Hello Davao City!

The highlight of my eventful month of June is my trip to Davao City with my fellow BITGAP members. This year’s National Tour Guides Convention was held in Davao City. The first convention two years ago was held in Bohol, then the 2nd was in Palawan. I wasn’t able to attend last year’s convention so I made up for it by going this year. It was such a wonderful trip! I had a lot of fun and I instantly fell in love with Davao! Weeehh!!! ❤

I had loads of first times in this trip. After all, it was my first time to visit Davao. I was very excited for the trip. Funny thing though, for the first time (and hopefully the last time too), I was late for my boat trip to Cebu. I got left behind. I know, it was all my fault. Lucky for me, I could get the next trip on the same day without having to pay for another ticket. What started not well turned out just fine. But I swear there will never be a next time. Haha!

Let me give an overview of what we did in the trip:

June 15 (Friday) -We spent overnight in Cebu since we didn’t want to have any problem with our flight to Davao on the next day.

June 16 (Saturday) -First day in Davao City! We pre-register for the convention and got our kits. We also had a Davao City tour before heading to Chataeu de Veronica, where we stayed.

June 17 (Sunday) – First day of the convention. During the day, we had Davao City and Eden Nature Park and Resort tour. Then in the evening, we had a fellowship dinner hosted by Davao City Mayor, Sarah Duterte.

June 18 (Monday) -Second day of the convention. We had the plenary during the day, followed by the culmination program and dinner hosted by the Department of Tourism.

June 19 (Tuesday) -Samal Island escapade!

June 20 (Wednesday) -Flight Davao-Cebu; boat trip Cebu-Bohol; Home Sweet Home

I’ll never get tired of sharing about my wonderful trip to Davao! More pics to be posted! Yay! 🙂

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Corporate Social Responsibility (BITGAP goes to Bien Unido)

I recently joined the Bohol Island Tour Guides Association of the Philippines, Inc. (BITGAP). Last October 10, 2011 (Monday), we had our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activity. We went to the town of Bien Unido, located at the northern part of Bohol, about 107 kilometers away from Tagbilaran City. It took more than two hours to get there from the city by bus. We visited Hingotanan West Seaweed Farming, which was more than an hour away from the mainland by boat. We interacted with some seaweed farmers and they showed us the basics and techniques they use in planting seaweeds. We also went to an island about an hour away from the seaweed farm, still part of/ one of the barangays of Bien Unido, called Bilangbilangan East (/Diot).

Picture! Picture!

Breakfast at Bohol Yacht Club and courtesy call to Mayor Niňo Rey F. Boniel of Bien Unido…

On the way to the seaweed farm….

At Hingotanan West Seaweed Farming…

Seaweed planting demo..

Going to Bilangbilangan East island. Our boat couldn’t reach the island cause the sea was getting too shallow so we all had to walk a distance from the boat to the island…

Coastal clean up and interaction with the Bilangbilangan East residents…

Photos by: Roxipie and Franz Labad