Fiesta Ngayon was celebrated at Sacred Heart School in Alcantara as a way to teach the students how to not only eat a healthy diet, but how to:
When Rose and I entered the school, we were amazed with the presentations. I mean look at this food. It reminds me of being at a cruise ship buffet! I was informed by the students they could have made a grander presentation if they had more table space, but each class was limited to what they could use. Needless to say, we were impressed.
As you can see, Rose is excited to start tasting the variety of food.
(Sorry Hon, we need to wait for the mayor to arrive before you can taste anything).
Luckily for us, the mayor arrived at 11:50am and the feasting at the fiesta began with cheers of gastronomical excitement.
Lucky for us, we got to attend 2 different tastings: 1 in our daughter's classroom, and the other in my niece's classroom.
As our bellies filled beyond their normal limits, we learned that it was entertainment time. I smiled because I know that the Filipino culture usually has excellent forms of entertainment: Tinkling Dancing, Cultural Dancing, and Singing. Today it would be singing.
'Sir Greg, since you are the only foreigner here, can you demonstrate how to sing a song for us?'
Rose smiles, hands me the mic as she punches a few numbers into the foreboding karaoke machine. 'He's been practicing, so he'll sing Zombie by The Cranberries.'
I don't know if it was part of the hospitality training, but people gathered outside the classroom door, and the people began to clap and cheer... Then when I finished, my score appeared - 100! I was shocked.
Then Rose punches in more numbers, but this time it's her favorite duet - 'Bring Me to Life' by Evanescence. Obviously she sings the female part while I sing the male part. As we begin to sing, the growing crowd in the hallway starts overflowing into the classroom. More cheering... and another '100' score.
'Sing another!' the crowd chants. I look at Rose and suggest we better share the microphone. She agrees and we retreat while people are asking us to join them for quick selfies. Cordially we smile. Because we are learning too! We are learning about hospitality, good food and entertaining... even when we never expected to be the entertainment.
MANILA – (As of July 2016) Nationals from 158 countries can spend more time in the Philippines as the government extends the visa-free privilege for up to 30 days.
"This move will hopefully encourage more tourists and investors to visit and stay in the Philippines by removing the need for them to report to immigration offices for a stay of up to a month. It will also give them more flexibility in planning and managing their schedules," said Assistant Secretary Jaime Victor Ledda of the Office of Consular Affairs.
Beginning August 1, the previous period of 21 days will be extended to 30 days. The initiative, a product of inter-agency coordination among the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Justice (DOJ), Bureau of Immigration (BI) and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA), aims to facilitate the entry and stay of foreign nationals who plan to engage in tourism activities or explore the Philippines as an investment destination.
Qualified foreign nationals who intend to avail of the visa-free privilege only need to present a national passport valid for at least six (6) months beyond the contemplated stay and an onward ticket.
A list of the countries eligible for the visa-free privilege may be obtained from the DFA website at https://www.dfa.gov.ph/index.php/site-administrator/visa-information.
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Cresta de Gallo is part of Sibuyan Island (a neighboring island to Tablas Island) and another beautiful island treasure hidden in the chain of islands in the Romblon province in the Philippines.
Speaking of Hidden Treasure...
Treasure Hunting on Sibuyan Island describes the search of small treasures at different locations around the whole island and offshore. On your way to find this treasures your guide has created special trails filled with spectacular scenery.
No shovel or tools are required.
For this Treasure Hunting experience, you need only a GPS Receiver or a Smartphone with an GPS Application.
We call this also a Geocaching Treasure Hunting Adventure.
During your adventure, there are 5 spots on land and 1 spot on our Robinson Crusoe Island. All spots require different levels and some are combined with riddles. Solve the riddles to reach your personal treasure.
Along your way to reach the treasures you must...
- Cross 7 rivers
- Dive into the cleanest River in the Philippines
- Hike through the dense rainforest
- Sail to Sibuyan's Robinson Crusoe Island
As a special option:
After successfully finding your treasure, you may opt for a 3 day tour to the summit of the Mount Guiting Guiting. An adventurous hike to 2058 meters (or 6,752 feet) surrounded fantastic views and memorable vistas.
Are you up for the Adventure? or Does the Healthy Holiday Entice You?
Either way, Sibuyan Island has both as well many other options available to you:
What's holding you back?
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