Saturday, May 3, 2014

LGU Malay, apologizes to tourists and passengers stranded at Cagban Port Thursday

Posted May 2, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

The Local Government of Malay apologizes to tourists and passengers who were stranded at the Cagban Port yesterday (Thursday).

According to Boracay Island Chief Operations Officer (BICOO) or Boracay Island Administrator Glenn Sacapaño, he hopes that the said incident won’t happen again so that the tourists may enjoy their travel to Boracay.

It is indeed disappointing to spend so much, for the hope of enjoyment in the island, just to get annoyed by some transportation problems.

With this, the Island administrator assured that they will look into the incident at the Cagban Port that left many tourists and passengers in dismay.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Friday, May 2, 2014

Caticlan ES and Malay NHS, champions on first ever Drum Lyre and Bugle contest

Posted May 1, 2014 as of 6:00pm
Written by Jay-ar Arante

The Caticlan Elementary School and Malay National High School were hailed champions on the first ever Drum, Lyre and Bugle contest Wednesday.

Three schools for elementary level and 3 schools for the high school level joined in the said contest.

In the Elementary Level, the consolation prizes went to the Malay ES and Argao ES, while Balabag ES took home the second place, Yapak ES for the first place, and Caticlan Elementary School bagged the championship.

With the Secondary Level, Boracay NHS placed second, Lamberto NHS at 1st place while Malay National High School championed.

Present during the competition were members of the LGU Malay led by Vice Mayor Wilbec Gelito and SB Officials, while the Guest of Honor was Dr. Jesse M. Gomez, School Division Superintendent of the Department of Education (DepEd) Aklan.

The Malay 11th Fiesta De Obreros was celebrated and joined by its 17 Barangays.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

More than 200 tourists, stranded at Cagban Port earlier this afternoon

Posted May 1, 2014 as of 6:00pm
Written by Bert Dalida

Varied reactions can be seen from more than 200 tourists at the Cagban Port at around 2pm earlier this afternoon.

This is as the anxious tourists and passengers, for about an hour, waited in line for transportations.

Members of the Cagban Police Station were also surprised with the number of people, mostly tourists, who were sort of stranded.

According to some drivers, porters, and even the members of the Boracay Land Transport Multi-purpose Cooperative (BLTMPC), there were shortages of motorcycle units at the port causing the line of commuters to amass.

With this, the BLTMPC immediately sent off multicab units to accommodate the tired and waiting passengers.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Malaynons celebrate Fiesta De Obreros

Posted May 1, 2014 as of 4:00pm
Written by Gloria Villas

Colors and cultural diversity were among the highlights on the 11th Fiesta De Obreros in Malay.

And while the Malaynons celebrate, the members of the Malay PNP Station are also on alert in ensuring the security of the masses taking part in the festivity.

Some of the activities that many are looking forward to are the street dancing and ground presentation.
Meanwhile, Fiesta De Obreros is known to be celebrated on Labor Day and to pay homage to Malay’s patron St. Joseph the worker.

This year’s theme is “Ang himpit nga Pagtuo, Sinsero nga pagtrabaho – Daean sa progreso.” (Strong Faith, Sincere Work – The way to Progress)

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Thursday, May 1, 2014

BTAC, prepares for the setting up of PNPA booth at Boarcay beach front

Posted April 30, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

The numbers of theft victims at Boracay beach front may now be lessened.

This in particular is for the tourists who leave their belongings at the beach area while swimming.

This is as the Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) prepares for the setting up of a PNPA booth o what is known as “panatag na po ako” booth which will serve as ring assistance desk at the beach front.

According to Boracay PNP Chief PSInspector Mark Evan Salvo, this will leave ill-intentioned individuals no opportunity to steal because the PNPA booth will contain lockers for tourists to leave their things at.

Meanwhile, the BTAC is now setting the plan for the booth’s design and its budget.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

BFI, pleased by BTAC’s Patrol Plan 2030 programs

Posted April 30, 2014
Written by Gloria Villas

The Boracay Foundation Incorporated (BFI) is pleased with the programs included in Boracay PNP’s Patrol Plan 2030.

In fact, BFI President Jony Salme said the program is good for the enhancement of Peace and Order in the island more so that the influx of tourist is continuous.

Salme added that along with other Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), they are fully supporting the said program for the betterment of Boracay.

The Patrol Plan 2030 is implemented as a part of the Integrated Transformation Program of the Philippine National Police.

This is to boost the capacity of Police Forces in the country in ensuring the safety of the masses.

In line with this, the Police Strategy Management Unit of the Boracay PNP has also been made active to closely monitor the activities and programs of the Patrol Plan 2030.

Translated by Shelah Casiano

Drum, Lyre and Bugle Contest of the DepEd Malay to be held

Posted April 29, 2014
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The first ever Drum, Lyre and Bugle competition of the DepEd Malay will be held Wednesday, April 30.

The event is part of the celebration of the Malay Municipal/Parochial Fiesta or 11th Fiesta de Obreros on Thursday, May 1.

Elementary and secondary schools from the town of Malay and schools from Boracay Island are participating.

Participants will be given cash advances wherein the mainland elementary schools will receive P3, 500.00, and the island elementary schools will receive P7, 500.00 while all high schools will receive P8, 000.00 cash advance.

