Friday, July 21, 2017

Sandugo Trade Fair 2017: Same old, same old

Dumaguete's Subida Souvenirs

The Sandugo Festival has been around for decades now, and along with the Street Dancing competition, the Sandugo Trade Fair has always been the more-awaited of THE Bol-anon fete's banner events. 

Like its mother event, the 'trade fair' has its hits and misses year on year. This year's, sadly, disappoints.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Summit sweetens emerging Bohol cacao industry



Some like their chocolates and sikwate sweet, some like theirs bitter; but everyone will like a sweeter, better cacao industry in Bohol as both government agencies and private organizations offer more and more initiatives pushing for its growth and expansion.

This was the consensus during the first Bohol Cacao Summit and Exposition, on Friday, the 2nd of September 2016 at the Kew Hotel this city, which gathered more than 95 cacao stakeholders from Bohol, Manila, Samar, Cagayan de Oro and Dumaguete.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Review: President Duterte's First State of Nation Address (SONA)

President Digong looked and spoke like the badass Mayor that he was.

We watched the first State of the Nation Address of President Rodrigo R. Duterte. Here's what we have to say:

Sunday, July 24, 2016

MoveBohol launched at MovePH Citizen Journalism Workshop

Raisa Serafica gave an orientation on Rappler's Move 
23 July 2016 - #MovePH prime mover Raisa Serafica and Rappler Cebu's Mark Macasero visited Bohol over the weekend, not for the Sandugo festivities, but to facilitate a Citizen Journalism Workshop. Participants included student journalists from Bohol Island State University (BISU) Main Campus and Holy Name University (HNU), bloggers from the Bohol Bloggers Collective and freelance writers.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

In Photos: Sandugo Fusion Nights 2016


Foodies will delight in the cornucopia of international and regional dishes laid out at this year's Sandugo Fusion Nights. We did.

Sandugo de Kuradang - The Most Fun Sandugo Yet!

Kuradang Queen and King 2016
22 July 2016 - For once, a Bohol Day brought us a Sandugo event where the performers were genuinely having fun -- more smiles, vigour and energey and less strained & exhausted faces (the late afternoon start sure helped) --  which inspired the audience and in turn inspired the performers. It also helped that the familiar fun(ny), upbeat melody, lyrics and dance steps (!) of the Kuradang that harked back actual fiestas and family celebrations had us all beaming and wanting to join in the fun.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Music and Heartbreak (Millennial Edition) at the Freds Book Cafe Poetry Night

Krizzia and Erick sing their heartbreaks away
Very briefly, Friday night, Freds Book Cafe became the "Sagada" for millennial broken hearts as the coffeeshop-cum-library hosted its first poetry night bannered "Music and Heartbreak".

The intimate gathering kicked off with the reading of "Broken Hearts" written by literati-snubbed social-media-darling multimedia artist Lang Leav. Where the first line of the night is -- "I know you’ve lost someone and it hurts." -- you know you're in the company of romantics who embrace all of love and life's joys and pains.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Vice President- Elect Leni Robredo & kids vacay in Bohol


After taking a break from the media and the spotlight in general, we received a tip from that Vice President- Elect Leni Robredo and her daughters are in Bohol for a short vacation.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Reporters in the Making

Kiddie reporters at the Cogon Market (SCI-Bohol)
“Naka-recover na pud,” answered the woman interviewed by young reporter-in-training Devin at the Cogon Bus Terminal in Tagbilaran. 10-year-old Devin, clutching an improvised cardboard prop microphone intent at looking professional in the video being filmed by fellow child-partner, has been asking the woman about her experience during the big earthquake back in 2013.

For Devin’s final question, he asked, “Andam na ba ka sa sunog nga linog?”

“Dili pud ko musugot nga mubalik ‘to!” was the interviewee’s quick response to a crowd bursting in laughter.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Elections in Bohol Organized and Orderly - Int'l Election Observers

Bohol election observers share their experience at a press briefing in Tagbilaran City. 
The International election observers found the conduct of the May 9 elections here in Bohol generally “organized and orderly”.

In a press briefing here on Tuesday, May 10th, the team deployed to sixteen voting precincts in Panglao, Tagbilaran, Baclayon, Tubigon and Inabanga, Bohol as part of the Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections (COMPACT) - International Observers Mission (IOM) 2016 said the voting process here was well coordinated.

Friday, May 6, 2016

International observers to monitor the May 9 elections in Bohol


An international election observers’ mission will monitor the elections in the towns of Tubigon, Baclayon, Panglao and the city of Tagbilaran.

The group of five international observers deployed to Bohol is part of the 15-delegate Compact for Peaceful and Democratic Elections (COMPACT) - International Observers Mission (IOM) comprised of parliamentarians, academics, development workers, youth and student leaders from the United States of America, Germany, Sweden and Japan who will monitor the conduct and outcome of the 2016 Philippine elections.