BALITANG LOKAL (CALAPE)
BITGAP Annual Tourism Quiz eliminations set Friday in Calape
By: Welbe Caragan
June 22, 2008
Mayor Sulpicio Yu, Jr. of Calape and other
town officials, the host of the 9th Annual Provincial Tourism Quiz 2008 1st
District elimination round, pose with the members of the Tourism Quiz Committee
after both parties agreed to work together for the success of the event.
Senior high school students from the first
congressional district of Bohol will come under the spotlight next week as the
Bohol Island Tour Guides Association of the Philippines, Inc. (BITGAP) quizzes
them on Bohol’s tourism sights, standards, arts and culture.
Organized by BITGAP, an organization of Department
of Tourism-accredited tour guides in the Province of Bohol, the Annual
Provincial Tourism Quiz seeks to generate awareness and strengthen knowledge and
appreciation of Bohol’s pride and ecotourism assets among young Boholanos.
Participants from various high schools in the first
congressional district (except Tagbilaran City) will converge at the New Calape
Cultural Center and Sports Complex on Friday, June 27, 2008, 1:00 pm for the 1st
leg of the competition.
The academic feat is open to the public. The
competition will feature teams composed of two senior high school students.
BITGAP believes that graduating students even in
the towns should have a grasp on and exposure to the tourism industry in Bohol.
The Quiz will consist of two rounds — the
elimination and finals.
The three teams with the highest scores in the
elimination round will move on to the final round, and the team with highest
score at the end of the final round (either municipal or city level) will be
declared the Champion.
Fabulous prizes await the lucky winners in the
elimination as well as the Championship round.
Two teams of overall champion shall be declared –
one at the district level and another at the city level.
“We are having this and the succeeding year’s
competition at the district level in order to give high school students from the
various towns greater opportunity to participate in the contest,” says BITGAP
President Danny C. Nazareno.
In the past eight years, the quiz was conducted
only during the tourism month in September when high school students from the
municipalities all over the Province usually come to Tagbilaran City for the
“This year’s competition will be different as we
will only be requiring the winners in the elimination round to come to
Tagbilaran City for the championship round,” Nazareno stressed.
This is also to celebrate BITGAP’s ten years of
professional tour guiding services for sustainable development in the Province
The second and third congressional districts
elimination level will be in Ubay and Carmen, respectively.
It will be held on July 25 for the second district
and August 29 for the third district.
Winners in the elimination round will vie for the
finals in the morning of September 20, 2008 in Tagbilaran City.
The City high schools will have their elimination
and final round in the afternoon of the same day.
The local government unit executives of the
different host towns have already committed their all-out support to the
In separate meetings with the Committee on the 9th
Annual Provincial Tourism Quiz 2008, Mayors Sulpicio Yu, Jr. of Calape, Eutiquio
M. Bernales of Ubay and Manuel R. Molina of Carmen did not hesitate to throw
their hats of support as hosts to the yearly event.
They will provide the venue and other logistical
requirements for the successful conduct of the competition.
Various tourism stakeholders who realized the
significance of the activity also rallied behind BITGAP.
These include BQ Mall, Gerry’s Grill, Bohol Beach
Club, Amarela Beach Resort, Panglao Island Nature Resort and Spa, Vest Pension
House, JJ’s Seafood Village, Congressman Edgar M. Chatto and Vice-Governor
Julius Ceasar Herrera, to name a few major sponsors.
Other supporters include Julies Bakeshop –Bohol branches, Weesam Express, Long
River Floating Restaurant and Supercarp of Loboc.
Invitation letters have also been sent to the
Department of Education, City Schools Division and the Bohol Association of
Catholic Schools (Talibon and Tagbilaran City) for their schools within their
jurisdiction to join.
Confirmation slips of participating schools can be
submitted at the Department of Education Office or at the Bohol Tourism Office,
Capitol building, Tagbilaran City.
Tourism Quiz 2008 Committee Chairman Mr. Marc Brian
Mascariòas said that BITGAP expects high schools, most especially in the
municipalities, to send two participants each to the Quiz.
“The participants from the municipalities will now
have the opportunity to grab the championship trophy and fabulous prizes
considering that we have made the competition accessible to them by holding it
within their district and we will also be providing traveling allowance for the
winners in the elimination round including their coaches who will vie for the
finals in Tagbilaran City,” Mascariòas further explained.
BITGAP’s district level competition precedes the
9th Annual Provincial Tourism Quiz Championship Round— the search for the
country’s young tourism whizzes — on September 20, 2008, as part of BITGAP’s
activities for the National Tourism Week celebration.