Guests have ‘more time’ to explore sites in Suroy-A A +A
Thursday, January 23, 2014
CAPITOL yesterday kicked off its first leg of the three-day Suroy-Suroy sa Sugbo, allowing some 90 guests to explore the sights and enjoy the food of the destinations in the south.
It was a full day for the participants, who started their tour in Carcar City at 9 a.m. and ended the day in Moalboal town at 5 p.m. They were treated to a dance show, museum visits, waterfalls sight-seeing, mangrove walk, and swimming.
“This is better now because we could enjoy the place more because we don’t have to rush from one town to another and we don’t have to listen to so many speeches,” said 69-year old Raul Oporto, a retired Cebu Ports Authority official who enjoyed his late but heavy breakfast inside Carcar’s 1929 dispensary-turned-city museum.
Guest Chit Samonte from Manila said she read the Suroy advertisement only last Monday and immediately bought a ticket.
“I’m enjoying it. It’s like being in Quezon province,” she said about Cebu’s towns and the food.
Janet Tigas, 65, from Kentucky and who joined the tour with in-laws and relatives, said the tour is okay as she had time to enjoy the place. She first joined the Suroy four years ago with then governor Gwendolyn Garcia.
Greeting the guests upon their arrival at the Carcar City Museum was the Mabuhi ka Sugbuanon song, which was repeatedly used by then governor Garcia in her Suroy activities.
“So that was her entrance hymn? I didn’t know that,” said Gov. Hilario Davide III.
Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, who said she likes the song, said, “I don’t mind. It was sung for Cebu and it is not a song for anybody (in particular).”
Guests then proceeded to Barili where they drank fresh cow’s milk and had ice cream at “Milk Station” near the boundary of Carcar City and Barili.
The governor returned to Cebu City while his wife Jobel and Magpale proceeded to the scenic 96-meter high Mantayupan Falls in Barili.
The group then had a heavy snack with Barili Mayor Teresito Mariñas at a nearby tilapia fishing resort.
Next stop was Alcantara town, a fifth class municipality southwest of Cebu, where guests were greeted with town’s song “Bahandi sa Alcantara.”
“Thank you, Vice Governor Magpale, for giving us the honor to entertain visitors even if we are just a small town,” said Vice Mayor Beatriz Caburnay.
Guests were treated to a sumptuous lunch.
After lunch, Caburnay and the mayor’s son Wilbert Cañete accompanied guests to a 200-meter tour atop a bamboo walk on a mangrove thicket, with caged wild birds on the side.
The end of the mangrove board walk is an open sea with a bamboo watchtower and fish cages nearby.
The tour proceeded to Kawasan Falls in Badian, where guests had the chance to swim, before they called it a day at the Moalboal Heritage Park.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 23, 2014.