bay, I remember lush tropical landscape replete with palms and coconuts, a free form pool with beautiful cottages and a limitless view of the sunrise should you choose to greet the morning with the rising sun.

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My last visit to this iconic destination was in 2003 when the then resident manager obliged my request for a fashion shoot for men’s lifestyle for the pioneer newspaper in the country.

It was therefore a delight and a relief to learn that the beach resort, now christened Sta. Monica Beach Club, is now managed by boutique hotel group One-of Collection,  which specializes in managing distinctive hotel and resort properties in prime locations around the Philippines. The group’s unique capabilities are designed to provide unforgettable travel experiences and unparalleled personalized service to guests, and to create genuine value for its stakeholders and the local communities in which it operates. Led by a group of creative young leaders and innovators in hospitality and hotel development and management, One-Of Collection has a growing portfolio of resort properties that includes Amorita Resort (www.amoritaresort.com) and Momo Beach House (www.momobeachhouse.com) in Bohol, and the Funny Lion Inn (www.thefunnylioninn.com) in Coron, Palawan.

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Sta. Monica Beach Club has a three-bedroom Beach House, 14 beautifully designed deluxe rooms and 4 family lofts in elegant whitewash finish which currently offer guests Hamptons-style accommodations.

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The rooms are air-conditioned, and amenities include cable/LED TV, private toilet and bath, in-room safety deposit box, shower with hot and cold water, coffee and tea making facilities, and mini bar, plus wireless Internet.

The native huts which occupy the entrance part to the property are currently being renovated to make way for a reception area and front office which reflects the current management’s thrust and design sensibilities.

Aside from the location and facilities, Sta. Monica Beach Club’s core competence is it’s offering of gastronomic delights that are sure to please everyone’s palate.

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Lanai Restaurant, a pavilion-type 180-seater diner with an unobstructed view of the sea has also enjoyed an elegant make-over. The once red brick-walled columns have been whitewashed, as have been the rest of the walls, and the inner ceiling walls have been taken out to make way for a high ceiling, now also whitewashed, with unique chandeliers and ceiling fans to add drama. Only the red terra cotta tile flooring remain untouched, which, together with the new white, serve as the perfect showroom for the chef’s masterpieces.

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According to the youthful Resort Manager Mr. Mark L. Guerrero, he spends a lot of his free time in the kitchen. His background in food and beverage is a passion he shares with Sta. Monica’s equally youthful chef.

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The Lanai Restaurant is as good a place as any watering hole to start off your lessons in wine tasting. They have a well stocked bar which surprisingly has some hard to find wine and liquor, and each one comes with adequate references to origin, aroma and bouquet.

Start off the day with Continental or Filipino breakfast.

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Local cuisine include Budbud (glutinous rice best served with a hot local chocolate drink made from tablea), Silvana (a frozen cookie made from a layer of butter cream sandwiched between two cashew-meringue wafers coated with cookie crumbs, the cookie version of the Sans Rival), and Sinuglaw (a dish that combines sinugba or grilled pork and kinilaw or fish ceviche, marinated in vinegar and coconut milk).

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The restaurant also offers its own take on other delicious regional specialties, such as Crispy Kare-Kare , with a delightfully golden Crispy Pata (pork knuckle) served deconstructed on wooden chopping board with a bowl of kare-kare sauce, a condiment of bagoong (shrimp paste) and a side of steamed string beans, eggplant and pechay.

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Creamy Seafood Puttanesca is also popular with the guests.

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Saturday night specialty is grilled food – pork, chicken and seafood which includes grilled fish, squid and prawns.

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The promotion from F & B to Resident Manager is well deserved for Mr. Guerrero as the resort has already reached its target income as early as 3rd quarter of 2014. In fact, plans are underway for acquiring a beachfront property in Siquijor Island which is just an hour away from Dumaguete City via sea craft to add to One-Of’s resorts.

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Chief Executive Officer of One-Of Collection Mr. Nikki Cauton oversees the creation and development of infrastructures for the hotel management group’s resorts.

With a hands-on approach, Nikki defines the overall corporate development strategy and is actively engaged in the implementation of procedures, controls, and marketing plans for the resorts. He also leads the group’s day-to-day operations, managing over 200 employees divided among hospitality, F&B, administrative, and marketing and sales groups.

From 2008 to 2012, Nikki served as the General Manager of Amorita Resort, steadily growing the luxury resort’s occupancy rates, setting standards for quality of service, and delivering signature guest experiences that have made Amorita Resort a consistent Agoda Golden Circle Awardee and TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice and Certificate of Excellence recipient. In 2011, he became a Trustee for the Philippine Bohol Arts Foundation, Inc. (PBAFI), an organization that’s currently working with One-Of Collection to promote and reinvigorate Bohol as an eco-cultural tourist destination.

A graduate of Ateneo de Manila University (Juris Doctor and AB in Political Science), Nikki attended the Cornell-Nanyang Institute of Hospitality Management in Singapore, completing both the General Manager’s Program and the Professional Development Program on Hotel Planning and Design.

