Friday, September 12, 2014

Blackbeard Seafood Island celebrates 10 Years of Extreme Bonding #NationalBoodleDay

Blackbeard’s Seafood Island is celebrating 10 Years of Extreme Seafood Bonding this September 16, 2014.

Blackbeard’s Seafood Island has innovated the Filipino casual grill dining experience by bringing to the market the first and the original ‘Boodle Feasts’.

The Seafood Island Boodle Feast is creatively re-inventing the way ‘Filipino food bundles for groups’ are created and presented – a trend adapted by most of the other Filipino grill concepts soon thereafter.

Seafood Island’s Boodle Feasts provide customers with a wide array of Island-Inspired Filipino dishes in a food setting that is perfect for sharing and bonding experience. Eating with one hand directly from the big banana leaf with grilled meat and rice on it is what Boodle Feast is.

Seafood Island offers the best seafood dining experience and tries to stay true to its core values of Seafood, Sarap, Saya! It also offers live Seafood choices through “Paluto”.

Cebu branch also has a great selection of Crab dishes that will surely satisfy your craving from Szechuan crab to Thai Chili crab, Crab Maritess and many more.

In line with Seafood Island’s 10th Anniversary and #NationalBoodleDay, all branches nationwide will offer the famous Mt. Apo Boodle for only P1,010 (originally P1,650) on September 16, 2014. Dine in with your family and friends and share your extreme bonding experience online. 

Seafood Island will also be giving away 5 gift certificates worth P1,000 each to those who will follow and like Seafood Island's Social Media Account and will share this article to their Twitter, Facebook and Instagram Accounts and use the hashtag #NationalBoodleDay. Random winners be chosen and will be announced on September 30, 2014.

Twitter: @SeafoodIsland 
Instagram: @SeafoodIsland

Blackbeard’s Seafood Island
Seafood Island Branches
Seafood Island
Boodle Feast
Boodle Fight

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Protect Sarangani Keep its beauty

Exactly a year from now, P13 Billion Coal-Fired Power Plant by Alsons Consolidated Resources will be partially operational and will start distributing 105 MW of electricity to Southern and Central Mindanao. This plant was put up to alleviate the power shortage.   

But I don't think the people here specifically the locals of Sarangani will benefit from this coal-fired power plant. You cannot and should not end the shortage of electicity by compromising the health of the living both in land and in water. Electricity produced from coal-fired generators belch mercury, carbon dioxide, and sulfur into the air. For sure, due to pollution emitted by this plant, people and environment will suffer. No coal is clean! 

Sarangani is a Dive Haven and a portion of its municipal water has been proclaimed a protected area already by Presidential Proclamation No. 756, s. 1996. The coal-fired power plant located in Barangay Kamanga is just few meters away from the diverse marine life of Maasim. Sarangani Bay in general is rich in coastal resources which will be threatened by pollution from the plant.

Both natural and artificially grown corals were already destroyed due to the ongoing construction of this coal-fired power plant. The area is home to some of the best coral reefs. The Tinoto Wall is also one of the best and unspoiled dive spots in Mindanao that will slowly be destroyed if this construction continues. 

Currently, Environment Team from Region 12 are pushing for the passage of a proposed law that would establish the whole coastal waters of Sarangani Province as a protected seascape and not just part of it.

The bill, if approved, will make the entire 211,913-hectare Sarangani Bay as a protected seascape and will get appropriate funds from the national government yearly which will cover the management, protection, and conservation of the entire Sarangani Bay. 

I really hope this bill pushes through so as to have a formal organizational structure with a nearby office that will manage everything to protect the beautiful island of Sarangani. 

I believe the government of Sarangani and DENR are continuously monitoring this coal plant. They can work hand in hand with local and international divers to make sure no further harm is done. 

Protect Sarangani, Keep its beauty!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Scuba Diving in Sarangani

Scuba Diving in Sarangani

I have always wanted to try Scuba Diving not only because I was a merman in my past life but also because of the many underwater adventures I heard from my celebrity friend and certified open sea diver Luis Manzano. So when my Geologist friend Djohanne invited me to go and dive with her in Sarangani, I didn't hesitate and hurriedly withdrew P2,000 from my savings account. 

The best time to go to a dive point is around 8am when the sun is just a quarter up. For first timers like me, you just have to pay a dive master P1500 for a 30-minute orientation and an hour actual dive. The P1500 already covers the professional fee and intro training, gears to use underwater as well as assistance all through out the dive. For beginners, You can go to as deep as 30-40 feet. No need to worry if you don't know how to swim. 

All you need is the will to do it and just breathe from your mouth. Don't panic when you think something is wrong. They will teach you the proper hand signals so they can assist you on your way up and after bring you back 20 feet deep.

There a lot of diving spots in Sarangani. There is a long stretch of marine protected sanctuary in Sarangani that you can enjoy. Also a wide variety of corals both hard and soft, sponges and nemos, gorgonians, and an endless array of reef life. When I was there I was lucky to have seen a turtle and other types of underwater species that I only see in books and encyclopedia. I also heard from other divers that there are snappers, groupers and patrols of sergeant majors swimming around the area.

