Bohol Activities During Sandugo Festival

With a star-studded visitors led by Binay, Bohol will flare up to the beat of sights and sounds as the Sandugo highlight is staged at the CPG Sports Complex as all systems go for the street dancing and parade under the auspices of the Bohol Sandugo Foundation Inc., chaired by Mayor Lim.  

Dancing and gyrating to the beat of Sandugo drums, at least eight contingents will display their wares during the parade starting at the city tourist port. 

Only four entries will slug it out in the competition of the festival where the first placer is expected to be awarded P200,000. The rest of the participants will present their respective numbers to the expected delight of thousands of spectators.

To ensure and orderly presentation, Provincial Director PSSupt Rodolfo A. Llorca assured that security and traffic concerns are being ironed out. The parade which will start at 12;30 PM will traverse thru Gallares St. from the city port then to J. S. Torralba street, Pres. Carlos Garcia Avenue and winding up to the CPG Sports Complex.

Following the parade, the opening program will commence with Mayor Lim and Gov. Chatto to deliver their respective welcome messages to thousands of visitor-spectators, including foreigners. Then a re-enactment of the Sandugo to be performed by Diwanag Dance Troupe of the Holy Name University will follow to give more meaning to the Sandugo affair.  

Sandugo was commemorated to recall the historic event sometime in the 16th century when native chieftain Datu Sikatuna and Spanish general Miguel Lopez de Legaspi consummated the first ever treaty of friendship known then as blood compact.


The contingents that will fight it out in the street dance competition include the towns of Catigbian, Dauis and Maribojoc, Dr. Cecilio Putong National High, Tagbilaran City Science High, Immaculata High of Baclayon, Manga High of this city, and Holy Name Unviersity.

Awarding of cash prizes and best awards to the winners and plaques to the board of judges will follow with Mayor Lim, Gov. Chatto, Sandugo Foundation acting chair and Deputy Mayor Mariano Uy, foundation treasurer Argeo Melisimo and Miss Bohol Sandugo Amir P. Sol.

The Sandugo street dance festival will be emceed by Bohol's first lady of emceeing Ardy Batoy and Gloria Leodivica Araneta. The event is jointly sponsored by the Bohol Sandugo Foundation, Globe, Coca-Cola, San Miguel Corp, GMA Kapuso, First Consolidated Bank of Bohol and Miravilla Restaurant. (With reports from Sen Guingguing & RVO)

Bohol Center for Development Studies

"The Office of the Governor and the Capitol will be helping the PCL all the way." This was the assurance that Gov. Edgar M. Chatto gave to the 482 members of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) during a special meeting held at JJ's Seafoods Village Wednesday.  

The governor challenged the PCL that as legislators and policy-makers, they must make sure that come August, implementation of laws must already begin to assure the strengthening of every league of the province for management and provincial growth.

The PCL is the foundation and core of the province for the crafting of laws beneficial to the people basically falls upon its shoulders. The governor further assures that the former's work would be made easier for the Provincial Government has created the Bohol Center for Development Studies (BCDS), the research arm of the province, headed by Romy Teruel, to help both the PCL and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) to look into old laws and in drafting new ones to help the capitol achieve its goals.

Gov. Chatto also mentioned his 10-minute dialogue with President Benigno Simeon Aquino III the previous night during his Manila visit in which P-Noy declared his support for Bohol wherein the governor also re-affirmed the province's respect, coordination and passion for the President's advocacies like the ones it gave to past administrations.

Moreover, Gov. Chatto urged old members of the PCL to share their experiences and insights on governance with the newly-elected ones "to encourage and ensure proper coordination for the achievement of our common goals." (jlv/EDCom)

Bohol Picture Contest

Shots from high-tech digital cameras, or the inevitable cell phone cameras to the ever present film based instamatics can be accepted entries for the July 25 Sandugo street-dancing competition.  

According to contest organizers, a camera is only second to the user's idea of a good composition to be able to make up for a winning shot that allows him a night stay in Bohol's leading city resort

According to photo-contest organizers though veteran photojournalist Nilo Sapong, the Pitik: Tipik sa Dugong Bol-anon Photo Competition uses the kilometric span of street dancing parade route along the city's main thoroughfare as the venue for testing the budding artist's capability to see beyond what the usual parade watcher can.

The streetdancing dance parade is a venue to test the amateur artist's skill and pit it against the more familiar mainstream photographers to prove his composition he even can be better, he said.

The contest, which is open for professionals and amateurs only need participants some P100 registration including an access card that allows him into the cordoned areas during the contest.

Official entry forms need to be fill up though, he said as he added that the contest entry forms are available at the BQ mall's Foto Center.

Come early, get a familiar look at the route, consider the lighting during specific times in the afternoon and you'll definitely be better prepared as a streetdancing does not actually present a perfect time for the unprepared, he shared a tip from his pack of experience.

There is a usual tendency to freeze the action, its good but it may not work our perfectly all the time, he added. Blurred shots that highlight motion sometimes does the trick and a little knowledge of the shutter speeds packed in your standard single lens reflex (SLR) camera can be worth the handsome prizes, he added.

When blurring also works, keeping a simple focus can also land you a major prize, the veteran photographer said.

One problem photographers face when shooting street dancing is the chaos. He does not have the luxury of arranging the participants or posing the best performers, getting the best light at the right angles.

In such a situation, focus on one or two subjects and keep the other performers as subordinates, or keep you camera in the immediate area where the light is best and shoot from there, another photo-contest organizer shares.

Just go out there and shoot, after all, pixels are free, and it may get you that digital cable connection, he urged. (rachiu/PIA)

Tourism Travel Tour in Bohol Philippines

To appraise tourists about the kind of service he would get in an establishment in Bohol, a tourism classification board would possibly help.

Governor Edgar Chatto, who took the lead in crafting the country's tourism code shared this during the recent Provincial Tourism Council (PTC) meeting held at Panda Tea Garden in Dao a few weeks ago.

Chatto clarified that the Board's task would be to put up a unified classification of accredited tourism service providers and establishment using the star rating system, so tourists would know what to expect when they are there.

Building on Bohol tourism's successes, several local government units and private entrepreneurs have funded for establishments and service and splurge on promotional activities without being fully familiar with the industry, PTC members said.

Not a few tourists have already shared their dismay about getting into an establishment selling itself through the internet, only to find that its accommodations are minimal. 

That can happen because there is no way tourists know ahead about the kind of facilities and services the establishments offer.

As everyone wants to hitch in the tourism bandwagon, it is expected that things like this happen, agree council members.

Governor Chatto said the Tourism Code of 2009 provides for a classification board that issues a uniform standard to grade tourism products and service facilities.

Putting up the classification board should breathe life into the Code in as much as to be rated are not just the infrastructure and the accessibility and the preparedness of the facility to accept guests, Chatto added.

That way, even if establishments sell services on their own, a rating system puts them in a certain rank that tourists can easily refer, said PTC Chairman Atty Lucas Nunag. (rac/PIABohol)