However, these cash advances are to be deducted from the prizes of the corresponding winners of the competition.

Meanwhile, in the Elementary School Level, the First Place will receive a P12, 000.00 prize plus a plaque worth P1, 000. 00. The Second Place will receive P10, 000.00 and a plaque worth P1, 000. 00, while the Third Place will receive P9, 000.00 and also a plaque worth P1, 000. 00.

For Consolation Prize, the non winning groups will receive P8, 000.00.

For the Secondary School Level, the First Place will receive P18, 000.00, the Second Place a prize of P16, 000.00, while the Third Place will be givenP14, 000.00, and the Fourth Place P12, 000.00.

The First, Second, Third and Fourth placers will also receive a plaque worth P1, 000.00 each.

The competition is being spearheaded by Mr. Jake Sullano of the DepEd Malay and the competition is scheduled to commence at 2pm Wednesday, April 30 at the Malay Public Plaza.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Boracay PNP’s physical fitness program-started

Posted April 29, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

The physical fitness program for the Boracay PNP has started.

 According to Police Inspector, Kennan Ruiz of the Boracay PNP, a police can perform its duty well when physically fit.

That is the reason why it is their target for the police of the island to be in good health through exercise.

Ruiz also said their fitness program does not only center on proper waistline or heavy weight but also on the physical image of police personnel.

This is because, allegedly, the standard expected by tourists from police should also be reached.

Meanwhile, Ruiz said the mentioned physical fitness program is a part of the Transformation Program of the Philippine National Police through the Performance Governance System or PATROL Plan 2030.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Municipal Advisory Council of BTAC formed

Posted April 29, 2014
Written by Bert Dalida

The Boracay Tourist Assistance Center (BTAC) formed its Municipal Advisory Council (MAC) on Monday, April 28.

After a meeting, its members had their oath taking, Malay Municipal Local Government Operations Officer Chief Mark Delos Reyes was voted as Chairman, and Hon. Town Council Jupiter Aelred Gallenero as Vice Chairman.

The following also showed their support as members of the council: Municipal Tourism Operations Officer Chief Felix Delos Santos; Philippine Red Cross-Boracay Administrator Marlo Schönenberger ; Boracay Foundation Incorporated President Dionesio Salme; Yes FM and Easy Rock Stations Manager Alan Palma Sr., Hugh Raddi Isagan of the Boracay Fire Rescue Ambulance Volunteers (BFRAV) and Boracay Action Group (BAG); Island Administrator Mr Glenn Sacapaño; Boracay Redevelopment Task Force Chief Mabel Bacani; Pastor Angelo Panganiban of the Boracay Grace Baptist Church and this writer.

It can be recalled that BTAC prepared the forming of advisory council in order to get support from the members of the Local Government Unit (LGU), stakeholders, legal counsel, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and private agencies.

The council which was formed is expected to work hand in hand with the PNP, the BTAC in particular, with the Integrated Transformation Program of the Philippine National Police by means of the Performance Governance System or PATROL Plan 2030.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Mr. and Ms. Teachers Fashionista 2014 of Malay, successful

Posted April 28, 2014
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The first ever Mr. and Miss Teachers Fashionista held at the town of Malay on Sunday, April 27, 2014 was successful.

The event is part of the upcoming Municipal and Provincial Fiesta on May 1st 2014 and the veneration of their patron Saint, St. Joseph the Worker.

The mentioned event was called “Filipiniana Night” wherein all teachers of Malay were showcased. The female teachers wore their colorful and elegant Filipiniana gowns while the male teachers wore their attractive barongs.

The teachers who joined the Mr. and Ms. Teacher Fashionista astoundingly showed their unique skills and talents in modeling.

Named Mr. Teacher Fashionista 2014 was Mark Anthony Aparecio of Caticlan Elementary School, and Miss Teacher Fashionista was Abigail M. Calizo of Yapak Elementary School (ES).

Hailed as 2nd Runners-up were Mak Nickel D. Nabor of Balabag ES, and Luzel B. Morales of Manoc-manoc ES while, the 1st Runners-up were Regie Tranca of Yapak, ES and Rechie P. Sejane of Malay ES.

The special guest of honor was the new DepEd Aklan OIC Asst. School Division Superintendent Dr. Ernesto F. Cervilion Jr. MNSA.

On the other hand, Malay Public District Supervisor Jessie S. Flores thanked those who helped in their successful event and congratulated the winners and participants of the first Mr. and Ms. Teachers Fashionista 2014.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

HK tourists, anticipated to go to Boracay after the crisis with the Philippines

Posted April 28, 2014
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is expecting the return of Hong Kong tourists to the country and to the Island of Boracay.

This is after the Hong Kong government withdrew its “black travel alert” against the Philippines.

According to DOT Boracay Officer In-Charge Tim Ticar, the lifting of the travel ban is a positive development for tourism industry, not only for Boracay, but also for the whole country.

It was learned that the “black travel alert” was lowered to “amber” after the crisis between the country and Hong Kong on the Quirino Grandstand hostage incident in 2010 was mended.

The Philippines can now resume selling package tours to travel agencies of Hong Kong for its citizens who would like to go to the country.

Hong Kong was one of the countries with the most number of foreign tourists going to the Philippines before the crisis.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus