Punta Cruz now a crux to
December 21, 2008
TOWERING ABOVE the performance by a
community theater in Maribojoc is the Punta Cruz watchtower, now a
venue for historical heritage tour organized the administration of
Mayor Leoncio Evasco. (PIA)
21 MEMBERS OF THE PUNTA CRUZ CULTURAL COLLECTIVE renders the
final number during the 30 minute artistic presentation of
the history of the watchtower. (PIA)
MARIBOJOC - A world-class musical
drama by a community theater rendered at the foot of the centuries old
watchtower is the latest in culture and history pedagogy now making a hit in
Here, a community theater tells the
story in a brilliant weaving of music and dance.
The artistic cultural presentation
retells the infamous pangayaw raids of the moro Tirones, one that would force
the people to fortify for themselves and build a stone watchtower for their
defense and organize an armada of boat riding men to meet the raiders and engage
them in battle at sea.
Pangayaw is a traditional pillaging
of moro tribes in the region for gold, food and slaves to be sold to rich
sultans in Mindanao in the 17th century.
Performed by local Cultural
Collective at the foot of the centuries old watchtower, the Castillo del San
Vicente Eco-Heritage Tour officially opened with much fanfare Thursday, December
18 at the Punta Cruz Complex in Maribojoc.
Mayor Leoncio Evasco, in an
interview before the musical and artistic rendition of the tour’s main highlight
aired his elation over the outcome of their effort to help the community.
Aided by a funding agency partner
and assisted by an NGO, the government and contacted artists, the mayor said the
town has developed livelihood and enterprise as well as harnessed young talents
in the area.
Along with Bohol Alliance of
Non-Government Organizations in a project called Building Livelihood Enterprise
in Support for Sustainable Eco-Tourism (BLESSED) in Maribojoc, the local
government has also effectively reclaimed the town landmark from it’s an image
as just one of the many heritage towers here, but as a root of local history and
culture becoming a major crux of tourism activities.
“Along the process, the Punta Cruz
Cultural Collective, a community theater comprised by 21 artists who went
through the Basic Integrated Theater Arts Workshop was established” creative and
artistic consultant Lutgardo Labad said.
“The soft launching turned out to
be a major event which opened eyes to the historical realities that shaped the
local culture and tradition,” admits a Maribojoc local artist who witnessed the
30 minute artistic performance.
Performed at the foot of the 17th
century watchtower venerated to San Vicente Ferrer, the brilliant dramatization
of historic moro raids intricately weaves the past with the present, reinstating
the towering role of the heritage structure in the lives of Maribocjanons,
shared a retired teacher too awed by the performance.
Trained local artists from
barangays Punta Cruz, Guiwanon, Lagtangon and Bood all of Maribojoc staged the
dramatization using classic pangalay (southern temple worship dance)
choreography, indigenous instrumentation and the age-old chanted narration to
thread the entire story line.
At the opening rites, PACAP Bohol
project coordinator May Blanco hailed the town for the integration of culture,
empower-ment, conservation and history to develop economic and livelihood
opportunities for communities.
She pointed out that several
development plans overlook the crucial culture and environment, but now
The Castillo del San Vicente
Eco-heritage Tour is unlike your other stops that takes about 15 minutes.
This is may be an hour-long tour
featuring local guides, cultural presentations, souvenir item shopping and the
soon to open marine protected area guided tours, Fritzie Mae Zamora tells.
Zamora coordinates Bangon tourism
assisted events and also helps communities develop tourism support products.
The tour at the Punta Cruz complex
also feature banana chip pasalubongs, native souvenir items crafted by nearby
communities and next year also adds a guided marine protected area tours, she
sa Maribojoc misikop sa duha ka mananagat
Ni: Edward Guyano
Nobyembre 23, 2008
MARIBOJOC - Nasikop ang duha ka
mananagat ingon man ang ilang panagatan dihang mipahigayon ug Seaborn Patrol ang
mga tinugyanan sa balaod ning lungsod kaniadtong Huwebes (Nob. 20).
Ang duha ka panagatan gipanag-iya
nila ni Rogelio Jaluag hingkod ang panuigon nagpuyo sa Tutolan Dauis samtang ang
usa gipanag-iya usab ni Recardo Panso mulopyo usab sa samang dapit.
Ang duha gireklamo nga nakahimo ug
kalapasan sa ordinanace no. 479 series of 1991 ang mga malapason gipamulta sa
2,500 matag-usa ug girelease lang usab dayon human makabayad sa laud nga ilang
Dragon Boats featured in Abatan River Kayak Festival 2008
Agosto 3, 2008
MARIBOJOC - The Abatan River, declared as the kayaking and water sports capital
of the Province of Bohol under Sangguniang Panlalawigan Resolution No. 2007-512,
again successfully celebrated the yearly “Abatan River Kayak Festival and Dragon
Boat Racing 2008.
