Costanilla: Discover Cebu’s natural attractions

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By Sam Costanilla

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Sunday, May 4, 2014


SHOW. We were in Barangay Maslog in the municipality of Tabogon last week to present a variety show upon the invitation of Barangay Councilor Danny Hayag and his wife Sylvia. It was one of the activities during the barangay’s nine-night novena period prior to the actual fiesta celebration.

With us were Jigo and Nonoy Castro, one of the most sought-after comic duos in this part of the province. I was the emcee and director of the show, which I presented at the barangay stage. Even those from the town’s far-flung sitios came to witness and enjoy the program.

Spring. The following day, councilor Hayag brought us to an area not far from his house. What we saw was a wonderful natural attraction. Called Guiwanon Cold Spring, the place is ideal for family or group gatherings. The water was so crystal clear we were even tempted to take a 20-minute dip.

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Neglect. Sadly, however, the place has been neglected after councilor Hayag’s mother, Ignacia, retired as barangay captain after serving the place for 42 years. We were told that during her incumbency, the Guiwanon spring was a major attraction, earning substantially for the barangay, but the other captains who followed her didn’t give much attention to the spring’s potential as an income-generating venture.

Suggest. We now humbly suggest that the Maslog Barangay Council, headed by captain Nevario Garcia, should do something to improve the spring. They can even ask the provincial tourism council, headed by our good friend Grace Paulino, to help them. In fact, they can even include this particular attraction as one of the places to visit in the next Suroy-Suroy Sugbo tourism caravan scheduled in the north. We are sure it will be a big hit among domestic and even foreign guests.

Discover. We are aware that there are still a number of barangay-based natural attractions that have yet to be discovered in other parts of Cebu. We challenge the barangay officials and even the ordinary residents to help in this respect.

Discovering and developing them as tourist attractions would be a big help as far as the barangay coffers are concerned.

Feng shui. Another good friend Judith Eugenio informed us that feng shui master Benson Yeo is all set to conduct what she termed as “Bazi Feng Shui” module 1 and 2. She said Yeo will do “The Art of Learning: Changing the World, One Child at a Time” from May 29
to June 1 in Singapore.

Subjects. Eugenio added that Yeo will discuss several subjects including how to achieve a meaningful journey of understanding as to what controls and obstructs you and your intentions in life. Those who’d like to know more about the upcoming session with Yeo may write to judith@jeugenioconcepts.com.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 05, 2014.

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