Before shifting to hospitality, Nikki spent five years practicing litigation and corporate rehabilitation law. He is currently a partner at the Africa and Cauton Law Office. He is married with two kids.

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Sta. Monica Beach Club is located at Barangay Banilad, Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental 6200; with telephone numbers +63906-4789018 and +6391-4694880. Manila Sales and Marketing Office is at Unit 701, The Infinity Bldg., 26th St., Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City 1694; with telephone numbers +632-5539549 and 856-1443

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Special thanks to Ms. Kata Agmata, Director of Marketing, Resort Manager Mr. Mark Guerrero and his amiable team for a memorable experience.

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At home in paradise

Located on a small peninsula at the eastern tip of Bohol some 100 kilometers from Tagbilaran City (a two hour trip along coastal roads) lies the town of Anda, a 5th Class Municipality with an estimated population of 17,000 (2010 census).

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Life in Anda is simple. Most of the residents know each other by name. Farm produce, livestock and poultry, and fresh catch from the sea are regularly to be found in the town’s public market. Leisure activities include a dip in the sea along Quinale Beach with a long stretch of white sand, diving into ice cold cave pools in the coastal barangays, a hike to Anda Falls where the water cascades from the source into a man-made pool, or an eco-cultural trip through mangroves and a brief boat ride that ends in spelunking with a view of Red Hematite cave wall paintings and ancestral burial grounds.

Considered as the hidden gem of Bohol, all the private resorts along Anda’s coastline are blessed with their own pockets of white beach front. Several beach front properties have already been snapped up by balikbayans and expatriates, awaiting construction of residences or tourism establishments to commence.

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The newest accommodation in town opened its doors in October 2013, less than a year ago just right after that calamitous 7.2 magnitude earthquake which adversely affected Bohol’s tourism in the ensuing months.

3Lovely and accommodating couple Ralf and Jilo Kempa own the place. Ralf, a German national, met his Cebuana wife in China where they were both working, and decided to settle down in the picturesque town of Anda for its dive sites, white sand beaches and bucolic lifestyle.

What was originally planned as a residence/resthouse turned into a charming resort with modern cottages, a pool and a dining pavilion with a beautiful view of the white sand beach when the couple noticed the frequent traffic of European backpackers and tourists into the town which has now been touted to be the next big thing after PanglaoIsland.

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Their residence and guest houses are situated 12 meters above sea level with a breathtaking view of the ocean. There is an open air dining pavilion that serves an assortment of choice entrees, and a well stocked bar for cocktails and drinks. The swimming pool is ideal if you prefer it to the beach.

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15They have a sailing dinghy christened “Jilo” which offers recreational pleasure for beginners as well as for experienced sailors. With a length of 5.5 meters, a width of 1.8 meters and a regatta sail, “Jilo” is the perfect vehicle for a relaxing cruise. You may book a guided cruise with the owner or rent the dinghy for a private trip.

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During certain times, in cooperation with neighboring resorts they are able to organize tours to one of the most popular spots where the whale sharks congregate. This spot is situated in a nature park which is located 3.5 hours boat trip away from the resort. Under the supervision of nature park guards, swim with the whale sharks and experience their habitat first hand. In contrast to its carnivorous namesakes, the whale shark primarily feeds on plankton and other microorganisms and is thus harmless to humans.

Cap off your day with a refreshing drink, a sumptuous dinner, good conversation and one-of-a-kind sunsets. This is, after all, just another day in paradise.

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JR Residence

Address: Brgy. Bacong, Sitio Dagohoy, Anda, 6311 Bohol

Mobile: +63 908 821 5481 Jilo (Bisaya, Tagalog, English)

+63 908 821 5480 Ralf (German, English)

Email: JR.Residence@yahoo.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ralf.kempa.3

Website: http://www.jr-residence.com

Happy anniversary to J & R Residence! We wish you more successful and adventurous years ahead :)

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Amorita Resort: Panglao’s little sweetheart

Originally intended to be an intimate go-to place for honeymooners, the seven hectare property that houses the resort along Panglao’s famed Alona Beach in Bohol is set to launch its second phase during the 3rd quarter of 2014.

Amorita Resort: Panglao's little sweetheart

Modern apartment buildings with 61 new suites, a restaurant and wine bar, a second outdoor infinity pool, spa and gym facilities have been added to 14 villa-type accommodations. Interiors are a balanced mix of industrial and organic with large glass windows which provide an unfettered view of the landscape, raw teak wooden doors, furniture and divider, dark granite ceiling and beige floor slabs accented with all white bed linen, a wrought iron chair and a cushioned window seat with cool pastel throw pillows. Endemic trees have been incorporated into the landscape characterized by lush greenery and well manicured lawns.

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Amorita Resort: Panglao's little sweetheart

Amorita Resort: Panglao's little sweetheart

Personalized service includes a well-trained staff who are all smiles and greetings, from the reception to housekeeping, security and maintenance. Sweets and fruit baskets, as well as postcards, and a miniature packet of local tablea (chocolate) accompanied by notes are little details that leave a lasting impression on guests.

