Tourists can enjoy canyoneering again with the lifting of the ban. (Photo courtesy of Cebu Provincial Government)
Canyoneering activities from Alegria to Badian resumed recently as the suspension order of the governor ended on August 31. Governor Hilario Davide, Jr. ordered the suspension of the canyoneering activities
last June 1, 2016. This was based on a recommendation by the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) pending the creation of guidelines to ensure the safety of the participants of the activity.
Prior to the lifting of the order, the PDRRMO inspected the personal protective equipment (PPE) used during canyoneering activities. All guides were required to go through the swift water rescue (SWR) and basic rope rescue (BPR) training courses.
The new guidelines also make it necessary for adventure-seekers to book with operators accredited by the municipal government. It also limits the number of guests participating in canyoneering activities to 75 guests from Tuesday to Thursday. On the other hand, 150 guests are allowed to join the activity from Friday to Sunday and during holidays. The canyoneering trail starts at an upland barangay in Alegria town and ends at Kawasan Falls in Badian town.
Disneyland-inspired park to be developed in Carmen
A Disneyland-inspired theme park will soon rise in Carmen, Cebu.
A theme park is set to be opened in a 400-hectare property of a Cebuano businessman, according to Cebu Province tourism consultant Patria Aurora “Dawnie” Roa. The Disneyland-inspired park will become the next big attraction in the tourism industry of Cebu. It will feature a zoo, farms, accommodations, and facilities for outdoor activities, among others. The park will be located in Carmen town, which is around 41 kilometers north of Cebu City. Roa added that the park will be a “grand tourism project” for the province and will become a major tourist destination in the island.
But Roa also said the main focus of the tourism office of the provincial government continues to be ecotourism. Vice Governor Agnes Magpale, chairperson of the Cebu Provincial Government tourism sector, is pushing for developing destinations which showcase the natural resources of the province.
Long weekend for Cebu residents
Cebu residents will enjoy an extended weekend starting September 9. (Photo courtesy of Cebu Provincial Government)
Residents of Cebu will enjoy a long weekend after September 12 was declared a regular holiday for the Eid’l Adha (Festival of the Sacrifice) celebration. Eid’l Adha is one of the two greatest feasts in the Islamic world. The long weekend started on September 9, which is a special non-working holiday in Cebu in honor of the late President Sergio Osmeña, Sr.
Thunderstorms and rain showers expected for the week
Gloomy weather will dominate as rain showers are expected to occur during the whole week. The middle of the week will be partly cloudy with a 60% chance of rain throughout the day. The rest of the week will see around 60% to 70% chances of rain as thunderstorms are expected in the last two days of the week.
From heart to platter at the Original Pino Restaurant
Chef Tatung during the launching of his book Philippine Cookery: From Heart to Platter (Photo courtesy of The Original Pino Restaurant)
Chef Tatung Sarthou brings his culinary skills to his hometown as the Original Pino Restaurant offers the From Heart to Platter lunch and dinner buffet. Diners can feast on the gastronomic masterpieces of the Cebuano chef along with popular dishes offered at the restaurant.
Now based in Manila, Chef Tatung is the resident chef of an early-morning show of one of the major television networks in the country. He also established a number of restaurants in Metro Manila.
Chef Tatung is also known for his book, Philippine Cookery: From Heart to Platter, where he introduces readers to Filipino cuisine using different basic cooking methods. The book also features a number of recipes from the chef, including adobong pusit (squid stewed in different spices), kare-kare (stewed oxtail), and tinolang manok (chicken soup).
Dengue and Zika virus alert issued in Mandaue City
Mandaue has a high number of unreported dengue cases
Mayor Gabriel Luis Quisumbing issued a heart alert against dengue after the Mandaue City Health Office did not receive an accurate report on a number of dengue cases. Mayor Quisumbing said city records indicated only 170 cases of dengue in Mandaue City from January to July. But the actual number of dengue cases is 550 since many of these cases have remained unreported. The mayor also tasked Dr. Edna Seno, the City Health Officer, to check on the number of dengue cases in the city. Mayor Quisumbing added that Cubacub, Labogon, and Casili have the highest number of dengue cases in the city.
Health authorities are also exercising precautions against the Zika virus. Renan Cimafranca, head of the Regional Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit Central Visayas Office of the Department of Health, said they are closely monitoring entry points for the Zika virus in Cebu, including airports and seaports.
Bureau of Quarantine (BOQ) 7 Director Dr. Terence Bermejo added that measures were taken across the region to facilitate timely detection and treatment of people afflicted by the virus. The BCQ set up thermal scanners at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA). The agency also conducted insecticide spraying at the arrival area of the airport, the terminal, as well as areas within a 400-meter radius of the airport.