‘Technotour Amazing Adventure Challenge’ to explore southern, midwest Cebu

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, #CebuBloggingCommunity

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES — Cebu’s best can be experienced through technology and a set of mental and physical challenges.

Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Cebu Provincial Capitol, Cebu Parklane International Hotel, and local government units initiate “Technotour Amazing Adventure Challenge” (an experiential tourism through technology) from June 16 to 18, 2015 covering southern and midwest Cebu.

In a press conference today, April 20, it was learned from organizers that this is a three-day, two-night adventure challenge that will promote and showcase Cebu’s tourism, food, people, culture and heritage through technology and adventure.

The event is open to teams composed of four participants, must be 18 years old and above. Teams must have a four-wheel vehicle sturdy enough to navigate and bring them from the city, to the south, midwest of Cebu, and back to the city, for three days. The challenge will start and end here in Cebu City.

Each team must have either one smartphone or tablet wherein they will use to download the app to get all instructions while they are on the road. They must be able to answer questions while they are on the road. They must be able to answer questions from the app to pinpoint the control points which will correspond to a historical site. The team must also be required to perform a task pertaining to a respective culture or product of a municipality. The first team who will be able to complete all control points, tasks and get to the finish line will be declared as the winner.

Registration fee per team is P20,000 (twenty thousand pesos) which includes two-room accommodation for two nights (twin-sharing), meals, race jersey and other freebies.

It was further learned that prizes may come in the form of gadgets, and other items, amounting to P30,000 for top spot depending on sponsors’ discretion.

This is just one of the activities in line with Cebu Business Month (Glocalized Cebu) 2015.

Participating component cities and towns are Talisay, Minglanilla, Naga, San Fernando, Carcar, Sibonga, Argao, Dalaguete, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander, Samboan, Ginatilan, Malabuyoc, Alegria, Badian, Moalboal, Alcantara, Ronda, Dumanjug, Barili, Aloguinsan, Pinamungajan, Toledo and Balamban.

For more info, email info@cebuchamber.org or mymelgar@cebuchamber.org or jeff.saromines@gmail.com. Check cebuchamber.org or cebubusinessmonth.net/. Call the Chamber at 6332.232-1421 to 24 local 107-108.###

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Adventure educ center opens

by Maria Eleanor E. Valeros, newmedia specialist

Photo by rafi.org.ph

As learners put high premium on developing self-confidence, this ironically leads to more and more people talking — and talking only of themselves. This popular behavior outshines the value of trusting and relying on others to help one succeed.

Kool Adventure Camp, a flagship program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. under its Leadership and Citizenship focus area, opens formally last August 2 to further train and retrain more learners on how their strengths, weaknesses and their personal mind maps affect others and their organizations as a whole. Activities simulate real-work scenarios and bring out the natural tendencies of individuals.

KAC is the first and only fully dedicated Adventure Education Center in the Philippines that seeks to equip organizations and individuals with the 3Cs – character, competence, and citizenship to be leaders of change, through powerful learning experiences.

Since it started in 1999, it has already conducted over 300 adventure programs to a total of 14,000 participants for both the youth development programs and professional development programs.

A classic 3-day Youth Adventure Camp, for example, offers fun learning environment that is conducive for personal growth and healthy interaction among peers. Participants learn to identify problems and plan solutions, listen respectfully to the ideas of others and offer their own, give and receive feedback constructively, practice physical and emotional safety, trust others and gain trust from others, take on new challenges outside of their comfort zone, celebrate success and learn from failure, and reflect on experience and how they apply to everyday life.

Mikeala Calamba, 16 years old, of the University of San Carlos High School, shared that her greatest feat so far is winning the 2013 World Taekwondo Championship. Through Kool Adventure Camp (KAC), she said, she learned to face the challenges and realized that anything is possible. “Training hard paid off. And that’s because I applied what I learned from KAC: becoming optimistic, more committed, more focused in what I do especially in my sports discipline. I trust that I can do something. I trust others that they may also help build our success,” she shared.

As for L-rej A. Awit, 12 years old, a Boy Scout and President of the Magis Society of the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu, he mentioned that his unforgettable experience at KAC is that time they had to budget their money and use it to buy for provision. “We successfully did it and had more than enough left to give to the local community. It was an amazing feeling. My experience at KAC has given me self-confidence. I became more mature, more cautious in decision-making. I have now a broader picture of life.”

KAC Adventure Education Center is located at Km. 42 Transcentral Highway, Barangay Cansomoroy, Balamban, Cebu. It is about 1.5 hours drive to the west from Cebu City via the Central Cebu landscape.

It was designed and built with foremost consideration to creating a safe environment conducive to learning and interaction, on a 10-hectare property that features 28 challenge ropes course elements in four different clusters including the Challenge Hall with nine indoor CRC elements. Facilities include corporate cabins and youth bunks, a community dining hall, administrative hall, conference halls and learning rooms, as well as low initiatives area and reflection area. A medical center with standby ambulance is open 24 hours to respond to any emergencies.

It can accommodate 300 participants per day; the residential facilities can accommodate 64 participants in the corporate cabins and 156 in the youth bunks. There is also a tent area for outdoor camp programs that can hold about 50 participants.

A Challenge Ropes Course (CRC) consists of aesthetically designed series of ropes, cables and wood poles combined in such a way as to simulate challenges that might be found in a natural setting. The CRC is a tool in an experiential education program, offering groups and individuals the opportunity to participate in a series of activities involving mental, physical and emotional risk taking.

CRC programs assure of giving individuals the opportunity to increase their communication skills while becoming more resilient in overcoming self imposed limits and fears, while groups learn to be more interdependent and collaborative. Attempting and succeeding in this type of activity often gives one a feeling of accomplishment, self-worth, elation and recognition that seemingly impossible situations are in fact quite possible.

As for program cost, a three-day two-night CRC program for any public high school is up for a special subsidized training fee at Php600 per person inclusive of food and accommodation. This subsidy, according to RAFI President Roberto “Bobby” Aboitiz is a “concrete expression of RAFI’s commitment to making a significant contribution to the public school sector.”

For private schools and youth organizations, different rates apply depending on the kind of program availed. Corporate and professional course fees start at Php5,000 and depends on the program design and duration. Professional programs pay the full cost as the proceeds from these programs subsidize the youth programs.

However, the RAFI KAC Adventure Education Center does not rent out any of its facilities for special events or any corporate meetings or company parties. This is because it is an education center — not a recreation center. Administrators see to it that all activities in the center should be in line with KAC’s mission and vision.

Interested individuals and organizations may contact RAFI KAC at (032) 260-9000 local 1001 or email info.kac@rafi.org.ph.