The exciting Festival featured three different races: a mini adventure relay
race, a kayak sprint race and a dragon boat fun race.
Participants and guests were treated to free kayak clinics and instructions
after which they were allowed to ride and paddle their kayaks under the watchful
eyes of accomplished paddlers.
The dragon boat clinic had the participants view a Power Point presentation and
The coach then ins-tructed the participants to do stretching exercises before
they were allowed to hold the paddles and ride the dragon boats.
The mini adventure relay race with six teams participating, had the Maribojoc
home team, “Team Gakajo” easily take First place honors.
Coming in a close second was Process Foundation’s “Team Otimo” who incidentally
had Provincial Board Member Ae Damalerio as one of its kayak paddlers.
Third-place honors went to “Team Bangan” of Bohol Xtreme. The race of four
members to a team sent one team member swimming across the Abatan River, another
running on the bridge and 2 members paddling, one downstream and the other
upstream of the Abatan River.
The dragon boats which could zip through the waters at speeds that are hard to
match even by motor powered bancas, had a fun race that had four teams
These were Team Maribojoc Red and three other composite teams which were a
mixture of guests and seasoned dragon boat paddlers of the Team Maribojoc Blue.
As expected the Team Maribojoc Red handily won over the rest of the composite
teams. The Kayak Sprint Race had ten contestants racing upstream of the Abatan
The course estimated to be at least a kilometer was negotiated in less than five
This race was again dominated by the Maribojoc Paddlers, with Justice Alcala
taking the First place finish.
Jerome Eyas came in as a close second, while Junjun Elcana came in third.
Through the efforts of Mayor Boy Evasco, Bohol is fortunate to have two dragon
boats, making Bohol the first province outside of Manila to have dragon boats in
These boats are an added attraction for the Abatan River. With the Kayaks and
now the Dragon Boats, the Abatan River is now on its way to becoming Bohol’s
adventure destination, with the support of the Province and the private sector,
it is hoped that this vision could become a reality.
Mayor Evasco calls on people to unite for Maribojoc’s
By: Rey Anthony Chiu (PIA)
July 20, 2008
MARIBOJOC - Mayor Leoncio Evasco called on Maribojocanons to
unite some more in a bid to transform their 5th-class town into an economic,
social and cultural dragon in Bohol.
“We now have two dragon boats and as you may learn later, we
need to paddle together to move forward under the rhythm of the drum and
according to the direction of the steerer,” as he addressed the people gathered
at the town sports gymnasium and cultural center.
Using the analogy during his State of Governance Address (SOGA)
marking his first year in governance, the mayor hinted the town’s tourism
potentials as a major investment, as he revealed the town’s receipt of two
dragon boats to complement Abatan River Tour.
“Abatan River is envisioned to be the site for Aqua Sports,” he
said. Floating rafts with a spa and coffee shop is already in operations and
soon the two dragon boats are to see action in the river, he added.
He said the present efforts concentrate on integrated resource
management in community development especially in eco-tourism and in
strengthening its socio-economic base.
The town executive shared that the present development plans
involve the communities and integrate them with the projects.
Over this, he assured that a significant proportion of the
benefits would be redistributed at the level of the host community.
“Eco-cultural tourism must benefit the local population
economically and culturally to provide them incentives to protect the natural
resources which create the attractions,” he explained to Maribocjanons gathered
at the town gymnasium.
Stating the town’s vision as a socially vibrant, economically
efficient and ecologically sustainable community, Evasco said the town’s
Executive Legislative Agenda has to be based on multi-stakeholder consultations
in its plotting the town roadmap.
Humbly admitting that after a year, with barely enough
resources, the administration has barely scratched surface, he pressed that with
their dependence on local resources has pushed the administration to go for
programs that minimize the adverse effects on the natural environment and
enhance the cultural integrity of the local people.
“The main goal is to enable the people to enjoy and learn about
the natural, historical and cultural characteristics of the unique environments
while preserving the integrity of these sites and stimulating the economic
development opportunities in local communities,” he added.
Moreover, the veteran administrator of the country’s largest
city before he joined local politics told the people of the cooperation they
forged with city academes in master planning for Boloc-boloc Spring.
“Punta Cruz Watch Tower, the town’s most prominent historical
heritage site is moving towards becoming a wedding venue, and another city
school has agreed to undertake the planning.”
As things are slowly set up, he also bared that promotions and
marketing activities have been done in coordination with agencies.