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Amorita Resort: Panglao's little sweetheart

Amorita Resort: Panglao's little sweetheart

Couple Nikki and Ria Cauton who both take a hands-on approach in managing the resort have made it their mission to provide a memorable experience for each and every guest who find their way to Amorita Resort.

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“Throughout the development phase, we employed local building techniques and used organic, natural materials abundant in the area. We designed in ways that keep the Boholano character and spirit alive, and this enables us to create a strong local identity and sense of place that guests will appreciate,” says Nikki who is a lawyer by profession and father of two.

Amorita Resort: Panglao's little sweetheart

Located on a limestone cliff, the view from the infinity pool includes one of a kind sunsets and a breathtaking panorama of seascape replete with coconut trees, a long stretch of white sand beach, and boats on the horizon.

Future plans include an artist’s village for art exhibits and performances, as well as workshops and trainings conducted by artists-in-residence.

Amorita Resort is the flagship property of Philippine hotel management group One-Of Collection.

For more information, visit www.amoritaresort.com or www.facebook.com/AmoritaResort

Sincere gratitude to Marketing Director Ms. Katalene Agmata, Corporate Director of Operations Mr. Adie Gallares, and all the charming resort staff for various assists beyond the call of duty.

This coverage was made possible as a part of USAID’s Advancing Philippine Competitiveness (COMPETE) project which seeks to increase competitiveness of economic growth areas including Bohol, in partnership with the Department of Tourism and the Province of Bohol.  

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the wonders of Amuma Spa

Nothing beats a warm tub and a great massage after a tiring day.

Bluewater Resorts Group has several massage offerings to choose from at their renowned Amuma Spa, whether from their main resort in Maribago or at Sumilon, both in Cebu, or at the newly opened Bluewater Panglao Resort in Bohol.

The name AMUMA is derived from a Visayan word (native Philippine dialect) which means to pamper, spoil or indulge with every attention.

Amidst lush tropical surroundings, their spa services incorporate ancient and modern therapies from Visayan-Filipino, Asian and Western cultures. Amuma spares no detail to enhance your spa experience, from rituals that accompany each treatment to the products using the best local ingredients.

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HILOT JOURNEY

A three hour Amuma signature package, you start off by bathing in Amuma’s signature oil and calamansi blend to exfoliate and invigorate your skin with a gentle loofah. After your skin is exfoliated and prepared, you will be smothered in coconut cream, amuma potion, calamansi and Cebu’s famous mangoes.

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With your body wrapped in cool banana leaf, attention is given to your hair and scalp. Warmed virgin coconut oil is then drizzled on your hairline to nourish and moisturize your crown. If you want to forego the oil on your scalp, you may opt for a scalp massage instead.

A warm bath of sea salt, calamansi, amuma potions and frangipani will embrace you and take you further on your journey to hilot, an amalgamation of our favorite native hilot techniques. The hilot journey includes traditional hilot rituals such as space cleansing through burning of medicinal herbs and minerals and prayer invoking spiritual guidance and blessings.

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TRADITIONAL HILOT

This treatment is never the same twice as each manghihilot (therapist) has inherited the gift of healing hands from a relative and will pass on this good energy to you as a gift from the Divine. This is not a whole body massage. Instead, it focuses on areas the healer believes to be the root cause of the problem. Prayer/meditation is part of this experience which culminates in the healer giving you good advice to keep healthy and fit.

HOT STONE MASSAGE

My personal favorite, this treatment uses heated basalt stones to loosen stressed muscles and promote deep relaxation, as well as a sense of calmness. Crystal therapy stimulates healing and is incorporated by placing crystals on your chakra points.

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HILOT LAMANG

It involves long flowing strokes and techniques to relax tense or spastic muscles. This treatment increases joints’ range of motion, soothes the nervous system and reduces swelling. It also helps eliminate toxins from the tissues.

HILOT ABLON

With origins from Northern Philippines, it is known as “dry massage” because it does not use oils. This massage uses thumb and palm pressure on specific points of the body. Combined with stretching, it improves circulation and relieves stress and tension.

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HINGUT-AN

Head and shoulder massage derived from the rural pastime “kuto-kuto alis”, it includes a gentle hair-pulling technique that stimulates circulation, relieve headaches and induce rest and sleep. A blend of rhythmic rubbing along the neck, back and arms also rejuvenate both body and soul.

the wonders of Amuma Spa

PIKPIK KAWAYAN SA SIKI

Treatment using bamboo poles to apply rhythmic pressure on the foot area. Akin to reflexology, gentle taps on specific points help provide relief and improve blood circulation in the body. Also reduces fatigue, aches and muscle pains, as well as helps rid toxins and restore tissue balance.

the wonders of Amuma Spa

Other treatment options include Swedish, Namikoshi Shiatsu, Thai Foot Massage and Travel Revive Fusion.

For additional information, booking and reservations, please log on to www.bluewater.com.ph

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