On that dive is when I first met the wife of Governor Steve Solon, the talkative and charming Michele Solon. The moment she opens her mouth, you'll find yourself listening to all the wonderful stories she has about Sarangani. We took the boat and went to the middle of the sea and jumped into that 60-80 feet deep sanctuary! 

While they were busy swimming with the reef critters, clown fish, angel fish, parrot fish, small jelly fish and many shell fish, I was snorkeling around the boat since I was the only one who wasn't certified yet. 

Maasim is one of the municipalities of Sarangani where you get to try Scuba Diving. It is just 45 minutes away from Gensan. Sarangani is a Dive Haven for certified divers and a home to South Point Divers. It is so beautiful and breath-taking! Lemlunay Resort is just one spot from the many areas where you can dive. It has a seawall with a drop of unidentifiable deep. Others claimed it is around 1500 feet deep. 

The resort is situated on a cliff over looking the marvelous sea of Sarangani and good for intro-divers since they offer diving course. If you decide not to dive and just want to snorkel, go ahead and just pay P250 for a complete set of snorkeling gears. Entrance to the resort and the use of wifi will cost you P100. If you want to swim in their infinity pool, it will cost you another P100. Food in their restaurant ranges from P150-P300 per head. 

If you decide to be certified by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) You may contact Dive Master Joel Sarenas at 0915-991-0800.

I had been to this Lemlunay Resort around 10 times already and twice I did Scuba Diving and thrice Snorkeling.

Scuba Diving in Sarangani
Diving in Sarangani

Here are some video clips I wanna share to you guys! 

Harry Potter Park in Japan

Harry Potter Park in Japan
Wizarding World of Harry Potter
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Universal Studios recently opened its long-awaited Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka Japan to millions of Asian Fans.

This is Universal Studios second park, 4 years after it first opened in Florida. Slytherin Draco Malfoy and Ravenclaw's Luna Lovegood attended the opening ceremony last July 15 wearing their respective scarves.

What Harry Potter Park in Japan has that the Florida doesn't have is the Black Lake which was shown in the first installment of the film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. 

For a fan like me who grew up watching the magical story of Harry Potter, no words can describe the feeling I have now that in the next few months I will know how it is like experiencing the magical world of Harry Potter.

There are a lot of attractions at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

1. The Hogwarts Castle
- You'll be able to explore the classrooms and corridors of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. You can also tour in Dumbledore's Office as well as the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom. The famous Sorting Hat and Moving Portraits will also greet you as you journey the castle.

2. Dining at The Three Broomsticks and the Hog's Head
- Try the delicious and popular Butterbeer, a sweet, non-alcoholic beverage, reminiscent of shortbread and butterscotch (which Starbucks has copied). 

3. Shop at Hogsmeade
Choose your own wand or if you like you can even get a replica of Harry Potter's wand. Then continue shopping and you'll find sweets like Chocolate Frogs and Flavour Beans.

4. Street Entertainment
Students from different houses of Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw will greet you with wizarding songs while you walk along the streets of the park. You can even meet the powerful students from Beauxbatons and Durmstrang who competed for the Triwizard Tournament.

Here is the complete list of attractions found in Universal Studios Japan - Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

· Hogwarts Castle 
· "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" ride 
· Flight of the Hippogriff ride 
· The Three Broomsticks restaurant 
· Hog's Head Bar 
· Honeyduke's Sweets Shop 
· Ollivander's Wand Shop 
· Zonko's Joke Shop 
· Dervish and Banges 
· Filch's Emporium of Confiscated Goods 
· Owl Post (with live owls - new for Japan) 
· Hogwarts Express train (prop, not a ride)
· Gladrags Wizard Wear 
· Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment (a Diagon Alley shop in Orlando) 
· Hogwarts' Black Lake

1-day pass to the Harry Potter Park will cost you $65 while 2-day pass will be $100. This includes admission ticket and the use of all attractions in the park.

This Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Osaka Japan cost $442.2 million to construct.

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Trump Entertainment files for Bankruptcy

Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for bankruptcy last Tuesday and warned to close Taj Mahal Casino making it the fifth casino to shut down in Atlantic City this 2014.

Trump Entertainment Resorts has less assets of no more than $50,000 and more liabilities between $100 Million and $500 million. The company also missed its quarterly tax payment due last August 2014 and said it didn't have enough cash to make payments to lenders payable by the end of the month. 

The company filed the bankruptcy in US Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington Delaware. 

The last time Trump Entertainment filed bankruptcy was in 2010 with $350 million in debt.

Donald Trump does not control or has any involvement in it and only owns 9 percent stake in the firm. 

Trump Entertainment who also own Taj Mahal Casino would have no remaining properties if and when this closes and doesn't win salary concessions from union employees by November 2014. 

The company has around 2800 workers as of July 2014.